Christoph Fahle
March 7, 2013

Maker Weekend #2 Reflections

This past weekend was a Maker Weekend. The workshops started on Saturday with a Coding Jam by Graffiti Research Labs and ranged from turning your old plastic bags into cool new textiles in the Melt-a-Bag workshop, to building your own Rocket Stove!

There was even a chance to take a load off at the Natural Cosmetics and Relax workshop. Participants in the Leather Jewelry, Rockin’ Knits, and Screenprinting workshops got to make awesome accessories, and partakers in the Berliner Hocker and Cardboard Up-Light Lamp workshops left betahaus with unique handcrafted home goods.

The DIY continued on Sunday, with cool tech workshops like an introduction to 3D printing, and Arduino and a Pillow, to hands on Decoupage, Papier Mache, and Concrete workshops.

Nearly all the workshops were fully booked, and the party on Saturday night was slammin’.  There were rockin' tunes of Jam Session from Audiofu and DJ Milan Hermess. Remember the visuals on the walls? They were created during the day time coding jam session by Graffiti Research Lab. Actually, even throughout the party the coding masters were burning buttons on their laptops adjusting the visuals!

On top of that our party monsters were getting rave worthy make-up from Raketeuflug zur Sonne, and getting involved into various DIY workshops & activities operated by our friends & artist in residence. Have a look at our new awesome ODC robot – made by party guests with direction and help of TAPE OVER art project.

There was also a big surprise prepared for you by OMA project – time capsules of actual making which will be shown on the next makers event!

All in all, it was kick ass. THANK YOU ALL FOR THAT!

Lots of love,

your betahaus team

PS Here are the PHOTOS

PSS WE ARE VERY SORRY if you couldn't find a spot at the ws you wanted to attend this weekend. We sold out faster than a speeding bullet. If this was the case, and you’re still yearning to get your hands on something-check out the March time table – you should be able to find a ws there. ;)

Click here for more announcements and events at the 'haus! 

Claudius: Design is the core of what we do and what we’re all passionate about, but hardly our only focus. Design, at LAUDO, stands more for designing a whole strategy, often very close connected with marketing. We’re developing websites and apps for our clients, but also help them reach their target audience through SEO, Google ranking developing newsletter systems, print brochures etc.

Claudius: A lot of other companies are seeing themselves as a service provider and don’t really question what their client wants and why. We pay very close attention if the work we provide for a client is in line with our personal values and vision. It’s not just delivering a product to the client, getting the paycheck and leaving, but also building relationships with clients and collaborating. Because they are often our doors to new opportunities

We see LAUDO as an airport, where the clients are our gates to new guests, new perspectives and new potential clients. It happens all the time that whoever we’re working for, from there we get a new project, which wasn’t planned before. So we open up a new gate. That’s how we were able to grow and why good connection with our clients is so crucial for us.’

‘’We see LAUDO as an airport, where the clients are our gates to new guests, new perspectives and new potential clients. It happens all the time that whoever we’re working for, from there we get a new project, which wasn’t planned before. So we open up a new gate. That’s how we were able to grow and why good connection with our clients is so crucial for us.’’
Photos by Lea GK

Orietta: I think one thing that makes us stand out on the market and our number one strength is the team. We’re a small team and we all look in the same direction and have the same approach and vision. That makes the communication go smoothly.

Joey: Another thing is that we have a very hands-on approach. We are the guys, who say: ‘’Okay, let’s do it’’. That’s our culture.

Orietta: When we started looking for a place I was already involved in the betahaus community. Working from previous betahaus locations and attending the community events, I already knew a lot of people in the 'haus ...

Joey: Yes, I remember on the first day we came to betahaus Orietta was like ‘’Oh, hey! Hi! Hey, how are you doing? Hi!'' giving high-fives to everybody and we were like: What is going on, why does she know everybody?!

Orietta: Well, the vibe in betahaus is just super easy going. You directly feel that you can meet people easily. If you go to the kitchen for example and just ask ''Hey how are you, what are you working on?''. We made many new contacts too.

Claudius: What makes it nice here is that people are enjoying being here and working on their projects.

Photos by Lea GK

Claudius: The truth is, we could probably afford an office for the same price, but that would put us between these four walls, which put you into a box, much harder to exit and to connect with new people. We went for a Team Desk because here we have so much more space and everything seems much more connected. You can easily meet people.

Orietta: And it’s just so spacious here. We have this super nice garden.

Claudius: I like being focused on my work but I also like if someone disturbs me from time to time. It helps when the door opens. In an office we would work in a whole different way. Here Gillord (Coworking Manager) is coming in everyday, giving me a hug, telling me about his workout .. that’s the main reason - the personal connection.

The day in betahaus starts with a hug and ends with a hug. The time in between is pretty much spent on doing what you love.
Photos by Lea GK


After you’ve taken care of your paperwork and you’ve signed up both in Bürger- and Finanzamt, you are all set up to start working. One of the best ways to get integrated into the city fast, meet like-minded people, and even find clients is by working from a coworking space. There are tons of benefits for freelancers and luckily Berlin has a lot to offer in this way. A coworking space is a physically collaborative shared workspace, which brings all kinds of creatives and entrepreneurs together. It’s a perfect place for startups, freelancers, digital nomads and even corporates searching for innovation. And it’s the biggest advantage towards the typical office space is that it pushes a collaborative exchange between its members and facilitates the creative process and networking.

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