Internet of Things & Industry 4.0 – Swinburne Engineering Student’s Society

Last week, I attended the IoT & Industry 4.0 networking event which was held by Swinburne Engineering Student’s Society (SESS) club. This is one of the most valuable networking events I have ever attended because I learned many things from the event. Therefore, I can’t wait to share with you things that I learned from the event.

This post will cover things below:

  • Introduction to the SESS club and the event
  • Valuable things that I learned from the event

1. Introduction to the SESS club and the event

Swinburne Engineering Student’s Society (SESS) club was founded in 2019. This is an engineering club that aims to connect and support engineering students from different majors at Swinburne University. With that mission, they have been holding many networking events and workshops related to different fields in the engineering industry. If you are interested in networking events or workshops for engineering students at Swinburne University, I highly recommend you to have a look at their Facebook events page.

The IoT & Industry 4.0 networking event is a knowledgable event that provides attendees a brief image of how people apply the concept of  IoT and Automation to solve real-world problems and how it affects different industries positively. In the event, there were also many great guest speakers from Swinburne faculties and different famous companies in the IoT and Automation industry such as Arduino, Siemens and SICK Pty Ltd.

2. Valuable things I learned from the event

Data is everything in Industry 4.0.

If gasoline is an important fuel to operate the movement of engines in Industry 2.0, data is an important material to control the whole ecosystem in Industry 4.0. For example, one of the most famous fields in Industry 4.0 is autonomous robots which requires tons of training data to improve the accuracy in real-world environments. The cloud and cybersecurity are related to data transmission and data privacy.

With artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT), we can do more than a business.

In the event, I was impressed by the project of a guest speaker from Swinburne Digital Innovation Lab. The project is about the IoT solution for evaluating workers’ performance via activity recognition. From the presentation, I learned how IoT and machine learning models work together to solve real-world problems. Honestly, this project inspires me to learn more about how our creativity connects things together to solve problems. The lesson I learned:

We can study many advanced things at the university, but not how to connect them together. This is because that is our creativity which requires us to experience. Importantly, our creativity solves real-world problems.

This is one of the most valuable lessons I learned to prepare for my future entrepreneurship journey.

We need to define our business outcome before deciding on what technologies we will use for designing the solution.

If we start the project by looking for what technologies are available without knowing our business outcome, we may be overloaded by the use of technologies. If we start designing the solution without knowing our business outcome, we may come up with many solutions that may not directly solve the problem. As a result, defining our business outcome is very important. This makes me remember the business concept in Start With Why written by Simon Sinek. When we make a product, we always start with the reason why our customers/clients need it. If the product is actually necessary, we start asking how we make it and what the design for the product should be. By doing this, we can directly solve problems and reach the business outcome.

These are everything I want to share with you. Hopefully, you can learn more in this post. I would like to say thank you to the SESS club for holding the event and hope the club will hold more events like this.

Thank you for reading.

Related: Internet of Things (IoT) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) – the post I wrote a year ago.

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