Christoph Fahle
August 8, 2013

Maker Weekend_!_

All right, things were promised, things will happen and things will happen really soon !

Just couple of days to go until the precious Weekend of Makers and for Makers launches the beat.

Schedules were up weeks ago, so no need to repeat ourselves, we are here for an update. First of all, good news regarding the Experimentation Party. Lots of crazy things will meet you up there. Here are just some of them to get you inspired:

- music will be playing out of suitcase. and thats not a random installation, thats a project of creating loud transportable parties

- in the darkness BomblR will present digital graffiti (hacked from unexpected material)

- DIY Ice Cream

- Art installation brought in by PLATOON Kunsthalle 

- makers area with live piano in it

...

Let´s leave the list opened to keep some secrets. ;) To enter the experimentation party for free you gotta register online. Here is the link: https://www.eventbrite.de/event/7666206831?ref=ebtnhttps://www.eventbrite.de/event/7666206831?ref=ebtn

Secondly, our Product Design Regis Lamberthe, couldn't join this exact weekend but will be happy to welcome you on his workshops on the 17th of August. Here they go:

Papier maché lamps & this is concrete.

And here.. I'll just give a tiny part of the list of thing you'll miss out on if you spend one more weekend on the lake :p

Pattern Cutting

Eat Design!

Leather Jewelry

Melt a Bag

3D Printing

 

 Basic Crochet

HIgh FIve & See you soon!

Yours,

Eli

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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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