Alice Nell
September 3, 2015

People in beta Festival 2015

What a gorgeous day we had last weekend with our 4th annual People In Beta Festival! Over 800 people visiting our +50 workshops, talks, demonstrations and exhibitions: betahaus was brimming with activities.

A quick look at some of what was going on.

Throughout the Workshop bases our guests enjoyed experts lectures on a variety of topics and skills. Tom Laterveer led an engaging discussion on how to lead a passionate, driven, and dedicated working environment, and Ernst Neumeister gave insights about why and how crowdfunding campaigns become successful. Mark Turrell showed guests how to turn networks into super powers to get things done. Outside in the Makers Yard Julia Kolm and Cecilia Hilmer from innovation agency Innoki gave a two-hour ‘fast forward’ design thinking workshop and the good people from MYO taught groups the fun in paper folding by creating their own lampshades. In the Innovation Garden there were all kinds of funky new tech gadgets, and Mr. Beammade incredible wood etchings through a mini laser in true Sci-Fi fashion.

 

On the 4th floor startups and investors enjoyed a well-spent day of business insights and networking at the BETAPITCH | global and Investors Day. The day was packed with talks that ranged in topics such as whether or not to seek investment, how to give back to the community, and how to ‘lose your soul to an accelerator or join a coworking’. Talks and panel discussions were led by investors from Axel Springer Plug ‘n Play, Deutsche Bahn, Airbus Bizlab, Kloeckner, Ergo and ENBW amongst others. Other friends on stage included SoundCloud and Kickstarter. Outside the building startups and investors were speeddating in fancy Audi cars, thanks to Welcome Project.

 

In the evening at BETAPITCH | global, seven international startup finalists pitched. The big winner of the night was Insulin Angel, who won a trip to Silicon Valley sponsored by Axel Springer Plug ‘n Play and a program at Stanford organized by BiTHOUSE! Hub:raum gave its prize of 5000 euros to startup Thingthing, and Dronamics snatched away a wildcard acceptance to Airbus Bizlab accelerator and a chance to pitch for the Kloeckner fund. Vienna Skill Smiths won six months of free coworking space at betahaus | Berlin, and BeeCanvas received the opportunity to pitch at Pirate Summit 2015. Congratulations to all the teams!

 

The evening got off to a smooth start with a BBQ and performances from musicians in betahaus’ community - including our own CEO Christoph Fahle on the saxophone. Later, in the frenzy of our after-party and alongside our ‘work hard, play hard’ partners of Business Punk, the crowd were given some energetic performances by international DJs and acts like Antopia,  Peter Kirn, and Ain the Machine. They kept the dance floor grooving well into the night and we couldn’t get enough.

 

We’d like to give a shout out to our media partners Tech Berlin, The Hundert, Silicon Allee, Berlin Valley, Jobspotting and our party partners at Business Punk, and to our photographers Rian Davidson and Maansi Jain for capturing all the fun. You can check out the People In Beta Festival photos here, the BETAPITCH | global & Investors Day photos here, and the betabooth photos here.

 

Last but not least: many thanks to our sponsors without whom People In Beta 2015 wouldn’t have been possible: Axel Springer Plug ‘n Play, ERGO, Deutsche Bahn, Kloeckner, Hub:raum, Audi, Airbus Bizlab and Appchance

 

THANK YOU ALL FOR JOINING US! We hope to see you in the next one!

For more upcoming events, click here! 

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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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