Meet the local hardware community: The studio visits

ThingsCon is all about connecting the community - and what better way than to literally visit some of the most active and most interesting members of the local hardware community at their homes? We've been working with our partner Julian Adenauer / retune to offer ThingsCon participants the opportunity to meet & mingle through studio visits: For ThingsCon, retune curates an open studio… Read more…

Hebocon comes to ThingsCon

If one crappy robot and another crappy robot fought each other, what would happen? That's what Hebocon is about. It's a robot sumo-wrestling competition, arranged in version of Japanese sumo wrestling. DIY robots fighting each other, with an attitude. To give you an idea, here's a video of a recent Hebocon in Japan: We'll explain the details and how to sign up and prepare in due time; for now,… Read more…

Spark Maker Kits for everyone!

For all participants of ThingsCon, our friends at Spark.io are bringing something exciting: A Spark Core Maker Kit for every ThingsCon participant! Every participant will receive a full Spark Core Maker Kit. If you're new to the world of hardware, don't panic--the Maker Kit has everything you need to level up from hacker zero to hardware hero. In addition to one shiny new Core, the Spark… Read more…

Partner Spotlight: Intel

Team ThingsCon is thrilled and very happy that Intel kindly agreed to support ThingsCon. Here is a word from our sponsors: We are excited to announce our first participation in ThingsCon. Intel is the worldwide leading company within the semiconductor industry. From fashion to robotics and IOT, people are building some incredible things with Intel inside. Intel at ThingsCon 2015: · Make … Read more…

Speaker Spotlight: Bruce Sterling

<img class="left" id="blog_speaker_img" src="http://thingscon.com/assets/images/speaker_bruce_sterling.jpg" alt=„Bruce Sterling“> We are thrilled to announce that novelist, author, and futurist Bruce Sterling will join us for this year’s ThingsCon! We are honored to have him with us and we look forward to his Keynote where he will share some insights to his lates… Read more…

Partner Spotlight: MediaTek Labs

We are really happy to announce a new partner for ThingsCon 15: MediaTek Labs. They are happy about this too and would to introduce themselves. Here is a word from our sponsor: The team at MediaTek Labs is excited to announce our participation in ThingsCon 2015. MediaTek Labs is a free to join, growing online community for developers, device makers and partners. Members benefit from: Free… Read more…

Launching at ThingsCon: The IoT Code of Conduct

This year’s ThingsCon will see the official kick-off of a ‚Code of Conduct‘ for the IoT. And that’s exciting! In a joint effort, design studios The Incredible Machine (NL), Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken (NL), Beyond.io (BE), and FROLIC Studio (NL) and Holly Robins, researcher at Delf University of Technology composed a manifesto that can serve as a code of conduct for everyone involved in the creatio… Read more…

Imperica interviews Warren Ellis

Over at Imperica, Matt Muir has interviewed our friend and keynote speaker Warren Ellis (see all speakers) as he's getting ready for ThingsCon. They chatted about #iot, connected products, and all the fun ways they can fail: "What happens when the people who run your front door for you suddenly shut down overnight? What happens when the houselights get bought out by Amazon? And you have to… Read more…

ThingsCon is for all professionals around connected products

The other day in a conversation an interaction designer pointed out that when they were registering for ThingsCon 1 last year, they thought it might be an event mainly for engineers. Turns out we had stressed the term hardware too much. Luckily, this designer signed up anyway, wanting to learn more about connected devices, #iot, hardware - and of course how to design not just connected products… Read more…

Interview with The Thingcast

The other day Paul Houghton and Ricardo Brito kindly invited ThingsCon team member Peter Bihr to Futurice's Berlin HQ to record the second issue of their #IoT podcast The Thingcast, where we chatted about IoT, ThingsCon and the Berlin tech scene. Enjoy! Also, don't miss out Paul's and Ricardo's workshop on Hyperlocal Services in the IoT at ThingsCon! Read more…