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ThingsCon 2019

12 & 13 December
Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Our annual conference will take place 12 & 13 December in Rotterdam at Het Nieuwe Instituut. Thingscon is Europe’s leading conference on the responsible IoT and beyond. Since 2104 it is the place where the pioneers of responsible & ethical tech come together to shape the future. If your work involves designing connected products, or if you are involved in creating the frameworks we use to think about them (through policy, media, or academia), you don’t want to miss this all new edition.

👉 First speakers Check our growing list of speakers and session hosts..

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In this edition we will more than ever focus on reviewing what has happened this year and how to shape the (near) future for the better. We want to reflect and use the insights in shaping preferable futures. Not only by talking, especially by doing. By making and/or designing the images of the future. Mixing experts in the field, facilitators and you. Whether you are an expert or relatively new to the field, we connect those who care about the impact of technology. We started this quest for a more responsible IoT six  years ago and hope to shape the next iteration together with you.

Learn the latest technologies, systems, design techniques and visions on IoT and beyond. Get to know the latest responsible tech insights and tools and  be part of the leading discourse.

We especially like to make the connection with all interested in responsible technology. We provide a program with different routes to choose how to be involved. Our promise that you leave with new inspiration to act in your practice.

✌️ Two days 

Day one we will use even more than last years to shape the future narratives together. We will define themes, and invite people to actively shape the schedule within these themes by hosting their own sessions. At the end of the day we collect the future scenarios and take them into day 2.

Day two will be about contextualising the futures with sessions and keynotes that connect the proposed futures to practice of makers, designers, academia and policy.

🙏 Expect an active mix of inspiration, activity, connection and more!

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ThingsCon is a global initiative to explore and promote the development of fair, responsible, and human-centric technologies for IoT and beyond. Join us in shaping the next iteration.
ThingsCon is organized by volunteers who produce the conference and salons on a non-profit basis.

👏 Good memories from last year

ThingsCon 2018 after movie

Organising partners

Program Day 1

Our program on Thursday the 12th

Day 1 of Thingscon 2019 we will shape the future narratives of the responsible IoT and beyond together. You can dive deep with peers, thought leaders, innovators, and researchers from the ThingsCon community and beyond:

Full program

Program Day 2

Our program on Friday the 13th

Day 2 of Thingscon 2019 is about the current state of the responsible IoT. You can get inspiration from thought leaders and practitioners from the field, get hands-on with the latest tools & insights and be part of the leading discours. To end Thingscon will present a State of the Responsible IoT in 2019:

Full program

Tickets & info

12 / 13 December, Rotterdam | Get your tickets now!

Date and time

Thursday, 12 dec. 2019, 09:00 – 19:00 (CET)
Friday, 13 dec. 2019, 09:00 – 20:00 (CET)


Het Nieuwe Instituut
25 Museumpark, 3015 CB Rotterdam (map)


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Speakers & hosts

Our first speakers

We are happy to announce our first speakers and hosts for sessions and workshops. These include:  

Marleen Stikker
Tracy Rolling
Heather Wiltse
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino
Klasien van de Zandschulp
Mirena Papadimitriou

But wait, there are many more:

All our Speakers & hosts