current is driven by a network of long-time collaborators. We bring academic and professional backgrounds in human-computer-interaction, design thinking, lean & agile management, psychology, sociology, cybernetics, art & history, curation, entrepreneurship, economics, cultural and political science, and more.

We embrace new working cultures and adapt flexibly to projects, based on individual expertise and workload. We also happily and regularly join forces with allies and networks.


Simon Höher

Simon is a serial entrepreneur, strategy consultant, and researcher with an academic background in sociology, cultural and political science, economics, and philosophy. 

He co-founded and headed his own Start Up for five years, and launched two digital products in the realm of innovation, hardware, and local collaboration. In his work and studies he thoroughly explored concepts of systemic and open design, Human-Centered Innovation, Maker culture, and tech and data ethics. He has hands-on experience in the context of international collaboration and development, social entrepreneurship, and digital product and service design. Simon's work and contributions have been featured in national and international media like WIRED, Fast.co, Make: Magazine, BILD, PAGE, Deutschland Radio, and others.

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Max Krüger

Max is interested in spaces, experiences and technologies to foster collaboration, creativity and the active exchange of knowledge. He worked on several highly regarded projects including IDDS,  UIKonf, the Global Innovation Lounge and the Creative Space Explorer.

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Shehzil Malik

Shehzil Malik is a designer and illustrator with a practice based on design for social change. Her passions of design and social responsibility result in collaborative projects with a focus on societal issues like women’s rights, feminism and identity constructs. She is a Fulbright scholar with an MFA in Visual Communication Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is also part of the  International Development Innovation Network (IDIN).

She has previously taught at Beaconhouse National University, and worked as art director at Ogilvy & Mather, been part of the Arcade Creative Group at Sony Music in New York City as well served as the art director of a socially conscious startup, Uth Oye! in Lahore.

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Katharina Meyer

Katharina Meyer is trained as historian of technology and arts+media administration and curates knowledge and exhibition. At STATE Festival and re:publica, she coordinates all activities in the fields of science & culture. 

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