Jan-Erik Stange was born in Kaltenkirchen, Germany. He finished his bachelor degree in Industrial Design in Kiel in 2008. To gain some practical experience he worked as an intern at Human Interface Design in Hamburg and Smart Design in San Francisco. In 2009 he started a Master’s program in Interface Design at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. He joined Deutsche Telekom Laboratories in 2009 as a research assistant.