Christoph Fahle
September 23, 2013

Save the date: People in Beta Festival Sept 28th!

You know we love to celebrate! Because we love our lifestyle! All the Berlin startup, freelancer and maker ecosystem will be on their feet.

On Sept 28th we want to celebrate with you, those who have the guts to believe in their ideas and work hard to accelerate them! Therefore we are making the People in Beta Festival.

Join us for a day packed with awesome ideas, innovative hardware startups, lot s of DIY & TECH & DESIGN workshops and inspiring talks! And a "something strange will happen" party to say good bye to the wonderful summer we had. Winter is coming!

Don't miss to book the early bird tickets!

Here is a sneak peak of the program we have set up for you:

Start the day with awesome breakfast!

Get the early bird tickets for the workshop which will tell you what to do when you fall in love with your developer!

Attend the workshop on Polysingular Reality Rendition to find out what all the difficult words mean!

Learn how to design your own fliers on our workshop on Adobe InDesign Basics!

Or make films and stop motion on our fresh cool workshop!

Learn about the newest technology in 3D Printing Workshop.

 Attend the Screen printing workshop and print any picture/logo/quotes or braille you like!

Learn the magic of crafting and manufacturing package on the workshop with Hardware Berlin!

Make your own computer for anything on the Arduino workshop!


INSPIRING TALKS When tired from making the stuff, get excited by a talk of our inspiring speakers!

What is the forgotten food, why bees are dying out and much more you'll get to experience on the talk of Ludwik Cramer-Klett!

Get insights about the Collaborative Hardware from Simon Höher!

Inspiring talk of Ida Tin and her brilliant entrepreneurial journey!

Find out what Edial Dekker, the founder of Gidsy loves!


Come to see the pitch contest of the startups which are doing the actual physical stuff!


The night will reveal more secrets and the wicked party will bring you to a whole new universe!  The huge and masquerade Summer good bye Party 2013 will be curated by our Partymaster Pedro Pineda. We will start around 10pm and just 150 guests can join so make sure you’ll be there in time or try to get on the guestlist! 

Click here for more events coming up this month!


Cost is a big one here. In regards to total transportation costs, the last mile comprises up to 53% of those - making it the least efficient part of the supply chain. Expectations of free shipping and next day deliveries add up to this.

Due to increasing digitalization and convenience services in every area of people's lives, the smooth and flawless process of getting the delivery to one's doorstep is exceedingly becoming what customers care most about. On top of that, for companies that package being delivered is an extension of their brand. The consumer is basically coming face-to-face with the brand, which makes it the biggest opportunity to heighten customer satisfaction.

If you live in a city and have even slightly observed your urban surroundings you’ve probably witnessed it first hand - urban congestion and crowded cities make it pretty tough to satisfy the growing demand and rising expectations of super quick deliveries. Add unpredictability in transit (like weather conditions), an incorrect address or remote locations, just to name a few, and you can see where this is going.

The worst part is, all those delivery trucks and vans that also produce a fair bit of emissions, are often only half full when they roll out for deliveries. This is mostly due to low drop sizes and stops along the route that are far and few between.

It’s not all hopeless though - Where there is a problem, there are solutions.

Same old, same old - isn’t always all that bad. Sometimes, all that’s needed are some new perspectives! The city of Utrecht, for‌ ‌example, implemented a zero-emissions electric barge nicknamed the “Beer Boat”. 

Since 2010 it’s carrying beer and food to the city’s downtown restaurants by using waterways. Other electric barges in Amsterdam not only deliver but even collect organic waste, which is then turned into biofuel in processing plants! Isn’t that cool?

It becomes clear that cities, logistics, as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌urban‌ ‌planners, are equally part of solving the inefficiency of the last-mile. Tackling this mountain of issues calls for teamwork!

A centralized platform, hub or network for similar companies, could do the trick to fill up the delivery vans & trucks that are barely loaded. Parcels could be distributed more efficiently between different companies and their delivery vehicles.

Like a big pool of parcels from different companies with every single parcel going into that one van with the same route!

Delivery Driver Experience and Smart Delivery Vehicles are also areas with huge potential for improvement and innovation.

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.

Next to that on-demand experiences have become firmly embedded into people’s everyday lives - be it a mobile app to book a ride, send flowers to your loved ones or order lunch to your office. It’s all possible and has made premium features like real-time tracking a standard.  The online consumer expects nothing less and certainly doesn’t like to wait.

Making that quick and instant gratification happen is another story though. Groundbreaking ideas and innovations are needed to tackle all these factors. Does your startup have one? 

Then head over to our Future Logistics Challenge! Applications are still open until September 23rd.

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 cafe which is here around the corner and I love the Matcha Lattes from Starbucks.

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