The following post was written in collaboration with Samantha Leonard, Head of Admissions at Level.
Today’s connected world continuously generates vast amounts of valuable data, and at the forefront lies the Internet of Things. The idea behind IoT is that anything in the world that can be collected and measured, will be collected and measured. IoT products like your fitbit or other wearables are certainly taking hold at the consumer level, but businesses are also looking to adopt IoT and tap into new data points that were not previously available. Now, more and more cities and organizations are embracing this notion, hoping to launch new IoT initiatives to improve efficiencies, scale, speed and cost.
While we typically worry that new advancements in technology will eliminate our jobs, the proliferation of IoT through connected devices is actually doing just the opposite. According to IHS, it is expected that the number of connected devices will grow to 30.7 billion by 2020 alone. This means organizations will be seeking employees with both business and technical chops, including experience in programming, hardware and software, management, and analytics for lucrative positions. So how can you skill up and become in-demand in the field? Because IoT has come to prominence as a hot topic only in the last few years, there are not too many options for focussed IoT education. To fill this gap and demand, Northeastern University has launched the Level Internet of Things program. The bootcamp allows you to explore all aspects of IoT with hands on learning modules, specifically designed to help you launch your career in the field.
The Level Internet of Things program from Northeastern University offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in topics in hardware and software over the course of 13 weeks. During the course, you will focus on hands-on experiences led by the instructor and self-directed problem solving, all rooted in real world challenges surrounding each IoT module topic. These topics include:
-Sensors and Devices
-Wireless Technologies for IoT
-Stream Processing and APIs
-Business Case Development
-Soft Skills and Design Thinking
-IoT Market Segments and Industries
Everything you need to complete your projects and assignments, from various sensors and devices, to device smoldering stations and 3d printing, is available in the fully-stocked IoT lab, which you have access to even outside of class. Teamwork and collaboration is also key in IoT, and as such, you will have the chance to work in teams on lab projects, team assignments and hackathons.
So, how does an IoT hackathon entail, and how exactly does the capstone project work? We’re diving in below:
During the program, you and your cohort will participate in an open hackathon that focuses on a module topic from the Level IoT curriculum. It serves as a great opportunity to not only build a piece for your critical IoT portfolio, but also collaborate and network with other IoT evangelists, and prove your project and product management skills. The hackathon also has a theme for a cause. For example, the last hackathon focussed on hacking climate change. The winning team, Carbon-Fit actually created a device that would sense CO2 emissions from various vehicles, and output a visual dashboard of the impact on the environment, along with recommendations. The idea behind their project was that companies could use this to track their vehicle emissions during freight shipments.
The capstone project is the cornerstone of the Level IoT bootcamp experience. During this project you will play a key consulting role, partnering with a real company to execute an IoT project for them that addresses a completely new business problem they are facing. This is another key piece for your portfolio, proving your practical application work outside of the classroom as well.
Level Internet of Things is an intermediate course, which does require you have some scripting, equivalent Linux experience, or hardware experience. However, if you feel like you are unsure if your skill set would be a fit, the team will provide resources to help you get up to speed. If you are wondering now about the typical backgrounds of Level IoT students, and how your fits into the mix, there are a few commonly seen as a great fit, including:
-Software & Hardware Developers
Of course, these are only some of the more common backgrounds we see, but with the right experience, you can parlay yours into a career in IoT.
As with any program, the one of the biggest questions revolves around outcomes, and the number one focus at Level is student success. After graduating the Level IoT program, you’ll receive a certificate from Northeastern University and be well prepared to take on any of the following positions:
The program will also be beneficial to you if you are managing technical teams or projects, regardless of your industry.
If you’re looking to continue your education and go deeper, you can also articulate credit into the Master’s of Geospatial Services at Northeastern University by passing the IoT program with advanced standing.
Who’s the instructor?
Sam Tawkif: Sam is an experienced data, analytics, and IoT leader with a proven track record of delivering digital transformation solutions to Fortune 500 companies. Sam is a skilled team leader, solutions architect, marketing manager, and alliances manager. Sam’s broad technical experiences include IoT, edge analytics, microservices, data modernization and monetization, data management, big data, cloud, machine learning, and data science. Sam earned his bachelors degree in Computer Science with a minor in mathematics.
The IoT industry is the next wave of Internet technologies and expected to create hundreds of thousands of well-paying professional jobs. IoT will fundamentally change the way we live and work, and how business and manufacturing will be done worldwide. Are you ready to join the IoT revolution? Request the curriculum here!