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My Favorite Berlin Links

CityLAB Berlin Funding

CityLAB Berlin Funding

Berliner funding program for social digital innovations

Berliner funding program for social digital innovations

Do you have a project of your own that you’d like to develop further here in the CityLAB, but you lack the financial means to do so? Apply for our funding program!

What kinds of projects do we support?

We are able to offer this opportunity thanks to a funding line established by the Berlin Senate Chancellery. They are interested in supporting projects that “make a contribution to the fields of digital government, social innovation and/or smart cities, as well as that offer technical solutions for enhancing citizen engagement and participation.” Projects need to have a clearly stated goal that can be realistically achieved within the prescribed time period. Further details for this specific funding line and all of the relevant selection criteria can be found here (for now in German only, if you need help, please get in touch!).

When is the deadline for submissions?

The deadline to be included in the next round of funding is October 27, 2019. The earliest possible start date for projects is January 1, 2020.

What types of costs are eligible for funding?

Eligible costs are personnel costs, honorariums for external contributors, material costs, and travel expenses.

What does the application process look like?

For the first step, applicants only need to submit a completed application form and their projected expenses for the project. Both can be sent to call@citylab-berlin.org.

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October 13, 2019

Playground Guide Berlin

Playground Guide Berlin

Find the best playgrounds in Berlin

Find the best playgrounds in Berlin

We love Berlins Playgrounds!

Thats why we created this online guide. Jari (my daughter) and I have been exploring and photographing amazing places in this city for years. And finally we managed to put them online. Berlin is such an amazing place for children with adventures around every corner. But the best playgrounds are often hidden – Dragons, Pirate ships, water slides, carousels, huge climbing meshes and giant climbing domes, artificial rocky mountains and so much more. It’s much more fun than any Disneyland could be!

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September 6, 2019

Schick Toikka

Schick Toikka

Schick Toikka is an independent type foundry established in 2010 by Florian Schick and Lauri Toikka. Located in Berlin and Helsinki we create high quality retail fonts, as well as custom typefaces for a wide range of large and small organizations.

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August 29, 2019

Pre-Work Talk

Pre-Work Talk

Monthly talks before work hosted by IXDS on Tuesdays

Monthly talks before work hosted by IXDS on Tuesdays

We love inviting in the community for our monthly Pre-Work Talks,

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August 16, 2019

Volksentscheid Transparenz Berlin

Volksentscheid Transparenz Berlin

Initiative for more transparency in Berlin

Initiative for more transparency in Berlin

Was verhindert die Sanierungen der Berliner Schulen? Welche Lobbyverbände nehmen Einfluss auf die Berliner Politik? Werden an der nächsten Ecke bezahlbare oder Luxuswohnungen gebaut? Warum geht es beim BER nicht voran? Wo ist die Luft in Berlin besonders schlecht? Wie werden Steuergelder verschwendet? Die Berliner Verwaltung besitzt die Antworten auf diese und viele weitere Fragen. Sie gibt sie aber fast nie aktiv heraus. Bürger*innen müssen nachfragen, wissen aber meist nicht, wie und wo. Oft werden Anfragen auf Herausgabe von Informationen abgelehnt. Die Informationsrechte der Berliner*innen sind schlecht geregelt. Politische Kontrolle und Engagement werden damit ausgebremst. Öffentlich finanziertes Wissen muss für alle zugänglich sein!

Wer derzeit von Behörden Informationen erfragt, muss nach dem Gesetz dafür Gebühren zahlen. Sogar E-Mails von Behörden sind kostenpflichtig. Wir schaffen Gebühren für Auskünfte ab. Informationen des Staates müssen für alle zugänglich sein, nicht nur für Personen mit einem dicken Geldbeutel! Das Land Berlin hält über 200 private Unternehmen, darunter die Flughäfen, Wohnungsunternehmen, Investmentfirmen und Krankenhäuser. Bisher gibt es keine öffentliche Kontrolle dieser Bereiche. Das ändern wir! Mit dem Transparenzgesetz müssen auch Unternehmen, die öffentliche Aufgaben wahrnehmen, wichtige Informationen offenlegen. Außerdem muss der Senat transparent machen, welche Organisationen und Lobbygruppen Einfluss auf Gesetze haben und mit welchen Interessenvertreter*innen sich Verwaltungsmitarbeiter*innen treffen.

