Christoph Fahle
November 20, 2011

Workshops @ betahaus/ Open Design City

Ende 2011 bieten wir spannende Workshops für unseren Mitglieder! Das Programm wird permanent erweitert. Falls Ihr selber als Referenten auftreten wollt - gebt uns Bescheid ein kurzer Klick durch dieses Anmeldeformular genügt und wir melden uns asap bei Euch. Für die nächsten Wochen stehen folgende Workshops auf dem Programm:

BAUSTELMONTAG @ ODC, JEDEN MO, 19:00 UHR, OPEN DESIGN CITY, EG: jeden Montag könnt Ihr in einem offenen Workshop die Werkzeuge der Open Design City (im EG des betahaus) nutzen und in Gruppen oder alleine an Euren Projekten arbeiten. Philip Steffan ist da um Euch den ein oder andern Handgriff bei zu bringen. DIY Beginners und Pros are welcomed! Keine Anmeldung nötig, einfach vorbei kommen.

WORKSHOP "IDEAS SPARING", FR, 25.11.2011, 10:00-15:00 Uhr, ARENA, 4TH FLOOR, BETAHAUS:  „Entwickle und erweitere Deine Idee, mit der kreativen Kraft der Gemeinschaft“ 5-6 Ideen, 20 kreative Köpfe, 3 Coaches und ½ Tag intensives Arbeiten. In kleinen, wechselnden Teams werden die verschieden Aspekte eines Unternehmens beleuchtet und gezielt entlang der 5 Grundsäulen einer Geschäftsidee entwickelt." Infos und sign in: ideasparring.eventbrite.com

WORKSHOP: "D.I.Y PFANDTASCHE", DI, 29.11.2011, 19:00 UHR, OPEN DESIGN CITY, EG: "In the do-it-yourself Pfandtasche workshop you can design your own bag, and will get introduced to the PVC banner material.We work only with recycled materials, using as little energy as possible. You will learn how to easily turn old commercial banners, PET bottle tops and bicycle tubes into a practical bag. By using PET-bottle tops as connectors and you need neither thread nor electricity." Infos und sign in: pfandtasche.eventbrite.com

WORKSHOP "MEIN TAGWERK- SPASS BEI DER BUCHHALTUNG", DO, 01.12.2011, 18:00-20:00 UHR, ARENA, 4.STOCK BETAHAUS: Was verdienst Du als Freelancer pro Projekt, pro Stunde, pro Kunde? Wieviel Zeit hast Du für welche Aufgaben benötigt? Wie hoch ist Dein realer Stundenlohn? Anworten auf diese Fragen erhälst Du in der Einführung in das Onlinetool www.mein-tagwerk.de von Gerald Moll, Freiberufler und Existenzgründer. Infos und sign in: tagwerk.eventbrite.com

WORKSHOP "KREUZBERG 36 CHARI(ITY)", SA/SO, 03/04.12.2011, 10:00-18:00 UHR, OPEN DESIGN CITY, EG, BETAHAUS: Bau Dir Deinen eigenen Kreuzberger Küchenstuhl (Entwurf Le Van Bo). Der Kreuzberg 36 Chair wurde für das Kreuzberger Theaterhaus HAU entworfen und wurde bereits vom Goethe Institut in China (Taiwan Design Expo) ausgestellt. Das Möbel eint viele Klassiker der Moderne, u.a. Jean Prouvé, Egon Eiermann und den Frankfurter Küchenstuhl. Kurs für Anfänger mit zwei linken Händen. Kursgebühr: 70 Euro. Material: 36 Euro (Buche Leimholz, Pappel Sperrholz, FSC Zertifikat). Infos und sign in: kreuzberg36chair.eventbrite.com

WORSKHOP "TEXT NETWORK ANALYSIS WITH GEPHI" MI, 07.12.2011, 6-8pm, ARENA, 4TH FLOOR, BETAHAUS: In this workshop we will demonstrate a novel method for text network analysis using Gephi graph visualization software. Info and sign in: workshopnoduslabs1.eventbrite.com

Weitere Information auf unserem Kalendar!

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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