About Think. Innovation.

My name is Diderik van Wingerden and as a freelance ‘Manager of Technology and Innovation for World-Changing Companies’ and Strategy Consultant I help my clients to innovate faster. “Think. Innovation.” is the name of my company.

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Better Work Together

Do you want to work on stuff that matters? Since 2010 a group of people in Wellington, New Zealand have been organizing themselves to do just that. Now you can read how they did it!

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Open Call: carpenter for children’s playground in refugee camp Greece

On of the members of the Designers With Refugees community, which is part of innovation lab Latra, shared the following open call:

Subject: My quest for a compassionate Carpenter

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Open Call for Design Challenges

Would you like your product-related Design Challenge solved for free?

Do you have a brilliant idea for an innovative product for the beneficiaries of your mission-driven organization or for your colleagues in the field? Or do they use an existing product that needs serious improvement?

Then here is your chance: have a team of Industrial Product Design students create that for you!

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Open Innovation & Open Design

This article originally appeared on thespindle.org about my presentation and workshop on Technology Trends, Open Source and Open Design for Humanitarian NGOs and other organizations:

On November 27th 2018, The Spindle, in collaboration with HumanityX, organised a Future Session about global technological developments and open innovation & open design. Participants to this meeting came from various organisations, sectors, and backgrounds, which provided fruitful input and discussions, especially during the workshop part of the session.

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Reinventing Startups

Once we have come to realize that the Silicon Valley model of startup-based innovation is not for the betterment of people and planet, but is a hyper-accelerated version of the existing growth-based capitalist Operating System increasing inequality, destroying nature and benefiting the 1%, the question arises: is there an alternative?

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Fab Lab-enabled Humanitarian Aid in India

Since June 2018 the state of Kerala in India has endured massive floodings, as you may have read in the news. This article contains a brief summary what the international Fab Lab Community has been doing until now (early September 2018) to help the people recovering.

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The Fairy Tale of the Unicorn and the Zebras

Once upon a time hippies where roaming the world. They were a happy bunch, living in freedom and spiritual abundance. A small group of them lived in a place called California, or to be more specific, an area that had the appearance of a lush valley. In that valley life was good. A new kind of technology called computers made that entrepreneurial life flourished and people had steady jobs. But the computers were big, clunky and expensive. They were exclusive to big corporations, governments and universities who had the space for them, both physically and in their budgets.

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Should you donate to Open Source Software?

In short: yes, you should! If you are a regular user and can afford it. For the longer version: read on. In this article I will explain donating is not just “the right thing to do”, but also a practical way of supporting Open Source Software (OSS). I will show you a fair and pragmatic method that I use myself. You will see that donating does not need to cost you much (in my case less than € 25 per month; 25% of the proprietary alternatives), is easy and gets this topic “off your mind” for the rest of the time.

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The Invisible Hole in Doughnut Economics

Doughnut Economics is one of the best books I have read in the past few years. I believe it should be standard reading for any economics student and fills in a big gap in “normal” economics theory. Kate Raworth excellently points out how and why the traditional models and theories do not work (anymore) and even better, replaces them with new concepts and pictures.


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Do European Governments Publish Open Source Software?

From time to time I come across news articles about Governmental bodies in Europe adopting the use of Open Source Software. This seems to be a slowly increasing trend. But if European Governments make software for themselves, or are having it made for them, do they publish that software as Open Source?

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How to feel happy using your Apple MacBook (again)

In short: wipe Mac OS and install Elementary OS. In some more words: read on.

If you are thinking: “I am feeling happy using my MacBook, what is he talking about?”, then open your calendar and make an entry for in 2 years to come back to this post. See you then!

Yes, in time your MacBook gets slow, right? Using it just does not feel as swift and smooth anymore as it once did. Everything you do is becoming a bit sluggish. Up to a point where it even becomes almost unusable. High time to go buy that new model!

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No Time To Waste!