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September 29, 2019

Berlin datavis links

Berlin datavis links

Selected links to guide you through Berlins datavis scene

Selected links to guide you through Berlins datavis scene

Great link collection by my fellow student Jonas Parnow.

if you are new in town, welcome to Berlin, and to everyone new or already involved in data visualisation, this website aims to guide you to the local scene. It is inspired and maintained by the Data Visualization Meetup Berlin. You are very welcome to join us for our ~monthly meetings. Meanwhile, here are some links to help you around. If you have any additional questions, want to participate or contribute to this website, feel free to contact me through jonas-at-datavis.berlin or on Twitter. Follow #visber or our experimental Telegram Channel for more up-to-date information.

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August 23, 2019

Samim

Samim

Designer, engineer and thinker

Designer, engineer and thinker

I'm a designer, engineer and thinker, operating at the intersection of Machine Learning, Flora-Fauna-Human-Computer-Interaction, reGenerative Culture, OpenSource, Mindfulness and Creativity. I'm interested in a range of Ideas, but my attention lies on developing instruments and habits to simply sit & breath, here and now.

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July 13, 2019

Fix My Berlin

Fix My Berlin

Mapping the bike friendliness and improvements in Berlin

Mapping the bike friendliness and improvements in Berlin

Wir wollen, dass Berlin eine richtig gute Fahrradstadt wird. Auf dieser Plattform begleiten wir das kommende Berliner Mobilitätsgesetz. Auf der Karte siehst du, was die Stadt alles für den Radverkehr plant. Der von uns entwickelte Happy-Bike-Index zeigt dir wo du zur Zeit in Berlin schon entspannt und sicher Radfahren kannst und wo es noch gefährlich ist. Nach und nach bereiten wir weitere Daten zum Radverkehr auf und veröffentlichen Sie hier auf der Plattform. In Zukunft wollen wir auch den Dialog zwischen Verwaltung und Bürger*innen stärken und konstruktiv gestalten. Denn gemeinsam kommen wir schneller zu einer Stadt, die nicht nur für Radfahrer*innen sondern für alle Berliner*innen lebenswerter ist.

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August 27, 2019

Berliner Badestellen

Berliner Badestellen

Water quality of Berlin swimming spots

Water quality of Berlin swimming spots

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August 29, 2019

Klub Kitchen

Klub Kitchen

Unconventional asian fusion in Berlin Mitte

Unconventional asian fusion in Berlin Mitte

My favorite restaurant in Mitte. Fast, unconventional and delicious. Usual Mitte prices.

Unconventional urban cross over kitchen

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September 29, 2019

Green Rice

Green Rice

Best Vietnamese restaurant in Kreuzberg

Best Vietnamese restaurant in Kreuzberg

Green Rice has been in Adalbertstr. 11 for many many years and haven’t had to change their small menu. Whenever I have people visiting Berlin I make sure to bring them to Green Rice as part of the Kreuzberg tour.

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July 13, 2019

Uri Tuchman

Uri Tuchman

Artist crafts and humorously documents complex inventions

Artist crafts and humorously documents complex inventions

Uri is a friend of a friend based. I am amazed by the creative people living in Berlin. Be sure to also have a look at his portfolio full of crazy inventions.

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July 13, 2019

Innovationsbüro

Innovationsbüro

Innovation lab started by the German ministry for family, seniors, women und youth

Innovation lab started by the German ministry for family, seniors, women und youth

Das Innovationsbüro Digitales Leben ist ein Projekt des Bundesministeriums für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend (BMFSFJ). Wir sind ein Think Tank und Innovationstreiber zur positiven Gestaltung der Digitalisierung innerhalb und außerhalb des Hauses. Dabei bündeln wir verschiedene Projekte und Prozesse und helfen dabei, auf allen Ebenen eine neue, digitale Gesellschaftspolitik zu entwickeln.

