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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:

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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 krautkraemer@mediaworx.com 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:

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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:

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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! www.peopleinbeta.com

Click here for more events coming up in the 'haus! 

Did we mention this was going to be easy? 

Just kidding. We definitely did.

But, look. Your space will be fully-furnished from the day you move in. We’ll have the WiFi up-and-running and printers online. The meeting rooms will be ready to go. The kitchenette stocked with mugs and freshly brewed coffee. And you’ll have the support of our coworking team. They’ll provide everything from reception to package handling to space maintenance. They’ll get you oriented in the space and make sure you have what you need to get to work.

New office without the downtime.

Some office spaces have a one-size-fits-all approach, but that's not really our style. The reason no two betahaus locations look the same is because they’re locally designed. And we give our Team Space members this same opportunity to customize their space.

Choose a room with a view of the city or one on the ground floor with easy access to the garden. Change the lighting fixture or bring your own bookshelf. We want teams to be able to white label, decorate, and really make the space their own if they want to.

And if you’re really looking to customize, Team HQs allow teams to collaborate with our architects and coworking team to create a space that is completely bespoke. Whether it’s additional meeting rooms, unconventional seating, or a yoga room, we apply our 10 years of experience in building functional workspace to your creative vision to create something that’s just right.


Probably the biggest benefit of coworking is community and events. Now we know it may not be the first thing you’re looking for as you seek out your next office space, but bear with us.

Imagine using your lunch breaks to chat with someone in your industry. Meeting freelance developers at after-work beers. Networking with investors at BETAPITCH. Pitching at our weekly betabreakfast and getting support and feedback on your new ideas.

betahaus has spent the last 10 years cultivating a community of people who we genuinely like working with. And when you join, your team will become a part of it, too.

" People matter! Community was always what we were all about. ‘’

In June we launched #PeopleInbeta - our monthly blog post series in which our Content Manager - Vihra interviewed teams and freelancers from the betahaus community to present the variety of creatives we have in ‘haus, to understand their missions and get some useful advice for our audience. We talked on topics such as sustainability (with PlanA) , decentralized digital identity (with JOLOCOM), curated music experiences (with Bespoke Sounds), freelance photography (with Sara Herrlander), full-stack development (with Obst Digital), design (with LAUDO) and much more.

Interview with LAUDO at betahaus | Neukölln
Interview with Obst.Digital at betahaus | Neukölln

"The Summer is the best time to host Backyard sessions and BBQ’s’’

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. 

Freelancers, Unite! at betahaus | Neukölln

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. 

The Backyard Sessions at basement.berlin
Movie Screening at basement.berlin

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) 

The Garden at betahaus | Neukölln
My Friend's BBQ at betahaus | Neukölln



"As a coworking space, you have to give stage to important topics.’’

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.

betaSalon at betahaus | Kreuzberg

"We should fight for a more human-centered tech development’’

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.

Techfestival. 2019 in Copenhagen


"Startups are transforming European football as we know it.’’

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.



"You should leave time for the things you love most’’ 

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.

Love at The betahaus Holiday Party 2019


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.

With love,
betahaus

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