Gaming and Networking this Friday in Berlin

By Toni Ellis |

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy – so why not combine partying with video games this weekend at the Stattbad in Wedding? Stattmedia are holding a night of electronic beats and a gaming competition at the 19th century former swimming hall, the final part of a two-month game design contest.

The event is being held in collaboration with the San Francisco-based Experimental Game Play Project. Finalists will have their games played by partygoers, and there will be an interactive gaming playground made up of five pressure pads hooked up to a projector and audio system screened onto the floor of one of the old pools, all to the soundtrack of five international DJs.

Cash prizes are up for grabs, with the winner on the night receiving €1,200.

If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, fear not – there’s nothing if not choice this Friday. You might well be lucky enough to have a ticket for TwiST at Ahoy!, or you could check out a free startup networking event at the Computerspielmuseum hosted by TOP-IX – the Torino Piemonte Internet Exchange. Starting at 7.30pm, the event will bring together the Berlin startup scene, investors, venture capitalists and accelerator and incubator representatives to share information.

The venue will also be hosting a special three-day exhibition ‘Hommage an die Komputing Revolution‘ (‘Tribute to the Computing Revolution’), created by Marco Boglione, which traces the history of the computing revolution during the 70s and 80s. For any Apple fans, the highlight of the exhibition will be the company’s first computer model, the Apple-1, considered by some as the holy grail of vintage personal computers. All designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak, only 200 were ever made.

And why not kick the weekend off by joining Silicon Allee for our meet up with LeBridge from 5 p.m.?