re:publica 09 (Day 1, Photos)


Day 1 of re:publica is over. I spent most of it inside the bus-turned-video studio of Blogpiloten taping interviews with the web folks and had a blast doing so. Also, I decided not to take a laptop at all and just took my trusted camera instead, and here’s some results of day 1. Enjoy!

You can see the rest of the photos in this Flickr set “re:publica 09”. All photos are licensed under Creative Commons (by-nc-sa).

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!

Blogpiloten.de relaunched (and I’m happy)


Over the last few months, we’ve been working hard on relaunching Blogpiloten.de, best described as a German blog magazine that has been around since 2006. (Full disclosure: I’m project lead for blogpiloten.de.) Today around noon, the new site went live, and I’m really happy about the way it turned out, for several reasons.

One, I think it looks pretty awesome. Fork did a great job with the design, and our coding team in Hamburg did a great job implementing it. Here’s a screenshot:

Image: Screenshot blogpiloten.de

What doesn’t quite come out in this screenshot is the massive place we reserved for video. Our video on the startpage is some massive 870px wide. Awesome, eh? There’s also some kick-ass video content, namely a series called “Klartext” (translates roughly: “in plain German”), where we ask bloggers and other experts to explain web terminology in a really easy-to-understand manner. (The cool new trailer came from Hobnox, by the way!) Internally, we go by the rule of “no tech arrogance”. (Yes, we really even call it that ;) There’s enough folks out there hiding behind tech speak. We’d rather go out there and help interested newbies get into the game. I hope we’ll be doing a good job.

Two, I found it very interesting and cool to coordinate this relaunch between quite a lot folks who were spread out all over the place. There were two agencies – working from four locations – involved in the design process (Fork for the design, Hobnox for the video trailers). The coding was done at Netzpiloten HQ in Hamburg. Managing editor Steffen Büffel is based in Cologne. I’m in Berlin, most of the time. That’s a lot of folks, and a lot of loose ends to connect. It’s a great team, too, and a good learning experience.

Three, I’ve worked with Blogpiloten for quite a while now, so naturally I’m really curious to see where we can take it. I’m curious about your feedback. If you have an opinion on Blogpiloten.de, please share!

How to pitch your service to TechCrunch? Mike Butcher knows.


Over on Blogpiloten.de, Mike Butcher of TechCrunch UK explains how to successfully pitch your service to TechCrunch. It’s that simple, eh?

Klartext: Wie pitcht man bei TechCrunch? from Blogpiloten on Vimeo.

Full disclosure: We had this video (and a whole lot more) produced for Blogpiloten.de, which I’m project lead of, and who are clients of mine. The video was produced by Bas Bergervoet and Volker Agüeras. It’s produced by Blogpiloten.de and released under a Creative Commons license (by-nc-sa).