Wrapping up at the ODINE project


For the last two years, I was part of the pool of evaluators for ODINE, the Open Data Incubator Network Europe. The program just ended, after funding around 57 companies doing interesting work with and around open data in Europe. The list of evaluators is now officially being made public. (It should be online on the ODINE website soon.)

As far as I can tell from the more-or-less outside, it was a successful project.

While reviewing multiple times, I think only once did I participate in on a day of interviews with a bunch of applicants and teams onsite. During that day, I was impressed with the overall level of conversations.

Now that the program is being wrapped up, I’d like to congratulate the team and all the participants. Best of luck with the next steps.

Some quick updates: ThingsCon, PETS, SolidCon, Highway1


you live the surprise results of old plans


Writing the weeknotes for KANT I just noticed a few things I haven’t mentioned here, so I’m just copy&pasting them in:

ThingsCon is making big, big strides, including an advisory board and a ton of freshly confirmed speakers. To follow the progress, keep an eye on Twitter and the blog!

This week I’m off to Amsterdam to talk about 3D printing at a big conference for the pets food and toys industry called PETS. I’m going to take Chris‘ new Mac presentation tool Deckset for a spin there, which I’ve been playing around with for a few days and which is great.

Brady Forrest, speaker and advisor at ThingsCon and co-founder of PCH’s hardware incubator Highway1 also made me a mentor for Highway1, which I’m excited about.

Speaking of being excited about hardware/software things, I just learned I’ll be speaking at Solid, O’Reilly’s new conference about the convergence of hardware and software. San Francisco in May it is!

Joining the /mentoring movement


Following David Noël’s lead and Diana Kimball’s great example, I decided to become a part of a distributed mentoring movement. And while I personally find the term “mentoring”, when spelled out so explicitly, somewhat awkward, I truly believe in the idea.

Every major step forward in my life so far has been inspired and encouraged by the mentors I’ve been fortunate enough to have. I believe that hopes, dreams, and advice are best shared in ongoing, personal relationships, and it’s important to me to pay it forward.

I’ve had so many great experiences in my life, and I’d love to share them if you’re considering pursuing a similar path.

So, here’s my /mentoring page, as much an experiment for me as it might be for you.