IoT training program, an initiative by DataSoft Bangladesh

Resource development in high-end sectors is now a matter of national urgency in Bangladesh. Low-skilled, labor-intensive jobs are ripe for disruption. It is imperative that high-end resource development for our brightest minds finds a central place in our nation’s growth strategy, such that we can preemptively pivot to sectors of the future.

Overall, Bangladesh’s software exports have grown at a CAGR of 31% YoY to grow from just USD 45.3 million in 2011 to USD 132.5 million in 2015. While Dhaka has emerged as a hub for IT outsourcing, a growing number of entrepreneurs and local businesses are truly innovating, developing new products for the new world. However, more support is needed to stimulate growth of such innovative, new-world businesses that can eventually go on to become the next big job creators.

DataSoft Systems Bangladesh Limited, a CMMI-5 accredited, premier domestic technology firm with decades of industry-leading experience and global reach, along with its subsidiary DataSoft Japan Inc. and its DataSoft IoT Lab, is collaborating with The STEPs Institute of Transformative Technologies to bring to market a high-end resource development program on the Internet of Things (IoT).

This program will develop our IT industry’s human resources on IoT, a rapidly growing and revolutionary new sub-industry of the technology sector. At its core, the program will address the scarcity of such programs locally in a highly targeted manner by:

This is a massive undertaking and to support the program smoothly, DataSoft received enormous response from both Government and private sector. Leveraging ICT for Growth, Employment and Governance agreed to fund the IoT training program. IAT, BUET will be the overall monitoring authority of the training program. Bangladesh Hi Tech Park Authority is funding the IoT lab’s hardware and equipment procurement whereas University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh will be jointly operating and maintaining the lab with DataSoft Bangladesh.

The IoT training program will start on November 1st, 2016. 4 programs of 7 batches, totaling 2,800+ hours, The IoT training program will be offered over 16 months to develop 300 skilled resources in IoT & ancillary skills.

Dr. Michael S. Wang of University of Columbia, USA has taken the charge in designing and leading the training program, an electrical engineering Ph.D. with a passion for technology entrepreneurship, current areas of work are focused on the internet-of-things (IoT), teaching and design. Currently holds the position of Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University.

Dr. Wang will be visiting Bangladesh and taking classes in the beginning of the program, and will be in charge and main lecturer of the program through virtual classroom. He will be supported by local trainers who all have extensive knowledge in the field of IoT. These local trainers are Graduates from CUET and BUET running their own IoT labs, specialized in Robotics, invented the first commercial robot in Bangladesh – will be our local trainers

IoT is one of the most exciting areas of the fast-moving ICT industry, offering huge potential for social transformation. In the context of Bangladesh and the development challenges we face, not only will this sector drive income and job growth, but it has the potential to surmount long-standing challenges in basic services like healthcare. It may prove to be the long-awaited solution that will help improve millions of people’s day-to-day lives. The following section further illuminates this sector’s market opportunity and potential for social transformation.