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Rotterdam 6 — 7 Dec It's time for a system reboot.

Boost Astroplant to Mars 🚀

Thursday December 6, 15:15-17:15h

AstroPlant is an educational citizen science project with the European Space Agency to engage a new generation of space farmers, collect data and ideas for agriculture on Mars, develop open source research equipment, and create awareness of regenerative and closed-loop life support systems. 

The AstroPlant kit v4.0

No matter if you are more hands on or a theoretical master, this is your chance to see how science can meet tech.
To get an idea which plant can be taken on a space mission we need to learn more about how plants grow in different environmental conditions. 
Come and join our workshop and help us to improve the research kit and think along with us over biology and protocols, electronics, backend/API or the educational program.

In small groups we will tackle pre-defined design challenges that will be facilitated by our international Astroplant team of experts. Triggering you to think blue sky and cross pollinate ideas. Next to that we will test build the first kit v5 so you can have a look under the motor cap or get active and wired up.


Thieme Hennis

Thieme Hennis

Thieme Hennis’s formal training is in complex systems engineering and in self-organisation in education (PhD in 2016) with a strong interest in circular and sustainable system design. With organisations like And The People and Border Sessions he currently works on topics such as inclusive and circular system design, sustainable housing, and food and agri innovation by organising processes in which relevant stakeholders meet and co-create new solutions that meet the demands of a changing society. He leads the IoT, citizen science, and open source project called AstroPlant to engage young explorers with the quest to grow plants in space and generate data about plants so we can feed ourselves on this planet and beyond in the decades to come.

Gernot Kuenzel

Gernot Kuenzel is an trained industrial designer (MA), followed the Master in European Design program with the focus on strategic design and concept creation.

In the recent years he has built a broad knowledge of new product development and technology by working at a leading producer like Nimbus Group and currently at the innovation agency Pezy Group.

With his experience from working with several IoT startups to market launch and incubators at Multi-nationals and interest in digital technologies, the makers movement and sustainability he has seen what it needs to get the best and right out there.

Focusing on the Astroplant product and UX design he translates smart minds’ ideas and wishes into a tangible kit that is easy and fun to use and make.

Empowering kids to dive into biology, science and technology while contributing to a bigger mission and a more sustainable future.


ThingsCon is a 2 day event, packed with talks, workshops and other events.

Thu, Dec 6

Doors open 8:30h, opening 9:30h
9:45-10:30h: keynotes
10:45-12:45h: workshop round 1
13:00-15:00h: workshop round 2
15:15-17:15h: workshop round 3
17:30h keynote
18:00h pitches student hack challenge
19:00h drinks, award ceremony
Whole day: demos and more

Fri, Dec 7

Doors open 8:30h, opening 9:30h
9:45-10:45h: keynotes
11:00-13:00h: workshop round 4
14:00-17:30h: keynotes
17:30h: closing and drinks
Whole day: demos and more

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Date and time

thursday, 6 dec. 2018, 10:00 – friday, 7 dec. 2018, 20:00 (CET)


Bluecity 100 Maasboulevard, 3063 NS Rotterdam