SANTA CLARA, Calif.—We see and hear a lot of numbers about the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), but here’s one that took me aback. VisionMobile reports that by 2020 there will be 4.5 million IoT developers, up from about 800,000 today.

This is an exciting number and a great opportunity, but how do we get there from where we are today?

Simply put, we need to lower the barriers to entry for new developers by expanding design choices, technology accessibility and just raw innovation.

There are any number of challenges between here and there:

  • Battery life and power management continue to be front-and-center design issues
  • Natural human interfaces and context-aware features are required for broader consumer adoption; these features pressure designers in various ways
  • And “everything connected” means security throughout is vital.

ARM CTO Mike Muller will help map out how we get there from here in the kickoff keynote for ARM TechCon 2015, Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. In Mission City Ballroom at the convention center here.

Muller is always compelling, entertaining and insightful and he’ll have a few fascinating announcements to share during his presentation.

I hope to see you there!

Here’s a link to register for the event and here to see more information about the ARM TechCon keynotes.