From Berlin to Baghdad: Bilal Ghalib on Hacker Space Ethos

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro
On the Roof Top
avatar Bilal Ghalib
Overlooking Friedrichshain

At the height of the hacker space movement in 2008, technology enthusiasts around the world were busy creating spaces for co-working, experimenting, and learning.. among other things. Many of the design layouts and organizing methods they were using came from the established hacker spaces in places like Berlin, Hamburg and San Francisco.  In those days, not unlike today, there was a lot of talk about what cool machines and gadgets a space should have, not to mention strategies for attracting and keeping membership. Of course methods that work in Berlin may not necessarily work in Baghdad, which is an issue today’s guest has been tackling for the past few years. Beyond cultural differences, as an organizer and fascilitator of co-working and hacker spaces throughout the world, Bilal Ghalib believes there is a fundamental re-evaluation needed in the quest to make creative spaces for people, a new way of thinking that goes beyond having cool devices or making things and instead focuses more on community and the idea supporting one another.


The Slow Fast Changing World of Licenses

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host

3099175563_eea185e8ec_mCopyright. Licenses. It used to be a secret world that only concerned a few people in the world. Now, no matter who you are, if you wright some text, snap a photo, watch a film, you’re stepping into the world of copyright and your actions could have consequences you don’t even know about. Today on SCB we dive into licenses, copyright, creative commons, free software, and the struggle on the national and multinational level to create a legal framework for copyright tools that fit the era we live in.

Coding Davinci: A New Approach to Culture Data

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Katy Hyyppä Guest
avatar Mareike Hirschfeld Guest
avatar Andreas Kahl Guest
avatar Mirjam Wenzel Guest
avatar Stephan Bartholmei Guest
avatar Beate Rusch Guest
avatar Barbara Fischer Guest
avatar Helen Hahn Guest

It is an area of information long protected by those deemed experts and worthy… I’m talking about cultural institutions; museums, library, vast collections of the things that make up our lives. Forget what you know about traditional museum or library visitations, this is about the interested and innovative individuals having a chance to use data – legally- and create with it! And for many it all begins in Berlin at an event called Coding Davinci where cultural institutions meet the creative public and say — to put it in simple terms – here’s what we’ve got to offer, what can you make out of it? Today on the program we’re exploring this new paradigm of cultural institutions and talking with everyone involved – Its Coding Davinci and the world may never be the same again.

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Software Craftsmanship: Values, Practices and Community

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Jeroen De Dauw Guest

Today on the program we speak with Jeroen De Dauw, a developer and software craftsmanship advocate. As software grows and becomes more complex and ever present in every part of our lives, he’s our guide into a world that is rarely discussed in the mainstream.


Audio Berlin: Combining Art, Science, and Technology

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Peter Kirn
Hacklab, CTM Festival
avatar Leslie Garcia
Hacklab, CTM Festival
avatar Mads Lindgren

More than perhaps any other place on earth, Berlin is the epicentre of projects that push the limits of sound and make new connections between art, science, and technology. On today’s program with help from Peter Kirn, Leslie Garcia, and Mads Lindgren, we’re looking at what elements have come together in this place that have led to so much innovation and creativity when it comes to pleasing or intriguing the human ear.

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Code for Germany: Reconnecting Citizens and Society

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Fiona Krakenbürger Guest
avatar Julia Kloiber Guest

Over the past year a movement of coders, artists, journalists and concerned citizens have joined together in a way that could change the long disfunctional relationship between citizens and government or citizens and societal issues. What they’re doing is called Civic Tech, and while the term itself is new, the area is growing quickly and making a difference in communities around the world. To better explain it we have two very special guests from the Code For Germany project.. Fiona Krakenbürger and Julia Kloiber.
Also on today’s program a special announcement, the call for papers for our Enthusiastic Con taking place from June 19th to the 21st at Wikimedia Deutschland in Berlin.





Join us at EnthusiastiCon!

We’re having a conference for the programmer community. Located in Berlin, we want to bring people together that care about the passion of programming and the joy of code.

On June 19th-21st 2015, we’ll have a series of very short talks on what excites us about programming – the strange, the wonderful, and the clever solutions to unusual problems.

Please join us and bring your enthusiasm. We call it EnthusiastiCon. Please visit the conference page with the call for participation for all the necessary information.

We need your input! Please hand in your submission for short talks. The submission process is now open. Again, the conference page explains it best and our submission form awaits your input.


New Frontiers for Teaching and Learning

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Abe Pazos
Is his kitchen.
avatar Rachel Uwa
In her kitchen
avatar Maria Reimer
via VOIP

School. As soon as you hear the word you probably have a few flashbacks. Some of them horrible, others might be nostalgic and happy. Wherever you are in the world, there is an established concept of school, how it should work and what it should do. Now take a city like Berlin where so many people are busy re-examining and re-inventing traditional conventions. Over the past decade many unique approaches to teaching and learning have taken root here. And today on the program we will bring you three voices – Abe Pazos, Rachel Uwa, and Maria Reimer. Three pioneers of teaching and learning.. one podcast


Going Up the Down Escalator: Paul Adams on Moving to Berlin

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Paul Adams Guest

With each passing year thousands upon thousands of people from all over the world have moved their lives to Berlin in persuit of some goal or dream. The phenomenon is well known and often discussed, but the requirements of that move; the unexpected obstacles that people face in the persuit of that dream, that story is one you rarely hear about in detail. Today on the program we hear from Free Software Company Director and Community Manager Paul Adams, who’s the first to admit that there have been times where he had to run up the down escalator and overcome some very bizarre circumstances on the road to becoming a Berliner.

Neukölln: Changing at the Speed of Life

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Caroline Marburger Guest
avatar Paul Hawkins Guest
avatar Christian Grasse Guest

It is no secret that Neukolln is changing fast but the speed with which it changes shocks even longtime residents and observers who have been following changing Berlin over the past decades.  Today on the program we get on the street and tap into the creativity and quirkiness in one of the most fascinating and contreversial neighborhoods of Berlin.

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