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For the next 2 weeks Oskar X lives in his silver camper in front of the betahaus. He is an android who fights for the right to vote. We will see if this will work out! More info about Oskar X
In a few days it’s election day in Germany. Yes it’s that time again. The high time for parties to outline the weaknesses of their competitors in order to highlight own strengths. (No, not the other way around) The voting public’s task here is to outweigh the guilt of each party considering the accusations of their opponents and deciding which is the most innocent. I admit that this all sounds really extreme and the tone of the written seems ironic – which was my goal – but this is also a time where we need to question what is pointed out in the public and – more importantly – what isn’t. Getting a clear view is a really hard thing to do, yet it is a milestone to decision making.
The rising rent, poverty among the elderly, the energy turnaround and employment are just a few of the topics in focus in Berlin and Brandenburg. The TV channel RBB therefore invites you to join the discussion with politicians to listen to statements to the different topics of interest. Join us in our café next Tuesday the 17th at 7.45pm to get a clearer view about the pros and cons of each opinion!
Drop a message to sign up here: email@example.com
Hey betahaus friends, here comes a short reminder that you have access to the best carsharing deal in the town! Our friends from citeecar let you drive the cars almost for free! Here comes the awesome deal:
100% discount on the citeecar membership fee for one year and no time charges at workdays 9am – 5pm! You only have to pay some change for the km (gas included)!
Wait… That is not what this interview was supposed to be about. Let’s try again: Maximilian and Jonas are two young entrepreneurs who sell unique bicycles with frames handmade of bamboo; each is one of a kind. Combining social and ecological aspects with a cool product is what they do.
(It’s true though, they also study Business Administration)
What is My Boo exactly?
My Boo sells bamboo Bicycles that are made in and come from Ghana. They are built there by Ghanaian workers who are being paid a very fair price for their work and the bamboo. As you see it’s not only about making awesome bikes. We also want to help the people in Ghana by including them into our project. In addition to that, for each sold bike we finance a one year scholarship to a kid in Ghana.
Interview by Jan Bohnhorst
Global Eyes Production, a new film and video production in Berlin, is based on niche expertise. The customers are NGOs, foundations, ministries, embassies and organizations working in the international field. The main focus of Global Eyes Production is to promote democracy and human rights, based on the expertise of its founder Josephine Landertinger Forero. All products are offered in five languages.
Hello Ms. Forero Landertinger. What makes Global Eyes Production unique and where does your potential lie?
J. Landertinger Forero, Global Eyes Production: GLOBAL EYES PRODUCTION is a media company that promotes intercultural dialogue and raises awareness of human rights issues through documentaries, video workshops and online journalism. As a result, we are interesting (weiterlesen…)
MyVolts embodies what a startup stands for.
But let us start with their actual story.
In 2002, former Ericsson datacoms engineer Luke Brennan founded a company called “Digidave” out of people he mostly met at parties. People that share the same interests in creating something that can make life a bit easier. (weiterlesen…)
3D Printing is going to space, to hospitals, and it’s already at betahaus…
Have you ever thought about the uses of 3D printing? Of course you have, it’s a super cool technology. But we mean REALLY thought about it—what if you could print your own shoes? Or a working bicycle? How about printing a fully functioning human kidney? Modern 3D printing is still relatively young, yet it’s already involved in plans for thousands of amazing uses, and thanks to our collaboration with the biggest name in home 3D printing: MakerBot, you can try it all out right here at betahaus! (Well maybe not the kidney one…)
We have two ultra swish MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printers right at the first floor reception area, ready and waiting for designers, architects or anyone with a cool idea to use! Think product prototypes, architectural models, spare parts, or perhaps you just want a little figurine of yourself to show off on your desk.
If you’ve been to our 3D printing workshop or course, you can purchase time to put this awesome tech to use. Don’t forget, betahaus members get super cheap rates, starting from €15,- per hour. Plus we have some pretty amazing deals for anyone interested in getting their very own 3D printer!
Can’t wait to start? Shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or check with the reception desk for all the details.
Getting cold in Berlin but don’t want to leave this vibe? Great news for you, now you can get it in a sunny version too!
Enjoy the holiday chill with cool crew, then move to the sunny city to ease the shock of civilisation and enjoy the vibe with other early adopters in betahaus | Barcelona!
