examining what it means to be human in the Internet of Things

About the Conference


Discourse is at the centre of this conference.
The conference will consist of two major activities, namely:

  • The face-to-face meeting in beautiful York, U.K.
  • Discussions within the online community (text and video).

Instead of a typical “being-talked-at” conference, with a string of lectures interwoven with short Q&A’s and some coffee breaks, we really want to engage everyone. In terms of the speakers, this implies that there will be not a stream of semi-connected talks, rather we will let the speakers talk to each other during panel discussions. A panel section consists of a 30 min keynote, short introductions by the other panel members, and an extended part during which the panel discusses the topic at hand.

So what about the other participants? There will be ample opportunity for FAQs, and there will be ample time for socialising with the panel members and of course with other participants during during coffee breaks, lunch breaks, and our awesome social evening event on day one with an optional evening event on day two. We will also organise a world café to allow presenters, keynotes and delegates to share and hear each others philosophical ideas on the Internet of Things.

On the first night of the conference we will treat everyone to a social event: a dinner at a Victorian indoor shopping street (the shops will be staffed!).

Conference programme

Confirmed contributions are indicated with "(confirmed)" after the contribution Note that the below programme is subject to small changes every now and then. Changes between two versions are indicating by "(NEW)" after the entry.

Thursday, 2014-07-03
9.30-10.00Coffee & registration
10:00-10:20 Welcome & house keeping
10:20-11:00Keynote – Bas Boorsma: The Network Culture Paradigm - The Internet of Everything as cradle for new premises of human enterprise
11:00 – 12:30Panel Session [Bas Boorsma, Alisa Koniukhovskaia ], chair: Joachim W. Walewski
12:30 – 14:00Lunch
14:00 – 14:30summary (Joachim W. Walewski and Bas Boorsma)
14:30 – 15:30 Video time [Marc Böhlen, Miranda Bruce, Dries De Roeck]
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee
16:00 – 17:30 Discussion of the first day; chair: Joachim W. Walewski
19:30 – lateConference Dinner
Friday, 2014-07-04
09:00 – 09:30 Coffee
09:30 – 10:10 Keynote – Gérald Santucci: On the Philosophy of the Internet of Things
10:10 – 12:00 Panel session [Gerald Santucci, Sheena Calvert, Brett Frischmann ], chair: Justin McKeown
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:00Panel-session summary [Justin McKeown, Gerald Santucci]
14:00 – 14:30 Poster presentation [Eva Sjuve
14:30 – 15:00 Coffee
15:00 – 16:40Keynote - Alison Powell: How Does It Feel? (philosophy in the data city)
16:40 - 17:40Panel Session [Alison Powell, Delfina Fantini van Ditmar] chair: Justin McKeown]
19:00 – lateOptional: dinner at Royal Hotel
Saturday, 2014-07-05
09:30 – 10:00 Coffee
10:00 - 11:00NEW Video Presentation by Angela Guimaraes Perira & Alice Benessia (European Commission Joint Research Centre): Agency and the Internet of Things + discussion
11:00 - 12:30World Café - structured discussion between delegates
12:30 - 14:00Lunch
14:00 - 14:30Closing remakrs - Justin & Joachim

Panel Topics

Given the potential paradigmatic effect of the emerging Internet of Things, the conference panel themes are necessarily broad so as to invite the widest possible spectrum of voices to participate in the discussion. We therefore invite proposals for papers within or relating to the themes listed on the right. Please click on a block to expand.

Conference-Panel Themes

• Is technology just "cold logic", or can it augment and expand our emotions?
• How does technology challenge our thinking concerning who we are and how we relate to things?
• Phenomenology of IoT: how do we perceive of something that we, at the same time interact with and that changes our access to the world around us.
• How might the Internet of Things expand language?
• How might it change how we talk to each other?
• What does it mean to communicate with Machines and have machines communicate with us?
• How does code and coding literacy affect how we think about ourselves and our relationships?
• What is play within the context of IoT?
• What types of experience may be afforded to us through play in the Internet of Things?
• What is the potential for the creative arts within IoT?
• Can we use IoT-based play to create and examine togetherness?
• How does the Internet of Things effect our spiritual understanding of the universe and of us?;
• What is the impact of Internet of Things technology on religious belief and religions?;
• How do we conceive of the integrity of the self within an age of more data and the perception of self as a data-body?
• Working with machines or working as machines?
• Is automation freeing up human potential?
• What types of work may become redundant and what new forms may emerge?
• How can work be fulfilling within an Internet-of-Things based society?
• IoT is often touted as a solution of many contemporary problems (resource depletion, global climate change, desertification ….), but IoT, at face value, only will change the way how we do things. What if it is not how we do things that is the problem but us?
• What new institutions may emerge and what may disappear due to the Internet of Things?
• How will technology affect how we understand and define creativity?
• What new forms of art may emerge, and how may arts change as a result of the Internet of Things?


Our Call for post-deadline contributions is open. Deadline for contributions: 6th June 2014. To download an application pack, including guidance notes and proposal form click here

Got some questions about the conference themes? please ask us