How are we going to feed 9+ billion people by 2050? Last week this question was at the heart of the Thought For Food Summit in Amsterdam and I had the honour and pleasure to be giving a Clinic on Opening Business Models and being invited to co-judge on the special Open Business Model Prize in the TFF Challenge Finals.

In a thrilling finals award ceremony team WasteBuster won the special Open Business Model Prize. Michael Kock, head of IP of main sponsor Syngenta, awarded the prize mainly for the potential the WasteBuster concept has for opening up their business model and open licensing their technology.

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Stop Trying To End Poverty

In the past months I have started to explore and getting myself involved in Humanitarian Aid organizations (NGOs), from an innovation perspective.

What I find striking is how many times I read and hear about the goal to “End Poverty”. Besides the problematic term ‘poor’, which can mean to have no money for a prolonged time, but can also mean ‘of low quality’ (low quality people? Do you see the problem here?), I believe thinking about it in this way already limits the solution space tremendously. For one, money is just a proxy for something else, nobody dies of a lack of money, people die because of a lack of food, shelter, safety, healthcare, etcetera. So focusing on solving that money problem, discards opportunities to find solutions in a different way.

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Unbox your Dropbox? Forget about TransIP Stack (for now)

Do you want to get rid of privacy-invading centralized Silicon Valley Cloud services like Dropbox, Google Calendar and Google Documents? Me too! However, that is easier said than done.

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Conquer the World with Open Source

Last week I had the privilege and pleasure to do a talk at the Open Source Software and Hardware Congres (OSSH Event) in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. Since I got some positive reactions on this talk, I decided to write this Blog Post about it, containing the main points.

The organization asked me to talk about “earning money with Open Source”, a topic I have been talking about at several other conferences. However, this time I decided not to just focus on explaining various Open Source Revenue Models, but instead focus more on the disruptive global successes an Open Source Strategy can bring about. Therefor the somewhat grandiose title of my talk: Conquer the World with Open Source.

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Shaping a vision of the future

I met Jesús Pérez, a friend of my wife, while on vacation on Tenerife. He invited to guide us on a trip on the island, driving up the 3000+ meters tall volcano El Teide. While enjoying the amazing Mars-like views up the mountains, we got talking about the things that really interest us.

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The Promise of Quantum Computing

CWI, the Research Center for Mathematics and Computer Science in Amsterdam, did a whole day of lectures on Quantum Computing and I was fortunate to be able to attend these lectures. This post contains some notions I picked up during the day, mainly from the practical applications and impact perspective, as these topics are most interesting to me personally.

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The Innovator’s Toolbox

Over the past years I have been using various models, methods and frameworks while developing innovative products and services with clients, for our own initiatives and as mentor or participator at hackathons. These have become like a ‘toolbox’ that I always have with me and can use whenever necessary.

This post gives an overview of my most favorite tools. Use them to your advantage. In the coming months I will write more in-depth posts of each of the tools, giving my personal experience and good practices.

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Can NGOs benefit more from Innovation and Technology?

Recently we applied for UNICEF’s Wearables for Good Challenge and I read some interesting pieces on NGOs and innovation. Since these gave me the impression that NGOs could benefit more from innovation and new technologies, I decided to offer my expertise and part of my time to help NGOs innovate, or at least to assist in evaluating if innovation and technology could benefit them.

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Getting hands-on with FireFox OS and Geeksphone

By: Diderik van Wingerden and Mirjam Bekker

While we are developing our own Open Products we also always keep an eye out for cool Open Products that are out there. And once in a while we like to get our hands on one of these products, test it and learn what we can.

A few weeks ago we thought it was time to finally get our hands on one of the most “open” smartphones currently available: one running Mozilla FireFox OS and see what that is all about. Sure, we ran into the Mozilla guys a couple of times, talking to them about the phones they brought, but we never actually took the opportunity to check it out thoroughly.

