We’re happy to announce that we set up ThingsCon e.V.—a Germany-based membership association—to further promote ThingsCon’s mission: To foster the creation of a human-centric & responsible IoT.
Why a membership association? Having this structure will help us interface with other organizations more easily in terms of advocacy and funding.
Our 7 founding members (in alphabetical order):
- Prof Andrea Krajewski (Hochschule Darmstadt)
- Emanuel Schwarz (ThingsCon)
- Max Krüger (ThingsCon, Global Innovation Gathering)
- Michelle Thorne (Mozilla Open IoT Studio)
- Peter Bihr (ThingsCon, The Waving Cat)
- Ricardo Brito (The ThingCast, IoT Service Kit)
- Simon Höher (ThingsCon, Current Collective)
The full Articles of Association (Satzung) and Regulations of Contribution are available here. They were adopted by the founding members on 17 February 2017.
We’re very happy that our little rebel alliance for responsible IoT keeps growing and maturing. It now includes a “core” ThingsCon group made up one association in Germany and the Netherlands plus local organizers, plus (helping out wherever needed) the founders’ companies (The Waving Cat in Germany and The Incredible Machine & info.nl in the Netherlands). And we work very closely and side-by-side with a number of other organizations with aligned values and mission statements including the Just Things Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, and many others.
With this organically grown, trust-based setup we’re in a great position to do what we set out to do: Promote a responsible IoT and make sure that IoT works well for everyone.