Elizaveta Bersegova
May 13, 2015

Internship: People in beta Festival

UPDATE: The team is complete. Feel free to send in an application in case you would like to join our team as a volunteer 10.08.2015-10.09.2015.

We are searching for the coolest guy/girl around, who is just missing betahaus| Berlin to be a part of his/her life to start MAKING THINGS HAPPEN. To get an impression of what you could be working on, have a look at the video from last year – Here it is! In 2014 it happened to be our 5th Birthday as well, so we went along with that name.

The current position is strongly recommended for those who are up for meaningful tasks rather than bringing coffee. The beta| Festival traditionally includes over 20 workshops / activities / + a loud open-end party. So there will be enough fun stuff to put your hands on.

Please, don't get stopped from applying by the fear of "ooh, I don´t know how to do it". That´s what we are there for – to help you learn along the way. (Yet, we are obviously more than glad if you already have experience in the field of event management).

STARTING DATE: 

Between 01.06.2015 and 15.06.2015

DURATION:

3-4 months

IT IS THE RIGHT PLACE FOR YOU IF you are passionate about the culture of startups, design, makers and doers. Also, if you are willing to work in a young inspiring team, take responsibility for your own tasks and content ideas and enjoy some freedom to launch them.

YOUR DUTIES WILL INCLUDE:

  • Co-curating content of People in beta Festival
  • Developing online presentation of activities
  • Designing sight-specific structure of activities
  • Executing guerilla and online marketing campaigns
  • Managing events & communicating with festival partners

As a sweet addition, you will be able to take part in any course or workshop presented in our program. WordPress, 3D Printing, Weaving, Indesign, Introduction to woodshop, etc. (it covers around 15 diverse topics at the moment).

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO APPLY:

Please, send to elizaveta@betahaus.de the following:

  • CV
  • Motivation Letter (max 300 words)
  • A test task:

"Please create an activity of any type (workshop/ interactive session/ talk/ etc.) for any section of the festival (Makers/ Startups/ Coworkers – are the ones you could choose from). Write a description of it (100-150 words) and choose an image for online presentation on the web page"

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 27.05.2015

Click here for other announcements and events in the 'haus! 

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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