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Internet of Things (IoT) and Sustainability

Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab via FutureLearn


Understand how IoT can address sustainability challenges

As our world becomes more and more connected, we use smart devices to overcome different obstacles in our day-to-day lives. But what happens when we turn IoT technology toward global-scale problems like sustainability?

On this two-week course, you’ll explore the fundamentals of the Internet of Things (IoT), and how we can use this technology to overcome different sustainability challenges that we face today.

Guided by the experts at The Mind Lab and Tech Futures Lab, you’ll delve into case studies to discover how IoT applications can lead to sustainable decision-making. Using examples from smart cities, transport, utilities, and more, you’ll identify the positive and negative implications of technology use in working towards a brighter future.

Delve into the fundamentals of IoT including data management

You’ll be introduced to the technological and business fundamentals of IoT including frameworks of strategy, business value, competitive environment, and user value proposition.

To help you understand how IoT can be utilised in your own contexts, you’ll apply your knowledge through a range of learning activities in a connected environments framework.

Discover how IoT is interfacing with other technologies including AI

Finally, you’ll explore how IoT is also teaming up with other technologies to further help address sustainability challenges.

You’ll explore artificial intelligence, machine learning, 5G, and more as well as examining a range of case studies in key industry contexts to see IoT solutions in action.

With this knowledge, you’ll be able to evaluate the role of IoT in working toward a sustainable future.

This course is designed for anyone who would like to find out more about IoT and the role this technology can play in addressing sustainability challenges.

This is an introductory course so you don’t need any prior knowledge of IoT or sustainability.


  • The Internet of Things (IoT) - Opportunities and Technologies
    • Welcome to Week 1
    • IoT Opportunities for Sustainability
    • IoT Technologies
    • Reflecting on Week 1 and Looking Ahead to Week 2
  • Applications of Internet of Things (IoT) for Sustainability
    • Welcome to Week 2
    • IoT and Data
    • Applications for Sustainability
    • Week 2 Wrap Up and Where to Now

Taught by

John McDermott


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