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.
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.
It 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.
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.
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.