Goal: I set out to build a local community of makers by leading an Internet of Things (IoT) workshop. I 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. We explored ways to build IoT solutions from a user-centered perspective.
Strategy: I 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.
While the workshop itself was technology-agnostic, I encouraged participants to explore community driven open-source platforms such as Home Assistant.
Results: This workshop helped to grow a community that is actively exploring and building solutions to everyday problems by applying IoT and design thinking.
Automating my own home and office: Starting in 2018, I started building IoT solutions using Home Assistant.
Home Assistant is open source home automation that puts local control and privacy first.
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