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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.

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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