Foo Camp, San Francisco, OpenIOT
After near to two weeks of constant travel, I’m writing this on the plane back from London, both exhausted and exhilarated. What a trip! When I received my invitation to Foo Camp, O’Reilly’s invite-only un-conference at their HQ in the Bay Area, I was as surprised as I was stoked. It’s an honor to be invited, and certainly felt like a rite of passage in some ways. So last week I went, and found the gathering of smart folks simply mindblowing. I put up a few impressions on my personal blog.
For a few days afterwards I got to spend time in San Francisco, meet a bunch of people and also visit some offices, like the EFF and Mozilla, both who kindly hosted me for awhile. Of course there was also time to check out some fancy coffee – in fact I spent almost two full days at Ritual, who don’t mind laptop dwellers and produce some mean brews.
To round things off, on the way back I stopped by London for the OpenIOT Assembly that our friend Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino had put on. The assembly aimed high – we tried to write the next iteration of a Bill of Rights for the Internet of Things. You can find and undersign the current document online as it’s evolving. It was a great crowd, both the speaker lineup and the audience, with a pretty darn impressive in-depth knowledge of all things IoT.
Stepping in for Mark Shephard, I hosted a session on the city aspects of the Internet of Things. The session notes are up for discussion on the platform, and I posted my notes over on my blog for easy skimming.
Just when I left we also grew a bit. We mentioned this before, but also posted a brief introduction for our summer intern Jasmine (one more for our new trainee Doro will follow shortly), so make sure to say hi!
A few weeks back, Prof. Faltin, who researches and teaches entrepreneurship at Freie Universität Berlin, had invited me to an ongoing series of talks and interviews, the Labor für Entrepreneurship. You can find the video online now.