We’ve been involved in the startup scene in Berlin for a while now. We have sat through more Meetups and tech events in Berlin than we’d dare to count, but it means we know a good one when we see one. Everyone knows Tech Open Air takes over Berlin in June, but what about those other months? Don't you want to check out some spring tech events in Berlin for 2018 in the meantime? We thought so. Here are the blockchain conferences and tech fairs, and tech events in Berlin you can’t miss.
When: March 2nd, 2018
About Blockstack Berlin: Blockchain is perhaps the most talked about topic in tech this year. If you’re still trying to navigate the finer details of blockchain, Blockstack is where you should be this March. The event will be taking over Axica Convention Center and featuring experts in data privacy, blockchain, cryptocurrencies and digital activism. You can even expect a keynote by leading advocate for individual privacy, Edward Snowden. The conference will be packed with presentations, panels, and a hackathon, giving you the chance to reimagine, create, and watch live demonstrations of decentralized apps being developed on the Blockstack framework. // TICKETS FROM €230
Why You Should Be There: Blockstack chose Berlin because it's a major hub for digital activism, cryptocurrency, and hacker culture. The bitcoin market is rapidly gaining legitimacy (there’s even a bitcoin bar in Berlin now!) and smart contracts are nudging their way into the mainstream. Go to educate yourself before blockchain fully reinvents the way we handle many of our daily transactions.
When: April 5th - April 6th, 2018
About Crypto Conference: Speaking of cryptocurrency, the C3: Crypto Conference will be taking place in Berlin at the start of April. Their conference will feature 30 international speakers and industry experts talking about ICO’s and token sales, crypto marketing, and token design. Perhaps most interesting will be the expert keynotes on infrastructure, trading & investing, supply chain, mining, commerce & advertising. // TICKETS FROM €29
Why You Should Be There: Haven’t bought bitcoin yet? Join one of their workshops on how to trade cryptocurrencies and understand advanced trading and investment strategies.
When: April 10th - April 11th, 2018
About Corportate Incubation & Acceleration Summit: COINAAC is the leading summit in Europe for corporate incubation and acceleration. This Berlin spring tech event will cover topics ranging from the importance of equity to international expansion and accelerator networks. The summit provides matchmaking opportunities as well as a platform for both experienced program leaders and established companies from across Europe to discuss the future of incubators and accelerators. // TICKETS FROM €399
Why You Should Be There: More than 200 program heads and innovation from around Europe will be in one place. Your startup can apply for speed dating!
When: May 15th - May 16th, 2018
About Cube Tech Fair: In 2017, CUBE Tech Fair brought together more than 250 deep-tech startups from around the world and organized panels with some of the biggest innovators in tech. We expect 2018 to be no different. Mid-May, CUBE has invited the world’s best B2B tech startups, corporate partners and key influencers to empower digital transformation and forge the future of industry 4.0. Through strategic matchmaking, they will pair tech startups with corporate partners and implement projects that take us deeper into our fourth industrial revolution. // TICKETS FROM €199
Why You Should Be There: As computers and automation collaborate in new ways, production will become more efficient, more competitive, and more traceable. Check out the exhibitors for an early look at what’s about to go big in the IoT space.
When: May 17th, 2018
Why You Should Be There: We’re getting closer to advanced Artificial Intelligence than ever. Don't get left behind!
For the 4th year in a row, the Rise of AI Conference will be coming to Berlin with one killer lineup. The lineup for speakers looks excellent with big names like Chris Boos, the CEO of Argos and Irakli Beridze from the United Nations programme for Artificial Intelligence. You can also join in for talks on the implications of advances in AI on ethics, security, and humanity as a whole. // TICKETS FROM €740
We've partnered with Blockstack Berlin to bring you this roundup of Berlin tech events for spring. Hop over to the Blockstack website for the full program lineup, discussion topics, and a video!
Well, those are our picks for spring tech events in Berlin for 2018. Which events caught your attention? Any events you think we missed? And while you're here, be sure to check out all the Startup Events going down at betahaus this spring.
The 10 Years in beta party was also the official opening of betahaus | Neukölln. Spring was the perfect time for our new project to start growing. The Club Lounge started filling, amazing new teams joined the community such as LAUDO, Obst Digital, Wonderwerk, Trybe and The Zeitsprung Project. Our Gil became the Lord of the house, giving hugs to everybody, fixing all kinds of problems in the ‘haus and keeping it run smoothly with the rest of the Front Desk team. This was also the month when we launched our beloved weekly yoga classes guided by our dear Cynthia from Arrive Yoga.
" 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.
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.