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Thingscon Salon #4 - Eindhoven - Workshop Thingclash and the smart society

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The fourth edition of the Thingscon Salon will take place in Eindhoven, Strijp-S.

This edition - organised in close partnership with VPRO Medialab ( - touches the theme of the role of the design of our connected world in relation to the smart society.

Thingscon Salon is a monthly focused event, organised by the team of Thingscon Amsterdam, the successful conference on the designing and making of the new connected things. One of the key parts are the in-depth workshops that cover several topics and connect the community. These workshops are the base for the Thingscon Salon.

Afterwards the workshop is a public program with a program of speakers, related to the theme of the workshop. Check the separate meetup-item ( for that.

This edition we will host the Thingclash workshop set up by Scott Smith. Thingclash ( is a framework for considering cross-impacts and implications of colliding technologies, systems, cultures and values around the IoT. A lab project of Changeist, a foresight and innovation group, Thingclash will include tools and activities that can help researchers, designers, technologists, strategists, policy makers and others with an interest in this field find ways to think more clearly, comprehensively and long-term about how we create a livable IoT future for all.

Scott Smith is the founder of Changeist (, a lab, research tank and consultancy created to identify and make sense of weak signals of change. His work is built on over 20 years’ experience tracking social, cultural, technological and economic trends, and helping organizations navigate complex futures. Before founding Changeist, Scott served as director of research applications and futurist at Social Technologies (now Innovaro), a foresight and innovation company, leading visioning around consumer lifestyles, social values and emerging technology. Prior to this, he spent a decade leading start-up research and consulting teams for international technology research firms in New York City, Washington, DC, and London.

Susan Cox-Smith is a partner and lead creative strategist at Changeist (, and brings over 20 years of combined experience as a designer, art director, producer, writer and editor. She leads Changeist’s design for immersive experiences about the future, and oversees experience design for new futures tools for workshops, education and group collaboration. She also manages Changeist’s How to Future ( project, and is a key contributor to Thingclash (, an exploration of social friction and the Internet of Things.

She researches trends around emerging technology and the future of human issues, including international development, health, work, sustainability, shelter, aging, families, education, and culture. She contributes to horizon scanning, synthesis and development of strategic themes for design research, and workshop facilitation.

Susan has written for Medium and How We Get To Next on issues of gender, education, work and technology. Her recent projects have included work for a global NGO, competitive landscaping for health media, trends research and opportunity identification for pharma, fitness and wellness, co-led research and design for an investigation of personal data futures for a major global digital device maker, and research support on a project about women’s health and the future of technology backed by Nesta. She has post-graduate certificates from The Portfolio Center and New York University.

Sjef van Gaalen works freelance as a strategist and designer, and is founder of nomadic research lab Structure & Narrative. His focus is on the exploration of emerging domains, and the creation of practically applicable narratives.

He has spoken in Amsterdam for FIBER’s Coded Matters series, introducing the concept of ‘Algorithmic Companion Species’, and in Tokyo on camouflage and identity. His non-fiction writing on futures has recently been published by New Scientist and the Association of Professional Futurists. He is also an occasional collage artist and perpetuator of cynical jokes about design.

Sjef is an associate of the Gr1p foundation, dedicated to making technical, political and cultural understanding of our digital society accessible, and is a contributor to Thingclash, working with Changeist to expand the workshop design and methodology.

Be sure to reserve your place, because capacity is limited.