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

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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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Sam Muirhead on Video, Clothing and Circular Economics

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Sam Muirhead Guest

On today’s edition of SCB we tackle the state of open source tools for video production as well as the larger issue of how to educate people and get them interested in the value of FOSS in many areas of not only technology but life in general. You’ll hear about Sam Muirhead’s experience with video, office software, boxer shorts, and -of course- hats. We will also preview Open Source Circular Economy Days, a global event coming later this year.


Opening Up the Newsroom

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Annabel Church Guest

In 2015 there is no doubt left that journalists and journalism in general, need specialized tools to help them do their work effectively, efficiently, and safely. The problem is that sometimes being a good writer or investigator does not always mean you understand what technology you should or could be using.  This gap is one that many individuals who have one foot in journalism and the other in programming are busy trying to bridge. To open up lines of communication and educate journalists on what tools are available while informing those on the technical side about what journalists need.

scb-006That, in short, is part of what has inspired today’s guest on the podcast, programmer and data journalist Annabel Church. Her mission, to help make tools for journalists. A quest that brought her all the way from New Zealand to Berlin with some interesting stops along the way. On today’s program we hear from Annabel in the hallway at 31C3, on one of the final days of 2014.


Databases, Javascript, and Society: Unlikely Heroes and Personal Convictions

avatar Mark Fonseca Rendeiro Host
avatar Jan Lehnardt Guest

In the world of databases and open source software there is more philosophy and social conciousness than one might imagine at first glance. Through his work as a public speaker and developer for couchdb and hood.ie, Jan Lehnardt has never made any secret about his goal to challenge the status quo and push things forward. When it comes to developing tools using principles such as independence, diversity, and mutual respect, Jan is a force to be reckoned with — and a voice worth listening to.

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Gender, Community and Identity in Open Source

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avatar Laura Laugwitz
Rails Girls Berlin
avatar Kathleen Danielson
Open Street Map

Photo 26-09-14 13 58 45Whether you’ve followed the conversations and developments in the open source community for 6 months or 6 years, you know that gender is a frequently disputed topic within these communities. Questions about representation, inclusion, participation and a long list of concerns have been researched, debated, and addressed (or not addressed) in different ways for well over a decade. But the idea of open discussion is not always been a welcome one. While some feel there is an awakening going on, others feel they are under attack. Thankfully regardless of how anyone feels, some passionate groups of people are taking action in new and constructive ways.

Today on the podcast we begin with Laura Laugwitz of Rails Girls Berlin to discuss a project for educating and encouraging women in the programming world. And in the second half of the program we will sit down with Kathleen Danielson, a veteran of the Open Street Map community now relocated to Berlin.

The big question; where are we when it comes to gender and the open source community; What is being done, what should be done, and why isn’t everything ok in 2014?


At Home in Silicon Allee: The Expat Experience

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avatar Henri Bergius
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avatar Luc De Louw
on the skype

With a booming tech industry that has captured the imagination of the entire continent, Berlin has not only attracted people from all over Germany, it has become a new home for thousands of expat coders, programmers, developers, and creative minds. But beyond the numbers, what of the experience of the expat coder in Berlin. What pulled them in? What keeps them? And what surprises have they encountered along the way? How does this environment factor into the work they do?

Today we examine the expat experience with the help of two talented individuals, from the land of Nokia and long winters, Henri Bergius, and from the land of chocolate, watches, and small knives, Luc De Louw.


Creative Spaces Make Happy Faces: Collaborative Work in Berlin

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avatar Kalie Moore
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avatar Aleks
avatar Alexander Lang
avatar Gizmo

Photo 26-09-14 18 07 07It is no easy task to try and keep track of the ever growing number of startups and tech projects in a city like Berlin. And with those startups come a whole slew of co-working offices, hacker spaces, and cafes where people can be found working together everyday. How do these places structure themselves, who are the people working there, and what is their function in the community? What characteristics does a Berlin space have that differ from any other place in the world?

Today on the podcast we explore the places and spaces where the magic happens. A journey inside the walls of some very interesting places, to hear from the people who help keep things humming along.

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Beyond Poor and Sexy Berlin

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avatar Marcel Krueger
avatar Lydia Pintscher

Welcome to the first episode of Source Code Berlin, a new podcast project from Wikimedia Deutschland. Our goal is to better understand the talented, creative, and driven Berliners, especially in the world of open culture projects and open source programming. Who are they? What do they do? Why are they here? The big questions on the road to understanding what seems to have become a global phenomenon. Photo 27-09-14 14 04 14

Today we start with the long view, the observations of writer, journalist and historian Marcel Krueger.

Then we move indoors and get more specific, a look into the world of Wikimedia Deutschland with help from free culture enthusiast and Wikidata Project Manager Lydia Pintscher, as we explore some specific projects and how they connect with the big picture.

Additional music on this episode includes: Hungaria by Latché Swing

Source Code Berlin looks into creativity and innovation in fields related to open source technology in Berlin in form of bi-weekly podcast, events and tech videos.