Tech open Air Berlin: A proof of love for the city
We’ve heard it all before – discussions about Berlin becoming the next tech hub in Europe and being the European Silicon Valley, etc. Yesterday the city proved that it is indeed in a league of its own at the Tech Open Air Berlin (TOA). The event took place at Kater Holzig, an alternative club in an abandoned soap factory, where people came together to celebrate the confluence of creativity, collaboration and technology in Berlin.
The TOA team thinks differently.
TOA Berlin was not like any other Tech Conference. The venue, the setup and the organization were all reflecting the creativity, uniqueness and eclectic nature of Berlin and the people who live there. It offered enough space for more than 40 artists, thinkers, adventurers and entrepreneurs to educate, inspire and interact with the participants on three different stages. It was all about the exchange of knowledge.
Mentorship and the Importance of Community
Alex Farcet, Co-founder of Startupbootcamp and Managing Director of Startupbootcamp Berlin, was one of the speakers at the event. In a talk he briefed the audience on what values make a good mentor, and used Startupbootcamp as an example to explain how to build a large pool of high quality mentors. He also participated in a panel discussion hosted by Courtney Boyd Myers, who is a writer at The Next Web. Together with Katie Needs from Gidsy, Severin Matusek from EyeEm, and Clément Huvig from Wooga, they discussed different techniques for engaging with the community.
Nam Chi Hoai from Webcred in the spotlight
Nam Chi Hoai, a SBC-Berlin participant from team Webcred, got on stage during the Fridayatsix show for a one-minute-pitch about their startup, which enables people to rent, share, and sell safely and efficiently by building trust in peer to peer marketplaces.? Afterwards he got some valuable feedback from experienced entrepreneurs live on stage.
A fantastic event
Overall it was a fantastic event and proved that Berlin offers a great eco-system for the SBC Berlin teams, who will be setting up in Berlin in less than two weeks.