Imagine a world where you can set your coffee to brew by using an app on your smartphone while upstairs getting ready for the day, or where you can lock your doors remotely through your computer.
These scenarios are already a reality and are a part of a growing network known as the “Internet of Things” (IoT).
The Internet of Things is the process of connecting everyday objects and appliances to the internet, creating a network built into our day-to-day lives. This technology allows us to streamline tasks and more accurately quantify human action through the data that are collected.
Many objects we use today are already a part of the Internet of Things, such as the Fitbit, the Apple Watch, and your smartphone.
But what does this mean for nonprofits? Nonprofits live and breathe data and human action. Nonprofits are forever searching for new ways to know their donors and beneficiaries better so they can solve the problem they were created to solve.
The Internet of Things, and the nonprofit technology it enables, is the answer to that search.