ODC Basic Workshop: Reading Code

You found a helpful code library for your project, but you don't know how to really adapt it to your needs? Ever felt the urge to understand other people's source code? In this class, ODC's resident member Sebastian will introduce you to…

  • basic concepts of programming languages
  • all the tools that you need to understand code
  • coder's lingo: what's behind the vocabulary that coders use
  • the differences between good and bad code

If you have a specific code problem, just bring the code / the libary description and we'll find out how to solve it together!

Bring your own Beer Bar @Transmediale

We've built a bar, will beer (did I really need to put a wikipedia link there?) come?

Every night at Transmediale, the Bring your own Beer Bar will be open for business. The principles are simple. You bring the beer, we look after it, and drink a little for you, by way of exchange.

The beer will be cheaper for everybody all round. If you want to add spirits and wine into this mix feel free to do so - but bring your own cups and cork screws as well :).

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Come and be THE CROWD, tonight from 21:00 at transmediale, Haus der Kulturen der Welt

For those of you who want to make instruments beforehand Trial and Error and ODC will be making instruments from vegetables and trash in the Open Zone @ HKW from 18.00

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Resident Steffen Bahnsen von der bietet am 19. Februar einen Workshop für Design-Thinking an.

Und dies ist die Einladung:

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren,

Unsere Innovationsagentur inventedhere hat das Ziel, durch die Anwendung von Design Thinking eine Arbeitskultur zu schaffen, die Kreativität und Innovation für jeden möglich macht.

Um Ihnen einen Einblick in die Methode zu vermitteln, möchten wir Sie gerne zu unserem
Design-Thinking-Workshop am Samstag, den 19. Februar 2011 von 10.00 bis 15.00 Uhr im betahaus Berlin einladen.
Da die Arbeitsumgebung entscheidend für Kreativität und Innovation ist, veranstalten wir den Workshop in Kooperation mit dem betahaus Berlin, einem der größten Co-Working-Spaces Deutschlands. Hier werden wir auch die Werkstatt der Open Design City im betahaus nutzen.

Die Veranstaltung bietet Ihnen neben der Methodenvermittlung die Möglichkeit, mit interessanten Personen aus Wirtschaft, der Kreativ- und Gründerszene zusammenzukommen und gemeinsam Ideen zu entwickeln. Im Anschluss an die Präsentationen der Teams wird es eine Happy Hour von 15.00 bis 16.30 Uhr geben, um Ideen weiter zu denken, Gespräche fortzusetzen und Projekte anzustoßen.

Die Teilnehmerzahl der Veranstaltung ist begrenzt. Deshalb bitten wir um eine verbindliche Zusage bis zum 2. Februar 2011.
Zur Kostendeckung ist ein Teilnehmerbeitrag in Höhe von 50 Euro vorgesehen.

Wir freuen uns auf Ihre Rückmeldung!


Herzliche Grüße vom inventedhere-Team,
Steffen Bahnsen

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Mesh Up Monday - knitting*sewing*textilehacking now every 4th Monday

pricture credidts: http://www.flickr.com/photos/bekathwia/3221490182/in/faves-29467858@N05/

Every 4th Monday of each month!
The new regular meeting for all kinds of needle work at the Open Design City. Come along to work on your knitting or sewing project, or get to learn knitting, sewing or other related techniques!
If you have a special request to learn something or want to teach something to us let us know in the comments on this page and we will be prepared!
Two sewing machines, some material, (knitting)needles and yarn are available for trying out stuff. You are also welcome to bring your own materials even if you don't know how to use them yet!

PS: The electronics-hacking meeting "baustelmontag" is running parallel at the same time and place - so if you are woking on a textile+electronics project (e.g. wearable electronics) MeshUpMonday is the place to be for you!

Image via flickr

ODC Voku - CoCooking: Make your Own Sushi

Established by our own presently absent yet still resident DJ Mark Splatter (his playlist lives on in our ear drums), the ODC Voku lives once more.

On Tuesday 8th Feb Mirae and Semi will show you how to make your own Sushi.

A small donation will be requested for food, and an additional donation to the space from non - members.

We'll have some follow up discussions of what happened at the Transmediale Event, and make further plans and schemes while stuffing our faces on delicious raw fish and rice based dishes.

Photo from http://www.flickr.com/photos/robandstephanielevy/

3D design for digital fabrication / Workshop Series

A 3-D solid model of a jack inside a cube. Mod...
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3D design for digital fabrication / Workshop Series
Open Design City, Betahaus
Prinzessinnenstrasse 19–20, Berlin

Workshop 1: 26 January 2011, 7 pm
Workshop 2: tbc
Workshop 3: tbc

This workshop series aims to acquire some experience with digitally build objects in 3d, modifying them, and preparing them for digital fabrication.
The ultimate goal is to be able to prepare files for 3d printing, cnc-cutting and laser-cutting.
At workshop 1 we will: - look at how the process works from : idea -> (drawing) -> (3d scan) -> 3d file -> 3d print
- stumble upon the different ways to think digital 3d modeling (the concepts - nurbs, meshes, parametric)
- look through the available software, and focus on some of the amazing, free or open source possibilities
- find a (simple) project you'd like to 3d print
- get started on it
At workshop 2 we will:
- refine the modeling techniques
- 3d model optimization
- get the 3d files ready for 3d printing (normals, watertight meshes)
- export and
- get ready for the next steps, to use the makerbot
At workshop 3 we will (hopefully):
- print some stuff
- troubleshoot the 3d prints
- look into more advanced surfaces, generatives techniques, advanced software
- photograph the results!

for this workshop you will need:
- a laptop computer with linux, windows or mac installed
- an ODC Membership
- a 3 button mouse
- a geeky outfit
- downloaded (and installed) one of those free 3d softwares:

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ODC (and Friends) @ Transmediale AKA "make your own market"

From the 1-6 February Open Design City will be migrating to Transmediale at the Haus der Welt Kulturen, to play within the "Open Zone".

