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Meetup #24: Designing for the Age of Smart Things

Designing for the Age of Smart Things

Presented by James Macanufo and Tremendousness

What happens when everything around us, from our cars to our shoes, starts to live an active life on the Internet? A world of new services is coming to be around the “Internet of Things” and its data exhaust all around us… so what’s a designer to do? How might strategists, architects, designers and technologists get together and do what we’re good at- creating the services and business models that will define our near future?

In this workshop, we’ll play with some practical tools and basic technology to collaboratively develop prototype “smart things” and services.

6:00–7:00  Networking

7:00–7:20  Brief intros and discussion of the Internet of Things 

7:20–7:35  Tools for rapid ideation and intro to group exercises: empathy mapping, storyboarding, bodystorming

7:35–8:35  Group work – rapid ideation

8:35–8:55  Group presentations

8:55–9:00  Close

**Second wave of seats released.**


James is a frequent collaborator with Tremendousness and a member of its greater Collective. He believes that visualization is essential to understanding what things are, how they work, and why they matter. During the past 10 years, he has helped Fortune 500 and government clients design solutions for their complex challenges. He has worked with clients such as IBM, Lowe’s, Bain & Company, The US Department of Education and the US Marine Corps to shape strategy, transformation and communication programs. James is also the co-author of Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers and a popular speaker about design, innovation and change. In addition to consulting, James teaches interaction design at Washington University in St. Louis, where he also resides with his wife and two kids.


Prior to founding The Tremendousness Collective, Scott Matthews was Creative Director at Dachis Group and Partner at XPLANE where he managed a large design team that specialized in unraveling complex messaging to make it clear and understandable. Clients included Elsevier, Harvard Business School, The Economist, and Autodesk. Scott first honed his design and illustration skills as a freelance illustrator for ad agencies, design firms and national publications including The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Scott attended the University of Missouri where he earned his earned his B.A. in Graphic Design with a minor in Business Marketing. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife Diane and their two sons Zach and Mitch. 

SCOTT GOLDSTEIN | Strategy and management

Scott is an experienced business strategist and client partner who is passionate about user experience, human-centered design and collaborative problem solving. Prior to co-founding Tremendousness, Scott was a vice president of business development at Dachis Group and XPLANE during which time he worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies including Lowe’s, IHG, Bank of America, and IBM. He has also held various marketing and strategy roles for Nextel, The Motley Fool, and Scott earned his MBA from London Business School and a B.A. in History from Northwestern University. He lives in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC with his wife Alia and daughter Safiya.

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  • Jim B.

    Great event that brought home the lessons of DT in a practical and pragmatic way, yet showing us a glimpse of the possibilities of the future.

    November 13, 2013

  • Greg T.

    Great event and thanks to the organizers and presenters for putting it on! For those who sparked an interest in the "Internet of Things," you may want to check out Internet of Things DC at

    November 13, 2013

  • Jordan E.

    Great exercise in dt, applied to a fun task

    November 12, 2013

  • Ronnie L

    Stunningly interactive (um, in the old-school sense), and great to get to see the diversity of thought processes and products

    1 · November 12, 2013

  • Inge

    Sorry I won't be able to make it and seem unable to change my RSVP at this point.

    November 12, 2013

  • Caroline R. C.

    hooray! My first DT:DC event and I couldn't be happier. Plus I'll be working at the Lab that day!

    November 11, 2013

  • Greg T.

    Looking forward to meeting folks who are interested in the Internet of Things ecosystem in the DC area and beyond!

    November 11, 2013

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