Besides the official announcement of what this conference is about and how it will work, I think folks might also be interested in understanding our motivation. After all, we are investing quite a lot of time into this, and it’s not that we otherwise would slouch on our sofas and twiddle our thumbs. So what makes us do this?
Well, we are of course all interested in the Internet of Things, and we also spend quite a bit of our professional lives working on this topic. But since it is a BIG topic, a relatively new topic, and a potential sea change to how we as humans do things, maybe even to what we are as a species, this topic tickles our creativity even after work.
We three see the technology on which the Internet of Things is based as mere fabric; what really interests us is what will emerge out of the primordial technology soup that is the Internet of Things today. We three have also slightly different interests (my focus is on epistemology of and through the Internet of Things; Rob is very interested in the impact on society; Justin literally lives the interface between ICT and art) that turned out to match perfectly, and that created something bigger. Our “matching” diversity also lent the critical mass needed to kicking off this project. Oh, and that Justin is a wizard at organising is of course another paramount factor why we can pull this off. If you think the magic in the Harry-Potter universe is awe inspiring you should see Justin organising.
Well, and if our inquiry into the philosophy behind the Internet of Things had yielded one answer question after the other, we would have not even remotely considered a conference on this topic to be anything anyone would be interested in. But it turns out that not only are there almost no answers, very few people have even asked our questions we ask, and those few people have not got together yet. And that is what we wanted to change.