ThingsCon 2018: It’s time for a system reboot

The Internet of Things (IoT) is maturing, and has even been taken for granted in several industries. We’ve climbed the peaks of inflated expectations and are increasingly often encountering the undercurrent of organisations actively (re)designing their business and technology with fair and inclusive models to succeed in the data-driven economy.

At the same time, a darker, more concerning narrative of surveillance capitalism, weak security, and privacy lures in the the clefts. Since its inception ThingsCon has been an on- and offline environment providing a place to discuss issues within this space needed to be addressed and why.

Now, 5 years into ThingsCon, the need for responsible technology has entered the mainstream debate. We need ethical technology, but how? With the lines between IoT, AI, machine learning and algorithmic decision-making increasingly blurring it’s time to offer better approaches to the challenges of the 21st century: Don’t complain, suggest what’s better! In this spirit, going forward we will focus on exploring how connected devices can be made better, more responsible and more respectful of fundamental human rights.

At ThingsCon, we gather the finest practitioners; thinkers & tinkerers, thought leaders & researchers, designers & developers to discuss and show how we can make IoT work for everyone rather than a few, and build trustable and responsible connected technology.

  • - organised by ThingsCon NL team in collaboration with ThingsCon Berlin (founders)
  • - 2 days, with more than 25 workshops, 10 (international) keynotes, student awards, demo market
  • - 6 & 7 December 2018
  • - In Rotterdam, BlueCity (former Tropicana, now hotspot for innovative entrepreneurs in mainly circualar economy
  • - keynotes Cennydd Bowles, Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Laura James, Natalie Kane, Lorenzo Ramegnoli, Elisa Giaccardi, Martina Huynh, more to be announced coming weeks

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