The ground floor of betahaus | Neukölln is now officially open for Club Members. Remember The Club from 10 Years in beta? We transformed it into a coworking area with Flexdesks where our Club members can work on their projects. On the ground floor you will also find the Front Desk and our Community Managers, who will welcome you, explain everything about the space, and answer any questions that might come up.
Learn more about our Coworking Memberships at betahaus | Neukölln here.
In the last few weeks, the event spaces at betahaus | Neukölln were packed with cool events. We opened up the Hide-Out with BETAPITCH Berlin 2019 at the start of April. The hotly contested pitching event saw 12 startups reveal their visions for improving accessibility in public transport. Here’s a recap video from the event.
On the 27th of April, we celebrated 10 years in beta. For our big anniversary in woworking, we transformed the space into a party venue and an art exhibition. Artists from our community filled The Basement with art, The Garden was full of fun activities and inside in The Club, we had our favourite DJ's playing. In case you have missed it, here’s a recap video from the event.
In May, we also welcomed the LongHash Crypto conference and enjoyed 3 days of workshops and panel discussions on all things blockchain. Speaking about conferences, our friends from GitHub also chose the betahaus | Neukölln spaces for the workshop day of their biggest event - The Satellite Conference. More than 600 developers, executives, and industry leaders from around the world gathered in Harzer Straße 39 to brainstorm on the future of tech.
We believe that the most significant part of every coworking space are the community events. It's the best way to meet like-minded people and why not even future colleagues. That's why we don't want to wait much longer before launching our Community Events at betahaus | Neukölln. From the start of June, we're having a mid-day and afternoon yoga flow guided by Arrive Yoga, we'll be hosting regular weekly breakfast for members, and much more. Keep an eye on our Events Calendar so you don't miss out.
And speaking of community, we're genuinely excited about the new teams joining betahaus | Neukölln and their missions. Let us introduce you to some of them.
Laudo is a Berlin-based design agency that develops digital products (websites, apps, etc) with high quality design for upmarket brands. If you want to learn more about Oriëtta (UI/UX-Designer), Alex (Design Intern) or Joey (Frontend Developer), meet them in 3C or follow their Instagram account.
Wonderwerk helps sales teams onboard new employees so they can hit quota faster.They strongly believe that people should not change jobs every two years and empower their employees to learn at work and keep developing.
Second Elements is a SEO agency, founded in Hamburg in 1999, helps businesses from all sectors and all sizes of companies use their website as an effective and efficient sales channel with their website. Through Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and AdWords Management (SEM) they optimize websites and pages so they perform better in search engines.
In the next couple of days BE-AT.TV is joining betahaus | Neukölln as well. They are an online global community connecting clubbers and electronic music fans with big-name DJs, venues and festivals.
Probably the biggest benefit of coworking is community and events. Now we know it may not be the first thing you’re looking for as you seek out your next office space, but bear with us.
Imagine using your lunch breaks to chat with someone in your industry. Meeting freelance developers at after-work beers. Networking with investors at BETAPITCH. Pitching at our weekly betabreakfast and getting support and feedback on your new ideas.
betahaus has spent the last 10 years cultivating a community of people who we genuinely like working with. And when you join, your team will become a part of it, too.
" People matter! Community was always what we were all about. ‘’
In June we launched #PeopleInbeta - our monthly blog post series in which our Content Manager - Vihra interviewed teams and freelancers from the betahaus community to present the variety of creatives we have in ‘haus, to understand their missions and get some useful advice for our audience. We talked on topics such as sustainability (with PlanA) , decentralized digital identity (with JOLOCOM), curated music experiences (with Bespoke Sounds), freelance photography (with Sara Herrlander), full-stack development (with Obst Digital), design (with LAUDO) and much more.
In the summer, we launched a couple of new events in Neukölln like Freelancers, Unite!, The Backyard Sessions and My friend’s BBQ.
Freelancers, Unite! developed as our productive coworking session with freelancers from in and outside the ‘haus. Once a month, we picked an important freelance topic (such as taxes, time-management, etc) and invited experts to give us insights on the topic. We saw so many new faces and had the chance to come back closer to where we started from - the freelance, grassroots culture.
Another event, which started in July (and turned out to be our favourite events) were The Backyard Sessions. Organised by our queen of Neukölln - Robbin – the Backyard Sessions are our creative evenings with live music jams, movie screenings and cocktails.
This last event was hilarious because for quite some time, nobody knew exactly who organised it or invited them. The friend was throwing a BBQ for the community in the garden and this led to all our members joining and staying after for a beer or two with us.
‘’My favourite moment this year was the second friends bbq which was actually cancelled because of the rain forecast. But despite the bad weather, people show up and it turned into a super nice intimate evening with Elizaveta and Paul giving a garden concert.’’ - Robbin (Community Manager, betahaus)
''In July, it was great how the casual after-work BBQ turned into an impromptu acoustic blues jam session with Elizavetta Barsegova and Paul, who have the voice of an angel. Actually, all of the My Friend's BBQ's and Backyard Sessions were AWESOME.’’ - Paige (Head of Marketing, betahaus)
This year we released a new event format in Kreuzberg called ‘’The betaSalon’’. It's an open panel discussion which aims to give stage to important topics and give free speech on them. The fist one we did on the EU elections, last month we talked about changemakers, but our favourite one for this season stays ‘’Mother + Founder’’ where we partnered with FemGems podcast and recorded a live podcast episode for them having Madeleine Gummer von Mohl (betahaus co-founder), Kristine Zeller (co-creater of ooshi period underwear) and Luisa Hoffman on the stage.
Every September, our co-founders take part in the Techfestival. in Copenhagen, spending a few days disconnecting from the daily life and focusing on creating a better, more human-centered tech future. This year the think tank which included our co-founders Madeleine and Max came up with the TechPledge. The Tech Pledge was made to emphasize the need for a new direction in tech. Similar to the Hippocratic oath for doctors, the Tech Pledge is a promise to make tech a force for good and ensure responsible and sustainable tech leadership. It’s a commitment to driving a new direction in technology.
One of the most exciting projects for betahausX this year (which is also continuing in 2020) is their new startup challenge called The Werder Lab - a global startup competition that aims to reimagine the way clubs like Werder work with athletes, fans and partners.
This year couldn’t end without us having our favourite events - the end-of-the-year holiday party and the BETAPITCH Global Finals. On the 6th of December we saw the 9 finalists of the regional BETAPITCH competitions pitching in front of our jury. Congrats to Troy from Hamburg for winning the big prize.
We finished the year at our Holiday Party celebrating anything and everything at betahaus | Neukölln together with our members, friends of friends and our favourite artists from Passiflora LIVE, Tapete and Kotoe.
Thank you for being with us in 2019. It's been a crazy big year for us and it wouldn't been possible without your support, trust and the hard work of our amazing team. Have an amazing holiday time and we'll see you again in 2020.