Join us at ThingsCon Rotterdam (6-7 Dec)
Join our annual conference in Rotterdam
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.
ThingsCon is a global community & event platform for IoT practitioners. Our mission is to foster the creation of a human-centric & responsible Internet of Things (IoT).
With our events, research, publications and other initiatives we aim to provide practitioners with an open environment for reflection & collaborative action.
ThingsCon is a global community of practitioners around Internet of Things (IoT) as well as one of Europe’s leading conference networks in this field.
We believe that technology should be empowering, respectful, and inclusive. 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 are convinced that good ethics equal good business.
We understand ThingsCon contributing to a movement of practitioners – especially independents – who champion shared values like 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.
We believe that a network of practitioners working with aligned values can have massive impact. 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.
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