Katka Nagyová
January 12, 2015

We're home to the new HARDWARE.co Electronics Lab by Conrad!

Claudius, Orietta, Joey and Alex are the worker bees behind LAUDO. They develop head-to-toe design and marketing strategies for upmarket companies, and they happen to work from betahaus | Neukölln. We sat them down for an interview and here's why they see themselves like an airport, what their spirit animals are and how their days at betahaus look like.

We are stoked to announce that we're the new home to the HARDWARE.co Electronics Lab, powered by Conrad Electronic SE.

For those of you who haven’t yet heard of HARDWARE.co, it is a community of hardware technology enthusiasts and industry professionals dedicated to building the future of hardware in Germany and abroad. HARDWARE.co runs both an ecosystem of events for their community and also a 14-day intensive Accelerator Program for early stage hardware companies to prototype their product; develop their business and launch.

To be the first to see the Lab, register for a free ticket to the Lab Opening via Eventbrite.

Interested in working in the Lab? There are three great ways to take advantage of this space:

Become a Lab Resident

If you have a background in electronics and prototyping, consider joining the lab residency for full access to the facilities! The residency program will be a pay-per-month program for selected residents. Those who join the program will have full access to the laboratory each day and also receive support and technical input from the highly trained Lab Team. To apply for the lab residency you simply submit a project through the online form and once accepted, sign up for a full-time membership and desk at the lab through betahaus.

Join a Lab Class

Are you a newbie to electronics or looking to brush up on you technical skills? We're offering regular courses in circuit design, physical computing and other electronic topics for people looking to improve their skills. For updates on the class schedule and offerings check out the betahaus program.

Apply for the HARDWARE.co Accelerator Program

The HARDWARE.co Accelerator program accepts early stage teams and individuals building great hardware products and startups. Over the 14-day free program, startups receive access to 50+ mentors to advise on business and hardware topics and full access to the HARDWARE.co Lab. The program culminates in a public demo day to pitch their idea to the community and a number of investors.

HARDWARE.co is currently looking for its next round of teams for its March 2015 Accelerator. To apply to the program simply fill out the application form. For any questions about the application process or program please contact Teshia@hardware.co.

 

See you all at the HARDWARE.CO Electronics Lab opening on the 20th!

Click here for more events coming up this month! 

Orietta: When we started looking for a place I was already involved in the betahaus community. Working from previous betahaus locations and attending the community events, I already knew a lot of people in the 'haus ...

Joey: Yes, I remember on the first day we came to betahaus Orietta was like ‘’Oh, hey! Hi! Hey, how are you doing? Hi!'' giving high-fives to everybody and we were like: What is going on, why does she know everybody?!

Orietta: Well, the vibe in betahaus is just super easy going. You directly feel that you can meet people easily. If you go to the kitchen for example and just ask ''Hey how are you, what are you working on?''. We made many new contacts too.

Claudius: What makes it nice here is that people are enjoying being here and working on their projects.

Photos by Lea GK

Claudius: The truth is, we could probably afford an office for the same price, but that would put us between these four walls, which put you into a box, much harder to exit and to connect with new people. We went for a Team Desk because here we have so much more space and everything seems much more connected. You can easily meet people.

Orietta: And it’s just so spacious here. We have this super nice garden.

Claudius: I like being focused on my work but I also like if someone disturbs me from time to time. It helps when the door opens. In an office we would work in a whole different way. Here Gillord (Coworking Manager) is coming in everyday, giving me a hug, telling me about his workout .. that’s the main reason - the personal connection.

The day in betahaus starts with a hug and ends with a hug. The time in between is pretty much spent on doing what you love.
Photos by Lea GK


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