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The top-10 “open” tech and digital moments in 2014

What happened in a year of “free and open technology”? This post highlights the main “open” tech and digital moments in 2014 for you. This top-10 is the “open” alternative specifically to The Guardian’s “Top 10 tech and digital moments in 2014”, as well as to countless other 2014 top tech lists.

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Apps for Energy Hackathon

Being one of the partner organizations of the “Open Data Estafette” conference on Renewable Energy, my client Enexis together with Grid Operator Liander had the idea of organizing a hackathon on the subject. Meaning: going beyond the talks of the conference (mainly public servants) and towards creating innovative solutions with open data. For this idea Enexis asked for my help.

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We need Radical Innovation

It is not hard to see that many things have fundamentally gone wrong in our world. Just think of how rapidly we are: destroying nature, depleting natural resources and using nonrenewable fossil fuels.

Furthermore, so many of us are living in complete and increasing poverty, war, sickness and just utter misery, while so many others (including me) can live life so comfortably and even a very small percentage owns most and an ever increasing part of all there is on earth.

My stance is that it is our common responsibility as the human species to strive for conditions that give the opportunity of a happy life to all that lives on this planet.

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Rock Stars? No way!

Having witnessed the first Rockstart Smart Energy Accelerator Demo Day in Amsterdam, I can conclude only one thing. Are these guys (yes, not a single girl, how unfortunate) rock stars? Well, their stage performance can lead me to only one conclusion: no way!

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Free Software, Free Society

Free software is a requirement for a modern free society. At least, according to the theme at the LibrePlanet Conference this year in Boston. I attended this excellent conference and had a great time, meeting lots of great people, listening to interesting speakers and learning a lot about what free software is about, and why it is important.

This post sums up the take-away points of LibrePlanet. Read my previous post about ‘free software’, if you have no idea yet of what it is (or if you think it has something to do with freeware).

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Your Laptop wants to be Free

Do you want your laptop to free? Well, ‘free’ as in ‘freedom’ that is. If you looking for ‘gratis’, then this is not the article you want to read (or is it…?). But if you are fed up like me with Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS with their increasing restrictions, Planned Obsolescence, selling your personal data and giving it to the NSA, then read on.

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Privacy, who cares?

Are you becoming more and more aware and concerned about your on-line privacy and related security of your digital data? I have… Of course due to the media attention to Snowden and related news, but also because of some very good documentaries on Tegenlicht and documentairenet.nl.

“it just not seems feasible to really be in control of your on-line privacy and data security.”

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How the 99% will have it all

This post contains some of my random thoughts about a subject that has been going through my mind for quite some time now. It is coming from my deep inner conviction of optimism about our future as humanity, when we shed ourselves from our limitations and live up to our full potential.

It is about how I believe that “the 99%”, which is you and me and pretty much all of us, will have unlimited opportunity for happiness, connection, peace and personal development. I see glimpses of this future sprouting everywhere. The biggest hurdle is our own limited beliefs: our thoughts create the world, our thoughts limit what is possible (well, at least for 99%), so once we start unraveling the illusion, once we start realizing we are inside “The Matrix”, we can all fly.

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Social Game for Smart Energy “Ice Cream Ohmmeter”

In just 48 hours we put together a working prototype of the “Ice Cream Ohmmeter”: an app that makes Energy Savings seriously fun. The Energy Data that is used in the app, is provided by the Ectual P1-device that we created at Enexis. The Ectual is a cheap device with an Open API that makes Energy Data easily available to any app or website.

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Ectual Smart Energy Monitor for Enexis

As Technical Project Manager for Enexis I coordinating the software development of the Ectual, an electronic device that makes Smart Meter data available in the ‘living room’: on smartphones, tablets and computers through an Open API.

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Richard Schot, Owner & Partner, BLiS

“Diderik helped our company BLiS greatly with both managing and implementing web projects and the strategy for our product development. For product development Diderik introduced new processes and methods to us, resulting in products which are better tuned to the demands of users and are developed more efficiently. Working with Diderik is pleasant, inspiring and both results focused and personal.”

