About

ThingsCon is Europe’s leading conference about the future of hardware, connected devices and Internet of Things. It is also a global community of like-minded practitioners around Internet of Things (IoT) and new hardware.
 
At the conference, an international line-up of top notch speakers covers everything it takes to grow a hardware product from prototype to scaling business, to empower local communities through connected technology, to make a meaningful impact through product design. This conversation continues throughout the year in local community events around the globe.

Our vision

We understand ThingsCon contributing to a movement of practitioners who champion shared values: openness, sharing, diversity & inclusivity, sustainability and collaboration in all things “connected” – from products and services to IoT, from consumer goods to smart cities and more.
Currently in IoT, not all voices are heard equally, and not all services and products are designed in a way that is human-centric and with the public good in mind.
We believe that a network of practitioners working with aligned values can change this. Through networked action, we can make and advocate for technology that is a force for good. Together with you, we can collectively have a meaningful impact on the lives of hundreds of millions, one product or policy at a time.

Team

ThingsCon team photo

The ThingsCon team (left to right): Emanuel Schwarz, Peter Bihr, Simon Höher, Max Krüger

Peter Bihr, Co-Chair (@peterbihr)
Peter is the founder of The Waving Cat, where he explores the impact of emerging technologies and helps apply the insights of innovators through consulting and conferences. As a strategy advisor, he helps organizations large and small excel in an environment shaped by digitization, connectedness and rapid change. He has co-founded and chaired many acclaimed emerging technology conferences including ThingsCon, UIKonf and Cognitive Cities Conference, and serves as Program Director of NEXT as well as co-chair of Interaction 16.
Simon Höher, Co-Chair (@jimmiehu)
Simon Höher explores human centric concepts of technology, culture, and society in a global context. As a serial entrepreneur and strategy consultant, he works with organizations to  co-create their future – and fosters connections between people, ideas and products. He co-founded several projects and companies in the realm of collaboration, hardware, including ThingsCon, .process, Knowable Co., and Polymer. Simon regularly mentors at Seedcamp and is part of various organizations in the field of technology and development, including the International Development Innovation Network (IDIN), and the Global Innovation Gathering.
Max Krüger, Co-Chair (@krgermax)
Max is interested in spaces, experiences and technologies to foster collaboration, creativity and the active exchange of knowledge. He worked on several highly regarded projects including UIKonf, the Global Innovation Lounge and the Creative Space Explorer.
Emanuel Schwarz, Co-Chair (@kryobot)
Emanuel is a designer, front-end developer and entrepreneur from Berlin. Over the last couple of years he co-founded a Start-Up that went on to create two platforms: Knowable, a collaborative tool to work on hardware projects together and Polymer, a social network that makes it easier for hardware professionals to find each other. During this time he teamed up with the other guys to start ThingsCon, and also began mentoring other companies as part of the Seedcamp network.