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11 Jun


Evaluation time: What did participants think of ThingsCon?

June 11, 2015 | By |

We always want to learn what works for you at ThingsCon and what could be improved. We hear so through many channels, from more formal emails to quick off-the-cuff remarks during the event. After the conference, we emailed the participants asking to fill out an evaluation form.

By now, the results are in, and they are overwhelmingly positive.

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20 Apr


Room mate wanted: Join us at our new office!

April 20, 2015 | By |

We have a spare desk at our lovely space at Aufbauhaus, where we (the loosely organized KANT Berlin crew) are shareing an office space with the good folks of Syspons.

Sign pointing to Aufbauhaus from the subway

We’re looking for a sociable person to share the space with, who doesn’t mind committing for a bit of time. Preferably someone with similar interests and maybe even complimentary skills: We’re one software developer (Will), one game designer (Alper) and one consultant/conference organizer (Peter), so we’re all working in tech, more or less, on the fringe to other industries.

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20 Apr


18 days to ThingsCon

April 20, 2015 | By |

Over on the @ThingsCon twitter account I just sent out a tweet:

T minus 18 days to go! Sign up today at

Eighteen days to the event. And even though there are still (always) tons of loose ends, we’re now down to the polish. The program kicks ass, the speaker lineup is truly humbling, the team is well organized.

It is so much easier this year. Almost indescribably so. Last year, same time, I was heavily involved in not one but three events that would all go down almost back to back: NEXT, which I curate; UIKonf, which I co-chaired that year; and on top of that, ThingsCon, which we had just launched that year on short notice ]and completely bootstrapped.

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02 Apr


New office at Aufbauhaus84

April 2, 2015 | By |

As of a this month, my new HQ is at Aufbauhaus at Moritzplatz (Berlin Kreuzberg).

Aufbauhaus at Moritzplatz. Easy to find even straight from the subway station.

Not only is the building complex one with a rich, interesting history and a great concept (summary in English). The wing we (we as in Alper, Will and I) move into is also sparkling new and so our own space is up to speed on its architecture and functionalities: ceiling and floor heating and cooling, energy efficient LED lamps all ’round, phone cabins, meeting rooms, etc. In other words, a bit less of a temporary space, but rather something to use for a few years. We’ll be sharing with our friends Syspons, a consultancy for organizational change, strategy and evaluations.

Office under construction

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04 Mar


The Berlin Subway Camo Shirt

March 4, 2015 | By |

Berlin Subway Camo Shirt v2 Berlin Subway Camo Shirt, v2.

A fun weekend project produced this lovely super ugly Berlin subway camouflage shirt. If you’ve ever taken the subway in Berlin, particularly the uber-popular U8 line, you’ve had the joy of experiencing this pattern up close.

There are of course other fantastic products paying homage to the city’s subways, like this bag, this lovely collection of public transport-themed clothes, and the public transport pattern project. All of which I love!

I’ve wanted to have a piece of clothing paying homage to this design for a long time. Now, thanks to the quite excellent service Print All Over Me, it has become easy.

Update: Version 2 of the shirt, with a better fitting, smaller pattern print and some other goodies including crop tees, a tie (I can’t wait to order myself) and leggins are now available on the PAOM site.

13 Nov


Meet the Makers! Berlin hardware meet-up with Formlabs, SolidCon and the ThingsCon crew.

November 13, 2014 | By |

Under the ThingsCon umbrella, we’re organizing a quick impromptu meetup for the Berlin hardware scene.

A whole lot of good folks are in town so let’s meet up! Have a chat about your adventures in hardware with Luke of Formlabs, Jon Bruner of O’Reilly SolidCon, the ThingsCon team and Polymer, and give our guests a glimpse into Berlin’s emerging hardware and IoT ecosystem.

Details: Tuesday, 18 Nov Starting 20:00 (8pm) At Betahaus Café (Prinzessinenstr. 19/20, 10969 Berlin)

Kudos to Formlabs, who kindly agreed to buy us drinks.

Spread the word and sign up here!

Cross-posted from the ThingsCon blog.

14 Oct


A new team for UIKonf!

October 14, 2014 | By |

A few weeks ago, my UIKonf partners Chris, Matt & I decided that we wouldn’t have the bandwidth to run & grow the event in 2015. I’m super happy that our blog post about our plans found the exact right response – a new team stepped forward to take over from us. We couldn’t be happier as this team is excellent, knows the event series inside out and just, well, gets it. We’ll all stay around to help out of course as we wouldn’t want to just drop out of the whole thing. It’s too good and too much fun to abandon the event, we just can’t be the leads.

Engin, Maxim & Sabine, you rock! This is going to be great!

More updates as soon, straight from the new team, at