How could we fund the training of a future IoT workforce?

According to Electronics Weekly, the BBC and more than 25 organizations are teaming up with ARM to give a million tiny computing devices for coding to every UK child in year 7. “The companies involved in the design manufacture and distribution include: ARM, Barclays, Freescale, Microsoft, Nordic Semiconductor, Samsung, Cisco, Code Club, Institution of Engineering and Technology, Open University, Python Software Foundation and element14 will design and manufacture the Micro Bit products.”

The ARM Connected Community is the largest industry ecosystem with over 1,000 partner companies. If you agree that we should be funding the training of a future workforce, then help us do research for partners with their own incentives for furthering the development of IoT skills that will enable technology for climate solutions. Leave your comments here and explore how you can Act Now to help. Perhaps you can even expand your own career or business in the process!

Learn About the Raspberry Pi online from Adafruit

raspberrypiBased in NYC, Adafruit is not just the best place to order your Raspberry Pi and related electronics. They also offer 118 guides for learning everything you need to get started with many different types of projects. Whether you’re an individual or an educational institution, you’ll find a wealth of information and you can order all the parts you’ll need for your projects from the Raspberry Pi section of the Adafruit store.

You can also watch this basic intro Raspberry Pi video from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, a registered educational charity based in the UK.

Obama’s Free Community College Proposal and IoT Training

An article in Xconomy speculates that Obama’s goals of free Community College education could be a bonanza for educational technology companies.

“Education watchers and politicos have been debating about that proposal from President Obama since he announced it early this year. Is it worth the estimated $60 billion that would be spent over 10 years by the federal government?”

Pearson Education has a workforce education unit that develops courses to help community college students prepare for exams that lead to industry-created credentials, like those offered by NCCER, a non-profit educational foundation supported by the building construction industry. The building construction industry should be looking at rehabilitating old buildings using IoT to monitor, control and optimize resource consumption and obviously plan how to incorporate more efficient resource management into new construction.

It is our belief that over next couple of decades applying IoT to solving climate issues will turn out financially cheaper than using fossil fuels, especially if you include the cost of externalities (e.g. pollution, explosions, hazardous spills). Thus, we feel that money spent on educating a new work force to apply IoT will prove to be a sound investment. We also think that the trickle up effect of more employment within productive sectors that will emerge, also will address income inequality and grow the economy to the benefit of all.

A small step for community colleges – a giant leap for new skill development

What if, as a first step, community colleges were to simply make more use of empty classrooms? From around 2002 to 2006, I ran the Ann Arbor Java Users Group and we always had our meetings at Washtenaw Community College. There was never a charge to use classroom space equipped with a projector. The assumption was that taxpayers had already paid for the facilities and the mere presence of the user group helped WCC to recruit students and maintain a great reputation in the larger community. I moved back to my home town of NYC in 2009 and was surprised to discover how difficult it is to find space for programmer user groups. If Community Colleges simply made space for technical meetups, e.g. programmer user groups, that would go a long way towards producing some very positive change.