Internet of Things

Babson Lab to Experiment with IoT for Social Good

Babson College's Lewis Institute for Social Innovation has launched the IoT For Good Lab to encourage the use of the Internet of Things (IoT) for social good.

The new initiative will seek to bring together interdisciplinary teams of entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, artists, liberal arts students and others to experiment with ideas to meet the 2030 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals using the Internet of Things.

Sponsored by Verizon, the lab will offer seed funds, course resources and other support for social ventures featuring IoT technologies.

"An example of a course supported by the lab is an interdisciplinary product design course with students from Babson College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Olin College of Engineering, which is team-taught by professors Jennifer Bailey, James Read, Ben Linder and Lawrence Neeley," according to a news release. "This year, the course's theme is leveraging IoT to design for equality and inclusivity."

"The IoT is being hailed as the next technological revolution and will generate new entrepreneurial opportunities, business models and solutions to some of the world's toughest challenges," said Jennifer Bailey, professor and faculty director of Babson's IoT For Good Lab, in a prepared statement. "As a top-ranked school for entrepreneurship, Babson is ready now more than ever to help its entrepreneurs of all kinds leverage and integrate their combined knowledge in technology, business and design to amplify and accelerate social impact solutions."

For more information, visit babson.edu.

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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