Elizaveta Bersegova
August 27, 2015

Get ready for some People in Beta festival highlights!

We have the best smorgasbord of workshops, talks and discussions this weekend, August 29th. Trust us, you don't want to miss out. Here's a glimpse of what awaits you on Saturday!

The People in Beta festival will kick off with a massive betabreakfast. Fortify yourself for a full day of festival goodness with coffee and Brötchen while the three Awesome Foundation Award finalists pitch for the final prize of 1000 Euro, no strings attached! Let the “awesomest” win!

Dr. Prateep Beed will introduce you to the fascinating interaction between our brain and design.



Edward Mark Vero is a master of meditation whose services are sought after within Berlin’s vibrant tech and creative scenes and will be giving a very special workshop.



Get back to nature with Lluis Mateu and turn wood into something that is not only beautiful but also functional.



Take Tom Laterveer's “Cultures of Happiness“ workshop and learn how to build a work environment based on connection, zest and compassion.



Bragi created Dash - the world’s first smart wireless biosensing headphones and the most successful crowdfunding project in Europe. Head of Design Arne Loermann will also be there to tell you how to raise 3M on your crowdfunding campaign.



Meet Van Bo Le-Mentzel and he'll tell you everything there is to know about crowdfunding yourself or your best friend to do good for the world.

Van Bo


We are also very lucky to have Jörn Hendrik Ast join us at the festival. Jörn is the founder of ffluid, a consulting company for social recruiting and innovations management. You will find out how this massive setup helps 100+ people to network at once, build connections and find whomever you need.



And so much more, so check out our full program here: www.peopleinbeta.com See you there!

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Cost is a big one here. In regards to total transportation costs, the last mile comprises up to 53% of those - making it the least efficient part of the supply chain. Expectations of free shipping and next day deliveries add up to this.

Due to increasing digitalization and convenience services in every area of people's lives, the smooth and flawless process of getting the delivery to one's doorstep is exceedingly becoming what customers care most about. On top of that, for companies that package being delivered is an extension of their brand. The consumer is basically coming face-to-face with the brand, which makes it the biggest opportunity to heighten customer satisfaction.

If you live in a city and have even slightly observed your urban surroundings you’ve probably witnessed it first hand - urban congestion and crowded cities make it pretty tough to satisfy the growing demand and rising expectations of super quick deliveries. Add unpredictability in transit (like weather conditions), an incorrect address or remote locations, just to name a few, and you can see where this is going.

The worst part is, all those delivery trucks and vans that also produce a fair bit of emissions, are often only half full when they roll out for deliveries. This is mostly due to low drop sizes and stops along the route that are far and few between.

It’s not all hopeless though - Where there is a problem, there are solutions.

Same old, same old - isn’t always all that bad. Sometimes, all that’s needed are some new perspectives! The city of Utrecht, for‌ ‌example, implemented a zero-emissions electric barge nicknamed the “Beer Boat”. 

Since 2010 it’s carrying beer and food to the city’s downtown restaurants by using waterways. Other electric barges in Amsterdam not only deliver but even collect organic waste, which is then turned into biofuel in processing plants! Isn’t that cool?

It becomes clear that cities, logistics, as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌urban‌ ‌planners, are equally part of solving the inefficiency of the last-mile. Tackling this mountain of issues calls for teamwork!

A centralized platform, hub or network for similar companies, could do the trick to fill up the delivery vans & trucks that are barely loaded. Parcels could be distributed more efficiently between different companies and their delivery vehicles.

Like a big pool of parcels from different companies with every single parcel going into that one van with the same route!

Delivery Driver Experience and Smart Delivery Vehicles are also areas with huge potential for improvement and innovation.

Ellie: Two years ago we adopted a new legal structure for Jolocom GmbH according to the purpose model of ownership, manifesting our commitment and dedication to building a self-sovereign organization. That means we can’t take VC funding or sell public shares of the company. 

Volker: Jolocom is a community driven organisation – both in a tech sense but also much further beyond. We’re hugely involved in the DWeb community where we organize and attend events for the decentralized community. Every year we also help organize and attend the DWeb Camp in San Francisco, which brings together all kinds of creatives so this technology of tomorrow is built in a collaborative way.

Next to that on-demand experiences have become firmly embedded into people’s everyday lives - be it a mobile app to book a ride, send flowers to your loved ones or order lunch to your office. It’s all possible and has made premium features like real-time tracking a standard.  The online consumer expects nothing less and certainly doesn’t like to wait.

Making that quick and instant gratification happen is another story though. Groundbreaking ideas and innovations are needed to tackle all these factors. Does your startup have one? 

Then head over to our Future Logistics Challenge! Applications are still open until September 23rd.

Volker: There is this really nice place, called Green Rabbit with salads and baked potatoes where I like to go to. Sometimes I just keep it simple and go to Lidl.

Ellie: I eat a lot in west.berlin cafe which is here around the corner and I love the Matcha Lattes from Starbucks.

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