I recently spent a month in the bustling city of Beijing, studying the internet of things (IOT) alongside UTS, ANU and Swinburne students at the Beijing Institute of Technology. Being thrown into the heart of China with my broken Chinese was an experience I’ll never forget – to say the least. Facilitated by the helpers at Beijing Institute of Technology I found my feet and was ready to explore in no time. The helpers quickly became friends as we traveled around Beijing trying new food and drinks.
Throughout the month we learned about emerging IOT technology, such as sensor networks, blockchain applications and the security and problems around these topics. Using the information from the lectures and tutorials we developed our final projects – a RC car which we programmed to drive around the room and collect temperature, light and RFID data and relay that to our computers. We also had the opportunity to visit some large IT companies, such as IBM and SAP, which provided us an insight into the industry applications of IOT devices.
Alongside these technical classes we had Chinese language lessons, which prepared us for our adventures around Beijing. I visited the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Hutongs and even went skiing. My favorite night was exploring temples in the day then eating and drinking with friends tucked away in a Hutong pub with a live band at night. I sorely miss Beijing and have made new friends both Australian and Chinese which I hope to travel with in the future!