Student masterclass

IoT cares for you

Tuesday 8 December; 9:30-13:00

The Internet of Things promises a connected world that transparently supports a life in comfort for those who (know how to) use it. Augmented by smart algorithms and lots of juicy personal data, the technology is presented like a butler that seemingly acts on our thoughts and if necessary, on our voices. The future is fantastic! Or is it? This workshop critically explores the techno-optimistic vision that is implicit in many IoT endeavors. Hop along, it will be fun!

The workshop

The workshop critically investigates the dynamic multi-person / multi-activity scenarios around connected and smart products. It aims to surface the complexities that arise when designing connected products and when value systems of users, designers and companies clash.The workshop is designed to be completely online, we will use a video conferencing platform to present and talk and use a Miro based IoT Sandbox to collaborate. The workshop takes place on Tuesday 8th of December 2020, starting at 9:30, ending at 13:00. We will hand out a homework assignment before the workshop.

impression of the IoT Sandbox

Workshop organisers

  • Joep Frens is assistant professor in the FE cluster. He has a design background and specialises in deigning for (rich) interaction in growing systems.
  • Mathias Funk is associate professor in the FE cluster. He has a background in computer science and specialises in systems design from a design tools perspective


To be able to join the masterclasses you need to be registered as student participant. We will send all registered students an invitation to choose a masterclass.


Walk and talk

Thursday 10 December 17:00-18:00

Physical audio spaces and voice things

The voice hype might have faded, but interacting through audio continues to evolve. Amazon, Google, Samsung and Apple assistants are not mere voice-driven search machines, they continue to improve their voice models for interacting with devices, others and your surroundings.

All large tech firms have their own wearable assistants in the form of wireless headphones, often with a level of comfort that makes the wearer forget they are wearing them, even when you’re not consuming media or are in a conversation. Apple already started to coin the term computational audio starting with the transparency mode on the AirPod Pros, much like computational photography now is a thing.
In this session we are inviting you to take a walk outside and listen to a live interview with some designers and thinkers of the audio shaped spaces. Of course we will make it possible to take part in the conversation.

3D Printing the Shell

Sam Warnaars will be the host of this special audio walk. Sam is one of the founders of Open Voice Netherlands, host of The Voicecast podcast and chaired the voice taskforce of the DDMA till recently.

Sam with talk to

  • Tijmen Schep, a critical designer that paid special attention to the design for privacy aspects of voice controlled systems in his Candle project.
  • Dr. Elif Ozcan Vieira, associate professor at Delft University of Technology, at the TU Delft Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, where she teaches and does research on `form and experience-driven’ and `sound-driven’ design. Like the research on the Critical Alarms Lab
  • Sophie Kleber, head of spaces UX at Google, utilizing user insights, people analytics, and ambient computing and spacial technology to create Google’s working environment of the future.

Join us in Spaces!

We will be using the app Space that runs both on iOS and Android. You can install it in advance or just before the session. You find the link in the schedule in the participants section.