Check more info about the retreat here!
Jake Lodwick, best known for his former projects Vimeo, CollegeHumor.com and Busted Tees is always up to something. His current project is called ‘‘Elepath” which he is working on at betahaus at the moment.
Let’s talk about your current project, your very own “Elepath”. Tell us what it’s all about!
When I was 18, I was the third partner to join a startup called Connected Ventures. This company was never known by name, but our products were. We created Vimeo, CollegeHumor.com, and Busted Tees, all of which were a lot of fun and (weiterlesen…)
Now this is a big one! You’ve seen our awesome 3D printers at the betahaus reception area. Kids should know tomatoes don´t grow in the store; you should know where the latest technology comes from. ; )
For a couple of months now, we have been working in close cooperation with HAFNER’S BÜRO. These guys are neither more nor less than the official representative of MakerBot (the inventors of Replicators) in Europe. Replicator 2 (2 of which we have at the reception) is a feasible breakthrough in the field of desktop rapid prototyping. In simple words: it´s the best machine ever made for 3D printing objects directly on your desk. (weiterlesen…)
things were promised, things will happen and things will happen really soon ! (weiterlesen…)
Torstraßen Festival is a music festival in their neighborhood and they invite you, people, stores, restaurants, bars, cafés, galleries, launderettes, copy-shops, hotels and offices of Torstraße and beyond to take the festival day as an opportunity to make something happen yourself.
Throw a party, open an exhibition or serve a Torstraße menu!
Just make a plan for the 31st of August, let them know and the newthinking team gotta help you spreading the word.
They’re looking forward to your participation!
…important: The festival does not imply a special permission for things happening on the street or pavement. Please take care of that yourself, if needed.
What is it?
Do you know that moment when you see something, hear a song or when you are at a certain location
and instantly think of someone? With Thought of You, an iPhone app (Android coming soon), you send
these spontaneous thoughts to friends & family, by sending a photo, iTunes song preview, YouTube
video or text. A thought really can be anything. The underlying message is always: “Check this out,
this made me think of you…” A nice detail is that when you receive a thought, the push notification
on your phone screen reads – e.g. “Sally Thought of You”. The same way you show your friends what
made you think of them, you discover what they associate with you. Over time, a truly unique
collection of what connects you with friends & family emerges. (weiterlesen…)
Imagine taking a break off work and heading to the beach. You grab your surfboard that has been waiting there for you in the sand. Ready to take the first wave.
You think that’s impossible? Well, it’s not. In fact, it’s perfectly possible. We partner with a coworking friend The Surf Office who just opened up a coworking space on Canary Islands and offers an accomodation, fast internet (!!) and coworking space right at the beach. You can relocate there for a short retreat or for ever, live in a large house, work in a coworking with other surfing whatever-preneurs and get to the beach within minutes. Will you come with us to cool down from the overheated city and set a base in the ”surfing city” Las Palmas de Gran Canaria? What, you don’t know how to surf?
What are you waiting for? Now it’s up to you to make the chill of your dreams come true!
While working on the 4th edition of MAKER WEEKEND we realised that we finally have our personal goal defined! WE WANT TO introduce people to the latest design, DIY and tech inventions and empower cross disciplinary implementation of this knowledge.
Here we go: MAKER WEEKEND #4! That’s right—MAKER WEEKENDS were such an inspiration that we’re back for more from the 10th to 11th of August. From now on, rather than a slow trickle of DIY workshops over the weeks, we will have an almighty explosion of them over an entire weekend!
We’ve gathered over twenty top industry professionals, tech wizards and betahaus creatives to put together what we reckon is a pretty impressive line-up of DIY, hands-on workshops. We’ve got old favourites and new adventures, in workshops covering anything from a couple of hours to the majority of both days; from SWIRLY SOAP to FILM MAKING, PATTERN CUTTING to 3D PRINTING, there truly is something for everyone.
Don’t forget, right in the middle of our non-stop schedule there will be our ever-popular EXPERIMENTATION PARTY, where you can have a beer, check out some awesome projects and even work on your own ones in a relaxed and creative atmosphere.
Get creative, have fun, and pick up some awesome new skills along the way!
