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February 12, 2018

A Complete Guide to Tech Events Happening in Berlin this Spring

You don’t have to live in Berlin for long to realize the tech scene in Berlin is flourishing. A quick search on Eventbrite, Facebook, or Meetup will yield dozens of events spanning across interest and industry — and that’s just Monday. So, how do you go about sifting through them all?

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.

MARCH

Blockstack Berlin: A Signature Fund Event

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.

APRIL

Crypto Conference: The International Crypto Community in Europe

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.

Corporate Incubation & Acceleration Summit 2018

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!

MAY

CUBE Tech Fair 2018

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.

Rise of AI Conference 2018

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.

Toni: Currently, we’ve somehow ended up in this niche of building a lot of internal tools for startups and teams. But this is not the only thing we want to do. What I like about it is that we’re starting projects from scratch and we have full control over them. 

Martin: The first project we worked on was a tool for a large scale real estate development company. What they needed was a tool for their Sales people - to be able to mark their different spots and locations at different stages of the sales funnel. So we created a tool that helps them in this process.

Toni: And this one actually served as a starting point for the tool we’ve developed for  betahaus, which aims to allow the Sales and Management team to see which team rooms are occupied right now, which ones are free or will be occupied in a few weeks or months, so no double bookings appear. 

Alex: These two projects were more focused on real estate, let’s say, but we’ve also done more design-heavy projects like the one we did for Artique which is an online artists agency. For them, we built a whole website and an online system to present their artists starting only from their logo. It had to be very flexible, because the artists needed to be able to edit their own profiles, putting their resume, changing colours.



Toni: Honestly, we have skillsets that you don’t usually find in developers. Because we've had lives that were not just about computer science. I think to some extent this is what makes us different. 

Martin: I believe one of the reasons why people pick us over other studios is because it can be very hard working with developers. If you’re not understanding their work, if the communication is not flowing, you, as a client can feel lost. We're easy to communicate with and we’re always open to feedback and we're open to discuss anything. In the end, after all iterations, if you say we need to start the website from scratch and that you don’t like the idea, we won’t take it personally. 

Alex: Also, I think, since we all work as coding teachers, we are officially qualified to explain what coding is to people who don't code, which is actually really rare because a lot of developers, as Martin says, don't want to, or literally just don't know how to articulate what they're doing. Whereas we are trained in articulating what it is that we're doing, why it's meaningful and why it takes a certain amount of time.

Photo by Lea GK


Alex: Zimt & Mehl - the Turkish bakery around the corner. It’s just soo good.

Martin: Oh, there is this Italian restaurant called Ristorante del Arte

Tony: Oh, my God, this place is so funny. It looks like a pretty average Italian restaurant, but the whole interior design inside is just decorated in such a weird way. The entire place is covered in frescoes. They have crystal chandeliers and Easter bunnies. Some Greek columns. It has a different name on the menu, on the side and on the Internet. And it was an ex-shoe-store.

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