What is The Internet of Things & Why Are People Talking About It?

The world around us is changing at a rapid pace, and technology has become an integral part of our lives over the last few decades. There are a plethora of devices that we use to make our everyday tasks easier including our smartphones, smartwatches, Bluetooth trackers, smart door locks, and these have impacted our lives so much that we can’t really imagine our lives to be same without them. And this is only the beginning; trends suggest that technology will become an even greater part of our lives in the coming years.  Let’s have a look at how Internet Of Things is bringing a change into our lives. 

Internet of Things (IoT)

Imagine this: the alarm clock on your side table rings at 6 AM and alerts your water heater to start heating water. Once you finish your bath, the geyser sends a signal to your coffee maker to start brewing coffee which you sip on, on your way to work. Sounds like the future? Actually, all of this is possible in the present because of the Internet of things. IoT is a concept which can enable connectivity between all the physical devices, through the internet, making them even more convenient for you to use. The device is no longer related to just the user, but it’s now connected to surrounding devices and database itself. In a nutshell, IoT is going to revolutionise the way we interact with technology and will essentially change the way we operate in our everyday lives.

What is the scope of IoT?

In India, IoT may still take years to flourish but it is definitely booming among customers and industries worldwide. IoT is impacting many industries including healthcare, farming, telecom, retail, transportation worldwide. However, in India, it will have several other uses based on the country’s demographics and cultural set-up. The kind of technology that IoT supports can impact our surroundings in many ways apart from providing affordable wireless technology where data is transmitted into the cloud at a component level and is slowly shaping up to be the next big thing in the technology industry. Be it across society or inside the home, the IoT is a revolution that guarantees to change people’s lives, forever. 

Role of IoT in Industry

So, it’s clear that the Internet of things has a lot of potential and scope in the future. It’s a platform which can help organizations reduce cost by improving efficiency, productivity, and asset utilisation. Let’s see how IoT is helping some of the industries:

Healthcare:

IoT has the potential to bring about a revolution in the process of treatment and diagnosis of diseases. Embedding medical equipment with IoT devices will help in monitoring patients more effectively, which will lead to improved patient quality of life. Personal fitness and wellness trackers are already gaining popularity and this real-time monitoring gives data which can provide a holistic view of a patient’s medical history and their current health, as well as identifying trends that may need medical support.

Automobiles:

Connected smart cars have the ability to sense, analyze and make decisions based on information gathered from the surroundings. Through real-time traffic updates, these cars can optimise traffic routes, avoid accidents and maintain a level of safety that was previously very tough to achieve. Driverless cars and other automobiles are going to rule the future and soon enough we might see them on our roads.

Agriculture:

The agriculture industry is embracing IoT in a big way. Applications that are significantly helping the industry include smart sensors to remotely monitor and control pumps and equipment, chemical levels, air quality, and soil quality. Farmers are now able to collect relevant data about their crops which can be analysed to sense the best times to plant crops and how to optimise their yield.

Manufacturing:

IoT with the manufacturing industry is another a win-win partnership. Manufacturers across most areas including automotive and electronics have invested in smart sensors and machine learning to make in-line adjustments to the process. Many manufacturers have already started using IoT solutions to track assets in their factories, consolidating their control rooms and increasing their analytics functionality through the installation of predictive maintenance systems.

The ideas discussed here barely skim the surface of the deep sea of possibilities of IoT, where everyone has a shared vision of making this world ‘smart’.

Is this something that has left you curious to know more, learn more and experience in practical? If your answer is yes, then enroll for the Internet of things capsule at MyNT today and explore this vast concept with some like-minded people.

A Lesson On The Importance Of Self-Belief By Srijan Mahajan

This is a three-part story on self belief, one that began when I was still in school. I started playing the keyboard when I was about eight or nine-years-old, and spent the next five-seven years learning everything I could about the instrument. Then, when I got to class 9, a few of my musician friends and I wanted to form a band. You see, the school I attended had an annual Founder’s Day (School Birthday in our school) and we had wanted to perform at it for as long as I could remember. The only problem? We were missing a drummer. 

Till one day I saw that the same school where I’d been learning the keys also organised drum classes. On an absolute whim, I decided to give it a shot so we could complete the band. “How hard could it be?” I thought to myself without realising  that was the first day of the rest of my life. You see, the minute I held the drum sticks in my hand, I had already begun a journey that would take me around the world, playing gigs with many bands, including Parikrama. Needless to say, I also performed at the Founder’s Day. 

