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#TGIF! Dearsouvenir 2 is out


Issue number 2 of Dearsouvenir magazine is out! Titled #TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday), this time our lovely quarterly travel-explored-through-the-stories-behind-souvenirs mag is all about weekend getaways.

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German version of the cover of Dearsouvenir #2.

As always the magazine is available in full, for free, in English and German, with about 350 pages each, on iOS, Android and online. You’ll find links to all versions over on

Grab a coffee, lean back and dig in!

Launching Dearsouvenir, a digital travel magazine


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The biggest news for me this month: We launched a magazine.

Dearsouvenir has officially launched So happy about this! The magazine explores travel through the stories behind souvenirs. I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out, too.

Issue one clocks in at more than 280 pages of travel & souvenir goodness and explores three destinations: Berlin, Mexico City and the Italian region Veneto.

Did I mention that there are two full language versions, one in English and one German – and that it’s free? You’re welcome. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

A big thank you to all collaborators and contributors. Especially Wolfgang, with whom every project is pure joy, the most excellent and energetic Carry-On crew around Theresa, Antonia and Alex, as well as Will for his massive help building the iOS app and his incredible patience with me.

Dearsouvenir is a project Wolfgang and I have been working on – on and off – for years, and it’s gone through a lot of iterations before we got to where it is today: A tablet-first magazine combined with an iOS app that lets you find souvenirs near you.

What are you waiting for? Download the magazine from Google Play (EN / DE) or the Apple app store (search for Dearsouvenir Magazine). If you’re on iOS, I highly recommend also picking up the complementary “to go” iOS Dearsouvenir app to discover the best souvenirs in our launch destinations Berlin, Mexico City and Veneto.

Monthnotes for April 2018


Media & Trustmark

Some nice media action in April around the ThingsCon trustmark for IoT.

Offscreen Magazine kindly invited me to contribute a piece about IoT and how we can create IoT in a more responsible way. (Also, trustmark shout-out!)

The Wall Street Journal‘s cybersecurity newsletter (paywalled) did an indepth interview with me about the trustmark. Some more info about that interview over on

Mozilla’s Internet Health Report featured our trustmark report from last fall.

And if you read German, I started a column over on with a piece on risks and chances of IoT, and the role a trustmark has to play: Das IoT—Gefahren und Chancen im Internet of Things. (Full disclosure: I was project lead at Netzpiloten from 2007 to 2010, and Dearsouvenir GmbH is a joint venture between The Waving Cat GmbH and Netzpiloten AG.)

In an effort to make it easier to follow the trustmark project’s progress I also started a regular trustmark update over on (ThingsCon Trustmark Update 04/2018).

And last but not least, my co-fellows Julia Kloiber, Jon Rogers and I are also listed in the Mozilla Fellowship directory—Mozilla supports the development of the trustmark through my fellowship. (Full disclosure: My partner works for Mozilla.)

Miscellaneous ThingsCon

Also, ThingsCon is part of an EU grant proposal consortium which required a lot of paperwork. (That’s a good sign, right?)

We also had two ThingsCon Salons in Germany and some more action over in the Netherlands, both of which are easier to follow over on

What’s next?

Between these things and lots and lots of research and conversations that will be shaping the development of the trustmark for the next few months, April was pretty packed.

I’ll be heading to Antwerp for a ThingsCon Salon and a workshop with Dries de Roeck tomorrow, and to first NYC then Toronto in June for conferences and meetings.

If you’d like to work with me in the upcoming months, I have very limited availability but happy to have a chat.

And on that note, I’m off for a last round of calls and off to the airport in the morning.

Have a great May!



Our work is split between client engagements and self-initiated projects which are sometimes commercial, sometimes of an exploratory nature.

If you’d like to explore working together, please get in touch.

A selection of projects from the last 3 years:


  • Researched and explored the potentials of a consumer trustmark for IoT for Mozilla.
  • Wrote an ebook about the Shenzhen hardware and IoT ecosystem (View Source: Shenzhen)
  • Co-published The State of Responsible IoT, a ThingsCon essay collection.
  • Participated in #iotmark, an international community-led effort to build a certification mark for IoT, initiated by Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino & Usman Haque.
  • Gave talks or help workshops at numerous conferences incl. ThingsCon Shenzhen, Das ist Netzpolitik, DevOpsCon and Transatlantic Digital Debates.


  • Co-chaired Interaction 16, IxDA’s annual global interaction design conference, with Sami Niemelä.
  • Wrote an ebook exploring living in tomorrow’s connected home (Understanding the Connected Home), with Michelle Thorne.
  • Started scaling ThingsCon from a single conference to an event platform and global community of professional IoT practitioners.
  • Worked with Google’s Mountain View public policy team on a number of emerging tech related questions & projects.
  • Co-authored a research report & policy recommendations for the German government about citizen-centric smart cities, with Prof. Dr. Christoph Bieber.
  • Curated Bosch’s first internet of things developer event in Berlin, with Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino.
  • Launched Zephyr Berlin, a fashion brand built around highly versatile performance fashion, with a successful Kickstarter.
  • Collaborated with Designswarm to produce a global analysis of the smart city landscape for Nominet R&D.
  • Served as jury member for Prototype Fund.
  • As an external reviewer, evaluated applicants for ODINE, the Open Data Incubator Network Europe.
  • Exhibited at the V&A for London Design Festival, and spoke or ran workshops at numerous conferences incl. Mozilla Festival, Retune Festival, ThingsCon Amsterdam.


