A quick shout-out: We’ve just launched a channel over on Medium.com/thingscon with this goal: We see it as part of this mission to highlight, amplify and promote projects and their makers who do great work in this field. From inspiring talks to best practices to smart applications that improve lives: This channel serves to collect […]

We have an exciting few weeks coming up for ThingsCon with four great events in (just about) as many weeks: London (29 Oct): At Mozfest, as part of a whole day of Good Home activities, Peter will be hosting a session titled “ThingsCon: Responsible IoT for Consumer Rights Orgs“. We want to support consumer rights organizations in […]

It’s October time – about the time we get together to plan for next year’s ThingsCon conference, set the outline and let you know what we have in mind to put together. Yet, (and while we teased it already) this time it’s a bit different: We were very much inspired by the discussions, workshops, camps, […]

ThingsCon Berlin 17 is going to be a camp format After ThingsCamp, we all fell in love with the camp format all over again: An intimate setting, highly interactive, with flatter hierarchies. So for ThingsCon Berlin 2017, that’s what we’ll try out: A ThingsCon Camp, in an as-of-yet undisclosed location (by which we mean, we’ve […]

The Schloss (Photo by Andrea Krajewski) Over the weekend, we gathered our core community—the local organizers plus a handful of key stakeholders, supporters and partners—for a weekend retreat out in the countryside. And over the course of the weekend, many things happened. People worked hard, had time to think big thoughts, and made new friends. […]

ThingsCon mission statement

September 8, 2016

Over the weekend, we gathered our core community—the local organizers plus a handful of key stakeholders, supporters and partners—for a weekend retreat out in the countryside. Among many other things, we worked out a mission statement for ThingsCon. So far this hadn’t formally existed: Intuitively we knew where things were headed, but it hadn’t been […]

As we’re headed towards fall, it’s time to start looking at the programming for ThingsCon 17. Here’s a few topics/arenas we’re considering: #civictech Tech for the public good, citizen engagement, empowerment, smart cities, etc. #smartcity How can we design connected cities in service of citizens and administrations? #connectedhome Data and connectedness are increasingly part of […]

We constantly aim to evolve ThingsCon. This takes time and effort. As we are largely unfunded, at any time we are somewhere between two and four people, all part-time. There is a limit to how much time we can invest in ThingsCon outside of our other work, but we’re excited about it and think it’s […]

As we ease into the summer, and the second half of the year, this is a good time to look back and see what has happened so far in 2016: What worked, what needs work, and where we are headed. At the beginning of the year, we laid out in our blog post what our plans and goals […]

We’ve been quiet for a little bit an embarrassingly long time here on this blog. Not for want of news, though, just because we’ve been busy much like yourself. So what’s been happening and – more importantly – what is in the pipeline?   Mission statement While we always experiment and iterate event formats and topics, all […]