I was just chatting with my old chum Jacob Beningo, who is Founder and President of the Beningo Embedded Group. Jacob informed me that — almost unbelievably — the fourth annual IoT Online Conference is almost upon us, because this year’s techno-fest will be taking place 8-10 December 2021.

A far as I’m concerned, this is a “must attend” event for any engineers working in IoT Space (where no one can hear you scream). Jacob tells me that last year’s event attracted ~1,500 attendees, and this year he expects to blow past that number.

Will I be seeing you at the 2021 IoT Online Conference? (Click image to see a larger version)

I was just looking at the lineup of speakers. I see many familiar faces, including Jacob himself, who will be presenting Tips and Tricks for Developing Real-Time IoT Systems, Chris Shore, who will be talking about IoT Development in the Cloud, and Colin Walls, who will be explaining How to Measure RTOS Performance.

I also see some folks who are new to me, but whose topics look really interesting. Of particular interest, I see a couple of presenters whose companies I’ve written about recently, including Dr. Johan Kraft from Percepio, who will be talking about The Device Feedback Loop: What does it mean for IoT Operations and Development? (see also my column New Paradigms for Implementing, Monitoring, and Debugging Embedded Systems), and Kasper Lund from Toit, who will be telling us all about Containers and Managed Software on Micro-controllers (see also my column It’s Time to Get Toit!).

The cost of this extravaganza is only $90. As Jacob pointed out in a recent blog, if you compare this to the cost of attending a live conference (anywhere from $1,800 to $3,500 including travel, accommodation, and expenses), the result is a “no-brainer,” as they say. At $90, there’s almost no way that an employer will say “No!” to a request to attend. In his blog, Jacob has also done the math demonstrating that — even if you have to pay yourself — the return-on-investment from learning just one thing that saves you hours of work and increases your productivity can be staggeringly impressive.

So, don’t delay, bounce over and register before all of the good virtual seats are taken!