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July 12, 2019

Dings Dums

Dings Dums

Dumplings made from excess ingredients and therefore fresh recipes every week

Dumplings made from excess ingredients and therefore fresh recipes every week

DingsDums ist ein Wortspiel aus dem Chinesischen Dim Sum („das Herz berühren“), kleine Gerichte, ähnlich wie spanische Tapas und dem phonetischen Ausdruck für etwas Unbekanntes, DingsBums. Wir, Mau - Anna - Jilianne, haben es uns zur Aufgabe gemacht, eine Variante zu finden der enormen Lebensmittelverschwendung entgegenzuwirken und das Bewusstsein der Gesellschaft nachhaltig zu schärfen. Dürfen wir vorstellen: Unsere Dings! Unsere handgefertigten Dings sind eine innovative Art D(umpl)ings - Teigtaschen in jeglichen Formen und Farben mit schier endlosen Kombinationen an Füllungen, die in puncto Nachhaltigkeit neue Maßstäbe setzen. Denn was uns und vor allem dich zum Foodsaver macht, ist die Einzigartigkeit unserer Zutatenbeschaffung. Wir verwenden größtenteils überschüssige, aber qualitativ einwandfreie Waren von Partnern aus dem Lebensmitteleinzel- & Großhandel, die sonst sinnlos vernichtet werden. Somit vereint der Begriff DingsDums, die spontane Erstellung von Rezepten durch unvorhersehbare Zutaten und die Freude aus ungeliebten Lebensmitteln schöne und leckere Designobjekte zu erschaffen, die sich keiner besonderen Art von Dumplings unterordnen lassen - die perfekte Tasche!

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July 13, 2019

School of Machines

School of Machines

Art, technology and design workshops run by a lovely Berlin community

Art, technology and design workshops run by a lovely Berlin community

The School of Machines, Making & Make Believe provides one-of-a-kind hands-on learning experiences in the areas of art, technology, design, and human connection. Our philosophy is centered around the idea that we are all lifelong learners. We would love for our students to leave our programs activated; not only equipped with technical and hands-on tools and skill sets, but also critically-minded, more deeply engaged with their surroundings and with themselves.

Artists, designers, technologists, makers, researchers and the like come to us to explore new topics, develop and expand their practice, and wrestle out the courage to begin something new. We support them in these endeavors while encouraging curiosity, confidence, and the enthusiasm to say something with their work.

Our instructors are distinguished artists and technologists working directly with the tools they teach and our programs provide an opportunity for our students to work with them to expand their fields of knowledge and build towards a more interdisciplinary practice. Program sizes are small and students actively engage their new-found skills and collaborators each step of the way, creating individual and group work towards a public exhibition at programs end.

We encourage people without previous experience to apply, as we believe the formative qualities that make each of us distinctive humans-- our beliefs, attitudes and unique experiences-- can guide us towards the creation of something more magical than what technology alone can achieve. We must all start somewhere!

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June 27, 2019

Liquid Democracy

Liquid Democracy

Our vision is a democratic culture in which active participation is a given for everyone. Democratic decision-making needs to be more flexible, dynamic and transparent. Our mission as a non-profit organization is to promote the advantages of civic engagement through online participation. Liquid Democracy is an innovator in the field of participatory democracy. We believe participation is key to individual empowerment and active citizenship. Our work is based on the belief that democracy in its current form would benefit from increased flexibility and greater opportunities for direct engagement in the political process. In short, that the barriers to direct democracy become »liquefied.«

We are a non-partisan, non-profit organization based in Berlin. We like to describe ourselves as a ‘Think & Do Tank’. Since our founding in 2009, we have worked on developing innovative techniques and methods to promote citizen participation. The core of our work revolves around the development of Adhocracy, a free and open-source software and digital participation tool providing users with various civic participation tools.
We employ digital technologies to integrate individuals in the decision-making process. Recognizing that technology use differs throughout the world, our software tools are designed to be as efficient, open and accessible as possible to ensure they can be used by a variety of users at any given time.

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June 24, 2019

Politics for Tomorrow

Politics for Tomorrow

Wir sind eine parteiunabhängige Initiative, ​die Innovationen für und mit dem öffentlichen Sektor für eine nachhaltige Entwicklung durch mensch-zentrierte und ko-kreative Lernformate fördert. Wir vernetzen Innovationspioniere, die eine nachhaltige Transformation unserer Gesellschaft zum Ziel haben und kulturelle Veränderungsprozesse mit technologischen Neuerungen unterstützen möchten. Unsere Arbeit fokussiert die Gestaltung
​von wünschenswerten und zukunftsfähigen Interaktionen zwischen Menschen in öffentlichen Organisationen sowie zwischen Staat und Gesellschaft im gesamten Politikzyklus. Die Verbindung von Wissen und Handeln stehen bei uns im Fokus. Mut und Offenheit sind maßgeblich, um einen neuen Status Quo der Zusammenarbeit im öffentlichen Sektor zu fördern und sichtbar zu machen.

