Christoph Fahle
September 22, 2010

Looking back at the coworking week and forward to the betaptich

Silke Super from Motor FM Radio kept announcing it as the  “international coworking week” and we didn’t object because the day will come!

It all started  nice and quiet with a nightly handicraft work session. Camille, French philosopher in residence at the ODC coordinated the building of a shared library next to the elevator. The brain of the Founders Institute spoke very convincing to more than 100 motivated young startup entrepreneurs and promised a first-rate mentoring for the best ones.

Then we gathered Lisbon’s City hall adviser,  Amsterdam’s Waag Society director, Berlin's Creative Metropoles project manager, the Create Berlin Nework manager, the Fablab Aachen and many amateurs and freaks in a cozy atmosphere to talk about why every creative city needs a fablab. Inventedhere helped highlighting the necessity of a proper FabLab in every neighborhood as they designed  during a 3 hours workshop astonishing solutions for ideal coworking- furniture - who still need to be built!

The most non-philosophical conclusion of the week was that all coworkingspaces and FabLabs around the world need to play similar music and have easy going and friendly people attending in order to keep the open-house spirit.  So open workshops and coworkingspaces around the world: reunite and set up an own radio channel!

Now, we are looking forward to next week’s betapitch- Finally betahaus is getting more and more a business incubator- let’s see how we deal with that! The  best 10 startup ideas have already beed elected. On the 4th of October the future entrepreneurs will dress up and try to convince the jury.

It also appears that we will be one of 100 locations worldwide showing the best 10 posters of the poster4tomorrow contest. The exhibition is dedicated to the world day against the death-penalty.

It seems like next month will be the 10th best month of the year 2010.

For more events like this, check the General & Upcoming section!

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 cafe which is here around the corner and I love the Matcha Lattes from Starbucks.

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