ODC Meets: Graffiti Research Lab - Germany

The Graffiti Research Lab - Germany are now in Berlin, and at Open Design City - we're very excited to see what the coming months will now bring, with this the first of 2 events in October. To be followed by regular meet ups and hack days.

Time: Wednesday, Oct 27th, 7pm - 9pm


Graffiti Research Labs is an international federation of autonomous cells, aimed at providing open-source modes of digital communication for Graffiti Writers, Artists, and Protest Movements.

In this presentation, Two members of GRL Canada will talk about the lineage, aims, and context of GRL. We will give an overview of GRL applications, show where to download both the applications and source code, and discuss the formation of Graffiti Research Lab - Germany.

Attendance & Cost:

No limit. Free as in beer. (ODC and non-ODC).


English. Not much tech-speak, we promise.

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ODC Basic: Electronics

LEDs in different casings.
Image via Wikipedia

Philip Steffan offers:

An introduction into basic electronics for everyone, on Thursday 7th October, 19.00-21.00:

- Quick recap: Electricity and circuits
- Cheap and easy to use electronic parts
- Enhancing your stuff with blinking things
- Prototyping and soldering
- Smart electronics and (so called) Physical Computing

Forgot what they told you in school about electronics? Want to learn
how to build little circuits for fun? Our basic Electronics course for
everyone shows you how to handle the most common parts like LEDs and
transistors and how to combine them. We'll also have a lookout on
building smart circuits with programmable micro controllers like the
Arduino. (There will be a separate class focusing on the latter.)

This is the first of our ODC Basic courses, over the coming weeks we will be offering this format as a regular event, giving you the opportunity to teach/learn the basics of any craft. If you want to schedule your own basic's event, or request one why not come to our Events Event.

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The Mother of All ODC Events: Literally

We have a dream.

That every night and day something cool is happening at Open Design City (it's pretty cool already, but we want moar). Whether a presentation that challenges your thinking, a workshop that empowers your creativity, or a class which expands your skills, or anything else you desire (we are as ever Open).

But this shouldn't be our dream alone. This is your space to shape and create. We want to give you the opportunities to host your events within the ODC.

So far this has been happening ad hoc, and we have had great successes including:

3d face scanning workshop: By Friedrich Kirschner
Crafting Circuits: By Philip Steffan and Julia Schreiber
Upcycling Workshop: By Trial and Error Kulturlabor
Screen Printing Class: By Tracy Rolling, and Mark Splatter
Presentations (most notably Otto von Busch): Arranged by Christophe Valliant
The Enable Berlin Sessions: By Pedro Pineda
Cook your own lampshades: By Jay Cousins, Christopher Doering and Mendel Heit
Design Thinking: By Invented Here
Mozilla Drumbeat: By Michelle Thorne
DMY Maker Lab: The daddy of Open Design City

Now we want to scale it up. Have more community events, for learning, for fun and even for profit (for you and for us).

At this event we'll give you some tips on making your own events happen at Open Design City as well as connecting you to the broader Berlin network. We also have an announcement on something as big, epic and exciting as the DMY Maker Lab (if not even bigger).

So come along on Monday 4th October from 7pm and help shape Open Design City's community calendar. We aim to keep it quick so we can enjoy the social side.

Afterward's you may also want to hang out with the Bausteln crowd.

Talk to me about: “why every creative city needs a fablab” – Thursday, 16.9.2010, 19 – 21 Uhr:

Why should every creative city need a fab lab? Hell I'd say why should every city, town and community should have an Open Design City.

But that's the object of this discussion, so feel free to come along and participate in the dialogue.

This discussion makes the case for Fab Labs everywhere, and hopefully we'll also receive some challenges for a healthy and flourishing dialogue. We've invited key decision makers and activists from Berlin and Lisbon to address the topic of "why every creative city needs a fab lab". I wish I were there.


Tiago Cid, advisor of the city councilor Graca Fonseca, working on the first FabLab in Lisbon
Leo Xavier, founder of the first coworking space in Lisbon, Liberdade 229

Christopher Doering, co-founder of the OpenDesignCity
Katrin Tobies, advisor Senate Department for Economics, Technology and Women's Issues
Martina Zeyen, Network Manager, Create Berlin
Marco Riedel, planning to open a FabLab in Berlin

Start time: Thursday 16th September, 19.00

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Thanks to Matt Cottam for the Pic

Open Design City "Make Your Own" Market

On Saturday 18th September from 14:00 - 18:00 you can come to Open Design City and Buy or Make your own handmade goods. Our Stall Holders will be offering great handmade goods, made with love in Berlin and in Open Design City. Workshops will take place throughout the day, giving you the opportunity to create your own products, learn new skills and above all enjoy yourselves.

