Archive for the 'Germany' Category

Barcamp Alsace 3, April 13-14, Strasbourg (France)

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

If you’re in the neighborhood, check out Barcamp Alsace 3 next week.

So many reasons why it’s probably a good idea to go:

  • Location, location, location (ok, I’ve only been to Strasbourg and the surounding Alsace region once but would go back in an instant — great food, excellent wine, among other things!)
  • World Cafe training (find out about World Cafe here, you’ll be hooked once you give it a try)
  • There will be a planning session on a possible BarCampRhine — a cross-border, cross-country (France, Switzerland, Germany) barcamp to connect innovators from various fields.  I first heard about this idea at Barcamp Berlin last year.  Glad to see this is moving forward.

Now, I obviously very much like the idea of European collaboration, especially between France and Germany.  And without sounding too melodramatic, I think it is well worth remembering every now and then that not too long ago there was a time when instead of working together we used to shoot at each other.

So yes, Barcamp Alsace, BarCampRhein, WineCampFrance — come one, come all!

San Jose 95128: Reporting from Silicon Valley for German newspaper

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

I was recently invited to blog at (the online edition of Germany daily newspaper DIE WELT).

The blog is in German and is called San Jose 95128.

I’ll be covering people, events, startups and anything else that makes this place interesting. I’ll also try to pay special attention to any kind of transatlantic transfer of ideas between Germany and the US.

I’m always happy to hear from my readers. Comments are open. Feel free to let me know your thoughts or what topics you’re interested in.

Tonight! Tune in to Trackback radio show on Web Monday, Barcamp, others

Saturday, April 7th, 2007

If all goes well I’ll make it on tonight’s (Saturday) edition of Trackback. They plan to do a brief interview with me some time between 6pm and 8pm Berlin Time. We’ll be talking about Web Monday, Barcamp, pl0gbar, the upcoming re:publica conference (plus however many other unconferences, un-meetings or un-formats we can think of that have recently popped up in Germany).

Tune in, the Trackback blog should be open for comments. I might set up an IRC channel (if there isn’t one already). In addition, I’ll be available via Skype, Twitter etc. from about 5pm.

Looks like Germany was really missing an online community slash social network for parents, uh, moms…

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

Going through my feeds today I come across another two new social networks for mothers:

  • — Online community for mothers (Hamburg, Germany)
  • — Social network for families (Hamburg, Germany)
  • — By mothers for mothers (Cologne, Germany)

PaulsMama I had heard of before. And there may be at least one more project based in Berlin that’s currently in the making that I’m aware of.

Not surprising to finally see this level of actvity. There must be a least half a dozen similar projects in the US already.

Social Media Club Berlin to launch April 13

Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

Social Media Club has announced they will be launching its Berlin meetup April 13, making it the second SMC city in Europe after London.
About Social Media Club:

Social Media Club is being organized for the purpose of sharing best practices, establishing ethics and standards, and promoting media literacy around the emerging area of Social Media. This is the beginning of a global conversation about building an organization and a community where the many diverse groups of people who care about social media can come together to discover, connect, share, and learn.

The idea for Social Media Club originated in the Fall of 2005 with the Web 2point1 BrainJam. This led us to create the non-profit BrainJams organization to promote the idea of unconferences and ad-hoc collaboration to a broader audience of non-geeks. Over the course of the last year, BrainJams has brought us together with people from all over the world. As a result of thousands of conversations since, we realized that the passion we have for Social Media was the real purpose of what we were doing and have now launched this site to begin the conversation about the future of Social Media.

Social Media Club will bring together journalists, publishers, communications professionals, artists, amateur media creators, citizen journalists, teachers, students, tool makers, and other interested collaboraters. Essentially the people who create and consume media who have an interest in seeing the ‘media industry’ evolve for everyone’s benefit. We are more than just USERS, we are the reason the tools exist - we are the people who communicate our thoughts and ideas near and far.Join us and let’s shape the future together!

Another small group in Munich seems to be interested as well.

Read Oliver’s post about the London January meetup.

The inaugural Berlin meeting will be held at the ever hospitable newthinking store alongside re:publica, which I’m afraid I won’t be able to attend.

Coworking Germany

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

Coworking is spreading to Germany:

Kudos to Johannes for moving this forward. He presented the coworking concept at the recent Web Monday Karlsruhe.

Via Nicole: Coworking DE

Kraut By Southwest 2008

Sunday, March 18th, 2007

At this point, this is little more than a vague idea but mark your calendars anyway if you’re thinking about flying in from Europe to attend SXSW next year.

Ehrensenf’s Katrin Bauerfeind on Valleywag’s “Vlog Hot: Babes Semifinals Heat 1″

Monday, March 5th, 2007

Vote here.

Web Monday Hannover, March 5

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

Web Monday Hannover kicks off March 5, bringing the number of cities in the Web Monday network to 20 (not counting Second Life).

Rivva — Meme tracker for the German blogosphere

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

Rivva is a new project by Frank Westphal. It’s the first meme tracker for the German blogosphere that I’m aware of. It just hatched, so things my still look quite simple, though my guess is new features will roll out steadily over the next few weeks and months.

See the blog post here for more information: I’m so excited … and I just can’t hide it (don’t let the title fool you — it’s in German).