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How do we ideate responsible IoT products?

Making IoT Design Methods Work

Thursday 12 December – 10:15-13:00 14:00-16:30
Curated and moderated by Arne Berger (HS Anhalt, Germany), Albrecht Kurze (TU Chemnitz, Germany), Dries De Roeck (Studio.Dott), Ivan Ayala (Futurice), Gijs Huisman, Dan Xu and Youngji Cho (Digital Society School)

Aim and Outcome: In this workshop participants will collaboratively use different IoT Design Methods to ideate novel IoT objects or services. Participants will become familiar with existing design tools for IoT, explore how they can be combined, and brainstorm how existing tools could be improved. Participants will learn which workshop method works best for which context.

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Who Should Attend: Designers, developers, and researchers from all backgrounds, schools, and industries, who want to learn how to conduct IoT ideation workshops and who want to have some fun in creating novel IoT objects or services.

Session #1 Understanding and Using IoT Design Methods: For the first session of the workshop we invite participants from industry, design, and academia to try out IoT design methods and to ideate imaginative and novel IoT objects and services. This session will be guided by four experts in conducting workshops for IoT idea generation. After the session you will know a number of IoT design methods and how to use them to come up with new ideas for your company, clients, or students. If you the creator of an IoT design method, we invite you to present your own method, so that we can try it out as well.

Session #2 Frankensteining IoT Design Methods: For the second session of this workshop we invite people with expertise in using any kind of design methods. If you have conducted a design workshop before, please join us for this second session to connect the IoT design method community. In this session, we want to do some frankensteining of our existing IoT design methods. To do so, we will discuss the overlaps and crossovers of our methods and collaboratively think about how to mashup our toolkits in new and imaginative ways.

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:

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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:

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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)