In the name of altruism, marketing, or pure boredom, we’ve seen an influx of virtual content with COVID-19. Institutions and businesses around the world are giving us more access to their services than ever before. Virtual tours of art museums. Digital concerts of the Berlin Philharmonie. People taking their services online to offer online courses in everything from fermentation to crochet. We're even being allowed into some of Berlin's best clubs, no questions asked.
If you’re looking for ways to enrich this time at home, consider this your roundup. We'll be updating it as more interesting online events and virtual offerings come available!
Over the years, our community has grown to include thousands of people spread across the world. If we’ve learned anything through all these transitions, it’s that physical space is only a very small part of what makes this a community.
We recently announced that our in-person community events will be on hold until further notice, but that doesn't mean we can't virtually hang! From webinars to online dance parties, here are some of the betahaus events that are going virtual.
Unlock access to some of the world’s finest cultural institutions without leaving home.
While the Berlin Philharmonie is closed, they’re bringing the music to you. Now you can receive free access to all concerts and films in the Digital Concert Hall.
Claim your offer by 31 March on the Berlin Philharmonie website
Staatsoper Unter den Linden
The Staatsoper is providing daily operas and concerts that can be watched on demand from the comfort of your own home.
Get more information at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden website
United We Stream
In partnership with ARTE Concert, United We Stream’s mission is to save Berlin’s club culture in quarantine by offering (cue-free!) access to Berlin’s clubs and artists via livestream. All funds raised go to a relief fund for clubs and event organzier's in need.
Virtual Museum Tours
More than 2,500 of the world’s most celebrated museums have partnered up with Google Arts & Culture to bring you a “street view” style walk through of the museum and galleries of artwork. You can explore the Pergamon, the British Museum, and the Musée d’Orsay all in one day.
As you may well know, the implications of the shut down will have economic implications that are wide-reaching. Do your part to keep local businesses going during this time by ordering in, shopping online, and joining events and workshops produced by people in your community.
Dining out is off the table, but many restaurants are pivoting to offer take out food. And as the author says best in his Lockdown Food Diaries article “Every euro and every order counts – without our continuous support during the next weeks, many of our favourite restaurants will not survive this crisis.”
Explore some of the restaurants in Kreuzberg, Neukölln, and Prenzlauerberg that could use your support.
Support the betahaus Community
There are many within our community who are working quickly to change their way of doing business and take their events or workshops online. Creatives. Craftsmen. Musicians. Freelancers. Workshop hosts.
Watch our Facebook group for virtual events by members of our community.
Is it finally time to learn the skill you’ve been putting off learning? Pick up drawing, coding, or Spanish with a virtual course.
Skillshare, Coursera, and Udemy
Skillshare, Coursera, and Udemy are some of the best known sources of eLearning with libraries in the thousands. If you’ve been meaning to learn something new and have a bit of time to do it, check out what they have to offer.
Ivy League Courses, Online
Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, Columbia, and the University of Pennsylvania are recognized as some of the most prestigious universities. While it’s pretty damn tough to get accepted to an Ivy Leage for in-person study, there are at least 450 classes you can take online completely free.
Always wanted to learn a new language or improve on one you’re already learning? Learn a new language on Duolingo, Rosetta Stone, and Babbel.
Take some time out to use Headspace or the Daily Om to avance your meditation practice.
With gyms closed, we’ve got to get creative with how we exercise. Luckily hundreds of fitness instructors and yoga teachers have taken their practices online for a free or reduced rate.
Join in the daily yoga sessions offered by our own Arrive Yoga or explore all the yoga, dance and fitness classes you can get online in this article by The Independent.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.