Imagine a world where you can attend your Economics class from the comfort of your own room, where your gerbil can send you a picture to say it’s hungry, or your dress can tell when you’ll need a rain coat…. If you think this is the World of Tomorrow, you’re in for a world of surprises! This phenomenon is called the “Internet of Things”. It’s a world where things connected to the Internet can “think” and “communicate” for themselves. It’s a world where all the things mentioned here are already taking place. It is the World of Today, and YOU are a part of it!
On 23 April, In celebration of International Girls in ICT Day 2015, Digital Muse and Cisco Belux presented “Girls & The Future Internet”: A hands-on workshop – in English, Dutch, French & German – for girls ages 13-17, to promote active participation and leadership by girls in designing and building the Internet of tomorrow, for fun, safety and wellbeing.
During the workshop, participants learned about the Internet of Things, developed IoT projects with a focus on health, safety, entertainment, fashion, “smart” cities, etc.; and they were encouraged to participate in the global Cisco-sponsored contest for IoT projects by girls.