Simon Höher is a facilitator of processes and strategies, that explore emerging patterns of technology, culture, and society in a global context. As an innovation and strategy consultant his activities include helping organizations learn about ways to co-create their future, connecting people and communities in the realm of technology, design, and society, and mentoring companies and early-stage start ups in terms of business strategy and user-driven product development. He is sharing his learnings and questions as a conference speaker and active participant in various design and tech-related communities.
In his work Simon connects concepts of open & human-centric design, civic tech, urban innovation and digital transformation. He has hands-on experience consulting and advising DAX30 companies, start ups, and public organizations alike – and among others has been working with the likes of Deutsche Telekom, e.on, Intel, Fraunhofer UMSICHT, GIZ, GitHub, Mediatech, Gruner + Jahr, TU Berlin and more. He regularly mentors at Seedcamp, Europe’s biggest accelerator program for early-stage start ups and is an active member of the MIT-based International Development Innovation Network (IDIN) and the Global Innovation Gathering (GIG).
Simon co-founded several networks, conferences, and companies himself – among them ThingsCon, Europe’s leading conference on connected products and the Internet of Things, Knowable, a Start-up building a collaborative network for hardware and product designers, and .process, a multidisciplinary festival of digital and creative journeys of innovation. Beyond that, he has been actively involved in various organizations in the field of technology and development throughout the world, especially in Kenya and Mozambique, and worked in close cooperation with the German Ministry for Economical Co-Operation and Development, UNESCO, African Union and various local partners. His work and contributions have been featured in national and international media like WIRED, Fast.co, Make: Magazine, BILD, PAGE, Deutschland Radio, and others. Simon is based in Cologne – and always happy to hear from you!