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Special Saturday Lecture -- Is your coffee maker talking to your alarm clock? The future of the Internet of Things

STEM Lecture Hall

Joan Tafoya, Senior Principal Engineer, Intel

We all know what the Internet is and how useful it is to our everyday lives.  The next big thing is the “Internet of Things” or IoT for short.   This is about connecting any device with any other device to bring intelligence to the way we experience the world.   It could be as simple as sensors in your garden to measure the moisture in the soil and trigger the watering system to more complex applications like self-driving cars or a smart power grid.   Learn more about the Internet of Things at this talk and how you might get started in building your own device.

Joan Tafoya was born in Albuquerque and is a Senior Principal Engineer in Intel’s Internet of Things business unit. There she leads a cross-Intel team to define the usages and requirements for Intel developed IoT products that make factories, buildings, retail, transportation and homes more efficient and intelligent.   As a 25-year veteran of Intel, she has lived in Asia for nearly 8 years, completing assignments for Intel in China, Vietnam and Malaysia.  She has 2 teenage children.

The lecture will be followed by special tours of the Museum’s STARTUP exhibit. Please preregister at Seats are limited. Children age 8 and up only.

Cost includes STARTUP tour. 

Held at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science1801 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 • (505) 841-2800 Visit:

Purchase in advance online to guarantee your seats, go to  Online lecture ticket sales stop Noon the day of the lecture. The day of the lecture if seats are available they will be sold at the door as a first come first server basis, at the NMMNH&S's Admissions desk. . The day of the lecture if seats are available they will be sold at the door as a first come first server basis.  Doors open at 9:00am.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science reserves the right to cancel any event that does not reach a minimum of 6 participants. 

$6 ($5 members) for one adult OR for one child (age 8–12) and an accompanying adult ($2 for each additional child with an adult).
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