Some breaking news is really breaking.
To let Josephine tell us a little about her unique way in fashion and the upcoming course, we asked her couple of questions.
- Josephine, what brought you to fashion?
Interview by Frederik von Mohl
Guillaume Leduc is a 30 year old music maniac from Italy. The channel development manager of AirMagnet, a part of FlukeNetworks (a service that provides wifi security) came to Betahaus not so long ago and he is already working on making his new dream come true.
A dream that creates an easy way to combine work and fun: BetaRadio.
Hey Guillaume, how did you end up in Betahaus?
Well, I was promoted and could choose between Paris, London and Berlin. (weiterlesen…)
First of all we are happy to present a new space for work on your own projects and experiments in our Open Design City! Every Saturday afternoon from 13th July onwards is a ´MAKE´AFTERNOON, when at your disposal will be sewing machines, screen printing equipment, screen printing colors, cutting mats, cutters, hot-wire, a basic set of jewelry making tools and an inspiring atmosphere. If you´re one of those who can´t wait to get access to our wood workshop -HIGH FIVE, you finally can do it— WOODWORKING NIGHTS with the same ethos are available to any graduates of our introduction to woodshop course.
Somewhere in between trips to sunny southern beaches, we´ll be expecting you at the kickass courses we´ve got running. ON US: to put at your disposal the facilities, knowledgeable experts and inspiration you need to become enthralled in a whole new subject. ON YOU: to learn by doing.
Breaking news in our July line-up is the FASHION DESIGN COURSE, where you will learn the important fundamentals, all whilst working through from idea generation, to technical planning, right up to making your final dress.
And here finally comes the rest of the lineup. Pick up what´s yours and see you there!
So see you soon, back at school and doing something great!
Yours, ELi, Tom & C
Author: Frederik v. Mohl
The long awaited betapitch| global was a complete success! 15 winners of betapitches all around Europe competed against each other on Saturday, July 6th at our sold out Innospace. The best of the best, or if you like, the Champions League Final of Pitching awaited the audience. As the competitors had high potential, also the rewards were no less spectacular. From a robot that is able to clean solar panels and a software which helps preventing blindness to a platform that provides online-lessons to learn music instruments, most fields of interests were covered.
We had (weiterlesen…)
We are excited to introduce you the one and only and first Berlin Hardware Accelerator!
The joint effort of betahaus, hy! Berlin and Hardware Berlin to support high-tech and hardware startups with getting off the ground. The program offers no- strings attached assistance in the form of mentorship, engineering, office space, access to strategic partners and suppliers, and more. It is one of Europe’s first hardware accelerators in this age, when hardware is booming again and it is clear how relevant it has become in the modern world.
We at the betahaus | Berlin with our open design city (fablab style) already have existing knowledge of being a hacker-space and bringing all different kinds of disciplines together. This will come in handy during the program as we want to connect established industries with entrepreneurs and we believe there is no better place than Berlin to achieve this.
The eight-week program starting in September focuses on hardware design, certification, mass production and kickstarters of other important aspects. The accelerator program will take place at us, the betahaus | Berlin. Around 10 teams will be accepted and will work intensively during these eight weeks to create the next successful hardware rockstar. The main points for you, dear applicant are that we don’t charge anything and take no equity!
Team applications deadline is July 15th, want to apply now? Do so at: berlinhardwareaccelerator.com
We are looking for partners and sponsors! If you believe you would be a great one and want to support us we are always happy to talk to you. Just write us an email to email@example.com
After 8 awesome local betapitch events in Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Sofia, Barcelona, Vienna and Copenhagen during the last 10 months we selected 16 startup superstars which will compete against each other on the betapitch | global.
We won’ t tell you all the finalists yet – there should be some surprise! But you can be sure on July 6th you have the chance to meet the founders of some awesome startups located all around Europe! So make sure you save the date and book a ticket via eventbrite.
Here are a sneak peak who is gonna pitch: (weiterlesen…)
How does the crowdfunding marathon feel like? Or is it rather a crowdfunding 100m? Check out the story of (OFFTIME), a startup in our residence.
These guys just went online with a crowdfunding campaign and you can support them now: http://offtime.co/startnext Every little bit helps them to make their dream come true, get this thing out into the world and get it rolling!
