Brief updates & announcements (too much going on)


space invaders - under attack

There’s so much going on at the moment that I’d love to write about at length, and so little time. So here’s the super-brief version, aka bullet points.

  • Was at Picnic 2010. Picnic is one of those conferences that I wanted to attend for a long time, and just had the chance. On super short notice I went to Amsterdam and covered the conference for berlinblase.de, if only via Twitter. I had a great day there (or two half-days, rather). Hope to be back next year to cover it more extensively.
  • The program for Drumbeat Festival (3-5 November, Barcelona) is snapping into focus. Drumbeat is Mozilla’s recent open web initiative, the festival in Barcelona will focus on the intersection of open web and education, so it should be cool. Make sure to say hi if you’re around.
  • We’re bringing the Awesome Foundation to Berlin. More updates soon!
  • We announced our company name,Third Wave Berlin, and it took hardly a couple of days till someone (not doing his homework and not warranting a link) invoked Godwin. Was impressed by the accuracy of Godwin’s Law. Also, amused. And since haters gonna hate and playas gonna play, we’ll have a cup of great coffee and focus on a great start by officially kicking off Monday in a week.
  • Free Culture Research Conference 2010 is going to happen 8-9 October in Berlin. I’m not involved here, but if you have any academic interest in free culture, you might want to attend the conference or talk to Michelle.
  • If you know of great apartments in Berlin, preferably in Kreuzberg or around so-called Kreuzkölln, please let me know. Right now a whole bunch of friends is about to move to Berlin and any hints are much appreciated. Thanks!

Hope to blog more detailed again soon; for now I wish you a relaxed Sunday and a great start into the week. Or like David recently said: “It’s Monday. Let’s change the world.”

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Liveblogging DLD10 with Berlinblase



Like I mentioned before, I’ll be liveblogging DLD10 with the Berlinblase crew. (Full disclosure: Paid gig.) So while we’re setting up base in the DLD press center, here’s the links in case you want to follow what’s going on:

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Covering DLD Conference with Berlinblase


DLDTogether with the Berlinblase crew I’ll be heading down to Munich next week to cover Burda’s DLD Conference. (Full disclosure: paid gig.) Needless to say, I was thrilled to hear that the DLD team invited us down as the official live bloggers. It’ll be four of us – Florian Krakau (@dotdean), Johannes Kleske (@jkleske), Igor Schwarzmann (@zeigor) and I.

We’ll be blogging all three conference days, 24-26 Jan. You’ll find our coverage here and on the conference website.

re:publica 09: Let’s meet up!


Starting tomorrow, it’s going to be three days of re:publica craze. For those abroad: re:publica is arguably Germany’s biggest and most important blogger conference, organized by the great folks over at Newthinking and Spreeblick. This is, I believe, my third time at re:publica, and last time I had a blast. This year, I’m told, is by far the largest re:publica so far. So it should be a great opportunity to meet up with some interesting folks and have a good time. Needless to say, since this conference is aimed at bloggers and the like, it’s a lot less about business and marketing, and a lot more about culture and community. And hey, who am I to complain?

So there’s a lot of stuff going on, and I’ve hardly had a chance to even get an overview. But there’s a few things I’d like to point out. (Also, there’s this Netvibes widget to keep track of what’s going on.)

So first up, there’s a warm-up organized as a pl0gbar the night before the conference (organized by the ladies and gentlemen at pl0g). Yes, that’s tonight. Very relaxed and cozy, but there’s almost 100 folks on the attendees list already, so I expect it to be packed. Best way to kick off the conference, if you ask me.

Personally, I’ll have a few side missions at re:publica this year:

  1. On day one, we’ll have a fully equipped video studio in a Blogpiloten bus to tape interviews and videos, and hopefully host a video session with pl0g and Berlinblase. I’ll be around the bus most of the day, so make sure to drop by! (Full disclosure: I’m project lead for blogpiloten.de)

  2. Quite a few members of the Berlinblase crew will be around, so expect some coverage there, too.

  3. Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg organizes a blogger program for Deutsche Gamestage / Quo Vadis, a major game developers conference, hosted in Berlin (21-23 April) this year. If you’re into gaming or game development and would like to be one of the bloggers there, come talk to me!

  4. And, if I can find my charger, I’ll be trying to make a nice photo set eventually. Yes, I’m pledging to myself to bring the SLR, no matter how much more I’ll have to carry ;)

Now I’ll just have to wait if the load of Pokens that Flo Krakau ordered will arrive in time so we’ll have them ready tomorrow morning for the conference kick off. Hope to meet you there!

Am in Paris, will blog: Meet Berlinblase at LeWeb 08


By now I’ve arrived in Berlin and managed to meet up with the Berlinblase crew. After dinner, we’ve managed to find wireless to catch up on some email and get prepared for tomorrow. We’ll be blogging, twittering and also recording interviews at LeWeb.

On Berlinblase, you’ll find the Berlinblase Link Guide to LeWeb Paris, an all-you-need list of links, hashtags and what not. There’s even a neat Google map:

Google Map of LeWeb Paris

So for our coverage, check out Berlinblase.de.

LeWeb Pre-Conference Interview: Nicole Simon asks about Berlinblase


Cross-posting from Berlinblase.de, a link to an interview Nicole Simon did with me a few days ago:

As part of her LeWeb Pre-Conference interview series, Nicole Simon (@nicolesimon) kindly invited me to tell a thing or two about Berlinblase. You can listen to the full interview on CruelToBeKind, where we spoke in between Erno Hannink, Andrea Vascellari and Tom Morris. (Download MP3, 42 min, 39 MB)