Entrepreneurs love it; large corporations love it; universities, and now even governments love it – welcome to the exciting and emerging world of the IoT.

Decades ago, we connected computers and got today’s powerful Internet. However, it has only been over the last few years that we have started to connect everyday objects using machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies to create the Internet of Things.

But what does this really mean to you, your company, and your country? What are the possibilities it offers, and the threats it poses? To become an IoT wizard, join this stimulating free online course.

What you will learn

Create a successful product or venture based on IoT technology

Over four weeks, you will meet IoT pioneer, Professor Mischa Dohler, and some of the most experienced experts in the field, from business leaders to future thinkers, who will equip you with business insights to help you become an Internet of Things wizard.

You will be taken on a journey, exploring the entrepreneurial aspect of the Internet of Things. You will be asked: “What makes an exciting Internet of Things product?” You will look at the shockingly fragmented wireless connectivity landscape and why so many mistakes have been made in connecting your “things”. You will consider the security and privacy aspects of the IoT.

Finally, you will be equipped with business insights, enabling you to start your own IoT venture. You will learn what it really means to build an IoT product and how to stand out and be ahead of the crowd of IoT prototypers.

Join Industry 4.0 - the fourth industrial revolution

The Internet of Things – also referred to as the Industrial Internet, the Internet of Everything, or Industry 4.0 – is seen as the next global revolution or the fourth industrial revolution. Being equipped with the fundamentals and practicalities taught here makes you an insider in this quickly growing industry, and of great value to potential employers.

To find out more about what to expect on this course, watch a video Q&A with Mischa Dohler and a group of IoT experts on the FutureLearn blog.


This course is designed for practising engineers, industrialists, researchers, and entrepreneurs who are interested in the fundamentals, impact, and potentials of the Internet of Things. The course will also be valuable for those with a general interest in the Internet of Things, M2M (Machine to Machine), and Industry 4.0.

You will need to have some basic knowledge of technology, wireless communications and how markets function. However, no detailed knowledge is required, as advanced concepts exposed in this course will be explained in sufficient detail.

Note that in the spirit of massive open online courses, this course does not substitute detailed technical learning materials. The aim of this course is to provide sufficient overview of the IoT technology, data and business, and to inspire. Where appropriate, we will provide more detailed technical information as additional study material.

Starting date:  6 February, 2017

Duration:  4 weeks, 2 hours per week

Language: English

Instructors: Mischa Dohler

InstitutionKing's College London