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August 2020 Meeting: A Human-Centric Economy of Things

Register for the August 13 meeting.

Join us for a virtual ITKAN meetup on Thursday evening, August 13. Alexander Renz, Managing Partner at New Mobility Consulting, will discuss some of his current work to create a “Human-Centric Economy of Things” that leverages the Internet of Things and Distributed Ledger Technologies to put humans back in control, rather than make them subject to manipulation and misinformation. His vision is to harness the creativity and collective intelligence of all global citizens to achieve the world’s sustainable development goals.

Thu, August 13, 2020
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT


A Human-Centric Economy of Things

The convergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) with Distributed ledger Technologies will create a Machine-to-Machine Economy in which devices will not only generate but share trusted data across symbiotic networks. Machines will become their own economic agents as part of frictionless marketplaces of goods and services that can operate without middlemen and orchestrate themselves around humans. Alex will explore why a Human-Centric Economy of Things represents a desirable future in view of data as the new oil, circular economies and sustainability goals.

Alexander Renz is passionate about leveraging exponential technologies to create a future of mobility and transportation that is sustainable and accessible for thriving communities, societies and economies.

Alex is a systems-of-systems thinker and has worked on the convergence of

mobility and transportation with energy, telecommunications and our broader smart city infrastructures. Ever since his work with Stuart Kauffman, the god-father of complexity science and former professor at the Santa Fe Institute, Alex has been fascinated with self-organizing, adaptive systems and agent-based models to understand complex system behavior. He also has been part of the Internet of Things (IoT) movement since its initial inception at the MIT Auto-ID Center in 2000. He believes in the power of decentralization and swarm intelligence.

He is a big proponent of self-sovereign identities and self-sovereign data give humans and machines control over digital identities and data. He is exploring data trusts and business models around symbiotic data sharing and data marketplaces. He is working on making machines their own economic agents that engage in data exchange and economic activity on behalf of their human masters. This includes frictionless, decentralized marketplaces for goods and services that put machines and humans back in control.

Alex believes that we can only solve the challenges ahead of us if we create a global movement inspired by desirable futures. His vision is to harness the creativity and collective intelligence of all global citizens to achieve the world’s sustainable development goals.

Some Past Speaking Engagements:

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Handelsblatt | Auto Gipfel 2018 | @Volkswagen
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February 2020 Meeting: IoT Incubator – The Connectory

Register for the February 13 meeting.

Join us for an exciting ITKAN meetup on Th. evening, February 13th at the MTC Chicago for an immersive introduction into The Connectory, an IoT incubator collaboration sponsored by Bosch and 1871! An executive from Bosch will present on this unique space and initiative that’s the first in the Midwest to focus on exploring and developing IoT to address some of our most pressing challenges.

The Connectory isn’t just another co-working tech space, but a collaboration and networking environment for smart and engaged entrepreneurs to harness the power of an increasingly data connected world. We’ll also be introduced to the Advanced Mobility Initiative which represents the future of urban mobility!

This is the first meetup introducing our members and friends to the many unique tech incubator and creative spaces in Chicago. Future meetings will explore spaces like UI Labs, TechNexus, Blue Lacuna, 1871 and others…join us!

Thu, February 13, 2020
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM CDT

Microsoft Technology Center
200 East Randolph Street
Chicago, IL 60601