Christoph Fahle
May 31, 2012

Office hour: Programming&coding!

d:evolute is a software web agency, specialized on Ruby on Rails development. They develop business applications: custom, test-driven and scalable web applications, online social media solutions and whitelabel solutions for startups. d:evolute exists since 2011 and has 10 developers with about 10 years of experience. They are holding office hour’s “code & programming” every second Wednesday at betahaus.

We proudly present our new office hour! The good folks from d:evolute offer to help you out with all the questions you ever had about coding. From 'How do I even talk to developers if I dont understand what they do?' to 'What do you think about my new webapplication? Beautiful, right?' Every second wednesday at betahaus you will get the answers..

To introduce them, their work and mission to you we got them to answer a couple of questions for us. Read the full interview after the jump.

What is your aim with »code and programming«?

Our initiative is having the workshop here at the betahaus, where the founders can learn programming code by themselves, with the technologies they use and the standards we have. We want to enhance the relationships between developers and founders and to collaborate with the startups. We want to help them with their ideas and to improve the clients business model from a more technical perspective.

You are code experts. What are the issues that you want to help with, and who are your clients?

Our clients are classical enterprises, startups and communication agencies. Our developers are responsible for the collaboration between the clients, getting the concept and realizing it. We help to build professional web applications with focus on Ruby on Rails and Sinatra. We also do Drupal and Frontend development. We work a lot for startups and help them with the problems they usually have: how to recruit people, if they need to hire an agency or external freelancers. We try build up the team and give them advice if they will be able to exist for the next few years.

Why did you decide for betahaus and to help people here?

We like the atmosphere here in the betahaus. We have already talked with Christoph (co-founder) before , we know them for a while. In betahaus there are a lot of people with great ideas and we also like development with a mixture of international people. Help them exchange the experiences. So we are looking forward to any kind of feedback and if someone has specialized technical questions we also can help you. If you are interested or need help: we are here in betahaus every second wednesday. It is good for us to know who is coming. We recommend you to write us first. Than we know exactly who is the right person to help you.

Working for Lufthansa back in 2002, Joachim (CEO & founder @ Jolocom) had the idea to develop a better system for companies to swap data internally and for people to share their data with companies. Back in 2002, the resistance to open networks and communication was strong. However, just a few years later, social media and blockchain changed the rules of the game, which led to the founding of Jolocom in 2014. (Read the whole story here


Photo by Lea GK

Ellie joined the Jolocom team in the fall last year. She’s part of the content team and is responsible for communications and online platforms maintenance. 

Volker is currently studying IT-Systems Engineering at HPI, working on his master thesis with Jolocom. He joined the software development team in March this year and has previously worked from betahaus for another startup company.

With two locations in the heart of the city, betahaus l Sofia is a home of some of the most successful Bulgarian startups and is one of the leading innovation hubs in Sofia. Their main space is located just two minutes on foot from Sofia University and the second one stands right at the central Slaveykov Sqaure and has a beautiful view over the city.

As all of our locations, its pet and bicycle friendly and offers the same comfy and relaxed atmosphere you've come to expect from betahaus. Identical to our space, betahaus | Sofia uses glass doors for its team rooms, to build transparency and inclusion.

betahaus | Sofia @ Shipka 6

betahaus | Sofia @ Shipka 6

betahaus | Sofia is spread across 1800 q.m. divided into 2 separate spaces. Shipka 6 is 1300qm and takes over the entire 3rd floor of the UBA – Union of the Bulgarian Artists. Slaveykov Square is placed on the roof top of another historical building in Sofia. There they have two balconies with 360 degrees view, a cafe/bar and a shared kitchen.

Membership plans start from 350,– BGN for Workspace and go up to 435,– BGN for Private Offices. Currently, the space has around 190 members and will soon implement also Club Memberships plan. Every member of the Club will have access to events, conference room and betahaus community.

betahaus | Sofia @ Slaveykov Square
betahaus | Sofia @ Slaveykov Square

Ellie: Currently we have around 5 active pilots and we effectively work B2B2C. So we build our application for businesses which have their own user bases.

Volker: One of our ongoing projects is a pilot with Telekom. With their team, and partners from Riddle & Code and Simple Mobility, we have created the Magenta Scooter — an innovation in e-mobility that allows users to ride share while using their decentralized digital IDs. That means users can rent the scooter with our app and our identity. The main advantage there is that you can store your drivers licence in your Jolocom SmartWallet and then share this license with the app of Telekom. This eliminates the long onboarding process of verifying your license. 

Ellie: Another example is our e-government collaboration with The City of Antwerp called Blockchain on the Move. Using the SmartWallet, municipal employees can issue and validate their own credentials and create eIDs for citizens – it’s a digital ID with which you can register at the university or go to a swimming pool, as two examples.

Photo by Lea GK


Want more? Check out betahaus | Hamburg and betahaus | Barcelona.

If you want to know more about how to travel and work from different coworking spaces with one membership, click here.

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.


Ellie: I know that before joining betahaus Jolocom was in the Ethereum office – a collaborative blockchain space for companies also building on the same platform and the idea was always to stay within a coworking space. When they closed and we had to move, the next closest choice in terms of company culture was betahaus. 

Ellie: The people in the building and the spaces are just really cool. I personally don’t go to community events as much as i would like to but I still end up meeting a lot of people here. Mostly in the kitchen. One of my good friends is actually someone I met in betahaus. 

Volker: I once saw a friend of mine presenting at betabreakfast and I didn’t know that he would be here. It was so funny seeing him on the stage.

Photo by Lea GK

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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