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Meet the Makers! Berlin hardware meet-up with Formlabs, SolidCon and the ThingsCon crew.

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Under the ThingsCon umbrella, we’re organizing a quick impromptu meetup for the Berlin hardware scene.

A whole lot of good folks are in town so let’s meet up! Have a chat about your adventures in hardware with Luke of Formlabs, Jon Bruner of O’Reilly SolidCon, the ThingsCon team and Polymer, and give our guests a glimpse into Berlin’s emerging hardware and IoT ecosystem.

Details: Tuesday, 18 Nov Starting 20:00 (8pm) At Betahaus Café (Prinzessinenstr. 19/20, 10969 Berlin)

Kudos to Formlabs, who kindly agreed to buy us drinks.

Spread the word and sign up here!

Cross-posted from the ThingsCon blog.

re:publica 09: Let’s meet up!

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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!

Likemind Berlin Wrap-Up

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Earlier today I had the pleasure of hosting Likemind Berlin along with Thomas Praus of my office neighbors Panorama3000. Great coffee and even better conversations – if you get a chance to go to your next local Likemind, make sure not to miss out. From my experience with the last Likeminds, the crowd is mostly a mix of web and music folks, and those working on the intersections of both. In other words: a real fun crowd, and always a great international mix.

This was the third installment of Likemind Berlin. As Henrik Berggren of SoundCloud told me, in Stockholm Likemind has been around for more than two years, and it has been quite a global phenomenon. So if you’re in a new place, check for Likemind every third Friday of the month.

Thanks a lot to Soundcloud for setting up everything!

Sidenote: Patrick Rathke, also of Panorama3000, was wearing a brand new I Work For The Internets shirt (which I’ve been printing through Spreadshirt in cooperation with M.T.), and boy did we get feedback on those. (Four people ordered them: Maybe we should have those thingies produced professionally?*) Good fun indeed!

Alex Ljung, also of Soundcloud, also kindly gave me a quick rundown of what Soundcloud does – after all, they went out of beta last week, I’ll post the video here in a little while, and their service seems to be a great tool for music professionals. (Apologies for the sound quality and the typo in Alex’s family name: It’s Ljung, of course, not Jung.)


What’s Soundcloud? from thewavingcat on Vimeo.

  • Just for clarification, my wording here was very awkward indeed. The shirts we’ve had printed through Spreadshirt were great so far. What I meant was: Maybe we should print them in bulk. Sorry if that caused confusion.

October is web season in Berlin (come & play!)

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Just as last year, this October Berlin will be home to a whole bunch of great web events. Most notably, O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 Expo will be in town, and no doubt will attract all the movers and shakers of the Web 2.0 world. Last year it was a blast. (One of the fun things: Asking Tim O’Reilly how he’d tell his mom what Web 2.0 is, a video that also was featured on the expo frontpage for quite a while. Here’s how.)

Also, BarCampBerlin goes into its third round. If you haven’t been to a BarCamp, put your name on the waiting list right away, I promise you won’t regret it. Where Web 2.0 Expo is all business, BarCamp is all about community. It’s just so much more intimate.

The awesome folks of Pl0gbar will organize another Pl0gbar (19 Oct), I already reserved the whole upper floor of Sankt Oberholz, Berlin geek crowd’s favorite coffee shop. Just follow the glow of the white Macbooks.

Of course, there’s more, like the Facebook Developer Garage, EduCamp (organized by Steffen Büffel), Girl Geek Dinner (organized by Nicole Simon) and, last but not least, a TechCrunch Meetup (from what Mike Butcher told me, Thursday the 23rd is the most likely date).

A good overview of the activities can be found on BerlinWebWeek.de. (Hey, they even have the fancy cover flow thing going on!)

my moo cardI’d love to meet up if you’re in town, make sure to say hi! Also, feel free to connect on any of these channels:

 

On a side note, a few friends and I will kick off a little side project I cannot talk too much about just yet. Just two hints: Remember (ironically-named = “Berlin Bubble”) Berlinblase, a spontaneous mashup of all things web 2.0 to cover the expo? (Links: Tumblog, video, Twitter.) Well, let’s just say we’ll try to push that a little further, plus are gathering a fun little geek team to rock SXSW as well. (Sponsor applications will be accepted soon.) Stay tuned.

Update: Got no Web 2.0 Expo Europe conference passes yet? As part of a blogger outreach program, Cordobo/Andreas has a registration code that’ll give you a 35% discount.