Act II

In 2012, I began accepting music production offers but there was a catch: I had no clue how to produce music. A fellow musician and friend, Arsh Sharma would sit in a little corner in his parent’s house learning and he would teach me how to make music. It was here that we went on to record bands and also produce some of our own songs, together as Fuzzculture, with Arsh guiding me the whole way. A few months later, another friend of mine, Nikhil Malik told me that someone he knew was making a movie and needed music for it that he was going to have to produce. Again, on a whim, I pitched the idea of the three of us getting together to do it, instead. By some chance, Nikhil agreed and that right there was the beginning of Studio Fuzz. Together, we worked on the background score for a full-length feature film, MCream when we didn’t have the slightest clue how we’d get it done. What we did know was how to say ‘yes’. 

Third time lucky? 

In 2015, I got curious about making photographs, and decided to make 365 great photographs, one for every day of 2016. This challenge led to me shooting constantly, getting better at photography and, eventually, even getting offered professional photography assignments and a music video–all of which, yep you guessed it, I said ‘yes’ to.

Back to the present

A few days ago, on a particularly rainy and grey morning (the ones that are perfect for a little bit of regression or a pause, if you may), I realised that the one thing that was common between my best work, over a 15-year period,  was that I had no idea how to do it at the time that I decided to do it. In retrospect, learning on the job has contributed entirely to my evolution as both a person and an artist. If I hadn’t said yes to any of those projects, I wouldn’t have learnt to do any of the things I do every day, and my life would’ve looked very, very different. 

So, say yes! I’m sure you’ll figure it out (whatever ‘it’ is)  as you go along. 

 

Is experiential learning the answer to India’s stunted education system?

Picture this – it’s a hot afternoon in April, school’s just started and you’ve got two back-to-back periods of trigonometry. There’s lots of formulas, no calculators, hefty textbooks, and no real direction. You soldier on, determined to make sense of the triangles on the board, before you realise that you’ve grown up, school’s out and you haven’t learnt anything that might actually help you excel in your chosen career. Sure, the foundation’s there – reading, writing, critical analyzing – but template-style education segregates interests into arts, commerce or science, focusses on exams and marks and culminates with a degree that doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you’re qualified to, for instance, write a song or start a company even though that’s where your heart is. Enter experiential learning, or learning by doing, that can at the very least supplement the more conventional methods. At its most advanced, however, it can disrupt the traditional education system completely.  But experiential learning can change this. 

And there’s no better time than right now to revisit or reimagine what a holistic education can give you. One of Project Mynt’s co-founders, Aayush Naran (engineer-turned-serial-entrepreneur) recalls, “While we were in schools, we were not allowed to use a calculator while dealing with complex arithmetic problems during exams. Using the internet in the school lab was banned, and if I used the internet to study, my parents would never believe that.” However, he points out that, everything changed when he got his first job. “My boss expected me to check Google before I asked him a question, and I was specifically asked “Don’t you own a phone” in a derogatory manner, when I was trying to solve those large number arithmetic problems in my head.” He finds this gap problematic–education was supposed to prepare one for what they were going to do in the future. 

Ways of assessment must also be overhauled, he believes. Narang says, “I was an engineering student and I used to earn more marks to learn computer programming codes and writing them on an answer script than to actually run that program on the computer. Moreover, I knew the code which was to be written but I never downloaded the software which was required to code.” 

So, is experiential learning the answer? 

Narang certainly believes it is. Corporates have started admitting the facts that a better experiential learning background and a self-learning attitude is the actual price-worthy skill, rather than just the degree that people hold in India. The ancient Chinese philosopher, Confucius once said, “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.” The idea that learning by doing is not new, only forgotten. However, at Project Mynt we believe that experiential learning is going to be the next big thing in the education space. Soon, it will be widely understood that experiential learning and creative thinking are the skills to chase, not just diplomas and degrees. 

This will also help combat the extra expenditure that corporates (and individuals) need to spend on upskilling themselves for a job. Needs and extra expenditure on upskilling is on a rise due to this lack. Currently, companies and mass recruiters incur huge costs on experiential training due to these lags in the way that India currently studies. You see, as job profiles continue to evolve, social media continues to create new jobs, hierarchies in companies continue to change and the world continues to become a smaller and smaller place, these lags will continue to be exposed. And, hopefully, understood. 

At Project Mynt, we’re placing all bets on the rise of experiential learning – come check out our capsule courses in Filmmaking, Photography, Music Production, Entrepreneurship and more to see how it can transform your education experience. 

 

MY LIFE, MY RULES!

Things happen when you least expect them, at least in my case this stands true!  I really feel that many teenagers would relate to my story, the reason why I’m sharing it here with you all. So, just sit back and go with the flow.

It all started when I was 5 years old. I come from any other ordinary Indian family where I wasn’t given the opportunity to pursue my dream. My dad is a self-made businessman and obviously wanted me to take over his business eventually, but destiny has a big role to play in my story.

