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August 27, 2014

Countdown to 5 Years of betahaus: betapitch | global

Hey, Festival-goers!

Teshia here, with my can't-be-missed pick for this Saturday.

We have been working round the clock to bring you a full-to-the-brim 5 years of betahaus festival overflowing with talks, workshops and music! Naturally, you might be looking at packed line-up with wide eyes -- your excitement building as you consider your path through a day that is truly and unequivocally beta. But I can't help but fill you in on one of the major must-see events: betapitch | global!

For those of you not privvy to the beta brand of startup competitions, betapitch local events happen all over Europe in Berlin, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Sofia and Vienna, to name a few. The pitch competition bring together start-ups to pitch their ideas in front of a panel of judges and the chance to win prizes that will aid in the launching of their companies. Sounds pretty cool, right?

Well... for an event as big as 5 years of betahaus we couldn't stop there, could we? betapitch | global will be the king of all betapitch events as you watch the rockstar winning pitchers from all the continent-wide events battle it out for ultimate bragging rights (and great prizes).

Who will be there you ask? Here's a sneak peak at who will be pitching this Saturday:

  • Viblast - A new platform for viewing videos. It works by establishing a secure layer of communication between viewers of a video stream. As users consume content, they also share tiny bits of the very same content with other authorized users in a peer-to-peer fashion - significantly reducing the demand for centralized resources.
  • Drystorm - A developer service to create great looking, fully featured, well tested web apps in a matter of minutes, saving money, time and effort.
  • LUUV - A camera Stabilizer that enables you to document your adventures shake-free.
  • Arthesis - Fresh designs for making stylish, custom 3D printed covers for people with leg prosthesis.
  • EasySize - A service for defining clothing sizes and decreasing the number of returns for online shoppers.
  • Rescued Ideas - Bringing the old music experience back to the present. The product Basslet is a wristband that lets you feel the bass and beats of music. It works alongside headphones, adding a visceral sensation.

The winner will be judged by our expert panel made up of none other than Marita Roebkes, Jörg Reinboldt, Thomas Madsen-Mygdal, Jeff Lynn and Gaurav Signh.

The prizes include a fully-sponsored trip trough the Silicon Valley provided by Axel Springer Plug n’Play. There is a real cash prize of 5.000€ from hub:raum. The winner also gets six months of coworking space at betahaus | Berlin and an introduction to the media, investors and mentors in the betahaus network. Also in the game, 1.000€ of Elance credit.

Can't wait to see you there!

 

This event is part of the 5 years of betahaus Festival. Buy a ticket on Eventbrite for the betahaus festival and check out the festival program here.

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 !

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