Weeknotes 138; robots as a dirty word

A short week last week. With a lot of things on the agenda. For a couple of years, I do a kick-off presentation for the students at AVANS CMD as part of the kick-off of a minor on Integrated Smart Systems. It is a mix of introduction to connected objects and the internet of things, and some peek into the future of more intelligent things. In collaboration with the new coordinator we discussed diving a bit more into the difference between collector- and actor-products as introduced in the model of Nazli Cila back in 2017 (see this paper). It was nice to dive a bit more into that framework again, still relevant, and the third level; the creator, has links with the Things that Predict, which is my personal research focus still.

Speaking of that, on Friday eight teams of bachelor students of Industrial Design in Delft presented the results of their minor Designing Connected Experiences, with the focus on the city context. All projects had interesting angles, all different, but some could also very well be connected. I will make a post with all the projects on the Delft Design Lab Cities of Things as soon as all videos are ready for public sharing. The projects became more interesting if more than one type of object was connected and when the objects also take initiative in the interaction. And adding a goal for the impact made the projects even more relevant!

The week was also dedicated to IoT Rotterdam. The whole week sessions and workshops could be followed. I participated in two workshops organized by Creating010 on Value of the Smart City and on Digital City and Digital Citizenship. On Friday Pieter and I gave a masterclass on Responsible design for networked objects. We shaped a new masterclass that focused on diving deep into the redesign of an existing smart object, to go beyond the first level issues and solutions. We were very happy with the format and the discussions we had. We think that the masterclass will work even better in 3 hours with more time for the designing part. We are happy to do the masterclass more often so let us know! :-)

If you are interested in Trust and IoT, we do another round of workshops on 22 April, 96 May, and 20 May organized by IoT Eindhoven. Check the meetup-page for info and RSVP.

We also sent out a newsletter for ThingsCon, with the introduction of our new year theme: EVERY____. Want to know more, check the newsletter here.

The rest of the week was filled with meetings with graduate students and field lab development. And what happened furthermore in the world; let’s check the news bits…

Find the collected news-items in the newsletter.

See you next week…

I don’t have any public sessions on the calendar. I might check out the NGI Forward session with the Libellium CEO, one of the bigger IoT platforms. I cannot make it to this week’s What’s Next but if you are into Generational Intelligence, check it out!

As it is less packed with sessions, I might have finally time to update the websites of Delft Design Lab and Cities of Things…

Have a great week!

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I am a design director at Structural. I curate and organize ThingsCon Netherlands and I am chairman of the Cities of Things Foundation. Before I was innovation and strategy director at tech and innovation agency INFO, visiting researcher and lab director at the Delft University of Technology coordinating Cities of Things Delft Design Lab.

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