Thingclash was initially conceived as toolkit for looking at unintended frictions in the IoT, across a wide spectrum of Thing types. As we’ve done new workshops, we've added more categories of Thing archetypes (we’re up to 18 and rising) and created subsets of contexts and personas to explore, we now have micro-worlds of Thingclash that can look at smaller ecosystems, related environments, or user journeys.
For example, we can dive a little more deeply into ecosystems such as connected clothing, augmented media and VR, physical mobility, smart home environments, personal health and wellness and so on. Where needed, we can also build out custom Things to fill in particular markets. By focusing on particular IoT ecosystems, we can explore more system-specific issues around data collection, services handoff, differentials in privacy handling, user experiences and other areas that come into greater focus at local scale.
One example of this is around financial services and the IoT, where we’ve created a new version of the workshop for Sibos, the largest annual financial services event globally, coming up on 28 September in Geneva. We’ll be specifically looking at frictions that emerge in both existing IoT categories with transactional capabilities (such as chip cards and smart watches) and emerging ones (like drones, self-driving cars, and multi-purpose connected buttons). With new IoT interfaces proliferating in banking and financial services, there hasn’t been a better time to examine how we design for transactions in a way that protects useability, privacy, and security.
If you’re interested in a more focused Thingclash exploration, drop us a line to discuss developing custom versions. If you’re running a vertical-specific IoT workshop, such as IoT in health, apparel, sports, or media, a Thingclash workshop might be a good way to drive critical exploration of current assumptions and the impacts of coming innovations. Get in contact.