The crowdfunding video partly shot @ betahaus
What is ( OFFTIME )? (weiterlesen…)
All this time the doors of our beloved Open Design City were sort of pre-opened. Some secret preparations were going on, gossips flying around in coworking areas. But now we´re ready for a real launch!
This Thursday 27.06.2013 - 7pm
You probably know that during last months we were working on reconstructing, equipping and structuring our workshop. We brought in awesome woodworking tools, new screen printing equipment, 3D printers and what not. NOW it´s the time to open the doors and put it all in full use.If you are interested in getting your hands dirty or your mind creative, COME OVER TO THE OPENING !
We´ll present you all the possible ways to use the space, access the machines and learn how to use them! And of course you´ll also see in action some of Open Design City daily routines like Arduino, 3D printing, screen printing, etc.
Unless weather kills our plans, we will combine it with BBQ! So bring over something to share if you feel for.
JOin our FB group, so that we know how much beer to bring in Your friends & fellows are obviously welcome as well.
See you there,
Yours Eli, Tom & C
Dear awesome people,
we thought we share a little of our thoughts with everybody regarding the latest fail of betahaus | Hamburg and Cologne. Most of the practical reasons you can find here (Hamburg) and here (Cologne) if you are able to speak German. The short version: We just didn’t make enough money (in CGN and HH) with the business to pay all bills. That happens sometimes when you have a crappy business model. Still there is more about it. Here comes the long version blended with thoughts from the mothership: (weiterlesen…)
Whouldn’t it be great to have just ONE membership for all the awesome coworking spaces around Berlin?! Two weeks ago we met with Pedro – the owner of Agora Collective - our most favorite coworking space in Berlin and set up a Summercard which will be valid for betahaus and Agora!
You can purchase it from now on and use it during July! Agora has a refreshing little garden – the best for the hot summer days ahead of us! Besides flexible workspace at betahaus and agora you ll also get a free coffee a day!
This is how it works:
By the way this weekend the “Agora Collects” Festival is happening - Agora Collects is a three day long event that compiles makers, artists, scientists, designers, philosophers, activists, social entrepreneurs and explores experiential ways to visit Agora’s multiple spaces.
Agora Collective is located in Berlin Neukölln, Mittelweg 50, 12053 Berlin Neukölln.
Book the Summercard here!
Our betapitch | barcelona was a complete success! More than 100 startups applied but only the best 8 made it to the betapitch.
Also we have a massive assistence of cca 100 guests. That created a great environment for the event which took more than 4 hours between introduction, pitches and jury decision. Afterwards on one of our awesome terraces we hosted an after betapitch |party with beers and gin tonics for everybody.
Here’s a bit about the winners… (weiterlesen…)
Redon Skikuli is a citizen of Berlin and a member of betahaus since couple of months. He used to be a serious dude operating his own business. However, at some point he made a decision to stay serious, BUT direct all the forces towards the world of making, hacking and inventing. And soon he´s gonna hold an ARDUINO COURSE @ betahaus.
- Hi Redon, I know that once you used to be an entrepreneur. Now you are involved in Maker Fair Rome, a hackerspace in Albania, hold courses and workshops all around Europe – do you consider ´making/ hacking´ to be your profession? (weiterlesen…)
Régis Lemberthe is an industrial and humanitarian designer, co-founder of A&Re Design. He was creating awesome projects at betahaus and Open design City almost as long as it exists, and will be the teacher and mentor of Product Design Course from 12th June on.
– Why have you decided to become a designer? (weiterlesen…)
Let’s meet Katja, the girl behind a startup Sunny Office!
Who are you?
I am Katja, a young sun lover who’s been living in Berlin for a while. I love working in the sun, chocolate, running, being free and having wine with friends. These loves determine the directions the story goes… After 5 years in consulting, I decided to be an entrepreneur and freelancer in order to live my life the way I love – location–independent and free in terms of where and what I work on. Therefore I made the Sunny Office come true by implementing the lean startup approach and simply bootstrapping the business. Besides that I am one of four co-founders that initiated Ideacamp, that was founded 2 years ago and helps other people to find their business idea and found their company in lean/ bootstrapped way.
Why did you start this? (weiterlesen…)