It’s been a bit quiet over here over the past weeks. After the dust around ThingsCon and GIG settled, quite a few personal and professional changes ensued (and kinda got me sucked up). Besides some product and advisory jobs, I spent my time working on some of the following:
- Together with my dear friend Max I explored the feasibility of a ‚Digital Lab‘ at the intersection of education, research, and public action for the Technical University of Berlin. I’m looking forward to see what comes out of it in the future (as it’s no longer in my hands for now).
- Last year I started to back up the team of AMPION, an NGO based in Berlin and Nairobi, as a program manager for the upcoming Fellowship Program, basically an early stage accelerator program for African Start Ups. I’ll be designing and implementing the curriculum. More on that soon, it’s a pretty ambitious and very exciting project for me and I look forward to opening applications soon!
- I also did some public speaking, among others at IFA 2015 (on smart homes and user centric product dev), and at this year’s Connected Living Connference, an interesting (if not quite balanced) get-together of a lot of DAX companies, that are trying to address the consumer side of the IoT.
- Many wonderful discussions with friends and (yet to be) colleagues, arose on what to do and start and try out next year. While most of the ideas are still a bit early to share here, they have to do with (social) prototyping, open and connected cities, critical making and art, and will include a series of cultural / creative events in the realms of the Ruhr (the Ruhrgebiet) – more on that soon.
Talking about new realms: On a more personal note, I moved – from Berlin to Cologne. While I’ll continue working for clients and on project in Berlin, I also look very much forward to explore what Cologne has to offer – musically, for now at least, I could wish for more. If you happen to be in town, holla!
So much from my end for now. 2015 was a year of changes for sure, some of them rather hard, some of them thoroughly wonderful. It’s also been a tense year, and I am grateful for some calmer days now. Also, I can’t wait for 2016 – huge things are waiting. First and foremost: Pakistan. (Oh boi!). I’ll share what I’m up to there soon! Onwards!