Category Archives: Development

The Incredible Berlin Tech Scene

Friday 18 July 2014

Berlin is amazing in so many ways, but the tech scene here makes me feel all squishy inside. There is an overall feeling of optimism here and a genuine excitement for what’s developing and the future it holds that is utterly contagious. I can’t imagine anyone digging into the Berlin tech community and not wanting to be a part of it.

There are some bigger companies, but the bulk of the business here is in startups, and I think that makes all the difference. Even more than the rest of Berlin, the tech scene is young, cool, and very international. They like to code, but they like to hang out, too.

photo by Marc John; marcjohn.de

photo by Marc John; marcjohn.de

I’ve only been here for a few weeks, and I’ve already been overwhelmed by the meetups, which not only happen a lot, but are especially frequent due to Tech Open Air this weekend. I’ve gone to a few of these, and it’s gone pretty well; people are open and friendly to new people, and happy to chat (even after the meetup is long over). People here are also happy to help, I’ve found, whether that means advice on coding or helping a friend of a friend find a job. There’s a sense of community here that one doesn’t normally see in business, and I believe it’s going to make Berlin the international tech hub success that it strives to be.

This blog…

Sunday 6 July 2014

So I decided that it would be fun and interesting to blog about my experience living in Berlin…and then I thought “you know, I should build the blog from scratch, because I can use it to learn something new.”

Then I looked outside. It’s 24ºC in Berlin. If you haven’t experienced Berlin in summer, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s really lovely. It’s not a very good time to decide to sit indoors and learn how to build a blog in some unfamiliar programming language.

For now, this blog will be done in WordPress. Maybe I’ll change it…in November.