Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things
June 23–25, 2015 • San Francisco, CA

Adafruit.IO: Empowering people to build an Internet of Things they trust

Tony DiCola (Adafruit)
2:55pm–3:35pm Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Location: Southside Theater (Bldg D)
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Prerequisite Knowledge

This talk is aimed at people who have been introduced to or have used popular maker platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black, etc. Deep technical knowledge is not required, but a passing familiarity with these tools will help attendees better understand how they can work with Adafruit.IO.


In 2005 Limor “Ladyada” Fried founded Adafruit in her dorm room, dedicated to making electronics accessible to everyone, and to open source principles such as sharing information. Over ten years the company has grown into one of the largest and most popular sources for electronics kits, tools, and tutorials. Now Adafruit is approaching the Internet of Things with the same open principles, and is introducing the Adafruit.IO service to help people interact with their creations over the internet.

A crucial part of the Internet of Things is user trust, and in 2013 Limor contributed a proposal for an Internet of Things Bill of Rights to the New Yorks Times Room for Debate series on the Internet of Things. The principles in this Internet of Things Bill of Rights included:

  • Open is better than closed
  • Consumers, not companies, own their data
  • Public data is kept in the public.

Similar to how the United States Bill of Rights outlined the basic liberties of its citizens, defining an Internet of Things Bill of Rights is an important step in building user trust and growing the IoT.

This talk will introduce the Adafruit.IO service and show how it’s built on the principles of the Internet of Things Bill of Rights. Adafruit.IO can can easily bring data on line from platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black and more, using open protocols and software. We’ll show examples of Adafruit.IO, such as graphing sensor data and controlling devices over the internet.

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Tony DiCola


Tony DiCola is an engineer for Adafruit who is passionate about the Internet of Things and the maker community. His electronics projects have been published in Adafruit’s Learning System, and in print for Make Magazine. Before coming to Adafruit, Tony worked on large scale online services at Microsoft.