ThingsCon fosters the creation of a human-centric & responsible IoT

Sign up for our newsletter


ThingsCon fosters the creation of a human-centric & responsible IoT. To this end we provide practitioners with an open environment for reflection & collaborative action.
 
ThingsCon is a global community of practitioners around Internet of Things (IoT) and new hardware, as well as one of Europe’s leading conference networks in this field.
 
We believe that technology should be empowering, respectful, and inclusive. Currently in IoT, not all voices are heard equally, and not all services and products are designed in a way that is human-centric and with the public good in mind. We are convinced that good ethics equal good business.
 
We understand ThingsCon contributing to a movement of practitioners – especially independents – who champion shared values like openness, sharing, diversity & inclusivity, sustainability and collaboration in all things “connected” – from products and services to IoT, from consumer goods to smart cities and more.
 
We believe that a network of practitioners working with aligned values can have massive impact. Through networked action, we can make and advocate for technology that is a force for good. Together with you, we can collectively have a meaningful impact on the lives of hundreds of millions, one product or policy at a time.

Latest News

Founding ThingsCon e.V.

We’re happy to announce that we’re setting up ThingsCon e.V.—a Germany-based membership association—to further promote ThingsCon’s mission: To foster the creation of a human-centric & responsible IoT. It’s a not-for-profit structure with 7 founding members (as German regulations require) and will be open for new members once the registration process is completed, most likely in […]

ThingsCon goes Shenzhen

Our Shenzhen shenanigans are coming together nicely. April will be all about going (back) to Shenzhen and do a deep immersion into the hardware ecosystem that produces most of the world’s connected hardware. Only this time it’ll be much easier for you to join in on the fun as there’ll be a fully organized trip […]

Shenzhen impressions

View Source: Things in Shenzhen (beta) from The Incredible Machine on Vimeo. Last November we were part of a small delegation of allied organizations and long-time collaborators—the Dutch Just Things Foundation & The Incredible Machine, as well as Mozilla’s Open IoT Studio—that visited Shenzhen, China, where most of the world’s electronics are made. Above, a […]

 Join our growing  community and start a conversation with leading IoT experts, designers and ThingsCon Alumni.

The Team

Simon Höher

Simon Höher (@jimmiehu), Cofounder & Chair
Simon explores human centric concepts of technology, culture, and society in a global context. As a serial entrepreneur and strategy consultant, he works with organizations to co-create their future – and fosters connections between people, ideas and products. He co-founded several projects and companies in the realm of collaboration, hardware, including ThingsCon, .process, Knowable Co., and Polymer. Simon regularly mentors at Seedcamp and is part of various organizations in the field of technology and development, including the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN), and the Global Innovation Gathering.

Peter BihrPeter Bihr (@peterbihr), Cofounder & Chair
Peter is the founder of The Waving Cat, where he explores the impact of emerging technologies—especially Internet of Things (#iot) and helps apply the insights of innovators through consulting, R&D, conferences and publications. As a strategy advisor, he helps organizations large and small excel in an environment shaped by digitization, connectedness and rapid change. He has co-founded and chaired many acclaimed emerging technology conferences including ThingsCon, UIKonf and Cognitive Cities Conference, and served as co-chair of Interaction 16.

Max KrügerMax Krüger (@krgermax), Cofounder & Chair
Max is interested in spaces, experiences and technologies to foster collaboration, creativity and the active exchange of knowledge. He worked on several highly regarded projects including UIKonf, the Global Innovation Lounge and the Creative Space Explorer.

Emanuel SchwarzEmanuel Schwarz (@kryobot), Cofounder
Emanuel is a designer, front-end developer and entrepreneur from Berlin. Over the last couple of years he co-founded a Start-Up that went on to create two platforms: Knowable, a collaborative tool to work on hardware projects together and Polymer, a social network that makes it easier for hardware professionals to find each other. During this time he teamed up with the other guys to start ThingsCon, and also began mentoring other companies as part of the Seedcamp network.