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Session: We, the body, the internet, and things in between

Bodystorming the wearable Internet of Things

The Internet of Things spreads in our homes, our neighbourhoods, our cities and landscapes; and to our bodies, to ourselves. We have attached computational smart technology to our bodies for centuries beginning with rings with an integrated abacus in the 1600’s or the watch. Arguably the internet has brought a whole other dimension to the possibilities, necessities, and enhancements we add to ourselves; smart watches, fitness bands, smart medical devices, imploding in the multifunctional black slates we carry with us as if they were a part of our body. Through them our activities transform into informational utterances voyaging into the vast networks, possibly re-appearing magically through other things or on someone next to us. Where else do they go on their journey? Are we a thing on the internet? Can the wearable IoT provide a potential for an alternative narrative that enables us to stay human on a network of things?

As part of his PhD research as an OpenDoTT fellow Jens Ewald wants to discover the untold stories of the body, the self, and the things in between. Where are we now? Which aspects of the body and the IoT have you not yet discovered?


Join us in a session to explore together the current state of the wearable IoT with a collective body mapping and gain new narratives through visual storytelling. Gathering our own stories and experiences with connected products in our day to day lives on our body we will transform stories of the now into alternative proposals of a potentially more poetic wearable Internet of Things, not products.

Maximum Participants: 15
Participants don’t need to bring anything.

Hosted by Jens Ewald.

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)