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June 24, 2019

Sabine Junginger

Sabine Junginger

Sabine unterstützt als promovierte Designforscherin internationale Regierungen, die sich um neue Ansätze und Methoden der Policy Gestaltung und der Policy Implementierung bemühen. Ihre theoretische und praktische Arbeit schlägt Brücken zwischen Human-Centered Design, Interaction Design, Managementforschung, Policy Studies und Organisationslehre. Sie hat die Entwicklung von Design im öffentlichen Sektor von Anfang an reflektierend begleitet und war unter anderem langjähriges Mitglied des wissenschaftlichen Beirates von Mindlab in Dänemark. Ihre jüngsten Projekte involvieren Public Innovation Labs in Brasilien, Chile und Mexiko, oftmals in Kollaboration mit OECD, Nesta (UK) und Design for Europe (UK).

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July 2, 2019

Civocracy

Civocracy

Civic engagement platform

Civic engagement platform

Our civic engagement platform helps local government to effectively and efficiently connect with their citizens, and make better decisions collaboratively.

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June 24, 2019

Tech4Germany

Tech4Germany

The Tech4Germany digital transformation fellowship pairs talented technologists with top civil servants working at the highest levels of the federal government to tackle some of Germany’s biggest challenges. Tech4Germany is a dedicated team of young tech professionals working under Germany’s Federal Chief of Staff and in coorperation with Germany's Federal IT Department.

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June 24, 2019

Polyteia

Polyteia

The smart governance platform for cities and towns. Polyteia automatically and seamlessly aggregates relevant data from various kinds of enterprise software. Data kept in excel-sheets, PDFs, and other types of documents is imported through our upload service.

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June 23, 2019

Germany's digitalization scene

Germany's digitalization scene

Link list for Digitalization in Germany

Link list for Digitalization in Germany

Great list of organizations and initiatives pushing digitalization in Germany by Victoria Boeck.

In the last couple years that I've been living in Berlin, I've become increasingly interested in the topics of digitization -- particularly of government and public services -- and civic tech. In the interest of easing the path for any others who are interested in following these developments within Germany, here is a list of starting points, loosely organized by areas of interest and types of resources. It is of course not exhaustive (I'm open to any suggestions for additions!), but I hope it might be helpful for other people trying to get an initial lay of the landscape in Germany.

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July 13, 2019

ThingsCon

ThingsCon

Global initiative organizing events around fair, responsible, and human-centric technologies

Global initiative organizing events around fair, responsible, and human-centric technologies

ThingsCon is a global initiative to explore and promote the development of fair, responsible, and human-centric technologies for the IoT and beyond. We create events, resources, publications and tools for a diverse community of practitioners to promote and implement better practices across IoT, artificial intelligence, machine learning and related technology with a human impact.

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July 12, 2019

Original Unverpackt

Original Unverpackt

Berlin store selling food without packaging

Berlin store selling food without packaging

Seit November 2012 arbeiten wir, das sind Milena Glimbovski und das gesamte Team, daran, unseren Traum vom plastikfreiem und unverpackten Einkaufen wahr werden zu lassen. Neben Job und Studium wurde der Geschäftsplan geschrieben, ein Lieferantennetzwerk aufgebaut und die Finanzierung durch eine Crowdfunding-Kampagne realisiert. 2014 hieß es in Berlin Kreuzberg dann endlich “Unverpackt für alle”: Milena Glimbovski und das Team eröffnen unter großem Getöse in den Medien den ersten Laden in Berlin. Seit 2016 versenden wir in unserem Online Shop auch Non-Food Produkte rund um den Zero Waste Lifestyle an all diejenigen, die nicht um die Ecke von Original Unverpackt leben. 2017 kam dann das OU Magazin dazu, in dem wir unsere Leser in leicht verdaulichen Geschichten zu nachhaltigen Themen rund um Ernährung, Lifestyle, Gesellschaft, Umwelt und Zero Waste informieren. Seit Anbeginn hält Milena Vorträge rund um die Themen Nachhaltigkeit und Trends im Einzelhandel, Zero Waste und Gründertum. Hier erfahrt ihr mehr.

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June 14, 2019

Lab Technologiestiftung Berlin

Lab Technologiestiftung Berlin

Berlin lab covering open data, digitalization and urbanity

Berlin lab covering open data, digitalization and urbanity

One of the most promising initiatives in Berlin pushing technology in Government.

The Ideation & Prototyping Lab is the development space of the Technologiestiftung Berlin. We develop and test digital tools and solutions in order to shape digital change in Berlin together with administrations, science and urban society. We are the team behind ODIS and run the CityLAB Berlin.

