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How to prepare for a world of connected devices

If you work in straight web design or frontend development then you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Internet of Things is somebody else's problem, and something that you don't need to worry about.

This isn't the case, though. One way or another the IoT is going to affect us all, whether we're end users or the people actually building and shaping it, and if the internet is your business then one way or another you're going to have to factor it into your plans.

If you come to Generate San Francisco (opens in new tab) on 15 July then you'll leave with a definite awareness of what the IoT is going to mean for web professionals. Stephanie Rieger from Yiibu will be there to explain why the Internet of Things is for people (opens in new tab); shifting the conversation away from the things and back towards everyone who'll be benefiting from it, she hopes to arm you with tools to better understand, and find your place, within this complex but fascinating landscape.

Generate San Francisco - Stephanie Rieger

Learn why the Internet of Things is all about people, at Generate San Francisco
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Alongside Stephanie's session it's going to be a packed day of inspiring talks, as well as practical workshops and the opportunity to network with plenty of like-minded professionals. Don't miss out; book now (opens in new tab) and you'll become a Generate founder member, earning yourself 50% off the ticket price for all future Generates worldwide.

For a taste of what's on offer, set aside 40 minutes to enjoy Stacey Mulcahy (opens in new tab)'s session from Generate New York earlier this year. In Connected devices in a connected world, Stacey, a senior technical evangelist with Microsoft, explores the world of smart devices that extend the digital experience into a physical one.

She explains why being able to connect devices, languages and platforms easily is essential to creating an experience, and looks at where we are in respect to the Internet of Things, and where we could go.

Generate New York - Stacey Mulcahy

Don't worry, the IoT won't actually look like this

And on a practical note, she looks into IoT technology, examining some of the necessary frameworks and protocols, from microcontrollers to VR, which will form part and parcel of the connected future. While it might not be applicable to your day-to-day work right now, if you have half an eye on where the internet is going then you'll find this talk invaluable.

As well as Generate San Francisco (opens in new tab) there are conferences coming up in September in Sydney (opens in new tab) and London, with leading industry figures including John Allsopp, Val Head, Jeff Veen and Mike Kus there to share their insights. Don't miss out; learn more at the Generate site (opens in new tab).

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Jim McCauley
Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.