Christoph Fahle
September 7, 2010

The "office" is out! Long live the "space"!

Next week is coworking week across Germany! From the 13th-19th of September Coworking Spaces from Stuttgart to Hamburg and from Berlin to Leipzig will open their doors for visitors, speakers, lateral thinker, change-over coworker and corporate slaves. We thought an English blog post would be appropriate. So here it is. The aim is to make people understand what coworking is about. We know that this concept is merely impossible to understand for amateurs, so during the whole week the betahaus crew will answer your questions and show you around. The best thing you can do though is to join our events and understand by getting involved.

Here's a summary in reverse order

OpenDesignCity Market no.2, Saturday, 18th Sept. 2010, 14h-18h

Come to Open Design City, make your own market and produce your own products. If you want you can just browse and buy, but if you wish our stall holders will provide you with the knowledge and opportunity to produce your own custom products made by you for that truly personal flavour. This happened on our first market. The second one will be even better! Don't miss. There is a rumor going around that there will be a big party in the betahaus cafe the same evening...

Uncasual Friday, betahaus office, 9h-18h

The big corporations have the 'casual Friday'. We are proudly introducing the 'uncasual Friday' in order to experiment the little boxes feeling such as in:

And there's web-developers and designers/ And start-up businesses/ And they're all made out of ticky tacky/ And they all look just the same

"Talk to me about: Why every creative city needs a FabLab", Thursday, 16th September, 19h-21h

21t century’s metropoles are full of creative workers that produce not only with their heads but also with their hands. Innovation needs a place where it can be tested and an inspiring environment where it can flourish. Shouldn't every city provide their citizens with fully interconnected and equipped spaces where they can network and get their stuff done? We have invited decision makers and actors from Lisbon, Amsterdam and Berlin to debate on why every creative city needs FabLabs- because the 'if' is not a question anymore. Join us and have a voice!

Our shared factory, to be confirmed: Friday, 17th September  18h-20h

Julie Morel and Camille Louis are presenting us a new discussion device who enables people from interdisciplinary backgrounds to discuss in different constellations about the same topic.  The results of the conversation in the small rounds are being summarized and visualized in real time on a screen where everybody can follow the development at the other tables. We will test this interactive discussion tool proposed by the kom.post collective with a group of international artists and coworker about a theme  proposed by the philosopher Camille Louis. 

Stay tuned!

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

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