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July 13, 2019

Prototype Fund

Prototype Fund

Funding public interest tech

Funding public interest tech

The Prototype Fund is a funding program of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) that is supported and evaluated by the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany. Individuals and small teams (of freelance coders, hackers, UX designers and more) can receive funding in order to test their ideas and develop open source applications in the areas of Civic Tech, Data Literacy, IT Security and Software Infrastructure.

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July 13, 2019

re:publica

re:publica

re:publica Berlin is Europe’s largest internet and digital society conference. More than 19 500 participants from 80 countries came together to discuss current issues of digital society at the three-day festival re:publica 18. re:publica participants represent a cross-section of (digital) society, which include professionals from economics, politics, business, hacker culture, NGOs, media, and marketing, as well as bloggers, activists, artists, and social media experts. Roughly 50 percent of re:publica 18 speakers were women, ranking the event as one of the most inclusive of its kind.  

Active visitor participation makes re:publica a unique event. Anyone can propose topics, ideas, or projects for the program, which creates a diverse set of subjects and exceptional networking opportunities.

Founded in 2007 by Tanja Haeusler, Andreas Gebhard, Markus Beckedahl, and Johnny Hauesler, re:publica GmbH’s shareholders, newthinking communications and Spreeblick Verlag, have been committed to issues of net politics, as well as digital culture and society, for over a decade.

re:publica’s broad range of topics has been drawing an increasing number of sponsors and partners each year. Since 2014, this has included close collaborations with Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, as well as the international media convention MEDIA CONVENTION Berlin.

re:publica also nurtures close and long-standing partnerships with institutions, ministries, NGOs, corporations, and other organizations. These include corporations like Daimler AG, IBM, Microsoft, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Telekom, Google, Deutsche Bahn AG, Telefonica, and Mozilla, as well as political foundations (the Konrad-Adenauer Foundation, Friedrich-Ebert Foundations, Heinrich-Böll Foundation, Friedrich-Naumann Foundation), media outlets (ARD, ZDF, RBB, WDR), and NGOs (WWF, World Data Lab.)

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June 14, 2019

Berlin Letters

Berlin Letters

Festival for lettering, sign painting, calligraphy and type design

Festival for lettering, sign painting, calligraphy and type design

Unfortunately I only heard about this festival when it was already over. On my Berlin events list for next year!

A festival for lettering, sign painting, calligraphy and type design – International speakers, awesome workshops and general jamboree.

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June 14, 2019

Clue

Clue

Track and understand your menstrual cycle

Track and understand your menstrual cycle

Most of the people I know who track their menstrual cycle with an app, use Clue. Its design is approachable, has great resources to better understand your body and it’s possible to share the data with your partner. They seem to be taking privacy and research really serious. Clue is based in Berlin.

Clue is a menstrual tracking app, an encyclopedia, a resource for your health, and more.

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July 13, 2019

Lisa Charlotte Rost

Lisa Charlotte Rost

Dataviz queen based in Berlin

Dataviz queen based in Berlin

Great entry point if you want to get into dataviz. Have a look at her blog posts in which she compares 9 dataviz tools or at her slides on Github.

Creating & writing about dataviz for @datawrapper. #visber & @datavisclub organizer. Fan of numbers, systems & overviews. I believe in maps, not the territory.

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July 13, 2019

CityLAB

CityLAB

The CityLAB is an experimental laboratory for the city of the future. Here, representatives from government, civil society, academia and start-ups collaboratively develop new ideas for how to both ensure and enhance the livability of Berlin as a city. The CityLAB combines elements of a digital workshop, a co-working space and event space into a single location where participation and innovation are jointly pursued. We see digitalization as an opportunity to re-think existing processes, dismantle social barriers and create new forms of civic participation. The CityLAB is not a single, finalized concept. Rather, it's a dynamic experiment intended to be continuously developed and re-imagined.

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July 4, 2019

Service Design Drinks

Service Design Drinks

Trimonthly drinks around service design in Berlin

Trimonthly drinks around service design in Berlin

The goal is to bring people with a service-oriented mindset together and provide a platform for sharing experiences, exploring new tools and expanding knowledge.

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October 1, 2019

Berlin Mini Jam

Berlin Mini Jam

Game jam in Berlin

Game jam in Berlin

Berlin Mini Jam is a monthly, ~8 hours long game creation jam that brings people together to try out game ideas and create prototypes.

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July 8, 2019