Where is that green MacBook?

Late last year I bought a new Apple MacBook Pro. An amazing device that I love to work with every day. The design, the feel of the keys, the clarity of the screen are simply great. Mac OS is pretty good as well (not as good as it was apparently, but that is another story).

However, somewhere I did feel and still do feel somewhat guilty for buying it.

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Spotify Jukebox using NFC and RFID

We won 2 prizes again at The Next Web Hack Battle. This time with “Bring Your Own Music”: personalized Spotify Music Cards using NFC and RFID. We used a network-connected Arduino coupled with an NFC Reader, a custom Spotify App, the Spotify API, a PHP front-end and Apigee for the data back-end.

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On-line platform DordtSport.nl

For my client BLiS Web & Mobile I did Project and Technical Management of DordtSport.nl, the new on-line platform for sports in the city of Dordrecht area.

Besides the overall management of the project and coordinating with the client, the ‘Sportbedrijf’ Department of the Municipality of Dordrecht, I made the Software Architecture of the platform. This using BLiS’ proprietary Content Management System called the BlisEngine, resembling Expression Engine and using HTML5, JavaScript, PHP and MySQL.

Mary Sorber, Founder, NightingaleRx

“I had the pleasure of meeting Diderik at an entrepreneur’s weekend. He was great to work with because of his easy-going nature, his initiative, his willingness to do what needed to be done, and his flexibility to roll with changing direction. Throughout the weekend he shared his vast technical and start-up expertise in a very professional and respectful manner. I am confident Diderik will be a valuable asset to any entrepreneurial effort he decides to pursue.”

10 tips to connect to people at business events

In this post a crash course in business networking: 10 tips and tricks I have learned over many years and that still help me in every networking opportunity I get!

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Benchmarking IT Benefits – Exploring Outcome and Process Based Approaches

Egon Berghout, Peter Schuurman and I wrote a paper called “Benchmarking IT Benefits – Exploring Outcome and Process Based Approaches” for AMCIS, the Americas Conference On Information Systems in San Francisco. The paper was accepted in the Proceedings and we were invited to present our research at the conference.

Martijn Arts, Managing Director, Total Active Media

“Diderik excels in his down-to-earth approach. He stays on track and remains calm in challenging projects and circumstances. Combined with a large dose of intelligence he can solve anything. His motto: “I think through a solution until I (or others) need to develop the least amount of code”, and that is the only right attitude. And finally he quickly sees opportunities in the market and finds the most direct route towards them. Good!”

Proof-of-concept Open Street Map Front-end

For the start-up Social Intern I created a proof-of-concept for the front-end mapping interface, using JavaScript, jQuery and Open Street Map (OSM).

Proof-of-concept Parse.com Back-end for Pebble Smartwatch

For Pebble Smartwatch (former inPulse Smartwatch) I created a proof-of-concept of their new user account front-end and back-end, using the messaging and data persistence API of Parse.com, Ruby on Rails and native Android.

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Pebble Smartwatch


Enterprise IT Reference Architecture

Together with 11 Housing Associations Marnix van Welie and I created an industry-wide Enterprise IT Reference Architecture (in Dutch) called “CORA” (Corporation Reference Architecture).


Sustainable Business and Green IT for Housing Associations

At M&I/Partners and together with NetwIT and Futura, Pim van den Broek and me surveyed 34 Housing Associations and performed two case studies on Sustainable Business and Green IT. Our research report is in Dutch and is called “Van ambitie naar actie – Duurzame bedrijfsvoering en groene ICT bij woningcorporaties” (“Ambition to Action – Sustainable Business and Green IT for Housing Associations”).



