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

Playful Thinging

Thursday, December 6, 10:45-12:45h

We need ethical technology, but how? With the lines between IoT, AI, machine learning and algorithmic decision-making increasingly blurring it’s time to offer better approaches to the challenges of the 21st century” So…. you think you know (best)? Come and prove it at our Challenge, all tools and methods are available to shape your team, design a concept as solution to the problem, create a prototype and a mini playtest before we iterate to level-up to final presentation battle!

PS: For those with no interest in winning but are just curious about the dynamics or about playful thinking, just join, it was never boring before.
A game concept design competition to create the most feasable, desirable and viable playful solution to facilitate exactly this dialog on ethics in technology.


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.


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