DIY Open Hardware Sensor Kits and Tutorials Ready for IoT Developer Training.
Libelium has launched a campaign to support Internet of Things (IoT) technical education on wireless sensor networks and electronics, with new hands-on tutorials for Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Waspmote and Intel Galileo, IoT kits, developer training and promotion, and IoT courses for teachers and universities.
Cooking Hacks, Libelium’s open hardware division, has transformed its website to feature over 20 new sensor and communication kits and 70 new tutorials. Now professors can easily create an IoT syllabus for lessons based on platform (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Waspmote, Intel Galileo), skill to practice (sensors, wireless, robotics, soldering, etc.), application, and user level and find the right hardware and software materials—in one place.
Gartner predicts 25 billion connected things by 2020, and a VisionMobile report reckons 4.5 million developers are needed to realize the applications, but there is an ever growing gap between education and industry needs that makes it difficult for companies to find the right talent.
“To realize the potential of the IoT market means investing in technology and in education, for more developers – not just more sensors,” said Alicia Asin, Libelium co-founder and CEO.
“With Libelium and Cooking Hacks, we are empowering developers to innovate, to be entrepreneurs and build businesses from their ideas. The IoT is a huge opportunity and we aim to increase the speed of innovation and the speed of adoption, at the same time.”
Libelium already offers training courses for professors, with Waspmote as a development tool for the IoT and a curriculum based on standards of the IoT ecosystem, sensor networks, Cloud platforms, hardware and software integration. Available exclusively for the education market, Libelium has designed an IoT Student Kit with sensors and 802.15.4 / ZigBee communication at a reduced price.
The campaign will include the IoT Spartans challenge (www.iot-spartans.com), an initiative to rank the best IoT developers, to launch in Q4.