The Social Cities of Tomorrow (http://www.socialcitiesoftomorrow.nl) conference, Feb 14-17th, aims to bring together key thinkers and doers working in the fields of new media and urbanism. During the first 3 days of the conference, a workshop with specially selected participants (http://www.socialcitiesoftomorrow.nl/workshop/participants) will be collaborating with stakeholder organizations to tackle real-world urban issues (http://www.socialcitiesoftomorrow.nl/workshop/the-four-cases) specific to Amsterdam. A number of external experts will be assisting the teams.
Our community will be one of those expert resources! I have given them the following description to pass on to the teams:
'The "Internet of Things Amsterdam" community is a local group of hardware hackers, interaction/interface designers, software developers, and "philosophers" with active interests and projects in the Internet of Things space. The group is organized (and antagonized) by Ed Borden from Pachube, a real-time data infrastructure for sensor networks and embedded devices. This unique and varied group can provide hands-on help designing/building hardware/software prototypes and user interaction and engagement models. Ed Borden also brings 10 years of experience in high-tech startups and can consult on issues pertaining to business models and commercial engagement.'
Before the teams head out work on Feb 15th (this will be the second day of the conference), I will introduce our group to them at a lunch. By the time we get to that point, I will know WHO is coming, so I can talk more specifically about your skills and less about mine (which are kind of lame).
We will be hosted at ARCAM (http://www.arcam.nl/index_uk.html) from 2PM-5PM providing this service. We will then have pizza with the participants at 5:30PM and attend the evening program "Trust Design (http://www.premsela.org/en/designworld_1/trust-design_1/)" at Premsela (http://www.premsela.org/en/).
Should be a great time! If you had an interest in this workshop previously, but weren't chosen or couldn't take off so much time from work, this is a great way to participate. More happening on Thursday in conjunction with the conference as well, so if you can't make this, you have other options.