Most of us have been traveling (Alper in NYC, Martin in Australia, I in India), so that we skipped a few weeknotes. So here’s what happened in week 52:
After a couple of weeks of near solitude in the office, Peter and Alper are back. After recovering from the shock of seeing another human in the office I’m reminded that there are Things to Report.
Stillpoint Spaces, aka Nieuwerkerk, has launched. Stillpoint Spaces helps connect Counsellors with people seeking counselling, providing a secure space for voice- and video-based online counselling. It was built in collaboration with Upstream Agile for Stillpoint, who provided the design muscle themselves.
This week I’ve mostly been working on Vestibule, the system developed by the lovely Ruby Manor folks. We used a modified version of it for the CfP of UIKonf, and for UIKonf 2014 we thought it would be nice to work with Murray, James & co to make Vestibule easier to use for your own event.
While I was locked in here on my own I spent a lot of time working on Iselin, up to my neck in PDF specifications and trying to implement a PDF/X generator built on the Prawn Ruby library. That went well, and we’re continuing to look for a Digital Print company to work with us to make Iselin happen. Get in touch if that’s you!
After a truly epic company outing to New York (first and second notes for that) I came back to a cold and grey Berlin.
This week I spent a lot of time diving into the business administration of Hubbub. There’s load more to optimise there but I spent most of my time preparing the last two engagements of 2013 for what is turning out to be a rather splendid year.
For the rest I spent a lot of time editing the videos we shot for our game design workshop at the Mozilla Festival. Video editing speech is extremely time consuming but I think the result has been worth it. That should be due out next week after we cross the ts and dot the is.
Now that I’m back from a nice, long vacation in India it’s time for the final sprint for 2013. I had lots of catching up to do to get my inbox back under control.
Chris, Matt and Max kept UIKonf going strong while I was gone, so I got up to speed this week.
Another event I’m super excited about is something together with Max (yes, same max as UIKonf) and Simon of Knowable: Things, a 2-day event on the future of hardware business (hardware as in connected devices, Internet of Things, New Manufacture, 3D printing, etc.). It’s an extremely interesting space with so much energy, and finally we got around to at least announcing the dates (2-3 May 2014, Berlin). More info on Things soon at thingscon.com. While the DNS records are still propagating, I invite you over to my blog where I wrote up why we’re putting together Things, and why now.
Together with my involvement at NEXT Berlin, this turns May into a bit of a scheduling nightmare/masterpiece, with Things on May 2nd & 3rd, NEXT Berlin 5th & 6th, and UIKonf 14th & 15th.
If things work out, I’ll pack my suitcase right after for a trip to San Francisco, but that’s not quite confirmed just yet. Either way, March to May I won’t be bored, that much is for sure.
Projects SALAMANDER and ISELIN at chugging along at different speeds. For SALAMANDER we’re sorting out organizational stuff; at ISELIN we need to find a new provider. Turns out it’s not easy to find a highly specialized, engaged and ambitious printer for a tricky piece of production, especially since we’d like to work with independent printers in either Berlin or London. We’re on it!
There’s also a ton of stuff going on in early stages and back channel conversations that I’m not prepared to talk about just yet, but it’s going to be an exciting few weeks and months ahead.
Topics I’m mulling over a lot these days: hardware and connected devices, a digital agenda, printing, traveling, personal analytics, forms of organization.
And now, off to the weekend with you. See you all Monday!