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Elizaveta Bersegova
August 4, 2015

People in Beta festival: Workshops!

With now less than a month to go until the People in Beta festival on August 29th, the countdown is officially ON! Meanwhile, our festival team has been busily putting together a kick-ass program of interactive workshops. Here's a teaser of some of the excellent stuff that will be going down in our Makers Yard and 3 Workshop Bases.

For Your Business:


Every Story Needs a Hero

Nils Seger is the Co-Founder and Senior Partner at RCKT. Drawing on his vast global experience in managing communications, media and marketing, he helps shape startup heroes and market leaders. Nils will be talking about why storytelling is more important than ever in a hyperconnected world and why every story needs a hero.

SEO Workshop – Become Number 1 on Google

Marcus Krautkrämer is one of the leading SEO-optimisation specialists at mediaworx, a full service internet production and marketing agency. He will teach you how to boost quality web traffic and make sure that you are the first name your potential clients come across online. Even better, you can get a personal SEO consultancy! For some hot tips on pushing your web page, send a link to no later than August 27th and Marcus will have your customised advice ready at the workshop!

Crowdfunding Success

Ernst Neumeister founded CrowdCamp in 2014 to teach aspiring entrepreneurs the tactics of successful crowdfunding. Ernst's workshop will explore the various platforms and explain how to make reward systems work in your favour.

From Company Foundation to Full-Range Management

Dr. Niels George knows all the ins and outs of tax law, commercial law and corporate law. Join his workshop to learn how to avoid the main business mistakes and keep your enterprise profitable and legally compliant. Dr. George's no-nonsense approach will give you more time to focus on your core business.

Put Your Idea Under Pressure Before Others Do It

Christoph Räthke started his career in the digital world way back in 1996. Almost two decades and a long list of successful projects later he founded the Berlin Startup Academy, a unique Open Source alternative to conventional accelerators. He's no stranger to failure though and he'll harness this insight to help you put your concept through the pressure test.

How to Turn Networks into a Super Power

Mark Turrell is the founder and CEO of Orcasci, a strategy and marketing agency; and the co-founder of Imaginatik, a pioneering firm in collective intelligence and corporate crowdsourcing techniques. Nominated as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum in 2008 and a Young Global Leader in 2010, Mark will tell you how to make networks work for you!

Where is the Human in the Digital?

Alexander Steinhart is a trained psychologist and the co-founder/CEO of ( OFFTIME ). He grew up with a keen interest in technology combined with an even greater passion for social dynamics and social change. Alexander will share with you technologies, design and tech usage habits that meet real human needs and will help you stay focused, mindful and happy. Find out how you can disconnect without missing out!

Present Yourself – A Sneak Preview in Presentation Skills

Bjørn de Wildt is a socially critical theatre maker who is concerned with the participatory role of the audience. He is artistic director of theatre group PlayBack Berlin and works with well regarded Berlin cultural institutions such as the Deutsches Theater. Bjørn's workshop will demonstrate how theatrical methods can improve your pitch and help you experience the potent power of storytelling.

StartupPressRoom: How to Build International Press Campaigns and Get More Results Faster

Olivia Czetwertynski is the founder of BECOMEWIDE, a PR agency specialising in helping startups flourish through successful international PR campaigns. At Olivia's workshop you'll get an insight into the same 7 step system she uses to help her clients achieve successful results with their press campaigns, even on a tight budget.

For Your Soul:


Creative Transformation

Patricia Cotton is an expert in business transformation, innovation and creative leadership. Patricia's workshop takes a multidisciplinary approach to the creative transformation of individuals and organisations. Her holistic and pragmatic methods will enable you to operate as a true innovator and change-maker.

Crowdfund Your Best Friend and Do Good for the World

Van Bo Le-Mentzel is known by most people for his Hartz IV Möbel project, where he teaches people to tap into their own creativity and resourcefulness to build low-cost yet amazing furniture. Nowadays a world known community catalyst and most progressive university professor, Van Bo will introduce you to his latest project - Hartz V. This is a fantastic opportunity to crowdfund yourself or your best friend to do good for the world.

