The Big Berlin Breakdown: October 8-14

By Conor Rushby |

Check out Silicon Allee’s weekly rundown of all the best events going on in our fair city: what’s happening, what’s coming up and what may be of interest; whether you be investor, entrepreneur or hacker.


NEXT Service Design Conference will see designers from all over Europe discussing with business and marketing leaders how Internet user consumer habits will be influenced by design in the next 12 months. Key topics will be user-centric design and interaction design. Speakers include Martin Jordan, senior user experience designer at Nokia, and David Bausola of Philter Phactory. At Alte Münze from 9 am.

This week’s WebMontag will have developers from three Berlin startups talking about their IT infrastructure and architecture. Bastian Hoffmann, of ResearchGate, Francis Varga of Crowdpark and Knut Nesheim of Wooga will discuss their experiences, with all welcome – not just techies. From 7.30pm at Pappelallee 78/79.


An Informal Gathering of Founders, Freelances and Entrepreneurs is an opportunity to chat and listen about startup projects in intimate surroundings. Tickets are €6 – you learn the location upon payment.

Up.front – the meet up of choice for front end developers is nearing its 30th edition. This week the event will have a speech by American developer Max Ogden of Gather on redesigning how we interact with the government. The event will take place at co.up, followed by discounted drinks at lugosi. From 7.30pm.

The Coursera Functional Programming Principles meet up is about learning Scala in a group, using free material provided over the Internet. The aim is help each other get to grips with the programming language. From 7pm at Warschauer Straße 70A.


The Offener Berliner Online Marketing Stammtisch is an open meet up for those interested in online marketing, and a warm up for Thursday’s OMCap SES conference. Free to attend, English speakers are welcome. At Stadtbad Oderberger Straße from 7pm.


Hosted by Berlin Startup Culture, Christian Thaler-Wolski from Wellington Partners VC will be having a fireside chat, discussing his company and its investment strategy in the next 12 months. Of interest to all those seeking capital. At co.up from 7pm.

The OMCap SES 2012 will be discussing all things online marketing on Thursday. With a range of topics to be covered – such as search engine marketing, and social media marketing – there will also be networking events. Speakers confirmed include Sepita Ansari, CEO of Catbird Seat and Stephen Burns, Director of Marketing for Blekko, a spam-free search engine. With four lectures in English, conference tickets start at €499. From 7am at Kosmos.

Rockstart Answers is the smart P2P Q&A ‘game’ between five startups and 30 coaches to help young companies find an answer to burning business questions. Space still available for entrants. At the Agora Collective from 8am.


The Day for Failure  is an attempt to improve the chances of success for founders and entrepreneurs by sharing the experience of failure with others – and learning from their mistakes. A similar format to next month’s FailCon, tickets are free. From 6pm at co.up.

Saturday and Sunday

The Entrepreneurship Summit 2012 is a two-day event of speeches and workshops, to help bring out your inner entrepreneur. Speakers include Ehssan Dariani, co-founder of studiVZ,  and David Rhotert, CEO and co-founder of crowd funding platform Companisto. It’s a chance to think through your entrepreneurial strategy, with tickets from €45. The event is in German only, at the Henry Ford Building at the Freie Universität. From 9am on Saturday and Sunday.

A mixture of hackathon, conference, and social meet up, DevFest Berlin is an opportunity to hack all things Android. With a speech by Matt Gaunt of Google TV, there will also be workshops on how to develop your business. All weekend from 9am Saturday at c-base.