Things I’ve worked on (September 2013 snaphot)


Quite often I’m asked for some examples of what my work consists of, and of some projects I helped get off the ground.

A little while ago, I started collecting some of these things on a single page: Things I’ve worked on.

I tend to update that page pretty infrequently. But here’s a current snapshot since I just did update the page for the first time in quite a while.

It’s a quick overview of some of the bigger or more interesting milestones in my work. In other words, these are some of the things I’m a bit proud of, and that can serve as a glimpse into what kind of stuff I like working on.

If you wonder why there are so many events in there, it’s quite simple: While most of my work used to be for clients and it doesn’t feel right to claim any credit for those, most of these events were more or less direct results of my initiative. Since I tend to explore topics that interest me through the vehicle of events or writing, these projects listed here can give you a glimpse into the topics I’ve been focusing on over time.



Berlin’s first English-language iOS developer conference. Co-organizing this as an independent event with Matt Patterson and Chris Eidhof since 2013 (website)

Makers Make

Makers Make

Making should be easier: Currently an early stage company, Natasha Carolan and I co-founded Makers Make to allow independent product designers more easily to get from idea to market. (website)

The Alpine Review

The Alpine Review

I serve as Editor at Large, Europe, for the print-only, bi-annual magazine The Alpine Review. At The Alpine Review, we “assemble emerging signals, connections and patterns and tie them together with the people, places and things that draw our attention. A compendium of ideas for a world in transition.” In my own words, a mag by our tribe for our tribe.

Ignite Berlin

Ignite Berlin

Ignite is a global event series with an interesting format constraint: For 5 minutes, speakers get to talk about a topic they are passionate about, and their slides automatically forward every 15 seconds. It’s both inspiring and entertaining. I’ve been organizing Ignite Berlin since 2010, first with Matt Biddulph, then with my collaborators Claudia Rauch and Yasmina Haryono. Enlighten us, but make it quick!

NEXT Berlin

NEXT Berlin

I’m the Program Director for NEXT Berlin, one of Europe’s leading (and biggest) web conferences. In previous years I’ve curated several stages at NEXT, too. Disclosure: NEXT are a client of mine.

Report: A Glimpse Into The Future

At Third Wave, I wrote this report on the macro trends shaping the years to come. It’s a little forecasting project based on input of the fantastic Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Dannie Jost, Georgina Voss, Mike Arauz, Sami Niemelä, Stefan Erschwendner and Tamao Funahashi. It is available in full length here: A Glimpse Into The Future

Dossier: The Quantified Self

At Third Wave I co-authored this extensive dossier about the Quantified Self. It was an ongoing series that aimed to both give an introduction into personal analytics and to dive deeper into the implications and relevant issues. Available here: The Quantified Self

Third Wave

Third Wave

In 2010, I co-founded Third Wave with two partners, as part think tank, part digital strategy consultancy. Among many other things, Third Wave published an extensive series on the Quantified Self and a glimpse into the near future, and organized Cognitive Cities Conference. I left in 2012 to pursue other interests.

Cognitive Cities Conference

Cognitive Cities Conference

Cognitive Cities Conference explored the future of connected cities. I organized this independent conference along with my partners at Third Wave and a bunch of friends in 2012 to look at the future of cities & technology, and how both fields interface. We had a number of fantastic speakers ranging from a Sci-Fi author to MIT researchers to data viz folks. We also put together a CoCities Salon in Amsterdam. More about CoCities in my blog.



Twice, in 2010 & 2011, I co-organized TEDxKreuzberg at Betahaus Berlin. Inspiring talks in a cozy setting. Read my blogposts about TEDxKreuzberg here.

Atoms & Bits Festival

Atoms&Bits Festival

Atoms&Bits Festival was a conference and festival to celebrate the maker culture and what we might call the “post-digital” today: An event to explore the intersection of the digital and physical world. Organized in 2009 by a loose group of local technologists and activists (my blogposts here).

Online Election Campaigning (SPD/Jusos 2009)

During the German federal elections 2009, I was the external strategic lead for the SPD (social democrats) youth organization’s online campaign. We focused on giving young voters the tools to engage their communities and spread their messages. Disclosure: This was client work.

Weblogs & Political Journalists

Way back in 2006, I wrote my masters thesis about the role of blogs for the work of political journalists in Germany. (Full text here. Spoiler: At the time, blogs weren’t relevant for political journalists in Germany.) It was part of my MA in Media & Communications at Freie Universität Berlin, and was graded 1,0 (the German equivalent of a straight A). I also co-authored a text book on virtual worlds for UOC Barcelona together with my friends Max Senges and Thomas Praus.

