The difference between synthesis and compilation: Compilation turns your code into an ordered sequence of instructions run by the processor. Synthesis turns your HDL into what is essentially physical hardware - more equivalent to the processor itself than the instructions being run on it.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.