Week 33

This past week was all about Next Conference, about Cognitive Cities Salons, about meeting folks. And about meeting folks about CoCities at Next, of course. Enjoy your week!

This past week was all about Next Conference (disclosure: clients!), about Cognitive Cities Salons, about meeting folks. And about meeting folks about CoCities at Next, of course.

It was a great experience to curate and host the Social Layer track at Next (and write about it – in German – too). Doing so within an existing, super professional framework is a very different experience than when you put the event together all by yourself since you can focus one hundred percent on the content and your speakers.

More importantly, though, the day was a full success – as far as I’ve heard, both the audience and the speakers enjoyed the day (and there are some stats and a PDF infographic, too). We certainly got to see some excellent presentations by Amanda, Matt & Matt, Mike, David, Cornelius and all the others (speaker list). A few of us had the chance to also catch up over some literary cocktails later that night, which is always half of the fun after all. Props to Martin Recke and all of the Next team for putting together a great event.

Of course, there’s other stuff but Next, too. Among other things, Johannes worked on a talk about social media for b2b businesses and presented it to the marketing managers of one of the biggest insurance companies in Germany. According to some recent studies he found, the topic is almost non-existent in Germany beside its huge potential.

We’ve been talking to some fantastic folks and Igor has been hustling to kick CoCities into the next gear. It’s too early to announce anything, but it looks like the pieces for two more CoCities Salons are falling into place. I’m super excited about how this whole thing has been evolving. More on that soon.

On that note, Cognitive Cities – both the topic and some of our speakers – were featured prominently on ZDF’s Elektrischer Reporter, the video is available for download and will stay on the ZDF website for just a few more days. (Speaking of the media – the Guardian kindly quoted me in their Work supplement.)

And finally, a public service announcement: Vint Cerf will speak in Berlin on Thursday evening. On Friday and Saturday, geo geeks will be meeting at WhereCampEU. See you there?

Enjoy your week!

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Author: Peter

Peter is a digital strategist who enjoys connecting people, insights and ideas. Before founding Third Wave he worked as a freelancer with clients like ARTE, Wolters Kluwer, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Google, SPD, Tumblr and several public broadcasters. He organized events like TEDxKreuzberg, atoms&bits and Likemind. Peter holds masters degrees in Communications and Media from Freie Universität Berlin (MA) and The University of Sydney (MMP). Peter has lived in Berlin, Sydney and Washington, DC.