How to become a Full-stack IoT professional: From Disciple to Sensei
Its Official, they were whispering and speculating about it. It enthused you earlier to know more but it is time for you to delve deep in the world of Internet of Things or IoT. With a constant increase in the demand for IoT professionals, it is time you graduate to the more serious scheme of things. So, get your Notepads out (Online or Offline, whatever suits you) and make notes of what you can do to learn IoT and not be ‘just’ aware it.
Where to start
Start from a Wiki page, the Wikipedia page on IoT provides information. You can further view the videos and tutorials available on Youtube, PluralSight, CodeSchool, Khan academy, and the likes. Lesser known websites in the learning arena are also doing their bit to provide IoT information to the budding learners in the world of IoT.
Also, seeking help from an established IoT consultant can be a time-saving move.
You can buy a Raspberry Pi 2 kit and test your skills as you learn more for correctness and application of what you are learning. They are available at throw away prices and are fun to work with. You can build things like your own Digital thermometer, baby monitors and so on to keep things interesting. Instructables.com is one of my favorite websites that posts DIY tutorials on how to make superb stuff using the knowledge you gain in this journey. From 3D Printed records, to custom Scif Robot Helmets, these guys are the real deal.
Sci-Fi Helmet (Image courtesy: instructables.com)
Build as much knowledge you can. With the numerous resources, books, and so much guidance available, its the best time to learn more about it.
Time at hand
In your spare time, you can continue to work on some prototyping tools and do some fun weekend projects — Electric Imp, Tessel, Spark, etc. are nice platforms for that, or some of the TI launchpad or ARM mBed kits. Hook up window opening sensors in your home to your Nest thermostat, do a homebrew burglar alarm, put your exercise machine on the internet, detect when your cat goes out in the morning. Its best to keep doing weird projects because as you gain more knowledge, you will have a lot of people knocking on your door with even more weird queries.
Follow the Master, to become one
There are some Gurus of IoT on the Internet, you can follow them on Social networks and also listen to their talks available on Youtube. Tony Fadell, Vala Afshar, and Kevin Ashton are some of the names revered in the world of IoT for their work.
Dataconomy.com tracks such influencers and also provides interesting tidbits of information on what made them so popular in the world of IoT.