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Tessa Steenkamp

Tessa Steenkamp (MSc) is an interaction designer focusing on interactions within cities rather than within software. She trained as an industrial designer at the Eindhoven University of Technology, and specialised in emergence and urban systems, receiving her MSc in Emergent Technologies and Design at the AA School of Architecture in London.

Currently, she works as an Experience Designer at UNSense, daughter company of architecture firm UNStudio. UNSense is a research and design company, using technology as a tool for humanising the built environment. Recent projects included the design of human-scale safety measures for The Hague’s International Zone, and convivial versions of e-commerce for the town of Waalwijk, a major logistical hub serving the Netherlands and Europe.

During her time as a Service Designer at the City of Amsterdam, Tessa initiated ‘OpenStad’ (‘OpenCity’). This government innovation programme creates digital tools for making local democracy more interactive, giving citizens more insight in – and power over – their direct living environments. Previously, Tessa worked as a designer and maker for Studio Roosegaarde in Rotterdam, and Umbrellium in London. 

Tessa will be a speaker in the session ‘The Hacking City‘ (Friday 11-13h)

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)