Laurens Slats is the community manager of The Things Network. He works on the global roll out of the open and crowdsourced Internet of Things data network with help of communities worldwide. Currently, Laurens manages over 150 communities that are building the network in 40 different countries around the world. Laurens is a designer with a passion for digital technology, human interaction and disruptive innovation. He studied Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. Prior to The Things Network, Laurens worked as a product designer in Shanghai and co-founded a company that delivered innovative web design solutions.