Matt here. Christmas is fast approaching, here at KANT HQ (and, I guess, everywhere else). It always gets crazy in the run up to Christmas and this week is no exception. Read on, friend, Mince Pie (or Stollen) in one hand, Glühwein in the other, with Santa hat on head. Or something.
This week I launched the UIKonf Call for Proposals, although I’m still working on Vestibule. There should be more stuff happening with Vestibule as we implement and the things we need for the end of the CfP, and see about integrating those back into Vestibule-proper (if that makes sense). It’s been great working with the Ruby Manor team on this. Hopefully at the end, Vestibule will be much easier for other people to use for their own conference.
The big announcement from me this week is that I’ve joined tape.tv as a developer. It’s a fantastic opportunity to work with a great team (including some old friends) on really great stuff. We’ve got a lot of exciting things in the works.
I’ll be starting in January, so I won’t be around here as much, although I’ll be keeping my desk at KANT because, really, this is the closest to a shed-equivalent workspace I’m going to get in Berlin… ;-)
As the year is coming to an end, everybody’s cramming in all the meetings and proposals. I’m guilty of that myself, too. After all, it feels good to line up all the interesting things to tackle once everybody comes out of the holidays.
For ThingsCon we’ve started the early bird ticket sales, and could already announce the first four speakers - a lineup that makes me very happy indeed: Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Brady Forrest, Louisa Heinrich and Matt Webb are all going to be there, and we’re lining up more excellent folks from around the world right now. Also, Call for Proposals - send us your ideas!
On Monday, Brady Forrest and Saroya Whatley were in town as part of a global road show for hardware incubator Highway1. That was a great occasion to have a meetup, so Martin kindly offered to set up an Internet of Things meetup, and we proceeded from there to a nice dinner of ramen over chats of hardware, Berlin, Silicon Valley and China. Despite the cold and rainy day, good fun all around.
Tuesday, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung hosted a debate about the European Digital Agenda. It was great to hear Susan Crawford's experiences running the Obama transition team for science and technology, as well as switching carreers several times along the way.
Throughout the week, plenty of miscellaneous meetings about collaborations on SAMALANDER, a potential (but unlikely) book, friends switching jobs, virtual assistants.
One more week this year that looks kind of similarly packed, then it’s the end of the year already. So let’s get to it!
This week was highly intensive. We’re doing a couple of big projects at the end of the year and for that I had Kars over from Utrecht for four days of ideation, playing around and concepting here in Berlin.
We tried to keep a low profile between the packed days of work but we still managed to go to the IoT Meetup, Sauercrowd, a sauerkraut making flashmob, the Alt Tech Talks drinks (organized by KANT alumnus Chris Eidhof) and the Wigwam Christmas do. For the rest the week was focussed on pushing forward the projects for client meetings next week and keeping our strength up by eating and drinking really good Kreuzberg food.