Last week was very good to us. Very good indeed.
While Johannes stayed in Berlin, Peter and I went to Amsterdam for PICNIC11. Together with David Bausola we gave a workshop on Quantified Cities. We introduced the audience to city and quantified self based data, gave them our perspective on it and let people prototype services that would improve life in a city. Since time was an issue – we could give every group only 30 minutes to develop an idea and write it down – it was very important to us not only to get everybody in the room on the same page, but also give a very accessible toolset. So we handed out different data sources on paper – be it Foursquare data, Runkeeper data or Governmental data – and let people come up with ideas. You can take a look on our tumblr for the results.
Needless to say we had fun and happy that our workshop approach worked so well. The Quantified Self Conference, which will happen in November in Amsterdam, invited us to do something similar. Don’t miss to sign up and join us there.
While we were boarding the plane on our way to Amsterdam, we got great news. I would love to tell you all about it in detail, but unfortunately this will have to wait a bit longer. But let me put it this way: We worked hard and it paid out. Big time. A big client coming our way with work for at least 18 months. We have been hired to do research, develop a strategy and do some re-organization. It’s a nice present to ourselves for the upcoming first anniversary of Third Wave.