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Bionic Blue whales 🐋 – from tracking to augmenting mammals

Friday, December 7, 11:00-13:00h

In the past 30 years tracking technologies have helped biologists understand animals and their natural habitat. Going forward we see technology not only provide information to humans but also to the animals wearing them, giving them additional senses to use to survive in a fast changing world. In this session we will explore past and future of tracking and augmenting mammals with the help of Sophie Brasseur – mammalogist at Wageningen University & Research, Mick Geerits – designer of Augmented Nature, Sander Turnhout – SoortenNL.


Sophie Brasseur

Sophie Brasseur

Sophie is a mammalogist at Wageningen University & Research with many years of experience in using tags to study animal behaviour. She currently lives on the island of Texel, where she uses tags to monitor more than 500 grey seals. Sophie will share how she and her colleagues benefit from this technology and what she would like to see in the future.

Mick Geerits

Mick Geerits

Mick is a designer with a passion for technology. His background in Industrial Design, Philosophy and Strategy Consulting all contribute to an holistic approach to design. He loves diving into code and electronics as much as debating the abstract values of a project. His obsessions include: emergent behaviour, decentralized systems, electronics and growth algorithms. He is one of the founders of the London based studio http://abnormal.design/

Sander Turnhout

Sander Turnhout has published books, articles and stories on literature, postmodernism, globalisation, biology and nature conservation throughout the last 20 years. He participated in innovative projects and debates in the non profit creative industry. In his Phd he follows a dragon fly through language philosophy and actor nework theory in order to get a grip on what biodiversity data is all about.

Program Day 1

Our program on Thursday the 12th

Day 1 of Thingscon 2019 we will shape the future narratives of the responsible IoT and beyond together. You can dive deep with peers, thought leaders, innovators, and researchers from the ThingsCon community and beyond:

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Program Day 2

Our program on Friday the 13th

Day 2 of Thingscon 2019 is about the current state of the responsible IoT. You can get inspiration from thought leaders and practitioners from the field, get hands-on with the latest tools & insights and be part of the leading discours. To end Thingscon will present a State of the Responsible IoT in 2019:

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Tickets & info

12 / 13 December, Rotterdam | Get your tickets now!

Date and time

Thursday, 12 dec. 2019, 09:00 – 19:00 (CET)
Friday, 13 dec. 2019, 09:00 – 20:00 (CET)


Het Nieuwe Instituut
25 Museumpark, 3015 CB Rotterdam (map)


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Speakers & hosts

Our speakers & hosts

We are happy to announce our keynote speakers and hosts for sessions and workshops. These include:

Marleen Stikker
Tracy Rolling
Heather Wiltse
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino
Klasien van de Zandschulp
Mirena Papadimitriou
Davide Gomba
Wouter Reeskamp

But wait, there are many more:

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