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Thingscon Student Masterclass

About the masterclass

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Shape the Responsible IoT’ to stress the importance of development of responsible technology. By organising a masterclass for students we want to offer you the possibility to think and reflect about these aspects specifically.

We invite you to design a connected object for your home and think on the aspects that make the object a responsible connected object.

The masterclass will take place Thursday afternoon 13:30-17:30h. The masterclass is divided in four steps.

  1. Preparation; we ask you to choose a non-connected object in your home. We ask to think what would be aspects that make this object a connected IoT product. With a sketch of this object and a short minute pitch you will introduce your object in the masterclass
  2. Masterclass: (1) physical brainstorming in the sandbox (focus on finding function and connections), (2) quick iterations of design and show, (3) whip up drawn/mock-up designs to demonstrate the design rationale. (3 hours)
  3. Reflecting; After the masterclass the design is presented to an on-stage expert panel who will take it as a starting point for reflection and critique (1 hour)
  4. Sharing; The results of the masterclass will be exhibited on Friday’s exhibition. We will have a special prize for the best idea voted by the public and we invite the team to the stage in the grand finale.

The masterclass will make use of the IoT Sandbox that is developed by TU/e (Technical University Eindhoven) FutureEveryday Lab existing of a model of a smart home and an open source data platform. Joep Frens and Mathias Funk of TU/e will be the coaches of the masterclass.

The IoT Sandbox, together with its data-canvas, is conceived to be a design tool as well as a demonstration platform for IoT products. These IoT products offer a more complex design challenge than more conventional products because of their systemic and connected nature.

We invite speakers from the conference that have a special relation with the smart home to reflect on the ideas of the students. We now have invited:

Apply for the Student Masterclass

If you like to join the masterclass, fill in this form. When we have more applicants than available spots, we will make a selection based on the motivation you provided. Fill in the form before December 5th!

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


12 / 13 December, Rotterdam

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)