IoT@BCIT brings together industry giants

The Internet of Things (IoT) is shaping our world and creating new opportunities. By 2020, the number of connected devices will grow to 30.7 billion and to 75 billion by 2025.

What does the Internet of Things and BCIT have in common?  IoT@BCIT.

On April 12, the BCIT Applied Research Liaison Office brought together the industry giants of the IoT world: Microsoft, Amazon, Huawei, TELUS, Sierra Wireless to name a few.

BCIT and IoT
BCIT is investigating an IoT Centre of Exellence which will be organized as a multi disciplinary program to support the entire Institute

This engaging day long event at BCIT brought together industry and BCIT employees to discuss how IoT will impact the way BCIT can incorporate IoT into life at BCIT.  BCIT is investigating an IoT Centre of Excellence which will be organized as a multi-disciplinary program to support the entire Institute.

“Visiting BCIT and brainstorming with experts on how IoT is changing the way we do business was very informative, ” says Leo de Sousa, Deputy Chief Information Officer, City of Vancouver. “If BCIT establishes a new centre of excellence for IOT, we would benefit from participating and collaborating to support the needs of our City.”

We invited IoT market leaders to present work cases demonstrating the application of IoT in everyday life.

“Internet of Things plays a key role in our day to day lives,” says Kim Dotto, Dean, Applied Research. “BCIT needs to be at the forefront of this technology through industry consultation and collaboration with industry giants like Amazon,  Microsoft and others.”

There was a lively discussion during the two workshops with industry about what skills students will require to enter the IoT field, from IT specific program courses to soft skills, for example problem solving. These industry insights will be invaluable in developing program material for the BCIT IoT Centre of Excellence.

This was also a great opportunity for BCIT to collaborate with industry, and obtain a better understanding of the educational needs for future generations wishing to comprehend the growing opportunities in the IoT field.


Applied Research Liaison Office

The Applied Research Liaison Office (ARLO) provides a wide range of support services and guidance to BCIT faculty, researchers, students, and industry partners. ARLO helps facilitate solutions to industry challenges, creates beneficial partnerships and practical learning opportunities for students, assists BCIT faculty and researchers with their research programs, and supports commercially relevant new technology products and applications.

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