You may have noticed that we’re currently in the throes of an annual mobile blockbuster event, Mobile World Congress. Every year, it addresses the issues and trends that are set to shape the year ahead, and this time, one of the hot topics is the Internet of Things (IoT). You can see why IoT is such a game changer in this infographic.
Previously disconnected things, like kitchen appliances, are connected to the internet in a way they never were before.
Intel is launching a Developer Program specifically for the Internet of Things, after the successes of its Android and HTML5 counterparts. The IoT Developer Program offers hobbyist, student and entrepreneurial developers the resources and community knowledge required to develop, test and deploy apps for IoT optimised devices. These resources include the Intel Galileo Development Kit for IoT, as well as real-world events like hackathons and meet-ups to enable developers to showcase and share ideas. This dev kit will be based on the Galileo development board, and the whole Program will include the additional hardware, software and cloud connectivity designed to specifically address the end-to-end needs of a programmer. More information will become available soon, I hear – so keep your eyes peeled.
Additionally, the IoT Academic courseware program will assist leading universities throughout the world in building curriculum for IoT.
Make sure you’re part of the buzz from the word go by joining the IoT Developer Program community. You’ll be informed of product updates and events in your area, and those who were lucky enough to attend the MWC hackathon have been able to obtain the IoT Development Kit for free. In fact, by Monday afternoon, 75 people already had. If you weren’t at MWC, don’t fret; you can download the software elements at the IoT Developer Program website and acquire Intel Galileo development boards through local distributors.
Over the next year, you’ll be able to participate in the IoT Explorer Challenge, a developer-focused global challenge which will see hackathon attendees all over the world compete for exciting prizes like travel packages, cash and go-to-market support.
Every February, the mobile world starts afresh and I have a sneaking suspicion that the next generation of coding will be all about IoT.
This blog post is written by Softtalkblog, and is sponsored by the Intel Developer Zone, which helps you to develop, market and sell software and apps for prominent platforms and emerging technologies powered by Intel Architecture.