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ThingsCon Amsterdam 2016 Keynote: A responsible IoT

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ThingsCon: Peter Bihr (The Waving Cat) from ThingsConAMS on Vimeo.

This week I’m in the Netherlands for ThingsCon Amsterdam, the largest ThingsCon event this year (and one of an ever-growing number, see the event list <3).

The local team around Monique, Marcel & Iskander kindly asked me to give the keynote. I was honored and psyched obviously – here’s my slide deck for now.

Here are my slides:

The super short executive summary: – We need to build IoT in a responsible & human-centric way, and we founded ThingsCon to promote this goal. – It’s hard to get right because HARDWARE IS HARD, NETWORKED SYSTEMS INTRODUCE DYNAMICS OF POWER & CONTROL, and WE DON’T HAVE GOOD LANGUAGE TO DISCUSS IoT. – The ThingsCon community tries to tackle this, and we think it’s both a duty and a privilege to do so. In fact, this is our chance to have a massive positive impact.

A proper write-up will (hopefully) follow later!

ThingsCon in London, Shanghai, Shenzhen & Amsterdam

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Note: cross-posting this from the ThingsCon blog

We have an exciting few weeks coming up for ThingsCon with four great events in (just about) as many weeks:

London (29 Oct): At Mozfest, as part of a whole day of Good Home activities, Peter will be hosting a session titled “ThingsCon: Responsible IoT for Consumer Rights Orgs“. We want to support consumer rights organizations in this area and are looking for allies, so we’ll be hosting a group discussion of the major pitfalls and opportunities for consumer rights groups in that area. If you’re at Mozfest, come swing by!

Shanghai (4 Nov) & Shenzhen (10 Nov): In November we’ll team up with Simone Rebaudengo for a ThingsCon Salon Shanghai. Then, moving on to Shenzhen, we’ll be co-hosting another salon with the Just Things Foundation and Mozilla Open IoT Studio. More details soon.

Amsterdam (1-2 Dec): Early December, ThingsCon Amsterdam is on once more. It’s the biggest ThingsCon event of the year, and you really don’t want to miss this one. The speaker line-up is just getting started and already is mind-blowing. Among the confirmed speakers you’ll find stars like Usman Haque (Umbrellium), Ame Elliot (Simply Secure), David Li (Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab), Justyna Zubrycka (Vai Kai), Alper Çu?un (writer), Susan Cox-Smith (Changeist), Ricardo Brito (Futurice), Michelle Thorne (Mozilla Foundation) and many more. Next to the plenary speakers program we will give a lot of attention to the in-depth sessions both on Thursday and Friday morning. Expect these around farm-hacking, the internet of bikes, the sneaking smart home, product as agents, fashion tech, design fiction, IoT design tools for ideation, smart citizen and many more. One session we’d like to highlight is a deep dive into the Shenzhen internet of things approach where David Li and ThingsCon delegation to Shenzhen share their experiences. Registration is open and we know from experience that the event will sell out, so register now: thingscon.nl/register/

See you at a ThingsCon near you!

IoT Communities & modes of production

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For Retune Festival 2016, I gave a quick overview of IoT communities and their modes of production. Heads-up, this is quite subjective: The IoT communities featured here are the ones I personally find most interesting and/or am most fond of.

The extra short version is this: Exploring IoT in its various facets can be done in many ways, from the often un- or under-funded (art) to the often highly funded (startup) and everything in between. I argue that startups, while currently a hugely popular vehicle to explore ideas, aren’t for everyone: There are some things and contexts that I think are better explored outside a startup context, through self-funding, third party funding, or as a sustainable independent business.

Hope it’s useful for you.

ThingsCon updates

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Just a quick round of updates re: ThingsCon, our global community and event platform around internet of things (#iot).

First, over on the ThingsCon we wrote up a quick review of how 2016 has been shaping up. Spoiler alert: The move towards a more global footprint through local community events has been working brilliantly thanks to our lovely local hosts. More details on the ThingsCon blog.

Second, in related news, we’re looking to extend the team with a few volunteers.

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Interaction 16 is a wrap

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Interaction 16 opening session, photo by MJ Broadbent Interaction 16 kickoff. (Photo by MJ Broadbent)

Headed back from co-chairing Interaction 16 in Helsinki, my head is still spinning with all the conversations, talks and experiences of the last week.

The UX community is great: Welcoming, inclusive, interested in a huge range of topics. It was like being adopted by a whole new family.

Ever since Sami Niemelä invited me to co-chair this gathering, one thing I’ve been particularly interested in was to see how the more emerging tech-focused topics we included in the program would resonate with this design-focused community.

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Work updates: New work with Bosch & a day of workshops at Mozfest

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Two things that have been keeping me busy for a while (and will continue to do so):

Building bridges with BoschSI

Together with Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino (Designswarm) I’ve been working with the good folks over at Bosch Software Innovations on building bridges between the company and the #iot, startup, designer, and developer communities. Focused around a conference, this is one of several projects to foster collaboration between the various scenes, actors and disciplines that make up the larger #iot ecosystem.

More on this soon.

Connected Home at Mozfest

In early November I’ll be headed to London for Mozfest for a few days of connected home fun. In a highly collaborative (and I daresay agile) fashion, Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Marcel Schouwenaar & Harm van Beek and I will be taking over a space inside the Global Village, a series of spaces that explore all things “connected home/space” in its various facets.

For me this is a bit of a singularity event in that it combines a whole bunch of strands and projects I’ve been working on:

Working closely with these fine people is the best thing ever. To say I’m very much looking forward to these few days would be an understatement.