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

Ellis Bartholomeus

In 1996 I graduated as a product designer at the Design Academy on ‘Men and Information’. Since then I have created signage, medical user-interfaces, graphic design, websites, online interactive applications, edutainment and serious games. I worked for – and collaborated with – a variety of companies and was co-founder of Laika.nl developing over 75 interactive products for 10 years. I got eager to get more in-depth involved with the use of play and game elements as a medium and tool and not just for fun but to engage the user. Since recent years I am researching how to design motivation, not just to engage a user with a product; How to allow the user to want to interact and play around with his experiences to help for instance patients become more the owner of their condition or a student to become the owner of their learnings. Since april 2018 a wrote and launched a book “apply play • to get ahead of the game” and with this I often give talks and facilitate workshops for organisations to learn to understand the value and power of play and how to make a change.

Ellis is hosting a workshop Playful Thinging


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