Nice story Mrs Maxfield (and Max). I have a nice phrase for this sort of situation. It came to me from an old friend of mine. I was once regaling him with a similar sorry tale of woe.
"I know what you mean," he said, "Everything in your favour was against you!"
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.