what, how and why?

Rotterdam Internet of Things Days, April 9th-12th 2013

Is Internet of Things (IoT) a technology or a concept? During the Rotterdam IoT-Days we’ll discuss altogether what IoT is, how it works and above all why it has to be there. It is expected that IoT will have a major impact on people’s lives and societal domains. When we want IoT to be of meaning for us all, we should take control and create new ways of life and work. Join the Rotterdam IoT-Days to experience and share ideas, concerns and thoughts of future living in a hybrid world!



The Internet as we know it today only exists for some 25 years. After its first developments it was Mark Weiser, together with John Seely Brown, who in 1996 wrote his famous text: ‘the Coming age of Calm Computing’. Here he predicted the ubiquitous computing; i.e., computers would be embedded in our environment and act without our interference. In 1999 Kevin Ashton coined the term Internet of Things; the connection between objects and the internet. Now, only 13 years later, the discussion around the IoT becomes widely spread. More and more organisations try to focus on relevant issues, think-tanks try to focus on its relevance, companies look for business opportunities, the scientific search for answers on questions related to e.g. privacy and safety issues is extending.


The European Union has considered IoT as an important topic in their policy, expecting improvement of economic growth and social wellbeing. Several cities around the world have explored the possibilities of pervasive technologies and open data to improve city living empower their citizens . However, the basic question whether IoT is a technology or an concept remains.


This is the point of departure for several days on which we intend to present a variety of discussions, projects, presentations and lectures; all with the IoT as leading concept, but with a positive, yet critical attitude towards its goals and implementation. After all; to which question was/is the IoT an answer at first? The most elementary description of the IoT is that it connects the physical world to the virtual/digital world. More articulated descriptions exist, but they vary in detail, not in their essence. Nevertheless: by connecting both worlds we have facilitated a possible way of communication; next – or better first - we need to determine why, when and for whom. .


The IoT is not only a business case and/or a technological development. This is about a concept which involves us all; it will have a significant influence on our daily life. It concerns us as humans in an increasingly hybrid world. It is up to us how to deal with it.

Parallel to the IoT other developments are raised and belong to its periphery: Open Data, Augmented Reality, 3-d printing etc. All of these can be seen as threats or chances; it is up to us to determine how we take control and create new ways of life and work, with additional values

The Conference

After the first conference on IoT vs. Home-Sense on December 9th. 2011 in Rotterdam, we now also expand our field of interest to other areas of implementation. In joint effort with local government, companies, and research and educational institutions we will present discussions and projects which have their origin in two mutual convictions:

1. The internet of things is here; but we might need to understand better what it is and how it works.
2. The internet of things is here for human need; to provide the technology, framework and facilities to improve life and its meaningful experience.

Recorded Live Video Stream, April 9th, IoT vs. BUILD environment

Recorded Live Video Stream, April 12th, Wrap-up


Program April 9th, IoT vs. BUILD environment

Entrance: 35,00 euro (students 17,50 euro) (Lunch not included.)


00.90 – 09.30 hrs.


09.30 – 09.35 hrs.

Welcome and introduction by Martin Spindler

09.35 – 09.50 hrs.

Opening by alderman Korrie Louwes, City of Rotterdam

09.50 – 10.20 hrs.

Martin Pot, Council / Peter van Waart, HRO.

10.20 - 10.45 hrs.

10.40 – 11.00 hrs.

Questions & Answers / Discussion

11.00 – 11.30 hrs.

Break for coffee/tea

11.30 – 11.50 hrs.

11.50 – 12.00 hrs.

Questions & Answers / Discussion

12.00 – 13.00 hrs.


13.00 – 13.20 hrs.

Slow Things
Carolyn Strauss ,Slowlab

13.20 – 13.30 hrs.

Questions & Answers / Discussion

13.30 – 13.50 hrs.

Self Building Building.
Tomasz Jaskiewicz , TU-Delft, Hyperbody Lab

13.50 – 14.00 hrs.

Questions & Answers / Discussion

14.00 – 14.20 hrs.

14.20 – 14.30 hrs.

Questions & Answers / Discussion

14.30 – 15.00 hrs.

Break coffee/tea

15.00 – 15.20 hrs.

Frans Vogelaar , Academy of Media Arts Cologne, Hybrid Space Lab - Berlin

15.20 – 15.30 hrs.

Questions & Answers / Discussion

15.30 – 15.50 hrs.

Generating health-based scenarios for smart-homes.
Remy van der Vlies ,TNO-Delft.

