Goal: A partner and I set out to build a local community of makers by leading an Internet of Things (IoT) workshop.We developed this workshop as a platform for conversations around IoT and how it can be applied to everyday life.

Challenge: So many of the IoT solutions that exist today came from a technology-centric approach. As an alternative to the tech-first model, we explored ways to build IoT solutions from a user-centered perspective.

Strategy: To make the format accessible to every level of learner, we used a structured workshop format combined with design thinking methods to uncover the opportunities and challenges that would become a backdrop for a more focused conversation.

Results: This workshop helped to grow a community that is actively exploring and building solutions to everyday problems by applying IoT and design thinking.

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