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Women Who Code Portland - IoT Series: An Approach to Decentralized and Privatized IoT

1120 NW Couch Street #320
Portland, OR 97209, us (map)



Come learn about Mozilla’s Project Things initiative. It is an open source implementation aimed at promoting a decentralized, and W3C-standardized, Web of Things framework for managing IoT device data. Mozilla’s implementation puts people first, protecting user privacy and security, while promoting industry interoperability.


5:30-5:45 - Arrive, check in, and food
5:45-6:00 - Welcome from WWCode Portland and Mozilla
6:00-7:30 - An Approach to Decentralized and Privatized IoT
7:30-8:00 - Closing


Attendees will learn how to set up a private IoT gateway, and how to to program MCU hardware by following an online tutorial, that takes advantage of open source “webthing” libraries. Attendees will be lent a developer board that they can program during the workshop, and continue to learn from later by referring to an online tutorial. Prototyping hardware is generally low cost, and readily available.


No prior developer skills are necessary. Bring a laptop (any OS). Ideally pre-install the MicroBlocks application, downloadable here:

About our Speaker

Kathy Giori is a Senior Staff Evangelist at Mozilla, promoting "Project Things," an open source Web of Things implementation which embodies Mozilla's values around privacy, security, and interoperability. In previous roles at Arduino.org, Qualcomm Atheros, and other startups, she has been promoting the benefits of open hardware and software, and finds that bridging open communities with industry drives faster innovation. She received her bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, and her master’s in EE from Stanford.

About Women Who Code

We are a global nonprofit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers. Our events offer study groups, technical workshops, hackathons, networking events, panel discussions, lightning talks, and social events featuring influential tech industry experts, innovators, and investors. We help you build the skills you need to raise your professional profile and achieve greater career success. Current and aspiring coders are welcome.

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