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Impressions of the BarCamp Berlin

The BarCamp Berlin3 is over now. It was a quite intense weekend with lots of interesting people to meet and some good sessions to attend. At first, I’d like to thank the orga team: well done! I don’t want to blame you for the fact that the sessions were somehow noisy. I liked that you could come and go without interrupting the presentation. Another thing I like pretty much were the 30min breaks between the sessions. They gave enough time to meet and network and I never had the feeling to be late for a session.

What I really liked was the Lounge area (see photos below). It was definitively enough space to host all the people. I pretty much enjoyed this event. However, one thing stuck out: until now we usually went to people telling them of pidoco°. At the BarCamp it was the other way around. People were coming to us, saying they heard of us somewhere and liked to get a demo, an account, or just had a question. That felt great.

So far about my first impressions right after the BarCamp. And now the pl0gbar at St. Oberholz…

BarCamp Munich 08

Last Weekend I went to BarCamp Munich 08. BarCamps are social events where web-related people, bloggers, developers and others meet for a so-called “unconference”. You’ll find a lot of presentations, discussions and workshops there and every participant is invited to give a session himself, no matter whether it is about technical, social or other aspects of the web.

BarCamps are free to all participants. The organization of such an event is a big logistical and financial task. At pidoco° we support those events that strengthen the community and enjoy taking part ourselves, so we decided to contribute back as an official sponsor and as an active helper. So I spent a few hours at the coffee booth to support Sonntagmorgen, who could not come themselves but served the Barcamp with their delicious coffee.

At the booth – and all around the camp – I got to talk to a lot of people, new contacts as well as friends from past events. It was a nice surprise to meet a few people who already knew pidoco°. Later I managed to take part in some sessions, too. There was a quite interesting discussion about user experience in general (you’ll find a good summary in Hendrik’s blog in German language) and good technical presentations e.g. about scaling and monitoring web applications.

Two young Germans, Rizqi and Robert, impressed me with their talk about chain.js, an extension to the Javascript library JQuery. Using chain.js you can link Html-Dom objects with plain JavaScript objects dynamically: when an object changes a property, the linked counterpart will be updated as well. This automatism simplifies a lot of work for developers of interactive web sites.

To my perception the BarCamp Munich 08 was a big success with a top location and great organizers. Steffen and his whole team were always around and did an extraordinary job. Next week end there’ll be BarCamp Berlin 09. This time I’ll be there “just” as participant. So I hope to take part in more sessions this time and maybe give one or two myself.

Silvan

Events for this week

This week is packed with some interesting events i’ll be attending:

The Web 2.0 Expo Europe is coming up and the guys at lifestream.fm and at TechWeb thought it is time to party. One week before the official start of the Web 2.0 Expo there will be the Pre-Web 2.0 Expo Europe Drinkup on Tuesday evening in Mitte.

Thursday will be a very interesting event for all upcoming founders. The HPI.Connect student club is hosting a full day Startup Workshop with many speakers from a VC, several support programs for entrepreneurs, and a divers list of founders (including myself). This will give you a nice overview on the different ways of funding the first months of your company.

The weekend is the huge BarCamp Berlin 3. With over 600 registered attendees this one will be equally big as the BarCamp Block in Palo Alto last year. And I guess it won’t be any less fun. We’re still thinking about giving a presentation, maybe on some JavaScript stuff. We’ll see…

Whether or not we’ll meet this week, have a nice one!

Live at Mensch und Computer

After some work this morning our booth is ready for all the visitors. We have set up the live collaboration of the Prototype Creator, such that you can see on our second laptop what we are presenting at the first one. We are excited to get the first feedback for this feature, since we have installed the feature on friday.

In addition, we are playing the Usability Quartet. It is definitively fun to play this game. From time to time we will post the highscore in here. Come over and play with us!

Remember: on monday, 4pm, Tino will present our tool in room AMS2. Hope to see you there!

Meet us at Mensch und Computer in Lübeck

We will be in Lübeck from 7.9. until 10.9. and present pidoco°. Visit us and test our Prototype Creator live at our booth.

As part of the “Usability Tools” session on monday, 8.9. we will showcase pidoco° at 4pm in room AMS2. Attend the session and get your own free account!

Sponsoring the Mensch und Computer

Now it is official: pidoco° is a Sponsor for the conference “Mensch und Computer 2008”, which is part of the multi conference “Viel Mehr 2008”. We are very proud to be among such great companies that are sponsoring this year.

We will have our own small booth and we will give a short presentation of pidoco° in a tool session. Further details will be posted in here, once they’re fix.

It would be a pleasure to meet you at the conference in Lübeck. I’m sure, there will be excellent sessions and you can meet all the usability guys from the German speaking area. See you there!

Deadline Extension for World Usability Day

We extended the deadline for submitting a session proposal until 10th of August.

In case you are doing some usability project in the context of web 2.0, send us some lines and share your experiences at the World Usability Day. Or maybe you just finished the work on a paper or thesis, feel free to tell us about it and present it in front of about 200 people. You ever wanted to do a workshop and help others learning from your skill set? The World Usability Day is the place for you.

We are looking forward to read your proposal. Have a look at www.wud-berlin.de for all the information about our event.

pidoco° at Usability Stammtisch Hannover

Some days ago we received an invitation to present our prototyping tool at the Usability Stammtisch in Hannover. For sure we will follow this invitation and will give a presentation on “web-based paper prototyping”. The Stammtisch takes place the 31st of July in the Apollo Konzept in Hannover. It starts at 6pm.

Our presentation will start with an introduction on paper prototyping with its advantages and disadvantages. The main part of the presentation will demonstrate our Prototype Creator and its concepts. This includes a discussion with the audience on what they think about these concepts. We are looking forward to a serious discussion.

In addition to our presentation, our friends from Nurago will showcase their LEOtrace tools as well.

See you in Hannover!

World Usability Day 2008 in Berlin – Usability and Web 2.0

Although the actual event is still some months to go, we started the search for sponsors as well as for interesting talks. We chose the topic “Usability and Web 2.0” to explore the new challenges for usability professionals that the new technologies and social aspects of the Web 2.0 pose.

In case you / your company are interested in sponsoring the event, please refere to the sponsoring section of the event website.

If you have some interesting projects or other new solutions you want to talk about, feel free to submit a proposal. We also accept proposals in English!

We are looking forward to welcome you to our event!

On the background of the World Usability Day:

World Usability Day was founded in 2005 with a mission to increase the public’s awareness of the need to make the services and products important to human life easier to access and simpler to use. Global issues such as healthcare, education and government are addressed through expert forums, exhibits, events and initiatives in numerous locations throughout the world. (from the press release for the World Usability Day 2007.)

pidoco° at IxDA Local Meeting in Berlin

Next Wednesday will be the second meeting of the Berlin IxDA group. We from pidoco° will be there to show our Prototype Creator. For those who have seen one of our presentation earlier this year or have had a look at the preview can be looking forward to this presentation, because we will show our most recent version, which has not been shown so far.

The meeting will be at NewThinking Store, Tucholskystr. 48, Berlin Map.
It will start at around 7pm.

Looking forward to meeting you there.