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Coursera: a developer’s guide to the Internet of Things (IoT)

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The rapid growth and popularity of the Internet of Things has inspired many to think of ideas that will challenge the status quo. There are countless of examples of IoT businesses that were started by individuals tinkering and exploring with electronics and prototyping boards. It is through the act of connecting their device to the internet, seeing data from sensors flowing up, and interacting with it on the cloud that inspired them to imagine what is possible with this technology.

There is no doubt that getting hands-on experience is a catalyst for innovation with IoT and it should be available to anyone willing to learn. That is why IBM has teamed up with Coursera to deliver A Developer’s Guide to the Internet of Things, an entry level course on developing solutions for the Internet of Things. Coursera is the world’s largest educational platform, with a reach of 15 million users around the globe. This course is designed to demonstrate the power of the Internet of Things (IoT) in an interactive hands-on experience. It can be taken for free or inexpensively if you want certification. And, it is available any time and anywhere over the web. In this course you will learn how to create connected solutions and leverage IoT technology and data in ways previously only available to large R&D departments.

This course takes you through a guided experience in building your first IoT solution using cool, inexpensive and easily obtained hardware like a Raspberry-Pi and SenseHat, using developer tools like Node-RED and of course, using the IBM Watson IoT Platform. Throughout the course you will learn the architecture of an IoT solution, along with the design principles and concepts behind it.

It is our hope that the course will fuel your imagination for what is possible with a simple prototyping environment, powerful analytics, and cloud technology at your fingertips. Take a look at Coursera, and then tell us what you think below.

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