15.50 – 16.00 hrs.

Questions & Answers / Discussion

16.00 – 17.00 hrs

Closing discussion and wrap-up.

17.00 – 18.00 hrs.

Drinks, meet and talks



Tijmen Wisman

conducts research at the VU Amsterdam at the Faculty of Law. His research is on privacy in the Internet of Things, more specifically on the foreseeable impact on privacy caused by EU policy with regard to the IoT in the home.

Martin Spindler

is a speaker, writer and strategy consultant focusing on the Internet of Things, the Future of Energy, and how the Internet leaks into all kinds of aspects of everyday life. He is a founding member of the Internet of People consultancy network, a global professional network which offers services to clients who want to make sense of the rapidly shifting environment of increased connectivity and ubiquitous digitisation, and a member of Council, an Internet of Things Think Tank, the Internet & Gesellschaft Co:llaboratory and the Open Internet of Things Assembly. He studied Political Sciences, Economics and Islamic Studies at the University of Heidelberg and lives in Berlin.

Remy van der Vlies

Remy van der Vlies MSc PDEng is a consultant and researcher of performance based building at TNO, the Dutch institute for applied science. He was trained as an innovation engineer and architectural design manager at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). In 2006 he founded an expert panel on architectural design on maintenance. From 2007 to 2012 he collaborated in research on home automation at the unit Performance Engineering for Built Environments of the TU/e. In 2010 he was a member of a multidisciplinary TNO-team creating a tool to help installers design adaptations of the home to meet older residents' needs. Currently, he is developing a tool for generating health based scenarios. This tool can assist developers of ambient intelligent products to meet user needs.

Frans Vogelaar

is a professor for Hybrid Space at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany.
Frans is also founder of Hybrid Space Lab, a r&d and design practice based in Berlin focusing on the hybrid fields that are emerging through the combination and fusion of environments, objects and services in the information-communication age. The scope of his research, development and design projects ranges from those on urban games and urban planning to buildings, architectural interiors and industrial design applications and wearables.
Frans studied industrial design at the Design Academy Eindhoven and architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture (AA) in London. He worked at the architectural and design office Studio Alchymia (Allessandro Mendini) in Milan and at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA/Koolhaas) in Rotterdam.
His work has been presented at international congresses and exhibitions and has been published internationally.

Martin Pot

is interior-architect, researcher and writer. After finishing Technical School he finished the WdKA - Academy of Arts in Rotterdam as interior-architect; later he passed the Hora Est – program at Erasmus University as preparation for his PhD on the subject of technology, architecture and dwelling. He is a member of Council, the international think-tank for the Internet of Things and has initiated and organised the IoT/Home-Sense conference in 2011 at V2 in Rotterdam.

Carolyn F. Strauss

is the founder and director of slowLab, a design research organization that since 2003 has served as a catalyst and a resource for Slow design thinking, learning and activism. As one of the most prominent people in the Slow design movement, Strauss regularly gives lectures, leads workshops and develops projects with organizations, institutions and schools, including the Canadian Centre for Architecture (Montreal, CA), the Museum of Arts & Design (New York, US), Cranbrook Academy of Art (Michigan, US), Parsons the New School for Design (New York, US), L'Ecole du Louvre (Paris, FR), the Iceland Academy of Arts (Reykjavik, IS), and the Interactive Institute (Goteborg, SE), and with a majority of creative academies in the Netherlands.

Ben van Lier

Dr. Ben van Lier CMC is Director Strategy & Innovation at Centric, a Dutch ICT company with offices in Belgium, Norway, Germany, Romania and Switzerland. As part of this role he focuses on research and analysis of developments in the interface between organization, society and technology. Prior to his tenure at Centric he held directorships and management positions at government institutions and non-governmental organizations. Alongside his work at Centric, he has achieved his Ph.D. at the Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University), for which he has done research into the development of hybridization, interoperability of information and network centric thinking. He is a guest lecturer at Steinbeis University Berlin and he published several articles and weblogs about the emerging Internet of Things.

