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Christoph Fahle
November 27, 2012


On 27 April, we're throwing a big birthday to celebrate our 10 years in beta and shape a utopian future together with our community. Wondering what UtopiaX means, what you'll find in the Zen Zone and which artists are exhibiting in the The Basement? Here's what we've got lined up for you at our 10 Years in beta party!

What is Railsonfire?

"Software is eating the world” as Marc Andreessen says and in this software industrial revolution, software engineers need to release their software in faster cycles and with less bugs. We provide them a hosted continuous testing and especially continuous deployment service to address both of those needs.

Currently, most of the developers are managing the testing environment on their own server, but it is much easier, cheaper and helps to speed up the development when doing it in the cloud. Furthermore, they can concentrate on their core business (eg. on their product or on their customers).

How did you come up with the idea?

While working on various software projects we saw how much of an improvement a dedicated infrastructure for testing can be. But getting that infrastructure up and running was a long and painful process every single time. So we decided to build something that takes care of all the setup and makes starting with this incredibly easy. Continuous deployment as software as a service is a rather new market with a very big potential. Many companies test their software on their own, however, it takes lots of resources (time and money). Therefore, there is a need of exporting this process to the cloud in order to be faster and cheaper. Especially startups have to be as fast as possible and iterate quite often. Services like Railsonfire assure a smooth continuous testing and deployment functionality to automate a lot of painful procedures in the software development cycle.

Why did you decide to participate in the hub:raum accelerator program?

Railsonfire started as a side project while all of us were working in different jobs (other startups or freelancing). We realized that in order to be able to promote our project, we needed to dedicate all of our time to it. So this summer we all decided to quit our job and fully dedicate ourselves to Railsonfire. We applied to the hub:raum accelerator program because we wanted to move to Berlin to take advantage of the startup scene. When we heard the hub:raum accelerator program would happen at betahaus we were even happier. We knew the people behind betahaus for some time already and came by several times over the last years. Also coworking is perfect for us. It is very motivating as we can experience both a fast-paced environment broken up with some more relaxed networking and spare time. As long as we are able to focus on our deadline it is easier to meet people with a similar mindset and have positive feedback in a coworking environment

What are the main difficulties that you faced so far?

We worked on a first iteration of our service for a long time, but it wasn’t always clear to us when we should jump in full time. Although we were sure that we tackle a massive problem and that people are willing to pay for a solution, the overall market size was unclear for a while. We probably should have gone full-time earlier to push our product and company even more.

What are your future goal?

The first goal, once the hub:raum accelerator program ends, is moving to the US, specifically to San Francisco. We believe that it is the best place for a tech startup in the cloud computing industry. We would have the possibility to build relationships with other providers in order to target and conquer our market. In addition, the American market is really important for us as a starting ground to promote Railsonfire all over the world.

Want to join Railsonfire and other entrepreneurs at betahaus? See how here! 

From 8pm on, we'll open The Club where the DJ booth and the dance floor will turn into our playground. We've invited hip hop and pole dancers to open the dance floor and have a friends-only crazy-cool lineup planned for the night. We'll be mixing botanical cocktails with Fritz Cola and inviting you into our Photo Booth Room so you can take home some silly photos from the night. In The Club, you will also find The Balloon Room and The Zen Zone which will be our chill spot for the night. Check out the timeline in The Club and learn more about The Zen Zone below.

The Club
20:00 - 22:00 Dj Niggo
21:00 - 22:00 Hip-Hop Dancers
22:00 - 22.30 AinTheMachine
23:00 - 01:00: Michal Vagner
01:00 - 03:00: Asia

The Zen Zone
(to be announced): Cacao Experience with Moruga Cacao
19:00 - 21:00: Tea Ceremony with Thirsty Moon

Make sure to join our Facebook Event and RSVP on Eventbrite, so we can put your name into our Happiness Jar. This birthday bash is all about our community, and together with our partners we've prepared a special Prize Draw.

Throughout the whole night, you will find the rooms of The Basement filled with art pieces from our favorite Berlin-based creatives. From illustrations to paintings to wooden sculptures and installations - we've made sure to host an inclusive Berlin-like mix of all things art. Let us introduce to you to some of the artists, who you will meet down in The Basement:

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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