The year has started nicely and the event line-up is already brimful.
Thursday a week ago saw the iBestuur Congress in the Netherlands where the winners of the Apps voor Nederland competition were announced. I’m happy to see this last app competition to a succesful end and I look forward to what more we can bring. See a write-up of them over at the Hack de Overheid site.
Last weekend I was joined here by fellow game makers from the Netherlands to participate in the Berlin Global Game Jam. We fought hard and managed to crank out the unparalleled Nakatomi Rider. Niels wrote it up for the papers (available over at Bashers).
This week in Berlin the Transmediale takes place to which I hope to go in the following days. I have a difficult relationship with art, especially when it is in the domain of media, but watching the Graham Harman lecture tonight and the introduction to it, it was clear to me that Transmediale is as on top of current developments and artistic relevance as they can be.
There will be a night in Pakhuis de Zwijger to celebrate the Nederland van Boven television series that the VPRO produced in the Netherlands1. I will be joining the esteemed panel there as a board member of Hack de Overheid to talk about issues of democracy, participation and truth in cartography.
With Martijn de Waal happily having gotten his PhD2, it’s now full steam ahead for the conference he is organizing together with Michiel de Lange called “Social Cities of Tomorrow”3. I will be speaking in a brief time slot about Apps for Amsterdam and how data commons happen.
Finally in the near future there is also an undisclosed Berlin event for which I will be speaking which will be my first abroad since I left the Netherlands.
- Borrowing conceptually from Britain from Above among others. ↩
- Whose thesis I am very much looking forward to read, which is something of an exception when it comes to theses. ↩
- As luck will have it last year I travelled from Amsterdam to Berlin for a virtual urbanism conference and this year I will do the reverse (though with a brief trip to Madrid tacked to its end). ↩