The Secrets of Happy Teams

Tom Laterveer specialises in creating “Cultures of Happiness“: accompanying individuals, businesses and teams on their journeys towards greater joy and successful. Tom will deliver a workshop that will teach you how to build a work environment based on connection, zest and compassion.

Refresh & Reboot Meditation Session

Edward Mark Vero is a master of meditation whose services are sought after within Berlin's vibrant tech and creative scenes. He cultivates a practical, stripped back understanding of meditation; pared down to the ancient practice's logical, relevant and honest roots. Take a workshop and you’ll be more than ready to make an impression: clear headed and calmly confident.

For Your Creative Flow:


Woodworking Workshop

Lluis Mateu is a woodworking guru with more than 25 years of experience. Over the years he has built everything from wooden houses and furniture to sets for theatre and cinema productions. In this hands-on workshop you'll learn some tricks of the trade and walk out with your very own Ulmer Hocker!

Grid - Interior String Art

Us Berlin is a collaborative creative agency and part of the betahaus community. The Interior String Art workshop invites you to explore how simple design methods, using structured geometric patterns, can challenge and reimagine a physical space.

Papercut Workshop

Hosted by Berlin creative agency Battalion and presented by artist and illustrator Stephanie Scholz, this workshop will allow you to experiment freely with shape and colour. Materials will be provided.

The Human Factor in IoT - Building Meaningful Prototypes with Design Thinking

Led by Julia Kolm and Cecilia Hilmer from innovation agency Innoki, this workshop gives you a chance to learn about methods used in the design thinking process and take part in a so-called fast forward or design sprint lasting two hours. Space is limited so be early!

Make Your Own Lampshade

Designers Ulrich Kohl and Maria Lobisch from MYO will introduce you to the joys of paper folding and teach you how to manipulate shape, colour and size to create your own Lampshade Kronsmoor. All materials will be supplied.

We won´t stop there and to get your creative juices flowing even more, there will also be workshops in 3D Printing, Soldering and Screen Printing as well as a Design Hackathon. We're looking forward to seeing you all there! So come celebrate with us!

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Have you met .. the Softblobs? Since moving back to Berlin from the US, Gesine Krätzner has been making strange creatures out of fabric that she calls Softblobs. They are cute, random, and they'll be waiting in The Basement if you want to try playing around with them.

From toys made of fabric, we’re moving onto wooden sculptures. Matt Danko knows how to bring wood to life and does it amazingly in his free time. In The Basement, he’ll show his latest furniture pieces and sculptures.

In the same room as Matt, you’ll find Lisa Büscher, who has prepared for us a hyper realistic sculpture presentation that gives it the touch of the extreme, surrealistic and absurd. She de- and reconstructs and reorganizes human bodies like Utopia does society.

In our Photo & Video room you will find works from Collette Pomerleau and Ocean.Now.

Colette is a Berlin-based creative working in photography, art direction and set design. Through her visuals she explores intimacy and anonymity. The space that falls somewhere in between.

Ocean. Now! is a collective that accelerates ocean protection. They work with different types of art to motivate our society to protect the Ocean -Now!

In the early afternoon, based in The Garden, you’ll meet Amaury BOUQUET. He’s a Berlin-based French artist from Saint Maur des Fossés, who has a background in social innovation and loves to play with symbols in his works. At 10 Years in beta, he’ll do his special Humanist Tarot readings from 4-6pm.

Parallel to him, also in The Garden, Sebastian Olivares will be painting live a special Mandala created for betahaus. Sebastian is a Berlin-based visual artist who specializes in painting mandala murals and has painted murals in Germany, Chile, Australia and Thailand.

Throughout the day ilan katin will be putting the party vibes onto a mural, specially created for betahaus. He's a Neukölln-based artist with experience in visual work, both static and performative, graphic design, illustration, comics, installations, animation and live video.

We think this one speaks for itself. If you need a little glitz or glitter to get you into the party spirit, come early and we'll do the rest.

Last, but not least, special thanks to our lovely partners who are helping us making this event happen.
Pilsner Urquell and Fritz Cola for the drinks, Emmy, Drivy, FrameRight, CoffeeCircle, Dream Facilitation, Moruga and BioWine for supporting our Prize Draw and our media partners from Silicon Allee, ASK HELMUT, Creative City Berlin and TechCode.

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