To book a table/ offer a workshop please contact Daniela

Update: So far we have the following happening on Saturday, tell all your freinds and help make Saturday a day to remember.

Splatter Designs

Make your own:
Screen printed products using silkscreen, printing, and cut and paste collage techniques. Experimenting with upcycling of old clothing and other waste to create new fashions.

Choose from Splatter Designs own range of screen printed products using silkscreen, printing, and cut and paste collage techniques.
Cassettes Delight:

Make your own:
Jens has collected a lot of those analogue sound mediums we used to listen to, and is now giving you the opportunity to give them new life by upcycling.

Choose from a range of upcycled lights, made in ODC by Jens' fair hand
Open Design City

Make your own:
Alex and Christophe will show you how to design your own custom styrofoam cut outs on Christophe's amazing self built machine.

Choose from a range of precut signs and desktop symbols for analogue communication

Judith Meijer

Make your own:
Upcycle tobacco pouches out of washing powder bags and badges out of
old receipts and U-Bahn tickets...together with other rubbish.

Choose from Judith's range of existing designs

Trial and Error Kulturlabor and Alice Morey

Make your own/Market:
No idea what these girls are going to do, but I can guarantee it will involve upcycling and fun.

Open Design City part 2.

Make your own:
Cook your own lampshades and bowls, bring an old sweater and turn it into a beautiful product for your home.

Starch plastic lamps and bowls

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P.s. Big thanks to our intern Alex Spiliopoulos for a kick arse sign

Beta Thinking: Design for Coworking Spaces

In collaboration with www.inventedhere.de, Open Design City are proud to announce our addition to Coworking Week - A design workshop around the theme of "low cost furniture for coworking spaces"

Come along between 17.00 and 20.00 to participate (spaces limited to 30 participants so arrive on time to avoid disappointment). Or come along to the Betahaus Cafe at 19.30 to see the outcomes. Poster and full text in German and Google translated English below.

Beta Thinking Workshop


low cost möbel für coworking spaces

Komm zum Design Thinking Workshop im Betahaus von inventedhere.
Vorkenntnisse sind nicht erforderlich. Stell Dich gemeinsam mit anderen
in multidisziplinären Teams der Herausforderung: „Wie können low-cost
Möbel für ein co-working space aussehen?“

Durchlaufe den Design Thinking Prozess in einer flexiblen und inspirieren-
den Arbeitsumgebung in 2,5 Stunden und entwickle ein neuartiges low-cost
co-working Möbel.

Design Thinking? Das ist eine Kreativmethode zur Entwicklung frischer
Problemlösungen. Komplexe Fragestellungen werden schnell und wir-
kungsvoll bearbeitet mit Fokus auf die latenten Bedürfnisse des Nutzers.
Entwickelt an der Stanford University und an der School of Design Thinking
in Potsdam hat sich diese Methode bereits vielfach bewährt.

Du hast leider keine Zeit für den Workshop, möchtest aber gern mehr
erfahren? Kein Problem! Dann komm doch einfach um Uhrzeit zur offenen
Abschlusspräsentation im Betahaus Café.

WANN? Dienstag 14.09.2010 Uhrzeit 17-20 Uhr
WO? Betahaus Prinzessinenstr. 19-20, Berlin,
Open Design City im Erdgeschoss
Plätze: Begrenzt auf 30 Teilnehmer
PREIS? 0,- Euro
SPRACHE? Deutsch/English
ANMELDUNG & KONTAKT: andrea@inventedhere.de
TWITTERSTREAM: @harokkar und @Felix_Speiser, #betathinking

Wer sind wir?
Wir sind ausgebildete Design Thinker der Innovationsagentur inventedhere.
Wir schaffen eine Arbeitskultur, in der Kreativität und Innovation für jeden
möglich ist.
Wir wollen Innovationen und deren Prozesse in alle Arbeits- und Lebensbe-
reiche integrieren. Wir arbeiten zusammen mit unseren Kunden an einem
holistischen Problemverständnis: multidisziplinär, flexibel, nutzerorientiert.
Wir bieten Workshops , Projekt- und Prozessbegleitungen für Kunden, die
Design Thinking in ihre Unternehmenskultur adaptieren möchten. Ausser-
dem vermietet wir Räume, die für Design Thinking gemacht sind.

Mehr Informationen unter www.inventedhere.de


Beta Thinking Workshop


low cost furniture for coworking spaces

Come to the Design Thinking Workshop in the Beta house inventedhere.
No experience is required. Introduce yourself with others
in multidisciplinary teams in the challenge: "How can low-cost
Furniture for a co-working space look like? "

Iterate the design thinking process in a flexible and inspire
the working environment in 2.5 hours and develop a novel low-cost
co-working furniture.

