Process Festival 2017

Process vol. 2 is a wrap! And we had a blast day in Dortmund: A full day packed(!) with great talks, brimming workshops, art and tech installations, loads of wonderful people, deep insights into the works of creative and innovative projects, and a fun gaming + networking night.

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Last Saturday, June 3, we met for the second time at Dortmunder U, a former brewery now turned cultural center, to host the second installment of the process festival: an event focused on the processes behind innovative projects, that is the how and what of innovation. After our first version of this festival was a lot of fun and brought up about 60 participants, this year’s process had over a hundred participants, more than 15 speakers and a great set up of partners, friends, supporters and sponsors. With this year’s topic of ‚play‘ in all its variations (from tinkering, to gambling, and – of course – gaming) we all met for a full day of discussions and learned a lot. Process is a collaboration of FORRREST and the great FloridaCreativeLab from Dortmund – and besides loads of fun and inspiration, some of my (personal) take aways were:

  • The concept of walled gardens: in tech, games, and society. Moritz Riesewieck shared some insights about his ongoing research, theater, and documentary project in Manila, and highlighted the image of a walled garden for the social networks and technologies we’re building today. An interesting parallel to the set up of technological systems in the IoT, where information and data might lead to insurmountable power-dynamics, that set a certain kind of rules to a game that now everyone is willing to play. We discussed how these gardens can be maintained, opened up, and who is needed to set the rules and keep them going.
  • The returning theme of the reflective practitioner: From Dr. Viktor Bedö, talking about explicit and implicit rules for social interactions and collaboration, to Dr. Lina Yassin highlighting the importance of learning for us individually as well as for our teams and organizations, the role of reflection, that is the relevance of taking step back to review our work, M.O. and assumptions, was a recurring theme throughout the day. Interestingly it plays quite well with the principles of ThingsCon, and its notions of ethics, responsibility, and openness.
  • How collaboration, learning, and fun tend to be interconnected, especially in early stage ideation phases of projects: virtually all projects discussed at .process held elements of any of those factors – be it the (super packed!) designing IoT Workshop by Dries de Roeck and Ricardo Brito, that offered a fun, open and highly interactive setting for participants to join forces in discussing connected services for the IoT, or the DIY cardboard workshop by the great Mareike Ottrand, illustrating the need and potential of prototyping with scarcity and fun teams.

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Of course the was quite a lot more going on. Other highlights included the Holoship, brought in by Arzu Uyan of 42dp, the Polynucular Tech Lab, a project by the wonderful Katharina Meyer, and the brilliant supporting program by EEGB and our wonderful sound crew. More impressions can be found over here (thanks to Norman Posselt).

Process17 was a great iteration of a fun format. I’m looking forward dot see and hear all the small and great ideas that might come out of it in the coming weeks. Thank you all for joining us!
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