Academy of the Near Future is a Smart City Education Programme aimed at Transition Year secondary school students and public sector workers in Ireland’s local authorities.

Through a combination of interactive workshops and online learning, the programme provides participants a hands-on opportunity to explore and experiment with Internet of Things (IoT) technology and understand how it can be used to address city challenges such as air pollution, space occupancy, waste management and flooding.

The programme was established in March, 2020 by CONNECT (the world leading SFI research centre for future communications networks at Trinity College Dublin), Dublin City Council (Ireland’s largest local authority) and Smart Docklands (a unique world-class smart city testbed in the heart of Dublin’s Docklands). The programme partners have a shared aim of increasing public understanding of the technologies that shape our daily lives.

The rapid development of Internet of Things technology presents an opportunity to reshape how we address city challenges, create smarter cities and ultimately improve the lives of citizens through cheaper and more accessible technology.

Academy of the Near Future aims to deepen understanding of IoT, reduce barriers to IoT engagement, contribute to workforce upskilling, promote entrepreneurship, and build trust in the possibilities of technology.



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Academy of the Near Future
Dunlop Oriel House
Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2