Design Thinking? This is a creative methods to develop fresh
Problems. Complex questions can be quickly and we-
providing effective process with a focus on the latent needs of the user.
Developed at Stanford University and the School of Design Thinking
in Potsdam, this method has already proven many times.

You have no time for the workshop, would like like to find more
? Learn No problem! Then come to time just to open
Final presentation in the Beta House Café.

WHEN? Tuesday, 14/09/2010 Time Clock 17-20
WHERE? Beta House Prinzessinenstr. 19-20, Berlin,
Open Design City on the ground floor
Places: Limited to 30 participants
PRICE? 0, - €
LANGUAGE? German / Deutsch
REGISTRATION & CONTACT: andrea@inventedhere.de
TWITTER STREAM: @ and @ harokkar Felix_Speiser, # betathinking

Who are we?
We are professional Design inventedhere Thinker of the Innovation Agency.
We create a work culture where creativity and innovation for each
We want innovation and its processes in all working and living conditions
integrate rich. We work with our clients on a
holistic understanding of the problem: multi-disciplinary, flexible, user-oriented.
We offer workshops, project and process accompaniments for Customers
To adapt design thinking into their corporate culture. Out-
We rented the rooms, which are made of Design Thinking.

More information www.inventedhere.de

Enable Session V

We are looking for submission for the  next Enable Session. If you are doing a creative project in Berlin and want to share it with a community of pro-active people, Propose it to us

It will take place next Wed 22 September at 20:00 in Open Design City

contact pedro.p@wecreativepeople.com

Open Design City meets Schmiede: where creative playgrounds collide

I'm off to Schmiede in Hallein in a couple of weeks, and still have no idea what it's about. But having explored such spaces before both at Palomar5, at the DMY maker lab and at Open Design City I'm very excited. When you get awesome people together and give them freedom, great things happen.

Having checked the Schmiede site, there seems to be quite a contingent going from Berlin, so why not get started early.

Schmiede crew consider yourself invited to Open Design City, ODC crew come and meet even more cool people than you already know.

Evening will begin with a few spontaneous informal presentations, and then swiftly slip into a freestyle get together. We'll set up a projector so people can show movies and footage, but powerpoint is outlawed and everyone gets 5 minutes max, with opportunity for more later if the mood takes us.

Bring your passions, share them and mingle your brains.

Thursday 9th September, 19:00 Open Design City, 19-20 Prinzessinen Strasse, Berlin

Schmiederites I look forward to meeting you.

ODC citizens here's a teaser http://painting.iepe.net/

Don´t miss tomorrows Scanlabor!

Da es am morgigen Sonntag wohl eher kalt und regnerisch wird, werden wir die Tintenscanner Poolparty nach drinnen verlagern und unsere Badesachen zu Hause lassen. Stattdessen nehmen wir uns Glasschüsseln, Kaffeebohnen, Cola und Sojamilch mit und basteln daraus kleinere 3D Scanner für unsere Köpfe, Hände, Barbiepuppen und Actionfiguren. Kommt vorbei und bastelt mit! - Ab 16 Uhr in der ODC

MishMashMe Farewell Startschuß Party

ein interaktives Filmprojekt auf Welttournee


it doesn’t matter whether you are female or male, happy or sad, religious or atheist, 10 or 67, cyborg or farmer, megacitycitizen or villager, blond or brown, thin or big, manager or cook, child or grandpa, angel or poker face, soccer star or cricket addict, tv junkie or yogi, vegetarian or BBQ fan, pitta or vata, dancer or dj, jeckyl or hyde, half full or half empty, grounded or flying, you or me:  MishMashMe wants to see you play with us!


Ende August geht MishMashMe auf Tour durch Europa.

Willst Du mit uns reisen?
Dann komm zur  Startschuss-/ Abschiedsparty am 27.08.2010 ab 19:00h

...Wir kommen mir unserem Bus, um mit Euch zu spielen.
Wir sammeln Bilder von allen und nehmen sie mit auf die Reise.
Wir haben jede Menge Klebezettel und auch was zu trinken.
Es wird pink und Spaß und ein komplettes MishMash vorm betahaus & der OpenDesignCity!


end of august MishMashMe is going on a european tour!

you wanna travel with us?
Then come and join us for our farewell party on August 27th at 7pm.

We will bring our caravan to play with you.
We will take pictures of everyone and take them with us on the trip.
We will have many sticky notes, and drinks also.
It's gonna be pink and fun and a complete mishmash in front of betahaus & Open Design City!

Ort: Open Design City

Datum: 27. August 2010

Uhrzeit: ab 19:00 Uhr

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