Internet of People – From Things to People, from People to Society


How often haven’t we embraced new technology in the past, only to find out much, much later that we underestimated its impact on society? Today, the impact of digital technology becomes evident much quicker. Which requires us, as a society, to respond a lot quicker too.

Luckily, today’s conditions allow us to drastically shorten our response time. Governments and businesses are catching up, and want to move towards a more responsible, resilient and safer digital society. And that is music to our ears.

The blend of the digital and physical worlds (for example via Internet of Things) is changing our society fundamentally. With the rise of a truly digital society, fundamental questions and uncertainties about our future in the physical (or: real) world are raised.

  • What role does the Internet of Things have in tackling the world’s biggest challenges? And what role do we take as ‘Internet of People’?
  • Will an ‘Internet of People’ help us to better work together on those challenges and solve them more effectively?
  • Should we move away from a focus on things, and start focussing on people (or society) primarily?
  • How does the Internet affect our society and how can we put more emphasis on the integration of technology rather than the technology itself?
  • How will we interact with our direct environment, and how will the direct environment interact with us?
  • How can we use technologies such as IoT, big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, quantum computing, etc., primarily for society’s benefit?

In the following years we will see an entirely new Internet emerging, as the Internet unleashes itself from the creators’ intentions and develops in transformative ways. Humans are shaping the future of this new human Internet. When things get smarter, how do humans and things cooperate?

The Internet of People conference will address these aspect of the Internet, the social and societal implications of the Internet of Things, and related topics and technologies.

A humanity-centred approach to the digital world, covering design, tech and social sciences.

The content of the conference is being developed in collaboration with Digital Society School. The Digital Society School is part of Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. They believe that our digital society can be inclusive, intelligent and engaging
Why wait until the tech that shapes our future is a given? Instead, let’s work on ideas to successfully integrate digital technology in our lives and society today.

Digital Society School works closely with organisations such as United Nations Development Programme and World Design Organization.

Who should attend?

  • Social and societal organisations
  • Soft- and Hardware developers
  • Designers
  • Governmental organisations (Local / Regional / National / International)
  • Research Organizations
  • Venture Capital / Financial industry / Investors
  • Service providers
  • Anyone interested in a sustainable future