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Engagements in my past:

IoT Expedition & Google Internet of Things (IoT) Technology Research Award

While in California I bootstrapped and led the IoT Expedition, which was a 2015-2018 R&D program that brought together top researchers from e.g. Carnegie Mellon, Cornell Tech, Stanford, UIUC and Googe/Nest developers aiming to promote interoperability in IoT. The approach was to make buildings as Living Laboratories, where ANYONE can walk into it and start interacting. It worked with mobile and fixed IoT devices to relay as much information as possible to users for real-time feedback.

The program also aimed to orchestrate interoperability of and between Google‘s IoT ventures (Nest, Android Things, Google Hardware, etc) through a Living Lab on Google‘s campus in Mountain View and a yearly cross-Alphabet IoT Summits and Reports.

Here is a summary of the challenges tackled: “Google engineers have experimented and developed a set of building blocks for the Internet of Things – an ecosystem of connected devices, services and “things” that promises direct and efficient support of one’s daily life. While there has been significant progress in this field, there remain significant challenges in terms of (1) interoperability and a standardized modular systems architecture, (2) privacy, security and user safety, as well as (3) how users interact with, manage and control an ensemble of devices in this connected environment”.


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The Co:llaboratory was an open think tank, bringing together actors from associations, academia, data- and consumer protection, Internet companies and policymakers to work on solutions to societal questions on Internet – initiated by Google Germany.

Main activity were thematic initiatives on specific topic areas that span a duration of several months. The participating experts from different sectors met regularly for internal and public workshops. The circle of experts that participated in an initiative worked autonomously and produced a final report with scenarios and recommendations that was presented to stakeholders.

Past initiatives covered themes such as digital innovation governance, open government, copyright reform as well as privacy and the public sphere.


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Max was co-founder of Kleos IT@home which offers technology training, consulting and maintenance services (with a focus on Apple systems) especially for technologically challenged Germans in the Heidelberg and accordingly the Rhein-Neckar-Delta region. All services can be delivered in the comfort of ones home.

Supercool School

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Max was co-founder of Supercool School which empowered people to start their own live online school. It was a movement to give people worldwide access to education by building a global school infrastructure.

Knowledge Entrepreneur

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Knowledge Entrepreneur explores and promotes the practice of knowledge entrepreneurship as well as a humanistic philosophy of entrepreneurship in general by reviewing the thesis „Knowledge Entrepreneurship in Universities: Practice and Strategy in the case of Internet based Innovation Appropriation“.

The research was conducted by Max Senges within the Information and Knowledge Society Phd Programme at the online university Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Free University of Catalonia) and with the support of the Generalitat de Catalunya (beca predoctoral para la formación de personal investigador).

The thesis is available as one pdf-file and the 42min. video of the PhD-Defense is available on YouTube.

The research is rather trans-disciplinary. There are several thematic access routes to the work:

  • Knowledge Entrepreneurship from a Higher Education Management point of view
  • Philosophy of Entrepreneurship & Knowledge Entrepreneurship as Life Philosophy
  • Internet based Innovation Appropriation
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