ThingsCon Salon Shanghai: The first ThingsCon event in Asia

November 18, 2016

We just held the very first ThingsCon event in Asia! Our event was kindly hosted by no other than Simone Rebaudengo, inventor of Addicted Toasters and Teacher of Algorithms ThingsCon Salon Shanghai was the very first ThingsCon event in Asia ever and a resounding success!

ThingsCon Salon ShanghaiSimone kicks off ThingsCon Shanghai

ThingsCon Salon Shanghai was the very first ThingsCon event in Asia ever and a resounding success!

Around 50 people joined for the event at Naked Hub, one of Shanghai’s hottest coworking spaces. Thanks to Simone and Shine as well as the Naked Hub gang, we had a blast. After a short intro by Simone about dilemmas in IoT and his work in the field, Michelle and I both talked about responsible and open IoT as well as how we advocate for both, and our mission for this visit to China—namely to listen and learn how Shenzhen and the European independent IoT ecosystem can learn from one another and collaborate, and how the Shenzhen approach to open source hardware might be applicable in the European IoT ecosystem for innovation as well.

ThingsCon Salon ShanghaiFull house at ThingsCon Shanghai, kindly hosted by Naked Hub

Alvin Chang, founder of smart bottle startup Gululu spoke about his vision for a kids product that solves a real issue.

Design Technologist Saurabh Satta (Frog, automato farm) explored the history of networks, and how speculative design can help navigate the questions posed by technology.

Rocky Liu introduced his project OSG (Open Source Glasses), an open source build of smart glasses that he’s involved in making.

It was fascinating all around, and the conversations continued long after the presentations ended, deep into the night.

Please note: This post was cross-posted from thewavingcat.com.