event spacecalendarmagazineour storyJOIN NOW
Christoph Fahle
June 27, 2014

5 years of betahaus

In the beginning of the year we suddenly realized it has been five years since we settled down with the first desks to Moritzplatz and started the coworking revolution in Berlin and Europe. Having survived as a coworking space is reason enough to celebrate but we met awesome people on the way and learned a lot about collaboration, creatives, friendship, business and creating things together. The good and the bad.

For one day this August we want to put the past, the present and the future together at one place. We want to see all those beautiful people again that crossed our ways over the years. We'd like to talk about ideas long gone and projects that failed or flourished. It's time to look back and forward. The next five years are coming surely. Join us for a very special day that only a coworking space can offer. Yes, this is also a festival. There will be party there will be talks there will be hanging out. This is our current outline, object to change until it is actually happening:

 We are planning a STARTUP-ish track to let people talk who founded their companies in and around betahaus in the last 5 years. Starting from the likes of Coffee Circle and Orderbird to this years cutting edge Hardware Accelerator Teams. We'll listen to their assessment of the last 5 years and where they see themselves in the future. The punchline is going to end with betapitch | global including winner startups flying in from all over Europe.

We also want to open up a more Freelancer-coworker-ish kind of track with many workshops and interactive sessions focusing on all the needs of freelancers and digital nomads. It will be just as eclectic as our 350-member community based in the house. Expect all the range from speed dating to networking-salad-making and watching independent film works done by coworkers. We'll have speaker and facilitators like Christoph Bornscheidt from TLGG or Holm Friebe from Zentrale Intelligenz Agentur among others trying to make sense of their past freelancing life and and what's up for their future.

We also need to CREATE STUFF of course in a  MAKING TRACK:  Workshops from Makers for Makers and Artists from all over the globe. From building a drone to researching concrete design with A&Re Studio and re-defining your understanding of democracy in design with Van Bo Le-Mentzel or a talk by Stefania Druga. 

Well, on top of that we will make sure it ends with a BANG and an unforgettable day is finalized with the loud celebration of our birthday and your glory! - an Open End Party.





Eventbrite - People in Beta Festival



Any other idea you like to contribute. Join us with your thought and drop a line to elizaveta@betahaus.de. For other announcements, check out the following link

Toni: Currently, we’ve somehow ended up in this niche of building a lot of internal tools for startups and teams. But this is not the only thing we want to do. What I like about it is that we’re starting projects from scratch and we have full control over them. 

Martin: The first project we worked on was a tool for a large scale real estate development company. What they needed was a tool for their Sales people - to be able to mark their different spots and locations at different stages of the sales funnel. So we created a tool that helps them in this process.

Toni: And this one actually served as a starting point for the tool we’ve developed for  betahaus, which aims to allow the Sales and Management team to see which team rooms are occupied right now, which ones are free or will be occupied in a few weeks or months, so no double bookings appear. 

Alex: These two projects were more focused on real estate, let’s say, but we’ve also done more design-heavy projects like the one we did for Artique which is an online artists agency. For them, we built a whole website and an online system to present their artists starting only from their logo. It had to be very flexible, because the artists needed to be able to edit their own profiles, putting their resume, changing colours.

Toni: Honestly, we have skillsets that you don’t usually find in developers. Because we've had lives that were not just about computer science. I think to some extent this is what makes us different. 

Martin: I believe one of the reasons why people pick us over other studios is because it can be very hard working with developers. If you’re not understanding their work, if the communication is not flowing, you, as a client can feel lost. We're easy to communicate with and we’re always open to feedback and we're open to discuss anything. In the end, after all iterations, if you say we need to start the website from scratch and that you don’t like the idea, we won’t take it personally. 

Alex: Also, I think, since we all work as coding teachers, we are officially qualified to explain what coding is to people who don't code, which is actually really rare because a lot of developers, as Martin says, don't want to, or literally just don't know how to articulate what they're doing. Whereas we are trained in articulating what it is that we're doing, why it's meaningful and why it takes a certain amount of time.

Photo by Lea GK

Alex: Zimt & Mehl - the Turkish bakery around the corner. It’s just soo good.

Martin: Oh, there is this Italian restaurant called Ristorante del Arte

Tony: Oh, my God, this place is so funny. It looks like a pretty average Italian restaurant, but the whole interior design inside is just decorated in such a weird way. The entire place is covered in frescoes. They have crystal chandeliers and Easter bunnies. Some Greek columns. It has a different name on the menu, on the side and on the Internet. And it was an ex-shoe-store.

Want to get in touch with Obst Digital? Come around betahaus | Neukölln and meet them here or send them an email to contact@obst.digital !


Thanks for signing up :)
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form