The MtGox-crisis: What happened and what does it mean for bitcoin/cryptocurrencies?

Fundamentals of Bitcoin (in case you don’t know yet) Bitcoin is the first decentralized cryptocurrency and, even after the still unfolding MtGox-crisis, still the cryptocurrency with the highest market capitalization. Its fundamental innovation is the combination of asymmetric cryptography and public peer-to-peer shared transaction recording (this distributed database of mined coins and transactions is called „Blockchain“).… The MtGox-crisis: What happened and what does it mean for bitcoin/cryptocurrencies? weiterlesen

Smart phones conquer Germany

Having purchased a fairphone for Christmas, our family-owned collection of Android devices has been extended again. Obviously, we are not the only ones. German industry association Bitkom has released estimates of smartphone marketshare in 2014. Heise.de duly reports the results, so does golem.de. It is expected that the German marketshare of smartphones will reach 82%… Smart phones conquer Germany weiterlesen

Bitcoin volatility

I am ambivalent about the new digital virtual currency bitcoin. I have discovered it quite early and bought some when each of them was worth $0.03. I jumped ship when they were $1 each, and cashed in a nice holiday trip. When bitcoins reached $1000 each, I pondered whether I should be angry about the… Bitcoin volatility weiterlesen

Symposium on Open & Collaborative Innovation in May

Pleased to announce that 29-30 May 2014 The Hamburg Innovation Symposium (THIS) on „Open and Collaborative Innovation in the Digital Era“ will be held at the University of Hamburg with participation of distinguished scholars Ammon Salter, Oliver Alexy, and Linus Dahlander as keynote speakers. It is co-chaired by Piet Hausberg and Krystallia Moysidou together with Moritz Schellenberger. Read more and find… Symposium on Open & Collaborative Innovation in May weiterlesen

The power of ‚Open Source Hardware‘

3D-printers for the end consumer have been regarded by many as a small niche for geeky engineers and programmers developing in their spare time. Unfortunately it was also most widely known as a means for producing above all plastic decorations and weapons — until now. A few skilled developers recently came up with a hand prosthesis available for… The power of ‚Open Source Hardware‘ weiterlesen

2014: Year of the digital society

The German ministry of research and education has declared 2014 to be the „scientific year of the digital society“ (in German). I am happy that the importance of the impact that the current „digitization“ of every aspect of our lives is being recognized. Technological change is currently revolutionizing our society. Count the number of ebook… 2014: Year of the digital society weiterlesen

„Open Innovation“ is part of the ruling parties coalition agreement

The coalition agreement of the next German government mentions „Open Innovation“ explicitely: „Wir wollen das große Potenzial für wirtschaftliche und gesellschaftliche Veränderungen, ob in Form neuer Geschäftsmodelle, Dienstleistungen oder Kooperationen, durch den Auf- und Ausbau geeigneter Open-Innovation-Plattformen für neue kreative Lösungsansätze erschließen. Wir richten uns dabei insbesondere an kleine und mittlere Unternehmen, damit sie gemeinsam… „Open Innovation“ is part of the ruling parties coalition agreement weiterlesen

CfP „Social Media“ der Fachzeitschrift DBW

Prof. Dr. Jetta Frost und Prof. Dr. Sebastian Spaeth sind Gastherausgeber der Zeitschrift DBW Prof. Dr. Sebastian Spaeth und Prof. Dr. Jetta Frost, beide Universität Hamburg, sind Gastherausgeber der Fachzeitschrift DBW für ein Sonderheft zum Themenschwerpunkt »Social Media«. Die Einreichfrist für Beiträge auf Deutsch oder Englisch ist der 31.5.2014. Den „Call for Papers“ finden Sie… CfP „Social Media“ der Fachzeitschrift DBW weiterlesen