Christoph Fahle
October 1, 2013

Yeah we survived the festival!

Oh what a weekend!

Puh we are all still suffering from the hangover of the People in Beta Festival 2013! And we want to say: Thank you!! To the workshop holders, to the speakers, to the bands that played during the Battle of the Startup Band, to the startups that pitched at the hardware pitch, to Pedro and his team for setting up the most amazing "Something Strange Will happen Party" as well as to the DJs and the betaradio which provided us with great beats and drugs... ah no just kidding!

And we want to shout out loud to our friends from elance, amazon web service, orderbird, somewhere and despark - you guys rock! Thanks for getting involved as sponsors and make this happen!

You all made last Saturday an unforgettable day at betahaus. After the delicious Kick-Off breakfast, the workshops and talks in the arena filled up and made the sunny, bluesky-day into a colorful experience. For those of you who did not want to participate in a workshop, Stylemarks set up a stylish fashion market ready to explore. For more arty interested people, Genna Rose was ready to sell her "poems to order" on any topic you wanted.  Our Berlin Hardware Accelerator team set up an futuristic hardware pitch with 8 startups which made it almost impossible for the judges to decide on a winner, because all of the pitching teams just rocked! The Battle of the Startup Bands surprised all of us with an outstanding concert until 10pm - the betahaus | café was packed with dancing fans! But this was just the preparty - the real thing started around 11pm and it lasted till sunrise. It was not a normal party at all, no, it was much more like an experience with a huge versatility. Besides the popcorn filled chill-out room, there was a cozy fireplace and smoking area in the courtyard and for the ones who wanted a special drink there was a bar where you could design your own drinks. Through the betaradio team the partytime was armed with remarkable musicians.

Conclusion: it was possibly the best People in Beta Festival we ever survived! And as soon as Marcela Fae will send us the pictures from the weekend the ones of you who missed the Festival will mark the last weekend in September 2014 red! Because you should not miss this twice!! Stay tuned!

More upcoming events and announcements you can find in our beta calendar!


Working for Lufthansa back in 2002, Joachim (CEO & founder @ Jolocom) had the idea to develop a better system for companies to swap data internally and for people to share their data with companies. Back in 2002, the resistance to open networks and communication was strong. However, just a few years later, social media and blockchain changed the rules of the game, which led to the founding of Jolocom in 2014. (Read the whole story here

Photo by Lea GK

Ellie joined the Jolocom team in the fall last year. She’s part of the content team and is responsible for communications and online platforms maintenance. 

Volker is currently studying IT-Systems Engineering at HPI, working on his master thesis with Jolocom. He joined the software development team in March this year and has previously worked from betahaus for another startup company.

With two locations in the heart of the city, betahaus l Sofia is a home of some of the most successful Bulgarian startups and is one of the leading innovation hubs in Sofia. Their main space is located just two minutes on foot from Sofia University and the second one stands right at the central Slaveykov Sqaure and has a beautiful view over the city.

As all of our locations, its pet and bicycle friendly and offers the same comfy and relaxed atmosphere you've come to expect from betahaus. Identical to our space, betahaus | Sofia uses glass doors for its team rooms, to build transparency and inclusion.

betahaus | Sofia @ Shipka 6

betahaus | Sofia @ Shipka 6

betahaus | Sofia is spread across 1800 q.m. divided into 2 separate spaces. Shipka 6 is 1300qm and takes over the entire 3rd floor of the UBA – Union of the Bulgarian Artists. Slaveykov Square is placed on the roof top of another historical building in Sofia. There they have two balconies with 360 degrees view, a cafe/bar and a shared kitchen.

Membership plans start from 350,– BGN for Workspace and go up to 435,– BGN for Private Offices. Currently, the space has around 190 members and will soon implement also Club Memberships plan. Every member of the Club will have access to events, conference room and betahaus community.

betahaus | Sofia @ Slaveykov Square
betahaus | Sofia @ Slaveykov Square

Ellie: Currently we have around 5 active pilots and we effectively work B2B2C. So we build our application for businesses which have their own user bases.

Volker: One of our ongoing projects is a pilot with Telekom. With their team, and partners from Riddle & Code and Simple Mobility, we have created the Magenta Scooter — an innovation in e-mobility that allows users to ride share while using their decentralized digital IDs. That means users can rent the scooter with our app and our identity. The main advantage there is that you can store your drivers licence in your Jolocom SmartWallet and then share this license with the app of Telekom. This eliminates the long onboarding process of verifying your license. 

Ellie: Another example is our e-government collaboration with The City of Antwerp called Blockchain on the Move. Using the SmartWallet, municipal employees can issue and validate their own credentials and create eIDs for citizens – it’s a digital ID with which you can register at the university or go to a swimming pool, as two examples.

Photo by Lea GK

Want more? Check out betahaus | Hamburg and betahaus | Barcelona.

If you want to know more about how to travel and work from different coworking spaces with one membership, click here.

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.

Ellie: I know that before joining betahaus Jolocom was in the Ethereum office – a collaborative blockchain space for companies also building on the same platform and the idea was always to stay within a coworking space. When they closed and we had to move, the next closest choice in terms of company culture was betahaus. 

Ellie: The people in the building and the spaces are just really cool. I personally don’t go to community events as much as i would like to but I still end up meeting a lot of people here. Mostly in the kitchen. One of my good friends is actually someone I met in betahaus. 

Volker: I once saw a friend of mine presenting at betabreakfast and I didn’t know that he would be here. It was so funny seeing him on the stage.

Photo by Lea GK

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

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