Digital Literacy Through Internet of Things and Design Thinking

This course has been replaced by 
Physical Transformation for the Public Sector

Everything and every Thing is connected.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is adding billions of smart connected devices into our lives generating unprecedented volumes of data about, and exacting digital control over the physical world around us, while presenting one of the most significant and fundamental digital literacy challenges for governments.

Workshop Overview

This workshop provides an opportunity for deep learning about physical world data, its application and impacts. Using presentations and real-world examples, this expert-led training will teach you what you must know and understand about the Internet of Things, combined with design thinking techniques to develop ways to elicit the real needs of end-users and citizens.

Specifically, this training will elevate your digital literacy to tackle challenges like:

  • Remaining competitive on the world stage in “digital” services and products
  • Accelerating and leveraging deployment of digital technologies like 5G and AI in Canada
  • Acquiring knowledge and tools to accelerate digital transformation without onerous technical prerequisites
  • Anticipating change to ride waves of innovation
  • Reducing risks and strengthening resilience
  • Expanding your innovation breadth and return on innovation investment (ROII) through IoT

Topics Covered

  • IoT framework – what, why, why now
  • IoT architecture including devices, edge computing, networks, and analytics
  • IoT application verticals – smart cities, autonomous vehicles, precision agriculture, and others
  • IoT technologies and disciplines, among them 5G, AI, cybersecurity, digital twins, and others
  • IoT as a systemic innovation driver
  • IoT benefits and challenges, including personal, business, and societal
  • IoT and digital governance
  • Impact of IoT on government – in operation and public policy
  • Design thinking and user-centered mindset and rationale
  • Design thinking methodology
  • Design thinking practice on several IoT use cases

Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for anyone that needs to quickly develop technological intuition around the IoT for digital governance policies, economic growth, and operational efficiency. This includes:

  • Public sector executives, managers, and policy architects
  • Municipal Planners
  • Economic development planners
  • Public sector procurement professionals
  • Financial management professionals

This interactive online training comes with guided practical activities so that you’ll leave with hands-on experience in applying IoT with a Design Thinking lens.

Elevate your Digital Literacy and

  • Embrace the whole digital realm
  • Grow innovation and competitiveness
  • Develop citizen-centric Digital Governance
  • Advance your Professional Development

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Your Experts
Walter Knitl
CEO at Praxiem

Walter is the founder and CEO at Praxiem, providing consulting in market research, commercialization, and business development, including a focus on the Internet of Things (IoT).   Some recent work includes reports on national and regional IoT ecosystems used to grow their exports and attract Foreign Direct Investment.

Before Praxiem, Walter’s 30 years of extensive experience in the ICT sector include roles in R&D, standards development, and Product Management at Ericsson, Nortel, Mitel, and Ontario Centre for Microelectronics. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

Walter is a board member and marketing director at AIoT Canada, fostering a Canadian AI/IoT ecosystem. He also founded IoT North which cultivates Canada’s Internet of Things Conversation through online events and social media.

Walter co-founded and co-produced the IoT613 IoT conference (2015-2019), priming panels on Social Impacts of IoT and IoT in Canada, among other key program and business roles.

He is a proponent of the Internet of Things as a lever for economic growth and social good.

Nilufer Erdebil, P.Eng., MBA, PMP
CEO, Spring2Innovation

Award winning, Spring2Innovation founder, Nilufer is a leading innovation and design thinking consultant with a range of experience in telecommunications, application development, project management & information technology management. Her firm focuses on strategy and vision development, design thinking, innovation programs, and building innovation capabilities in organizations.

She has been using design thinking methodologies since 2003 in both the private and public sector. Most recently, she has used design thinking techniques and tools for clients at Innovation Science and Economic Development (ISED), Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), along with the Community of Federal Regulators (CFR) in the redesign of its web interface providing regulatory guidance to Canadians and Canadian businesses.

Nilufer holds a B. Eng in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Queen’s University. In 2016, she received the Canadian Women in Communications and Technology Leadership Award and in 2014, she was awarded the Ottawa Business Journal Forty Under 40 Award.

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