ThingsCon & IoT Days Rotterdam Hackathon:


Tuesday 10 April | 10.00-20.00hrs | RDM, Heijplaatstraat 23


Each year a hackathon is organised as part of International IoT Days Rotterdam, the IoT event in Rotterdam that is linked to international IoT Day (April 9). This year the hackathon will take place on April 10, located at the RDM Rotterdam. ThingsCon is invited as co-organiser of the hackathon. Here we share the first outline. More details will follow the coming weeks.

Key topic in the hackathon has always been the relation between the citizen and the (open) data of the city. Themes before were the Personal API, Data and the Crowds and Data and the Self. We decided to team up with the Things As Citizens research program from TU Delft. In this year’s hackathon we will look into the future when things in the city become more intelligent and autonomous and will have a different relation with us as inhabitants of the city. We ask the teams to think and prototype what these intelligent things can be and how they will intermediair the data of the city. We are especially interested in questions on ethics when these new interactions between citizens and ‘citythings’ appear in the city.

Expect in this hackathon to dive into topics like intelligent behavior, open city data, sensoring, smart things, smart city, ethics of IoT.

Details on the challenge for the hackathon will be shared at the beginning of the day. We will send participants some more information on the theme in advance, but it is not necessary to prepare to participate. During the hackathon you will receive a clear briefing. The Harbor Lab will provide support for making the prototypes. The Harbor Lab is the smart tech lab that provides several machines for making.
Every team will be provided with a Arduino+LoRa starterskit that can be connected to sensors. At the Lab you will have been able to use laser cut machines and other tools for prototyping. Coaches will be Iskander Smit from ThingsCon, Peter van Waart from Hogeschool Rotterdam, Ashlee Valdes from LABS, and Maria Luce Lupetti from TU Delft.

The hackathon will take place at RDM Rotterdam at Tuesday April 10 from 10–20h. Registration is open for teams and individuals. If you would like to attent with a team, please make sure all individuals register. 

The program of the hackathon is roughly:

09.00-10.00 Doors opens, registration, coffee, making teams
10.00-10.30 Welcome and briefing on citythings
10.30-12.00 Concepting
12.00-12.30 Use coaches for feedback on your concept
12.30-13.30 Get your lunch
13.30-17.30 Prototype your idea
16.00-17.45 Make your 5 min presentation
18.00-19.00 Pitches
19.00-20.30 Bites & drinks
19.30 Prize ceremony

Jury and prizes

For the best team we will have a nice prize worth about 500 euros, and we will have a second prize worth 250 euros to be appointed by the judges.

Our jury will be formed by Frank Vieveen, program manager smart cities of municipality of Rotterdam, Iohanna Nicenboim, designer and researcher at TU Delft and ThingsCon fellow, and Harm van Beek, partner and strategist at The Incredible Machine.


Coaches will be Iskander Smit from ThingsCon, Peter van Waart from Hogeschool Rotterdam, David Boelee from Haven Lab, Ashlee Valdes from LABS, and Maria Luce Lupetti from TU Delft.


David Boelee

David Boelee will be available to assist in making. For Knowledge Center Creating010 David works on the hardware for participatory City Making. He developed Lora end nodes, in combination with smart sensors that enables citizens to create their own IoT applications.
As teacher for the elective Smart Objects David coaches the students in the making of working prototypes of smart objects based on electronics, microcontrollers, laser cutting and 3D printing.


Maria Luce Lupetti

Maria Luce Lupetti is a postdoctoral research working within the AMS-funded project PACT (Pure Air in Cities of Things).
She did a PhD in “Management, Production and Design” at Politecnico di Torino (IT), from 2014 to 2017. Her doctoral research was about the role of Design Research within the context of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) studies, with a focus on the theme of child-robot play. Her research was funded by TIM (telco company) and partially carried out in collaboration with X-Studio, at Tsinghua University (PRC), where she was visiting scholar from September 2016 to April 2017.
She previously got a MSc in Ecodesign at Politecnico di Torino (IT), and a BA in Industrial Design at ISIA Roma (IT).


Ashlee Valdes

As the labs coordinator at, Ashlee Valdes manages research projects and develops programming for emerging technology education. Her goal is to increase comprehension and the appetite for innovative technologies while maintaining human centred design values. Prior to, Ashlee helped launch a Fin-Tech innovation lab in Cape Town, South Africa after a career in financial risk management. Now, she is eternally optimistic that design thinking makes the world a better place, and has made it her mission to employ empathy, creativity and failing fast whenever possible.


Peter van Waart

Peter van Waart is lecturer at the course Communication & Multimedia Design and researcher for Smart & Inclusive Society in research center Creating 010, both of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences (RUAS).
His PhD study at TU Delft focus on guidelines for designing meaningful technology applied in the urban domain. Peter is one of the founders of Rotterdam Open Data and StadsLab Rotterdam. He initiated and coordinated the minor Urban Interaction Design (Urban IxD) to explore the interplay between technology, people and the city. Next to that he initiated and organised the Global Service Jam Rotterdam, the Rotterdam GovJam and the International Internet of Things Day Rotterdam.
Peter is currently one of the consortium partners together with Erasmus University and TU Delft in the STW funded research through design project Participatory City Making. All of this aims for the participation of citizens in in the design of meaningful applications for urban living.

Iskander Smit

Iskander Smit is working as innovation director at agency in Amsterdam, that crafts connected digital products and services. Iskander is responsible for research and development and leading
In 2014 he initiated and co-organised the Amsterdam edition of Berlin conference ThingsCon, a leading conference on the design of the internet of things that has the mission to foster the creation of a responsible and human-centric Internet of Things. Since 2017 Iskander is chairman of the foundation ThingsCon Amsterdam.
Next to this, Iskander started in April 2017 as a visiting professor at TU Delft Industrial Design Engineering, at the Connected Everyday Lab, where he will be setting up a new research program into citizen led and thing centered air purifying cities scapes.

About the organisers

International IoT Days Rotterdam has been organised since 2013 by Research Centre Creating 010 of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences as part of the research programme Smart & Inclusive Society. IoT Days Rotterdam aims for creating awareness of the impact of IoT on people and society among educators, researchers, students and professionals in the fields of ICT and creative technologies.

ThingsCon is the conference started in Berlin and organised since 2014 each year in Amsterdam for the makers and designers of Internet of Things, and aims to foster the creation of a responsible and human-centric IoT. Next to the yearly conference ThingsCon organises themed Salons all across the country and is involved in community initiatives like IoT certification mark.

The Things As Citizens research program started in 2017 as part of the Connected Everyday Lab at the TU Delft faculty Industrial Design Engineering. At the moment two master graduation research projects, a post-doc researcher are exploring different aspects of the role of the thing in the autonomous city.