If you would like to join us in playing at this festival of Free Culture, in the heart of an international Media Art Festival, then please come along, or if you have a specific idea to add to the brief below then please feel free to email us to join in the fun.

Our objective is to bring actions and activities to the Open Zone - whether you want to make some art, build something or create a collective action in the space we will give you the tools to do so.

Actions so far

Talk to Me About

A viral real world social networking tool - or a bubble shaped piece of paper? Tales of previous outings here

The Crowd

We got invited to DJ, but we've no experience. Instead we decided to crowd source the music. But this won't be no pick three tunes battle, YOU will make the music. Bring your voices, bring your instruments, bring something to bang on, be prepared to fail, to laugh and to maybe find some emergent harmony, wit and song in amongst it all.

Buy me or Make Me

We'll be selling products, but also you can make them yourself - come and learn how to make your own lampshades and bowls from recycled textiles, wallets from carton, knit your own hats. If you'd like to sell something and are happy to show people how to make their own then please drop us an email - thatcousinsboy@gmail.com or stop by with your tools, material and goods at the event.


Taking waste and turning it into objects of value


SVG2BVG uses custom computer vision software to detect graffiti tags, sends the ensuing shape to a diy laser cutter, and then outputs the tag as a stencil in realtime. The stencils are conveniently sized for the television screens in the Berlin U-Bahn system, allowing you to create cheap, non-permanent, light-based graffiti in the comfort of your own transit system.

The application (Source Code coming soooon) is written in Processing, and makes extensive use of V3GA’s blobDetection library. SVG2BVG wil be shown as part of Open Design City’smake your own market’ installation at ‘the open zone‘ at Transmediale 11 (Feb 1st-6th, Berlin) as well as at the Cognitive Cities Conference (Feb 26-27th, Berlin).

Coffee Scanner

Come make a 3D scan your face in a bowl of coffee beans and water. Low tech meets high tech

Action Response

Just a fancy term for making it up as we go along

Pre Play - Getting warmed up in the space with a few actions and ideas to get us started


So far Graffiti Research Labs Germany, Trial and Error KulturLabor, and a host of co-conspirators are all coming to play, what would you like to do?

A note on space - we have 20 square meters to do these actions at Transmediale - as you probably figured we are going to expand our territory in negotiation with the rest of the Open Zone. However we have no idea how this will work so if you want to be sure to do something in our specific territory then send us an email outlining your space needs and time requirements (nb. please no more than 10 sqm).

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ODC Basics: Autodocumentary Workshop (about Coworking) Part 1.

People in Beta

An Autodocumentary / Workshop Series
Open Design City, Betahaus
Prinzessinnenstrasse 19–20, Berlin

Workshop Part One: 13 January 2011, 7 pm
Workshop Part Two: 24 February 2011, 7 pm
Final Video Screening: 28 March 2011, 7 pm

At our first workshop we will:

• Watch our video “Delivered in Beta” and examine how it was made in only 5 days! (Note: Delivered in Beta was recorded at the insemination of ODC)
• Introduce the idea of “autodocumentary” videomaking.
• Explore how social media platforms can be re-purposed for collaborative storytelling.
• Interview you about coworking!

At our second workshop we will:

• Review the stories people have told about themselves since our first workshop.
• Engage in a group critique about the formal and narrative aspects of your stories.
• Discuss some of the answers which have been raised about coworking on Quora.
• Interview you about coworking!

Get prepared!

Answer or ask some questions:

Contribute your videos:

Contribute your photos:

Join the conversation on Twitter:
#peopleinbeta hashtag

Get licensed!

If you contribute media to our Vimeo or Flickr groups, please consider publishing under a creative commons license (we often use BY-NC-SA ) so we can easily add your contributions to documentary video :)

Feeling generous?

The workshop will be free for betahaus & ODC members.

For a donation of 10EUR we’ll tweet thanks for your support.

For a donation of 25EUR we’ll include your name in the credits as a supporter of the project.

For a donation of 50EUR we’ll include your company’s logo in the end credits as a sponsor.

We have talked about this with Pati and Gabriel from KS12 for a long time. We always wanted to do a small documentary about betahaus, coworking in general, the beta principle, the people behind this and how this does look and feel from the inside. Now it’s real and we are ready start “autodocumenting” guided by KS12, together with the Open Design City crowd, the betahaus people and everybody else who embraces the coworking spirit in and around Betahaus and ODC.

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Mother of All ODC Events Mk 2.

The last event planning workshop spawned 24 events in Open Design City for 2 Months. It brought the http://www.graffitiresearchlab.de/ to the ODC, and many skills were shared, from how to program your own Bluetooth Devices to Knitting.

So where do we go from here?
Is there something you missed that you want to learn?
Is there a new skill you want to share?
Is there a project you want to explore amongst like minds, learning as you go?
Do you want regular meets/play sessions/discussions?

Come along and help shape ODC to meet your needs and desires.

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