  • Co-founded ThingsCon, a conference exploring responsible IoT practices.
  • Co-curated NEXT Conference with Monique van Dusseldorp.
  • Started The Good Home, an events-driven collaborative exploration of the future of home living, with Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino.
  • Co-founded Dearsouvenir, a digital travel magazine that explores destinations through the stories behind souvenirs.
  • Advised an automotive client on product and R&D strategy around connected mobility.

We relaunched our website


We just relaunched our website for more clarity and to better reflect our work, both recent and future.

So what’s new?

Less images, more text

At a glance you’ll notice that it’s a lot more built with text in mind. This reflects our output, and should lead to much, much faster load times.

Clear structure

A lot of cruft went out the door. This allows for a much clearer structure.

The front page still offers an overview of the company, but CLIENT SERVICES and IN-HOUSE PROJECTS are more visibly separated, and text highlights allow for extra quick skimming.

The ABOUT navigation item recently got their own STRATEGY and RESEARCH & FORECASTING sections, so that was all new and fresh and will stay this way for now.

Better navigation

What’s new is the navigation item OUTPUT. Clicked directly, it offers an at-a-glance overview of all the many outputs we produce, including REPORTS, BOOKS, THINGSCON, and also SPECIAL PROJECTS like Zephyr Berlin, Dearsouvenir, and other experiments and spin-offs.

Sub-pages of OUTPUT provide a higher-rez overview of PUBLICATIONS (for books & reports), PROJECTS (for highlight client projects as much as the results are publicly sharable), and SPECIAL PROJECTS (as mentioned before).

MEDIA & SPEAKING are still largely unchanged, just a little cleaned up. They work, and provide the most comprehensive log of my speaking engagements as well as media mentions and contributions.

By the way, I’m keeping the dual BLOG structure of COMPANY blog and PERSONAL blog (mostly the occasion travel log), which exists for purely historical/archival reasons. I simply didn’t want to move it to another server or domain.

Curious what you think. If you see something that looks broken, say something. Thanks!

Special Projects


Research, products, spin-offs. Our in-house lab. The fun stuff!




ThingsCon fosters the creation of a human-centric & responsible IoT. To this end we provide practitioners with an open environment for reflection & collaborative action.

ThingsCon is a global community of practitioners around Internet of Things (IoT) and new hardware, as well as an event platform with events across all of Europe and the globe, from Amsterdam to Manila and Berlin to Shenzhen.


We believe that technology should be empowering, respectful, and inclusive. Currently in IoT, not all voices are heard equally, and not all services and products are designed in a way that is human-centric and with the public good in mind. We are convinced that good ethics equal good business.

We understand ThingsCon contributing to a movement of practitioners – especially independents – who champion shared values like openness, sharing, diversity & inclusivity, sustainability and collaboration in all things “connected” – from products and services to IoT, from consumer goods to smart cities and more.

We believe that a network of practitioners working with aligned values can have massive impact. Through networked action, we can make and advocate for technology that is a force for good. Together with you, we can collectively have a meaningful impact on the lives of hundreds of millions, one product or policy at a time.

ThingsCon has been spun out into its own not-for-profit structure, ThingsCon e.V.

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Zephyr Berlin

Pants that travel well and are built to last. For women and men. Made in Berlin with environmentally friendly Swiss performance fabric.

We travel a lot. And we like to be active, flexible travelers: A trip often spans different time zones and climates, and includes formal and informal contexts from conference presentations to meetings to day hikes. We worked with a local designer and a provider of sustainably made, high end Swiss performance fabric to create the most versatile pair of pants, and funded development successfully through Kickstarter. From a business meeting in Tokyo to a day hike in the Californian mountains to a day of cycling across Berlin: With a pair of Zephyrs you’re good to go.

Learn more at

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Dearsouvenir Magazine

Dearsouvenir is a digital travel brand and magazine that covers destinations around the globe and all aspects of enjoyable, conscious travel. What sets Dearsouvenir apart is that everything is told through the stories behind souvenirs.

Spun out as its own company in partnership with Netzpiloten AG, Dearsouvenir focuses on local stories and the people behind lovely souvenirs.

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The Good Home

Exploring ideas for 21st century home living. Through a series of public installations, The Good Home explores what life could be like for a technologically-savvy household. We explore with artists, designers and technologists from around the world how flexible living interacts with the limitations of diminishing household budgets, limited global resources, evolving concepts of privacy, the sharing economy, and global migration. In collaboration with Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino.

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