The art of assisting discovery
I love to help people with their ideas. Inspiring, mentoring or even teaching is what I love to do. Over the years I build up a set of different topics. Sometimes this can be done in a workshop environment like an IoT workshop, sometimes it needs to happen in a more private environment like a mentoring.
Arduino and IoT
Thanks to Fritzing I could teach in numerous workshops the beauty of programming hardware. For teams and organisations it is very valuable to understand the concepts of digital products. The moment when people realise they can easily turn on and off an LED is opening a whole new mental world.
I started with Arduino and moved on to teach connected devices like the Raspberry Pi or the ESP. Interchanging data through MQTT to a front-end is part of this extended workshop formats as well.
Workshop at GE Garages
IoT thermometer prototype
Workshop at a Conference
Compared to a normal workshop a hackathon needs more time but is much more engaging. Working on challenges in a team with diverse professions is always a lot of fun and participants push themselves over their limits.
Bayer Digital Summit
Creativity gets more and more important these days while a lot of people consider themselves as uncreative. Fortunately, ideas can easily be generated using frameworks. We for example created a set of components to ideate on IoT.
The participants could use components like sensors or actuators to generate ideas with it. In the end, we formulated one sentence as an elevator pitch. Oh, and this one was for the TOA and took place on a boat :-)
I mentor startups in UX and product questions. It is challenging and needs to be taken serious but I simply love helping people, working for their passions. The field is broad. Sometimes it is just the question where to put a search field, sometimes it is about production questions, sometimes it is about connecting the right people and sometimes it is about setting up a proper user test environment.
Startupbootcamp IoT, London
If you want to unserstand something deeply, teach it. (Chineese saying)
From my Alma Mater I was requested to teach students in a physical computing class. I decided to go for musical interfaces. For the final presentations I invited the design lead of Native Instruments, Gösta Wellmer, and the Founder of the Basslet, Gwydion ap Dafydd, to give professional feedback. Another engagement was for the University of Venice (IUAV) where I spend some time to teach students of the Interactive Class.
Interactive Class, Venice
Telling stories was for thousands of years the way of teaching children or warning villagers of the evil wolf. Having a good story is essential in business life as well. Sell your idea to investors or your product to customers – if you have a good story, it sells itself. I help people find their WHY, a story plot or their archetype. An emotional story is more memorable and convincing than the best pitch deck. Remember the story of the captain chasing the white whale?