Well, I was promoted and could choose between Paris, London and Berlin.
Obviously, I chose Berlin. After a couple of weeks of working at home, I was really getting bored. So, I heard about betahaus, tried it out and I found it amazing.
When I arrived at the betahaus I saw that everybody was wearing headsets and I wondered what they were listening to. I thought most of them listened to music in order not to be disturbed. Some of them may also be corresponding on Skype or other platforms. But at least everybody was wearing headsets. So I had an idea: Why shouldn’t there be a radio in betahaus? ‘betaradio’, in fact.
We want to focus on the startups based at betahaus and give them the opportunity to communicate in different ways with the people. It can help them to speak up in terms of marketing. On the other hand it would make the betahaus an even more family-like place.
But that’s not all yet. Equally as important to us is pushing newcomer DJs, new artists. People that are, as I am, crazy about music.
If you ask someone what they’re doing here in Berlin so many are DJs or working on startups. The scene is very developed here in Berlin. But both channels are not a real part of one radio station yet.
That makes sense.
Becoming a part of the betahaus was our first goal and we are happy to work on this hand in hand. The next step is to develop a website, which is what we are working on right now. Then we have to go on air.
We are planning a big event for the 6th of September that will launch the radio and bring the project into life.
As great as it all sounds, we are looking for sponsors and partners who can provide us with the financial support we need and the Know-How of someone with radio experience. Nonetheless we are happy about anyone who is willing to help us with their ideas or want to be part of what is my dream.
We are ready.
In the summer, we launched a couple of new events in Neukölln like Freelancers, Unite!, The Backyard Sessions and My friend’s BBQ.
Freelancers, Unite! developed as our productive coworking session with freelancers from in and outside the ‘haus. Once a month, we picked an important freelance topic (such as taxes, time-management, etc) and invited experts to give us insights on the topic. We saw so many new faces and had the chance to come back closer to where we started from - the freelance, grassroots culture.
Another event, which started in July (and turned out to be our favourite events) were The Backyard Sessions. Organised by our queen of Neukölln - Robbin – the Backyard Sessions are our creative evenings with live music jams, movie screenings and cocktails.
This last event was hilarious because for quite some time, nobody knew exactly who organised it or invited them. The friend was throwing a BBQ for the community in the garden and this led to all our members joining and staying after for a beer or two with us.
‘’My favourite moment this year was the second friends bbq which was actually cancelled because of the rain forecast. But despite the bad weather, people show up and it turned into a super nice intimate evening with Elizaveta and Paul giving a garden concert.’’ - Robbin (Community Manager, betahaus)
''In July, it was great how the casual after-work BBQ turned into an impromptu acoustic blues jam session with Elizavetta Barsegova and Paul, who have the voice of an angel. Actually, all of the My Friend's BBQ's and Backyard Sessions were AWESOME.’’ - Paige (Head of Marketing, betahaus)
This year we released a new event format in Kreuzberg called ‘’The betaSalon’’. It's an open panel discussion which aims to give stage to important topics and give free speech on them. The fist one we did on the EU elections, last month we talked about changemakers, but our favourite one for this season stays ‘’Mother + Founder’’ where we partnered with FemGems podcast and recorded a live podcast episode for them having Madeleine Gummer von Mohl (betahaus co-founder), Kristine Zeller (co-creater of ooshi period underwear) and Luisa Hoffman on the stage.
Every September, our co-founders take part in the Techfestival. in Copenhagen, spending a few days disconnecting from the daily life and focusing on creating a better, more human-centered tech future. This year the think tank which included our co-founders Madeleine and Max came up with the TechPledge. The Tech Pledge was made to emphasize the need for a new direction in tech. Similar to the Hippocratic oath for doctors, the Tech Pledge is a promise to make tech a force for good and ensure responsible and sustainable tech leadership. It’s a commitment to driving a new direction in technology.
One of the most exciting projects for betahausX this year (which is also continuing in 2020) is their new startup challenge called The Werder Lab - a global startup competition that aims to reimagine the way clubs like Werder work with athletes, fans and partners.
This year couldn’t end without us having our favourite events - the end-of-the-year holiday party and the BETAPITCH Global Finals. On the 6th of December we saw the 9 finalists of the regional BETAPITCH competitions pitching in front of our jury. Congrats to Troy from Hamburg for winning the big prize.
We finished the year at our Holiday Party celebrating anything and everything at betahaus | Neukölln together with our members, friends of friends and our favourite artists from Passiflora LIVE, Tapete and Kotoe.
Thank you for being with us in 2019. It's been a crazy big year for us and it wouldn't been possible without your support, trust and the hard work of our amazing team. Have an amazing holiday time and we'll see you again in 2020.