Ignite Berlin 3 is go!


Ignite Berlin


On Thursday we’re taking Ignite Berlin to round 3. And boy, what a line up of fantastic speakers we got:

No sign up needed, but if you could let us know via Facebook or spread the word via Twitter (#igniteberlin), that’s always welcome. Like the last two times, we expect a full house, so come on time.

Ignite Berlin 2 videos are up


Crossposting this from IgniteBerlin.com.

Ignite Berlin 2 is a wrap, and we couldn’t be happier.

Below you’ll find the 8 talks in chronological order, so why don’t you lean back and enjoy them.

Thomas Schindler: Unfuck the planet by redesigning our currencies

Louisa Heinrich: The inadvertent time machine

Matt Patterson: The strangeness of advertising in comics

Alice Mrongovius: Creating Collaborative Environments

Caroline Drucker: How to give great talks

Jeremy Tai Abbett: I make therefore I am

Joanna Bakas: Unlearning

Marcus Brown: Stories and digital personas

A big round of thank you! is in order! Thanks to our fantastic speakers for their delightful talks, the audience for the lovely conversations throughout the night, our drinks sponsor Weavrs in the person of former Ignite Berlin speaker David Bausola, and our incredibly helpful location hosts, Supermarkt Berlin. You all made this a truly memorable night.

All videos are available at a glance over on Igniteshow.com.

Original post on IgniteBerlin.com.

Ignite Berlin wrap up


Over the last few years I’ve developed a ritual: After any event I help run, the morning after, I sleep in a bit and have a long breakfast. Disconnected, no phone calls, just kicking back.

While the evening of any event includes tons of great conversations, and often even a party of sorts, it’s a very different speed and triggers different parts of my brain. The morning after breakfast is a good way to calm down, reset, stay sane, and enjoy life. It also helps to procrastinate the follow up a bit, which is a nice bonus I’m happy to take advantage of.

Now with three things in the space of about two weeks, it was a bit hectic as I mentioned before. It was so busy, in fact, that I had to break my habit and skip the morning-after breakfast two out of three times. But now here I sit and have my breakfast after a nice, long run, and skim how Ignite Berlin went down last night according to Twitter and emails and Instagram, and I have to say I’m quite happy. It seems like both theh speakers and the audience quite enjoyed the night, which is the most important, and our merry little crew of organizers also had a blast, so I couldn’t be happier with it.

So, long story short: A big, big thank you to all the fantastic speakers, everybody who showed up despite the warm summer night and started all the fun conversations, to Ela and her team up at Supermarkt Berlin (a great location, by the way!) and of course to my co-organizers Claudia and Yasmina!

By the way, this is what Ignite looked like from the stage:

Full house #igniteberlin


ps. Videos of the talks will hopefully be up soon on igniteberlin.com. Yes, chances are there’s going to be another Ignite later this year.

Ignite Berlin Videos


Monday night Matt and I hosted Ignite Berlin as part of the Global Ignite Week. I had a tremendous time there watching all these really smart people give rapid-fire talks of five minutes each. (Thanks folks!)

You can find all Ignite Berlin talks on IgniteShow.com or jump straight to the videos below:

By the way, the video above shows my friend Igor Schwarzmann talking about smart cities, here are the slides to go with his talk:

Ignite Berlin: the definitive speaker list


Ignite BerlinIt’s on! We just posted the speaker list and schedule for Ignite Berlin. And after reading the proposed talks I have to say I can’t wait to see them this coming Monday.

Here’s the list of speakers:

  • Edial Dekker: “Stop creating, start collecting”
  • Ahmet Emre Acar: “Lessons from a Caveman”
  • Markus Andrezak: “The Why and How of Kanban”
  • Philip Steffan: “MakerBot”
  • Igor Schwarzmann: “What’s so smart about cities?”
  • Luis Berríos-Negrón: “The Turtle”
  • Josh & Sabine Devins: “Lego Manhunt”
  • Isabel Drost: “Scaling machine learning with Apache Mahout”
  • Jay Cousins: “The World is our Wiki”
  • Robert Boehme: “A Part-Time Scientists perspective of getting to the moon!
  • Dave Haynes: “Everybody can be a Music Maker”

For some links to go with that, check out the brief speaker profiles on the Ignite site. Also, remember to sign up on Facebook and follow @igniteberlin on Twitter for updates.

And a big thank you! to the speakers and talk proposers!