Also read:  What does it take to compose your own music today?

The advent of MUSIC in my life!

My 4th birthday partially changed my life when I was exposed to a new object called a ‘musical instrument’. I remember, my brother had got his mini-keyboard to play ‘happy birthday’ for me. I was truly fascinated by the sound of the instrument and the kind of talent he had. At that age itself, I knew what I wanted to pursue and what I wanted to become. Having said that, I asked my parents to buy me a keyboard the very next day!

Evidently, I didn’t know how to play so I started experimenting. In a few days, I got the hang of it and finally signed up for piano classes at the Theme School of Music, Trinity. I always had an inclination towards Bollywood/Hindustani classical music, the reason why Theme school was not my cup of tea. I struggled there for about two years and then decided to compose my own music.

Meeting my Guru – The beginning of a happy-go-lucky phase

At the age of 9, I started performing at family functions and small cafes, until I came across my ‘Guru’. I still remember performing at a Delhi restaurant when my Guru – the legendary Brian Silas was truly fascinated by how I was playing. It was then when he came to me and gave me the wonderful opportunity to learn piano from him.

We both didn’t have a typical teacher-student relationship where he was only teaching me for a commercial aspect. He treated me like his own son and wanted me to be a successful musician more than I did. He often took me for his shows and for PR events where I would meet all the legends of the industry. Opportunities started coming my way and I was also in charge of taking care of any event which took place in school. I was considered as a trendsetter when I was a part of kick-starting a band competition called ‘SAARANG’. This competition is now held in mostly all the private schools across India.

During my college days, I realised that music is the biggest asset I have been blessed with and I must pursue it. By now, I was an expert at playing 11 different instruments including the tabla, dholak, melodica, ukulele, etc, and was also working on my vocal skills side by side. Eventually, I got the opportunity of becoming the ‘Events In-charge’ of my college and be the in-charge of handling all the events which took place there.

After spring, comes fall.

I was very satisfied with the way I was growing but, my parents were skeptical about pursuing music as a career. I was truly passionate about music and did everything I could to convince them. I would often end up fighting and arguing with my parents to win the battle but unfortunately failed to do so.  The demotivation came along when I didn’t get the support that I required.  The sad truth is that the world knew that I was good at it and could make a future but still didn’t support me for their own reasons and logic. I eventually quit playing sports, stopped going to college and stopped engaging in social interactions because of the mental trauma I was going through.

It was a struggle convincing them and I eventually broke down. Secretly, I also wrote a mail to the A.R.Rahman School of Music and was qualified to join it, but obviously, no one was supportive of it and eventually had to decline the offer. The struggle was real.

Music, for me, was a way to express my feelings and thoughts. I started composing songs through which I could express my feelings and finally started posting videos on social media. Things started to change, I started getting appreciation from my folks. However, I had no option but to bow down to my societal pressure.

Faith is all you need.

In 2018, I finally chose the business path and came back to India. I started working at Wizcraft until I stumbled upon this opportunity called Project MyNT. The idea of MyNT came to us because we all were sailing in the same boat! We all couldn’t pursue our dreams due to the lack of opportunities coupled with social and family barriers where the concept of having a ‘safe’ job mattered a lot.

Finally, I decided that I won’t let any other kid go through the same problem, and that’s when Project MyNT was born. Our aim is to target all those students who go through the same problem. We want to give anyone and everyone an opportunity to pursue their unconventional paths. We treat this as an educational movement to bring some change in the society by introducing these unconventional career opportunities.

I believe, MyNT has made me realise that one should always listen to his/her heart and pursue those dreams no matter what. Everyone has to stand up for themselves eventually and so will I by pursuing music now, because – my life, my rules!!

How experiential learning is the way forward in India

As a school kid, most of us used to wait for lab sessions to attend practicals – Chemistry, Biology, Computer, etc. Didn’t we? But why were practicals so much fun? Was it the LIVE experience that made them interesting or the unique methodology that helped us remember all the points for longer?

Here’s a fun fact. Hermann Ebbinghaus formulated the ‘Forgetting Curve’ more than a hundred years ago which explains the decline of memory retention and how information is lost over a period of time when there is no attempt to retain it. Experiencing things in the real-world can help us retain a lot more, a lot faster. Lectures help, but one needs practical knowledge to understand, grow, and excel. Thus, it’s time you make the most of experiential learning.

Also read: All you need to know about Project MyNT

IT’S ALL ABOUT GETTING REALITY CHECKS!

Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience and is more specifically defined as learning through reflection on doing.

