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Rotterdam 6 — 7 Dec It's time for a system reboot.

Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino

With a background in industrial and interaction design, she was the first UK distributor of the Arduino and is the founder of the Good Night Lamp which is in the permanent collection of the London Design Museum. Two of her projects are also part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and she has exhibited work at the the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Dublin Science Gallery, the Vienna Technical Museum and the Stephen Lawrence Gallery. She has been organising the London Internet of Things Meetup since 2011 and its now the 2nd largest meetup in the world on this topic.

She works with a variety of clients on a variety of different projects (see her list of services) and is also a technical and business assessor for UK & European funding agencies.

She was part of the Mozilla Leadership Network Advisory Group, is on the advistory board of the Virt-EU project. She is also an informal advisor to many internet of things startups and communities around the world. She was named 1st in a list of 100 Internet of Things Influencers (Postscapes, 2016), 2nd in Top 100 Internet of Things Thought Leaders (Onalytica, 2014) and in the Top 100 Influencial Tech Women on Twitter (Business Insider, 2014). She’s been included in the longlist of Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Women in Tech in the UK (2017 & 2018)

Smarter homes

Over the past 100 years, the home has been a battleground for ideas of future living. Fuelled by the electrification of cities, the move from the country to cities, post-war recovery and the development of the internet, the way we live at home (alone or with others) has changed beyond recognition.

Science fiction writing, the entertainment industry, art, and modern interior design and architecture movements have also contributed to defining our aspirations around a future and now more present and possible ‘smart’ home.

From the decade-old smart fridge that tells you if you have run out of milk to smart speakers that let you shop hands-free, some visions of the ‘smart’ home are yet to excite us while others are becoming a reality and will shape how we will live at home very soon.

This book breaks down the historical, societal and political context for the changes in focus of that ‘smartness’ from affordability, efficiency, convenience to recently experimentation.

The second half of the book breaks down what current developments tell us about what our homes will look like in the next 10 years through the lens of spaces, services, appliances and behaviours in our homes.

Alexandra is keynote speaker on Friday December 7, 15:00h

Program

ThingsCon is a 2 day event, packed with talks, workshops and other events.

Thu, Dec 6

Doors open 8:30h, opening 9:30h
9:45-10:30h: keynotes
10:45-12:45h: workshop round 1
13:00-15:00h: workshop round 2
15:15-17:15h: workshop round 3
17:30h keynote
18:00h pitches student hack challenge
19:00h drinks, award ceremony
Whole day: demos and more

Fri, Dec 7

Doors open 8:30h, opening 9:30h
9:45-10:45h: keynotes
11:00-13:00h: workshop round 4
14:00-17:30h: keynotes
17:30h: closing and drinks
Whole day: demos and more

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Date and time

thursday, 6 dec. 2018, 10:00 – friday, 7 dec. 2018, 20:00 (CET)

Location

Bluecity 100 Maasboulevard, 3063 NS Rotterdam

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