@jcasman Alec's title of IoT Consultancy got me thinking of if we can create a list of people familiar with the Renesas IoT Sandbox , boards, or other things related to IoT. Remember that our sponsor Renesas mentioned that they were helping large global companies get into IoT? I think these are large companies with immediately recognizable names that are in industries like finance, food and beverage, other.
There's a group of large, global companies out there that want to prototype IoT strategies and might want help from IoT consultants.
I think the first step is to create a list of people that we validate in some way. The easiest way to assess knowledge would be to go through a tutorial they wrote or assess the project they built.
We can also ask our sponsor if there is a way to let the Renesas sales engineers know about these independent consultants. Add this topic to the end of the next meeting agenda?
This goes back to my idea about helping people learn IoT by showing how it could help their career. If we can eventually are able to help IoT consultants connect with companies that need IoT design, prototype or implementation, then the value of this community would increase.
If you recall, many years ago, I was involved with a Linux community and that became a hotbed of recruitment, both for high-paying IT and dev jobs as well as for venture-funded startups, including the startup that you and I were at.
This community is also unique in that a IoT system is quite complex with many parts. There's a barrier to entry for people that don't have the entire knowledge chain - MCU/periphs -> embedded application -> connectivity to cloud -> cloud analytics -> mobile/email/reports -> control
There's also issues around security, validation/certification
I think the Renesas platform is good for those pieces because they are coming from an automotive/industrial/medical background. Their approach to their IoT toolchain is highly scalable and designed for mass production.
Two actions to consider: 1) bring up this idea of a pool of IoT consultants with Renesas; 2) ask people at the meetup tonight if they take on consulting work and then get info on their background.
To increase the quality of the list, in the future we'd need to validate skills with the Renesas IoT Sandbox or Synergy
This is early days for this community, but if we constantly make efforts to connect members to the industry, it could be the start of something exciting.