December 24, 2015 | By Peter Bihr |
This is end-of-year post #8 (all prior ones here).
What happened in 2015? What a year, where to begin!
As is the tradition with this end-of-year post, it’s part work, part personal. Enjoy.
The theme for 2015
Last year I described 2014 as “a year of building foundations. Much more than ever before did I focus on creating a stable basis for future things rather than pushing ahead first.”
This couldn’t have held more true: 2015 was for building things on top of those foundations, for growth and new collaborations.
My work this year has also been totally and entirely dominated by the theme of connectedness: Internet of things, connected cities / homes / services.
The company has had a fantastic year, all the IoT & hardware efforts have led to another round of ThingsCon as well as a lot of work around IoT, connected services & smart cities – with engagements including corporate and government work, speaking, curating, R&D, business and product strategy work, and much more. Also, a rather large amount of self-initiated projects including an essay-collection-turned-ebook and more.
Personally I’ve very much enjoyed that I could focus my work a lot not just on #IoT, but particularly on the aspect of user rights and value: The ethical aspects of unconditionally putting users first and the positive impact this has on a business. Championing user rights is something I’ve always done where I could, and it’s slowly but surely become a core aspect of my work – needless to say I’m thrilled, and starting to put this front and center in the messaging of my service offerings, too.