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ThingsCon Salon Berlin July videos are up!

July 23, 2017 | By | No Comments

On 14th July we had another ThingsCon Salon Berlin. You can learn more about upcoming ThingsCon events here.

Here’s the presentations!

Gulraiz Khan

Gulraiz Khan (@gulraizkhan) is a transdisciplinary designer who works on civic engagement. As an urbanist, he is interested in developing grassroots engagement methods that can help communities thrive through political and environmental flux. He is currently working as a Lecturer in Communication & Design at Habib University in Karachi, Pakistan. Prior to this, he received an MFA in Transdisciplinary Design from Parsons The New School for Design in New York. He also serves at the Assistant Director for The Playground, the Centre for Transdisciplinarity, Design and Innovation at Habib University.

Peter Bihr

Peter Bihr (@peterbihr) gave a few remarks about the trip and available for an informal chat about Shenzhen.

Screening of View Source: Shenzhen

We screened the brand new video documentary about the ThingsCon trip to Shenzhen. Produced by The Incredible Machine with support from the Creative Industry Fund NL, this is the video counterpart to the written View Source: Shenzhen report we just published and shows the journey that The Incredible Machine had when trying to build a smart bike lock in Shenzhen.

Hope to see you soon at a ThingsCon event near you!

ThingsCon Salon Berlin & Shenzhen

July 14, 2017 | By | No Comments

Last night we had the third ThingsCon Salon Berlin (see all ThingsCon events).

To set up the Berlin premiere screening of The Incredible Machine‘s Shenzhen video documentary, I shared some impressions from the hardware ecosystem in Shenzhen, Huaqiangbei market, and our experience there. The slides consist mostly of photos, but I hope you’ll enjoy them.

The documentary is based on our recent joint trips to Shenzhen, as is the report I wrote about it, View Source Shenzhen.

Here’s the documentary, too:

Future-proofing your org / forecasting, IoT, AI

July 14, 2017 | By | No Comments

Recently I gave a presentation for a large retailer on how to future-proof the organization. I focused on forecasting as a method, Joi Ito’s motto Compasses over Maps, and an eclectic selection of signals from the world of IoT, AI, and humans & machines working side by side.

It’s somewhat anonymized/cleaned up from concrete references. It’s also an elusive, rarely spotted set of slides in German!

08 Oct

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IoT Communities & modes of production

October 8, 2016 | By |

For Retune Festival 2016, I gave a quick overview of IoT communities and their modes of production. Heads-up, this is quite subjective: The IoT communities featured here are the ones I personally find most interesting and/or am most fond of.

The extra short version is this: Exploring IoT in its various facets can be done in many ways, from the often un- or under-funded (art) to the often highly funded (startup) and everything in between. I argue that startups, while currently a hugely popular vehicle to explore ideas, aren’t for everyone: There are some things and contexts that I think are better explored outside a startup context, through self-funding, third party funding, or as a sustainable independent business.

Hope it’s useful for you.

09 Dec

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IXDS Pre-Work Talk

December 9, 2014 | By |

IXDS kindly invited me to give a presentation as part of their ongoing series IXDS Pre-Work Talks. I focused on the future of IoT and Wearables, and design opportunities in the space. Here are the slides, Once it’s available, I’ll add the video. and the video. (My presentation starts around the 16:00 mark.)

07 Nov

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ThingsConAMS: The State of Things

November 7, 2014 | By |

This weekend I’m in Amsterdam for ThingsConAMS, our first satellite event for ThingsCon. The Monique, Iskander and the info.nl team have done a fantastic job bringing the atmosphere and energy of ThingsCon to Amsterdam.

Above, the slides for my keynote. Enjoy!

30 May

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Berlin Innovation Meetup Tokyo

May 30, 2014 | By |

My slides from Berlin Innovation Meetup at Recruit’s Tokyo HQ.