Steda Research


Robert de Wolff, Agile Software fellow

“Diderik is an excellent member of a software development team. He can quickly understand new technologies and also understand the benefits and concerns for using it into projects. Diderik is good in asking the right questions to the customer for clarifying the needs. Diderik is also keen in managing the project organizational aspects of the development projects.”

How to get a Unique Business Card that People Remember

The idea: a really original business card that people would remember.

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Presentation about Co-Creation, Crowdsourcing and Social Media

For the young professionals at ‘Jonge Veranderaars‘ (part of Railforum, Nederlandse Spoorwegen), I held an introductory talk about co-creation, crowd sourcing and social media. And how these concepts relate to each other. I created the presentation in Prezi (in Dutch).

Katie Marie Jones – White, Professional International Wedding Planner

“A personal session with Diderik and filling out the Lean Canvas helped me identify in which areas I need to improve and modify my product and business model in order to move forward further.”

Gwenolé Laurent, Founder & Talent Agent, 0to1-Solutions

“The 1-on-1-session I had with Diderik helped me to confront my views on the future development of my company with someone with a different and higher point of view. This is something invaluable when you are working day in and day out on your own ideas. This is particularly true when you can have this conversation with someone like Diderik who has experience in such a wide range of industries. The Lean Canvas template I left the meeting with helped me to forecast more accurately my future revenues and costs and ultimately to build a stronger business.”


Waar is Collaborative Consumption in Nederland?

This post is in Dutch. You can use Google Translate to read it in English.

*** Update van de initiatieven in Nederland dankzij David Demper van Snappcar.nl op 12 maart 2012.

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Social game for Smart Energy “Electric Vampires”

At the The Next Web conference’s Hack Battle we won 2 prizes with a prototype of the social game Electric Vampires. The game is aimed at children, helping them understand ‘energy’ and energy savings.

Our team won the ‘most creative project’ and the 3rd overall prize.

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Website for KinderKunstFABRIEK

For the voluntary organization KinderKunstFABRIEK I created a website, for free. The design was made by a hired freelance designer, the HTML and CSS by coders in India (elance.com) and I implemented the back-end in PHP and the Expression Engine Content Management System.

Ambition to Action

Pim van den Broek and me published another article on Green IT and Sustainability in Dutch called “Van ambitie naar actie“ (“Ambition to Action”). This time in CorporatieGids Magazine, edition 1 2011, p 8-9.

Questions about Green IT

After performing a survey and doing qualitative research on Green IT and Sustainability in the Housing Associations Industry Pim van den Broek and me published an article in Dutch called “Vragen over groene ICT” (“Questions about Green IT”) in Aedes Magazine 3 2011, p 14.

Social Media Maturity Model (S3M)

Together with Antoon van Luxemburg and other colleagues at M&I/Partners we created the Social Media Maturity Model (S3M). This was published on the website www.socialmediamodellen.nl.

Information Economics in Practice

For several years I did a guest lecture on “Information Economics in Practice” for students in Economics & Informatics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The Seven Pitfalls of Municipal Shared Service Centers

Together with Peter van Dijk and Jos Smits I wrote an article on the costs and benefits of IT partnerships for Municipalities. The article is in Dutch and is called “De zeven valkuilen van shared service centra bij gemeenten“ (“The Seven Pitfalls of Municipal Shared Service Centers”) and was published in TIEM 2.0 Magazine, July 2011, p 50 – 55.

Quick Reference Card – 10 Years of IT Benchmarks

Together with Ies van Rij I created a ‘Quick Reference Card‘ (in Dutch), summarizing the benchmark results of 10 years of IT Costs and Benefits Benchmarking in the Housing Association Industry.

Business Case: 10 percent savings with EMR

After having made a Business Case for the implementation of a hospital-wide EMR, my colleagues and I at M&I/Partners did an after-go-live measurement of the outcome. We published the results in a Dutch article called “EPD levert een besparing op van 10 procent” (“Efficiency gain of 10 percent with EMR”) in Magazine Zorgvisie (ICTzorg).