(Episode 41) On the last Sunday of October 2016 a group of curious and inspired people got together at Wikimedia Deutschland in Berlin for Ladies That FOSS; an open source hack event aimed primarily at women who want to join a free and open source software (FOSS) project but don’t know where to start. Source Code Berlin was there to listen and observe, a unique experience that we’re excited to share with you in podcast form. So sit back, press play, and listen to participants talking about what they’re passionate about in the world of software and programming as well as their experience and wishes when it comes to the gender gap in the tech industry.
There is so much you can do with open data! Lucie Kaffee shows three totally different projects she worked on over the last months. Learn about:
“A Tree Of Life” build with the data of Wikidata”
“Markets-Berlin Project” based on data from Berlin Open Data”
“Phones Don’s Grow on Trees Project”
Lucie puts special emphasis on the different possibilities we have with open data, the different sources data can come from and the struggles and advantages is has when we use data from different sources.
Game Jam: a concept that brings together game designers and game enthusiasts for anywhere between 24 and 72 hours with the purpose of planning, designing and creating a game. Since they started more than a decade ago, Game Jams have been going on regularly, all over the world often with specific themes.
Recently at Wikimedia Deutschland in Berlin, there was the Free Knowledge Game Jam; where participants were challenged to create a game that makes use of publicly accessible free and open licensed data and/or tools. A concept with far reaching impact, not only for game makers but for society as a whole.
Today on the program, we’re walking around the Free Knowledge Game Jam learning about these talented participants and their unique projects.
Over the past few months the story and struggle of people trying to make it to Germany, Austria, and neighboring countries has made headlines. They’re referred to as refugees, though at the latest hackathon in Berlin one participant remarked, “I’d rather be called a newcomer.”
The number one tool of the newcomer? — The mobile phone. The number one demand throughout the journey? – Power to charge them, wifi to transmit messages to concerned loved ones, for checking the map for other routes that offer safer passage, and possibly to communicate with those who might be waiting for them once they get to their destinations. But the phone and internet alone are not enough. To manage to get through the hardship of getting from Syria or Libya or Iraq or Afghanistan to the areas of Europe that welcome them.. the barriers are still many. The beast of bureaucracy that would drive even the most fluent German speaker mad, the landlord who won’t rent to “refugees”, the prestigious University that doesn’t recognize credits from some of Syria’s finest institutions. What can be done to overcome such barriers? Who is stepping up to help and how are they doing it?
Today on the podcast, we talk about tools for refugees, or as I’ll refer to them from now on in this program: newcomers.. recent arrivals.. those who are trying to start a life in a new place. What tools are they using and who is developing these tools. Specifically in the Berlin area, where hundreds if not thousands of volunteers are busy in so many ways, helping people arrive and get settled. They, like many of us, are learning as they go, and today we’re going to hear about what they’ve learned, what they’re creating, and how it is making a difference in this unprecedented moment in history.
Beyond the big brand names and the poor labor practices, there is a small but rapidly growing, socially conscious movement in the fashion industry built on collaboration and a spirit of openness when it comes to garment design and production. In the middle of it all, there is Berlin, as a hub where some of these important initiatives develop and interact. Today on the program, we’re talking about opening up the fashion industry and garments that have a social impact, at the annual event that takes inventory of it all- Meshcon.
In a city like Berlin, there are of course specific apps that people like to use in their daily lives to help find information and learn things. Today on the program we’re looking at essential Berlin apps, with a focus on the ones that help you get around, with help from two developers who are very much pioneers in that world, Andreas Schildbach and Torsten Grote. This was also the week where we asked you the listeners about your app choices for Berlin life, and we will hear what some had to say. Its the Berlin transport apps episode.. take a listen.
This Tech Talk is about an exciting and new connection – Theater and Software Development.
At EnthusiastiCon 2015 Mirko Fichtner showed how principles of Improvisational Theater relate to Software Development. Prominent examples are the aspect of receiving feedback from the audience or the element of positivity, for example when an actor acts out something that the idea is taken up by all other actors on stage in return. He uses these examples as metaphors to explain his programming experience. “Impro theater comes out of nothing and turns into magic, just like programming,” he concludes.
This Tech Talk Friday is as timely as it can be. Just a day after the Ethereum team elaborated on their launch plan in a recent blog post, Source Code brings to you a presentation about Ethereum, the World Computer, in which Aeron Buchanan explains and showcases some main elements of the project. Buchanan touches upon the reality of the World Computer covering topics like its decentralised organisation, open source software and encrypted graphic identity.
Although there are many examples where social entrepeneurship is just a buzz world or a marketing tool, in Berlin, within the startup world, there is a strong emphasis on running a business that does some good for the world. Spend any time talking to founders and CEO’s of startups in this town and chances are you will hear how they both meet their needs as a business and as a part of a community or society.
Today on the program we explore Social Entrepeneurship done the Berlin way, or running a successful business while making a difference in a community/society. And to do that we bring you two experienced voices, Fabienne Riener of Source Fabric, and Evgeni Kouris of Toywheel and Gamewheel, who will help describe how they see and navigate this combination, in this town, at this particular moment in history.
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.