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Anniversary: The Waving Cat GmbH turns one!

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My company turns one! When I set up The Waving Cat GmbH as a company, my main goal was to use it as an umbrella, an organizational backend and communications device, for the various interests and projects I pursue – for fun and profit. Along the line, I also fine tuned the mission for The Waving Cat as…

…exploring the impact of emerging technologies and helping apply the insights of innovators through consulting, conferences and publications.

And that’s exactly what’s happening. The formats and teams change, the mission is the same. For me that’s super exciting, and I feel lucky and privileged that I get to work and live this way. Thank you all!

It’s hard to believe how quickly this year flew by. And yet, when I just skimmed my records, it’s even more unbelievable to me to see all the things that happened in just a year. More importantly, to see that these things have legs, so to speak, and are going places.

A stack of t-shirts from my conferences. <3

Even more importantly, it’s great that nearly all of them have been happening in close collaboration with people I admire and love working with:

  • Co-founded #iot/maker/hardware conference ThingsCon with Max Krüger, Simon Höher and Emanuel Schwarz, and brought it into its second year, incl. a local event in AMS
  • Written a booklet with Max Krüger: The Indie Conference Organizer Handbook (TICOH)
  • Published two issues of #iot print magazine Connected with Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino/Designswarm
  • Co-directed one NEXT Conf and am working on NEXT 15 with Monique van Dusseldorp
  • Co-organized, and subsequently handed over to a new team, iOS developler conference UIKonf with Matt Patterson and Chris Eidhof
  • Became co-chair of Interaction 16 with Sami Niemelä of IxDA Helsinki
  • Started an executive briefing on emerging tech, The Imaginary Unit, with Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino and Patrick Tanguay
  • Came up with a simple test to determine which client projects to accept and engage with, the Client Work Triangle Test
  • Worked with old and new clients ranging from corporate R&D to agency to industry association to to think tank to government.
  • Became a startup mentor with Highway1 and Hardware.co, and an ambassador for Highway1
  • Published nine or so articles, interviews or publications of some sort
  • Gave about ten talks in Germany, Japan, US, UK and the Netherlands.

What a year. Here’s to the next one!

Weekly log: Projects I’ve worked on this week

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As an ongoing record for myself, I try to post a brief log of projects I actively worked on throughout the week. (UPPER CASE = code names for not-yet-announcables.)

Actively worked on:

  • ThingsCon
  • UIKonf
  • NEXT Berlin
  • SALAMANDER
  • POINTLESS ALBATROSS
  • SAPIENT PEARWOOD

Not actively worked on:

  • LAND EEL
  • COUNTING PINES
  • HERMIT ELEPHANT
  • ISELIN

Projects stopped or newly initiated:

  • No projects stopped or initiated.

Weekly log: Projects I’ve worked on this week

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As an ongoing record for myself, I try to post a brief log of projects I actively worked on throughout the week. (UPPER CASE = code names for not-yet-announcables.)

Actively worked on:

  • ThingsCon
  • UIKonf
  • NEXT Berlin
  • SALAMANDER
  • ISELIN
  • POINTLESS ALBATROSS
  • SAPIENT PEARWOOD

Not actively worked on:

  • LAND EEL
  • COUNTING PINES
  • HERMIT ELEPHANT

Projects stopped or newly initiated:

  • No projects stopped or initiated.

Weekly log: Projects I’ve worked on this week

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Feel free to ignore.

As an ongoing record for myself, I’ll try to post a brief log of the projects I’m actively working on week over week. ALL UPPER CASE are project code names for not-yet-ready, exploration-phase things. (I’m using quite possible the nerdiest name space for project names, but I’m not going to link to it.) In the future I’m going to try to post these on Fridays.

Active/production:

  • NEXT Berlin
  • ThingsCon
  • UIKonf
  • SALAMANDER
  • ISELIN
  • POINTLESS ALBATROSS

Exploration/thinking/conception:

  • SAPIENT PEARWOOD
  • COUNTING PINES
  • LAND EEL
  • HERMIT ELEPHANT

Status: Contact Form Down

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Just a brief note: Over the last few days my contact form has been spammed like never before. I’ll be fixing the contact form shortly. In case you want to get in touch quickly, please feel free to ping me on any of the channels listed under thewavingcat.com/contact or via Twitter (@thewavingcat.com).

Thanks!

Update 17 August: The contact form should be up and working again. However, comments are still buggy. Trying to sort it out as quickly as possible. Sorry for the inconveniences.

Update 18 August: Contact form AND comments seem to be working again. If you still run into any trouble, please let me know!

Relaunch: Slowly getting there

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Slowly, but steadily, I’m getting to the point where my website looks acceptable again. To be fair, that’s only partly my achievement: The design is to a huge part based on on Boris Anthony‘s theme for Joi Ito. (Of course Boris and Joi are referenced in my blog’s footer, and I’ll keep trying to get a hold of Boris, but since Twitter has been very shaky all day, this hasn’t happened yet. Sorry there, and thanks in advance.)

So what had happened here? I basically killed my old blog theme WP Premium. I liked it a lot, but was still looking for something lighter, something with as little ballast and restrictions as possible. Something very, very simple. So I started coding a new template from scratch, but kept using design elements of Boris’ & Joi’s website, which hopefully they won’t mind. The design is completely CSS’ed, so as far as I can tell right now the code should be pretty clean. It certainly is well commented. Also, I’ve asked a Melbourne-based pixel artists for a logo design, so let’s see how that will turn out.

What you see right now is, hopefully, a functional site. There’s still be occasional glitches for a while, I’m sure. If there’s anything major that doesn’t look like it’s supposed to be the way it is, I’m very thankful for a hint. (Also, I’m looking forward to seeing the Twitter badge work; so far it’s commented out due to Twitter’s outages today.) However, with all the behind-the-scenes work at Twitter HQ, I’m convinced my favorite micro blogging service will be up again soon.

So what’s new? As mentioned above the code is much, much cleaner that the old theme after I had customized it. Also, now I know much better what’s actually going on behind the scenes. The top navigation has switched from horizontal to vertical, and I cut out some points. I kept the RSS and email subscription. Only the five most recent posts are displayed on the start page. Recent posts and comments are much better to read now. The Dopplr profile is new, although I stuck to the classic look instead of any of the fancier options. A new Twitter badge is in the making. Links to my other profiles etc are now much easier to read. The section with external links to cool projects and other kudos (formerly called “Bumper Stickers”) is now in a format I like much better: Full 376×60 pixel glory.

In short: The whole thing is now much easier on the eyes, or so I hope.