Last month quite a lot happened at LABS
and with ThingsCon Amsterdam
. For the latter we established a foundation as of February to be even better suited for organising all our activities this year. Still with the same mission to foster the creation of a human-centric and responsible IoT (I cannot repeat that enough). The board is formed by Marcel Schouwenaar, Monique Dusseldorp and myself. Feels like a milestone!
Lots of plans for TCAMS. Check out our next Salon 23 March
on the Future of Making, and our Shenzhen trip
end of April. We organised already our first Salon on January 27 on Fashion tech, which turned out to be a very nice edition again. Thanks to all speakers and attendees! Find a short report
here, and also some reflections
on the connection of the topic with LABS.
So talking on LABS; since the last newsletter the BIT Students delivered a second iteration of the software platform for TaSST haptic sleeves with a dashboard and algorithmic signal filtering. Two new groups of students from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences started projects. One on haptic feedback patterns for bootcamps, and the other on an exploration into Progressive Web Apps, the new mobile approach introduced by Google.
Sietse organised another round of barbeque sessions to prototype and learn for his graduation project designing a connected bbq. His design explorations are now cummulating in a nice open system with signature touchpoints. He wil be entering the last phase of the project soon.
We are also still planning the next Behavior Design AMS meetup
. We have invited some interesting speakers but are still open for suggestions. Melanie and Marlon are part of the organising team of this edition.
We will also be organising an pop-up ThingsCon Salon with LABS at SXSW in the Dutch pavilion
, so if you are at SXSW this year, and want to hear all on new platform things with beyond screen interactions, be there Sunday 12 March 1 pm.
To close. On a personal title I helped Kars organise the first session of Tech Solidarity NL
. We think it is important to keep a critical standpoint on the global but especially the local political and societal developments. We like to explore what we can do as tech professionals to be prepared in the current state of alternative realities and breaking down diversity. The news below is also highly influenced with these. More information on this page, also how to join.