element14 launches Raspberry Pi charged IoT Learner Kit

Kit supports IBM Coursera course to get makers and developers started with the Internet of Things


element14 is now shipping a market –first IoT Learner Kit developed in collaboration with IBM. The kit provides an end-to-end learning solution for makers, hardware and software developers and students looking to get started with IoT development and can be used in conjunction with IBM’s Coursera course: “A Developer`s Guide to Internet of Things (IoT)”.

The IoT learner kit has been built around the Raspberry Pi3 and Raspberry Pi sense hat, which have fueled the maker culture and become a symbol for creativity and innovation for the Internet of things. By accessing the IoT space through the kits hardware, and with full support from the IBM course, developers will be able to:

- Learn the skills required for IoT development

- Create innovative projects

- Bring innovative projects into commercial application

Richard Curtin, Strategic Alliance Director at element14 said:

“The maker market is a home for innovation and we continue to see bright and exciting ideas come from this space and turn into real commercial prospects.  By collaborating with IBM in the development and launch of this starter kit, element14 is making it even easier for makers to take that first step towards the commercial market, creating the potential for an innovation revolution.”

Bret Greenstein, Vice President, IBM Watson IoT Platform, added:

"So many engineers and entrepreneurs first start tinkering with their IoT ideas on a Raspberry Pi, which is why IBM has engaged and committed to the Pi ecosystem by teaming up with element14, a Premier Farnell trading company and a licensed manufacturer of the Raspberry Pi.”

The element14 IoT Learner Kit is available from Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America and element14 in Asia.   

You can get started with "A Developer's Guide to IoT" from IBM and Coursera, and explore the course before purchase. The kit also provides a 90 day free trial for the Bluemix, a cloud development platform giving access to the IBM Watson IoT Platform and other services. 

You can read more about IoT learner Kit on the element14 community and element14 design center.


Farnell Global is a fast and reliable distributor of products and technology for electronic and industrial system design, maintenance and repair.  From research and design through prototype to production, Farnell helps its customers access the products and services they need 24/7.  With more than 80 years of experience, 47 localised websites, and a dedicated team of over 3,500 employees, Farnell provides every component its customers need to build the technology of tomorrow.

Farnell Global trades as Farnell in Europe, Newark in North America, and element14 in Asia Pacific.  It also sells direct to consumers through its CPC business in the UK.

Farnell Global has been part of the established global technology distributor, Avnet (Nasdaq: AVT), since 2016. Today, this relationship allows the company to support its customers at every stage of the product life cycle, offering a truly unique distribution model, as well as expertise in end-to-end delivery and product design.

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