Education theorist David A. Kolb’s experiential learning style theory is typically represented by a four-stage learning cycle in which the learner ‘touches all the bases’:

1. Concrete Experience
2. Reflective Observation of the new experience
3. Abstract Conceptualization
4. Active Experimentation

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IS THE FUTURE OF LEARNING.

Experiential learning allows students to:
> Develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
> Build an emotional connection with the subject
> Leverage real examples for inspiration
> Enhance their experiences to be shared with others

Indian education system needs to evolve and become more experiential where students get an opportunity to go out and explore the real world to gain first-hand knowledge. This will further inspire them to pursue what appeals to them the most. An expert or mentor can guide students to bridge the gap between theoretical and practical learning. This will also help in brushing up their skills with a better understanding of how to act in a particular environment.

Parents must realise that kids need to cope up with today’s fast moving world by making them familiar with the modern ways of learning. Thanks to digital tools and technologies, students can now close the job skill gap in a true sense. Smart classes with projectors, personalized and project-based training, industry visits, etc are some of the methods parents should look forward to for their kids’ personal development.

GET INSPIRED AND GET GOING BECAUSE NOW IS THE TIME!

The skills we need to work today are changing at such a great pace that no system can keep up with them without constant evolution. With competition growing incessantly in the global economy, we must look forward to shifting the discourse from learning new skills to enabling the processes that create these skills.

We, at Project MyNT – My Next Thing, are working towards redefining the methods of learning by providing practical knowledge to students who enrol in our courses. A strong curriculum including sessions by experts and internships will help students figure out the right career opportunities amidst all the confusion and uncertainty.

MyNT aims to give students an insight into careers that are going to take over the world tomorrow and for which there is currently no infrastructure or space in our education program. Enrol here.

Confused about your career? 5 steps to help you make the right choice!

It’s not what you achieve, it’s what you overcome. That’s what defines your career.
– Carlton Fisk

We all go through this phase in our lives when we question ourselves: What’s right for me – Following my hobby or getting into the family business? Pursuing engineering or becoming an entrepreneur? Doing something that makes me happy with small earnings or something that offers great packages?

And do you know why these questions arise? The two main reasons why we can’t decide our career path are:
>> Either we have no clue about what we genuinely like,
>> Or we know what we actually like but don’t think it’s a perfect option to go ahead with!

Have you ever come across someone who slipped smoothly into the right career shoes, and walked away without any troubles? Maybe yes, but very less.

Also read: How experiential learning is the way forward in India?

Well, well. Just take a deep breath and read on to know what you should do to find the right career path! This guide has got your back, trust us:

STEP 1: Mirror, mirror on the wall; what’s my favourite hobby that can become a job?

That’s right. Look deep inside. Figure out things you are passionate about, that make you happy, and can be worked upon. Give directions to your all-time favourite hobbies and pursue them seriously. Self-evaluation is the key!

STEP 2: Say hello to the too-many options and follow the ideal process

In the times when you feel like pursuing multiple things and end up getting confused, just follow the filter process. List down all the options available, research about them and explore as much as you can. Make comparisons and see what’s better, prioritize or rank your choices, and voila! You will reach the next main step about experiencing the future.

STEP 3: Getting on it by using ‘experiential knowledge’ as the shield

A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.
—Arthur Golden

With that list of shortlisted options in your hand, your succeeding step should be choosing and getting on to your ‘next thing’ with the help of career advisors. Mentors play an important role, for seeking guidance from our seniors or parents is indispensable. However, words or pieces of advice are not enough in today’s world. You need to feel, experience, and then decide your career to avoid any repercussions.

Experiential learning means acquiring practical knowledge about any topic by getting a hands-on experience. In simple words, it is the process of learning through experience, more specifically defined as “learning through reflection on doing”.

An internship is sure to give you some perspective and a good curriculum will help you get a clear picture regarding your career choices. Gaining experience by doing internships, taking classes, reading books, etc can help you develop the skills and abilities to strengthen your goals.

STEP 4: Be an opportunist

Knowing in a few months is better than investing your life trying. Pre-acquired knowledge also helps in saving time & money, because what if you realise later that the path you chose wasn’t meant for you! Make use of opportunities to become what you really want to be. Make a career plan, make a choice, get experiential knowledge, and you are good to go. Explore, experience, and then pursue that path.

STEP 5: Right Decisions = Right Path

Decision making is the most crucial process and setting goals is not an easy job. So, now what? After you come down to one option and finally decide that this is it, start focussing on how to grow in that field. Build networks that help you reach the top of the ladder and kill it with your phenomenal performance.

Hope that we helped you get on the right path to the most suitable career. Here’s a small tip! Don’t spend years to learn the curriculum that changes every day, rather equip and prepare yourself with the tools of today! Ready to find your next thing?