The Big Berlin Breakdown: May 27 – June 2

By David Knight |

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.


GameDuell‘s TechTalk series of events returns with Siemens award winner Jakob Engel on hand to present a method for the autonomous navigation of unmanned aircraft using optical recognition to reconstruct 3D models of the local environment. The talk will include a live demo of the autonomous quadrocopter; small-scale helicopters with four rotors. To register, send an email with the subject ‘Registration for TechTalk Explore’ to techtalk [at] At Taubenstrasse 24-25, from 6.30pm.

Eventbrite’s latest AfterWork Learning will have a focus on the mobile event industry. Panelists include Daniel Michalczyk of Uber, Luis-Daniel Alegria of Vamos, Valentin Schoendienst of Dropspot and Edial Dekker of the recently-exited Gidsy. Hosted by Eventbrite’s Berlin marketing consultant Niko Woischnik. Drinks and music will follow on afterwards. Sign up here. At Brunnenstrasse 196, from 6.30pm.

Spotistic and The Berlin Location Based Marketing Association are hosting a panel discussion looking at why your marketing needs to be more local. In the hotseat will be Mark Reich of AboutLocal, freelance social media manager Jan Heinemann and Silvan Rath, director of advertising and enterprise clients at eBay. Food and drinks will be provided; sign up here. At Mittelweg 50, from 8pm.

The Opscode Chef Introductory Workshop, being organised by cloudbau, is a hands-on training class for getting familiar with Chef for performing common automation tasks. The workshop will cover tasks including setting up a local workstation with Chef and connect to a Chef Server; using Chef to automate installation of a Nagios server as a real world example and automating other common system tasks with Chef. You can get your tickets here – and grab a 20 percent discount with the code SILICONALLEE. At Koernerstrasse 7-10, from 10am-6pm.


Lina Chong is in the hot seat to talk about the new seed fund she is heading up at Hasso Plattner Ventures in the latest Berlin Startup Culture (BSC) event. In a fireside chat, Lina will talk about the seed fund, the idea behind it, her investment focus, the kind of product she is looking for and the investment decision-making process. You can join the waiting list here. At Brunnenstrasse 196, from 7pm.


FridayatSix is back – this month’s edition of the startup talk show, hosted as ever by Derk Marseille, comes from the offices of barcoo in Kreuzberg. The hour-long show will include a discussion on app conversion with Jan Beckers of HitFox and Benjamin Thym of barcoo, a talk with Edial Dekker, new startup pitches, an open mic segment and, of course, live music. Tickets are free but limited and include pizza and beer. At Waldemarstrasse 33A, from 7.30pm.

Saturday and Sunday

If you’re a developer or a designer, you can still sign up for the third EyeEm Photo Hack Day. The event is being co-hosted by Google and Fotolia, with €20,000 in prizes up for grabs including a trip to Paris. It will see developers, designers and photographers creating new photo applications to revolutionise how we take, see and interact with images. Tickets – including those for people wanting to watch the demos – are free and available here. At the Platton Kunsthalle at Schoenhauser Allee 9, from 9am on Saturday to 7pm on Sunday.