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Ethics Education – panel with educators

Thursday, December 6, 13:00-15:00h

Thursday, December 6, 13:00-15:00h

What does it mean to have ethics as an integrated part in education, especially for education for IoT, technology and design. We invited the educators of universities and universities of applied sciences to discuss the topic.


Maaike Harbers

Maaike Harbers is a research professor in Artificial Intelligence & Society at Knowledge Center Creating 010, and a senior lecturer at the Creative Media and Game Technologies program, both at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Her work focuses on artificial intelligence, ethics and design. She studies how designers can create interactive, intelligent technology in a responsible way by accounting for the ethical implications of their concepts during design time. She received a PhD from Utrecht University in 2011 on the topic of Explainable Artificial Intelligence.

Gerd Kortuem

Gerd Kortuem is Professor and Chair of Internet of Things in the Industrial Design Engineering Faculty at TU Delft, principle investigator at the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions and member of the Delft AITech initiative on Meaningful Human Control Of Autonomous Intelligent Technology. His research focuses on the intersection of the Internet of Things and design and explores data, algorithms, and smart materials as key building blocks for intelligent products and services: How can designers effectively marshal these new design materials for product development? How can we understand and ensure accountability, transparency and sustainability of the Internet of Things and “intelligent” products and services?

Bart Hengeveld

Bart Hengeveld is assistant professor in the Future Everyday research group at Industrial Design, TU/e.
Bart has a background in industrial design (M.Sc. at TU Delft, Doctorate at TU/e) and music. His research interest is in the ‘body language’ of the internet of things; how does embedded technology present itself to us in the most appropriate form? More specific his interest is in the role of sound in this world of ubiquitous computational technologies.
He is a member of the ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI) Steering Committee, having been part of the TEI community since the first conference in 2007 and having organized TEI’16 in Eindhoven (Conference bid and Program Chair). He has co-edited a special issue for IxD&A, and is a regular reviewer for CHI, TEI, DIS, IJDesign and more. 
As a teacher, he is specialized in 2D, 3D and 4D ‘formgiving’. He is a regular invited teacher for the Asian Smart Living International School. Between 2015 and 2017 he was elected ID Teacher of the year three times in a row, and in 2017 he was runner-up Teacher of the Year at TU/e.

Micky van Zeijl

Micky is a lecturer Design Ethics and Design Argumentation at the department of CMD-Amsterdam Digital Interactive Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. She has an academic background in Interaction Design and New Media Studies.

This combination of theory and applied design work makes her the happiest. Therefore, in addition to the more theoretical courses, she coordinates and teaches projects about physical interaction and prototyping and works as instructor at the Makers Lab. She will start the Fab Academy in 2019.

Andrea Krajewski

Andrea is an industrial designer, speaker and blogger. Since 25 years she is fascinated by the changing role of design in innovation processes. In 1994 she co-founded 360° – a design agency with an interdisciplinary approach, designing products at the border of digital and analogue media. In 2002 she was appointed as a professor for the Design of Interactive Media Systems at the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt. Here she established the interdisciplinary study course Interactive Media Design the UX-Lab and the THINGS-Lab – the current centres of her research. The contact to the ThingsCon-Team for her was like love at first sight.

She ist member of ThingsCon e.V. and hosts the ThingsCon Salon Darmstadt

Michel Witter

Michel Witter is senior lecturer interaction design at the Academy of Communication & User Experience of Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda, The Netherlands. He has been involved with the development of the interaction design curriculum for about 16 years. His research activities are driven by his fascination for embodied interaction and sensory augmentation.
Michel has a background in Technical Computer Science, Digital Art, interactive installations, and 3D computer graphics. This border crossing backdrop helps him stay open-minded towards developments in the domain of HCI and interaction design.
As researcher for the Centre of Expertise for Art, Design and Technology (CARADT), he is currently investigating the design of wearable technology for augmented sense-making through pure experience: the design of interactive garments and wearable technology from a phenomenological and enactivist approach. As educator he deals with privacy and ethics in relation to the design of integrated smart systems, specifically during an undergraduate project at his school. 

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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12 / 13 December, Rotterdam

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)

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:

All our Speakers & hosts