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Session: The Hacking City

Adding a digital layer to the city collecting data, making our infrastructure responsive and generating new forms of participatory design, will become an intelligent layer. Autonomous things, decentralised systems, it all is becoming part of a potential city AI. Will the city become an intelligent creature on its own, will it take autonomous decisions, steer the citizens more than the citizens steer the city? The first iteration is the role of the autonomous objects and the intelligent services we need to use the city. We are not ourselves deciding what our path is, we are ruled by the mapping engines of Google leading us through the most dirty alleys. The city is hacking our life. The city is licensing its services to us.
In this session we like to discuss this possible future of the smart city and what to do about it. Who is ruling who?

Host & speakers

This workshop is curated by Iskander Smit and Martijn de Waal and moderated by Gerd Kortuem, professor of IoT at TU Delft. Panellists/speakers are:

Sjoerd ter Borg; designer and artist
Kars Alfrink; designer and researcher TU Delft
Naomi Schiphorst; architect with focus on smart environments
Tessa Steenkamp; experience designer at Unsense

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)