ThingsCon fosters the creation of a human-centric & responsible IoT. To this end we provide practitioners with an open environment for reflection & collaborative action.
ThingsCon is a global community of practitioners around Internet of Things (IoT) and connected products, as well as one of Europe’s leading conference networks in this field.
We understand ThingsCon contributing to a movement of practitioners who champion shared values: openness, sharing, diversity & inclusivity, sustainability and collaboration in all things “connected” – from products and services to IoT, from consumer goods to smart cities and more.
Currently in IoT, not all voices are heard equally, and not all services and products are designed in a way that is human-centric and with the public good in mind.
We believe that a network of practitioners working with aligned values can change this. Through networked action, we can make and advocate for technology that is a force for good. Together with you, we can collectively have a meaningful impact on the lives of hundreds of millions, one product or policy at a time.
ThingsCon believes that any participant should be able to feel welcome, included, and safe at our conference. That means anyone, irrespective of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, dietary requirements, or childcare requirements. We’re trying to address this two ways: First, we pledge to try our utmost to accommodate people’s needs. Second, we won’t tolerate staff, speakers, or attendees engaging in behaviour that excludes people, whether that’s harassment, bullying, overt or covert racism or sexism. (Not tolerating means we’ll eject people, without refund, if we have to.)
Please note that this does not mean just that we will fight aggressive behavior, but also aim that we are willing to go the extra mile for anyone with special needs (be it dietary, child care or anything else). Please talk to us. We cannot promise to solve every issue, but sure will try to make it all work.
As proponents for ethics in technology and responsible IoT we try to practice what we preach in our own tools we use for organizing the activities and events we do.
We don’t ever share your data unless legally required to, and in fact don’t collect any personal information other than the necessary data for specific activities, like registration data for our events and communication data to send out our newsletter.
For those activities we use tools and try to monitor and control the collection of data outside our control.
We use MailChimp for our e-mail newsletter to keep you informed on the events and activities we organize. In our database we have your name and e-mail address. As soon as you indicate to unsubscribe we will delete all these information from the database.
Our website is built on WordPress, using the Fudge-theme. We don’t use personal data in our WordPress-website.
For the registration of the conference, we use Eventbrite. We only ask data we need for your registration. Via the management system of Eventbrite we are able to get an overview of the data of attendees:
invoice address (in case that is entered)
For our ThingsCon Salons we use Meetup to announce the Salons and register attendees. All profile data on Meetup is stored within the Meetup environment. We as organizers can download the RSVP list of all members of our group and RSVPs per Salon. In this data, we can only see you account name as shown on the website moment of RSVP. We don’t have access to your e-mail or other personal data. Communication, like sending out announcements, always happens via the tooling of Meetup.
Meetup has updated its privacy statement according to GDPR. Find it here https://www.meetup.com/privacy/