Digital Literacy Through Internet of Things and Design Thinking


Digital literacy – understanding and using digital – is so important to growth and relevance in today’s age of exponential technological advancement. And, the Internet of Things (IoT) presents one of the largest and fundamental digital literacy challenges.

Workshop Description:

The Internet of Things (IoT) is here. Whether applied to industrial automation, wearables, connected transportation, drones or smart cities, it’s poised to deliver great benefits along with new challenges. The numerous benefits, which include improved revenue, costs, increased efficiencies, standard of living, and convenience, are often confounded by challenges such as privacy, security, social disruption and new demands on quality.

Knowing IoT and its benefits and challenges is important and necessary to be literate – but that’s not enough. Design Thinking is the critical partner in leveraging the power of

IoT. To fully deliver the benefits and tackle the challenges around IoT, organizations and individuals must first understand their end users’ perspectives and needs which is why a Design Thinking lens is vital for creating and de-risking innovative IoT solutions.

This powerful combination of understanding the IoT space and its technologies and how users will use them to solve challenges is essential for developing better products, services, and policies with IoT.

This workshop presents what you must know about the Internet of Things and shows you how to apply Design Thinking to innovate IoT solutions.

The workshop will cover:

  • IoT framework – what, why, why now
  • IoT architecture
  • IoT application verticals
  • IoT technologies and disciplines
  • IoT benefits and challenges
  • IoT and government
  • Use and impact of IoT on operations and public policy
  • Design Thinking mindset and rationale
  • Design Thinking methodology
  • Design Thinking practice

The day will be interactive with guided practical activities so that you’ll leave with hands on experience in applying IoT with a Design Thinking lens.


Walter Knitl

Principal at Praxiem

Co-Founder and CBDO at IoT613

Walter is the founder and principal at Praxiem, helping clients discover and deliver their technology innovations through market research, product management and business development. He is a proponent of the Internet of Things as a lever for economic growth and social good, realized through his role as Co-Founder and CBDO of IoT613, and curator of the IoT613 Conference.

Walter has a record of successful ICT product introductions at Ottawa technology companies including Ericsson, Nortel, Mitel, Ontario Centre for Microelectronics and Bell-Northern Research. His extensive experience consists of business roles including Product Management, Account Management and Commercial Management, as well as technical roles in hardware and software R&D and telecommunication standards development.

Walter holds a BASc degree in Electrical Engineering.

Follow on Twitter @praxiem and @iot613.

Nilufer Erdebil, P.Eng., MBA, PMP

CEO, Spring2Innovation

Award winning, Spring2Innovation founder, Nilufer Erdebil 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.

Follow on Twitter @spring2inno and @digitalnil.

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