Processing Innovation

A quick recap of the past months and some new projects and ideas, including: a new newsletter collab, re:publica 2016, ThingsCon – and an all new conference called .process.

One of the things I keep myself busy with is the emergence of innovation – the rise of new products, ideas, or processes. Partly this is due to my client work as, but also – and more so – because I am genuinely curious as to where exactly innovative concepts emerge, how they is brought about, how they are shaped in a way that actually serves us as people – and what we can do to make them more likely to occur in public and corporate settings.

To that end I had some interesting discussions on different occasions over the past months. I shared the stage at re:publica with Juliet Wanjiri, an amazing innovator and hardware entrepreneur from Nairobi Kenya, and Federico Musto, CEO of Arduino for a discussion on the potential and impact of a global hardware movement. Just a few weeks later I was invited host a panel at the Futurale, a festival by the German Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs the future of work, about rapid prototyping, decentralized manufacturing, and 3d-Printing. Plus, ThingsCon also held some news: We held a small but fun meet up at re:publica to discuss IoT and human centric innovation – and we keep welcoming new members to the family from all over Europe. The latest addition is Milan, and just this week our friends from the Netherlands and Belgium are hosting a ThingsCon Salon in Antwerp.

.process vol. 1

FCL_Process_FB_HeaderThe most exciting one (for me) though was the kick off of a new conference called .process, focused on the process of innovation (rather than the results of it). That is: failures, approaches, upfront and hindsight considerations, surprises, and best-practices. .process took place on May 28 in Dortmund’s former Union brewery now turned cultural and arts cents (seems like a have a thing with these..). It was a fun afternoon with talks and interactive sessions, bringing together designers from across Europe as well as the regional scene of the Ruhrgebiet in NRW.

For our first installment we had quite a few great speakers going us: Harry Keller, Claudia Brückner, Andreas Muxel, Coralie Gourguechon and Martin Kiel all joined us and made the first installment of .process a special one. We’re currently editing the talks and documentation and will have some up for show real soon, so stay tuned.

On that note: The kick-off also served as a pre-conf for the Innovative Citizen conference which is brought about by the Fraunhofer Institute and will take place later this year for the third time. I’ll be curating a track on democratization, opens, and digitization of civic tech and I’m really looking forward to all of it (but more on that soon).

One more thing: For more regular updates on what I’m up to, thinking about, and stumble upon, feel free to join my new newsletter, that I’m curating together with my good friend Max Krüger. Right this way to The Adventure Equiation.

Cheers, Simon