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

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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

Videos of ThingsCon Salon Cologne July are up!

On July 8th, ThingsCon Salon Cologne featured talks by Prof. Andrea Krajewski and Matt Patterson. See upcoming ThingsCon events here. Prof. Andrea Krajewski Andrea Krajewski (@krajewski) is an industrial designer, speaker and blogger. Since 25 years she is fascinated by the changing role of design in innovation processes. In 1994 she co-founded 360° – a […]

ThingsCon Salon Berlin July videos

On 14th July we had another ThingsCon Salon Berlin. You can learn more about upcoming ThingsCon events here. Here’s the presentations! Gulraiz Khan Gulraiz Khan (@gulraizkhan) is a transdisciplinary designer who works on civic engagement. As an urbanist, he is interested in developing grassroots engagement methods that can help communities thrive through political and environmental […]

Featured on WIRED!

Our report on The State of Responsible Internet of Things got featured on Bruce Sterling‘s blog on WIRED. Thanks, Bruce!

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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 and Managing Director of The Waving Cat where he explores impact and opportunities of emerging technologies—especially Internet of Things (#iot). As an innovation & strategy advisor, he helps organizations 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, served as co-chair of Interaction16, and named a Top 100 Influencer in IoT in 2016 (Postscapes). He blogs at thewavingcat.com.

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.