Nicole Dewandre

is advisor since February 2011, for societal issues in the Directorate General "Communications, Networks, Content and Technology" (DG CONNECT). She studied Applied Physics Engineering and Economics at the University of Louvain, Operations Research at the University of California (Berkeley) and Philosophy at the Free University of Brussels (ULB). She entered the European Commission in 1983 working as a scientific officer in the Directorate General for Research, in the field of prospective, linking societal concerns with technology policy until 1986. After which she became a member of the Central Advisory Group and then the Forward Study Unit, dealing with strategic analysis of research and industrial policy for the President of the Commission (1986-1992). In 1993, she supported the Belgian Presidency of the European Union in the areas of industry, energy, and consumer policies. In 1994 at DG Research she developed the "Women and Science" activities and contributed to the opening of the EU research policy to civil society, before being in charge of the "sustainable development" unit that has been put in place in DG Research between 2007 and 2010.

Tomasz Jaskiewicz

Dr. Tomasz Jaskiewicz is an architect, urban designer, academic researcher and educator. After finishing his undergraduate studies in Architecture and Urban Planning at TU Gdansk in Poland, he joined the Hyperbody group at the faculty of Architecture, TU Delft in the Netherlands. There, in 2005, he obtained his Master of Science degree as an Architect, with a thesis on a real-time participatory urban planning toolkit 'Paracity'. Afterwards he continued this work as a leading researcher on a series of Protospace Demo projects, investigating novel applications of computational techniques and interfaces to participatory and collaborative architectural and urban design. In following years he joined the architecture firm ONL [Oosterhuis_Lenard measured] where he worked as architect and project manager, bringing much of his earlier studies to practice. In 2007 he has started his PhD research at TU Delft, in which, supervised by prof. Kas Oosterhuis, he developed an integrated design framework for development of evolving interactive architectural ecosystems. Next to his research, he also works as an academic teacher, among others having initiated and coordinated the interdisciplinary undergraduate minor program "Interactive Environments". Since 2011 he has been the manager of TU Delft's Architecture design laboratory 'protoSPACE', an innovative prototyping facility and think-tank where numerous research, commercial and educational projects on out-of-the-box applications of technology to architectural design are being executed. In all his projects, Tomasz transgresses the boundaries between conventionally established disciplines and practices. He explores new paths leading towards creation of architecture approached as a complex adaptive system. In this way, he aspires to produce artificial spatial ecologies operating in a proactive symbiosis with their human inhabitants and with the natural environment.


Download full program in pdf here

Program April 10th-12th: Presentations and program results

Education and Profession

Wouter Meys, Digital Life Center
Peter Criellaard, Innoveren nodig?
Peter van Waart, minor Experience Design for the Internet of Things

Future Social Cities. Designing for people in cities: IoT and social cohesion

Ingrid Mulder, Nathalie Stembert, presentation: Presentation Future Social Citites: what, how and why?
Ingrid Mulder, Nathalie Stembert, report: Report of workshop Future Social Cities, IOT Days Rotterdam 2013


Peter Troxler, StadsLab

Participants & Sponsers


The Internet of Things Days – Rotterdam are initiated by:

Martin Pot

Interior-architect, researcher and writer.

After finishing Technical School Martin finished the WdKA - Academy of Arts in Rotterdam as interior-architect; later he passed the Hora Est – program at Erasmus University as preparation for his PhD on the subject of technology, architecture and dwelling. He is a member of Council, the international think-tank for the Internet of Things and has initiated and organised the IoT/Home-Sense conference in 2011 at V2 in Rotterdam.

Peter van Waart

Lecturer at the School of Communication, Media and Technology and researcher at Research Center Creating 010 of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (HR), PhD candidate at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft).

Peter is trained as teacher in arts and educational researcher. As researcher his focus is on human values as driver for people’s experience of technology. He is one of the initiators of Rotterdam Open Data and developed the minor User Experience for the Internet of Things. He is a member of Council, the international think-tank for the Internet of Things.


These days wouldn’t be possible without the support and effort of our partners and colleagues: Ben van Lier (Centric), Martin Spindler (Internet of People, Council) Ingrid Mulder (TU Delft, Creating 010) Mike van Gaasbeek (WORM), Marc Rijnveld (Rotterdam CS), Ferry de Groot (City of Rotterdam), Jacqueline Schardijn (Kennisalliantie), Helga Delaere (Enviu), Hans Maas, Peter Karstel, Eva van Ginhoven (CMI - Rotterdam University of App.Sc.), Justien Marseille, Peter Conradie, Judith Lemmens, Nathalie Stembert, Bruce Moerdjiman, Suzanne Quartel, Peter Troxler, Leo Remijn (Creating 010 - Rotterdam University of App.Sc.).


Creating 010

Wijnhaven 99

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Twitter: @IoT_Rotterdam


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