Christoph Fahle
January 8, 2013

Yeah!! General Assembly Offers 500€ Scholarship for betahaus Members

Learn Front End Web Development at GA Berlin! With a 500€ Scholarship for betahaus Members! We’ve all had days when we feel like a cog in the machine. We want bigger. We want better. And we want to do our own thing. We look at Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos or Marissa Mayer and think, “Hey, I could do that!” While the road is long and winding, there’s one very good place to start. If you want to leap into the world of technology and launch your own business, basic programming skills are essential.

To fuel your ambition, the new Berlin campus of General Assembly is offering a 10-week course on Front-end web development. The intensive introductory course will help you build fluency in HTML, CSS and Javascript so you can understand web development best practices, build your own prototypes, and launch websites that people love to use.

If you’re looking for a career switch, want to meet new people or just want to start out 2013 with a new skill in coding, General Assembly Berlin is here to help. Exclusively for betahaus members, GA is offering 2 €500 scholarship towards their upcoming front-end web development course.

To enter, write 200 words or less answering the questions: “What excites you? What inspires you? And what gets you out of bed in the morning?” and submit your response to Berlin@GeneralAssemb.ly.

Entries are due by Friday, 11th January. Entries must be submitted in conjunction with the GA application.

Hard facts: Dates: 22 January– 28 March 2013, Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Tuition: €2,000 (if you get the scholarship it's 500€ less)

Find out more about the course at generalassemb.ly.

GA Instructor Timo Tuominen is a Freelance Developer and has been making software in various roles for over a decade. His most unique expertise lies in the versatility of his interests, which range from soldering to graphic design. For the last few years his main focus has been on web technologies, but he is actively reaching out to new dimensions.

About General Assembly: Founded in January 2011, General Assembly is a global network of campuses that helps individuals create opportunities through community and education in technology, entrepreneurship and design, through a wide variety of online and offline, formal and informal learning opportunities. General Assembly’s flagship campus is located in New York and has partnered with governments and local organizations internationally to bring educational programming in cities across the world including London, Berlin, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Sydney, with outposts in Austin, Boston and Philadelphia.

Click here for more announcements and events at the 'haus! 

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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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