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Some of the more clever event planners have taken full advantage of
The Tech Growth Summit in
was one such event. Innovators,
inventors and investors all met in Berlin
recently to throw their hats in the Silicon Allee ring. The opening dinner reception was held at
Urban Spree Gallery in the East Berlin neighborhood of Friedrichshain—a popular art/club colony sculpted out of
some of the industrial rubble and rust of the former DDR
East Berlin. Urban Spree Gallery often
hosts the latest work by up and coming Berlin street
artists and urban sprayers.
The group team building exercise for the evening: spray can graffiti competition. It was a nice change of pace from the typical event meeting to watch executives don overalls and masks, shake their spray cans and go to town on some blank walls in the open air garden.
The Big Day of the Tech Growth Summit commenced the day after in two equally exciting venues: a refurbished, former electrical power plant in Berlin-Kreuzberg and the closed historical airport Berlin Tempelhof. If nothing else,
Berlin is the master of pulling
trends out of detritus: a swanky, modern
interior with leather lounge couches filled the floors under the vaulted brick
heights of an open former factory hall and wrought iron stairs ascended over
fountains spewing bubbling jets of red-lit water.
Later in the day after the convention adjourned, we traveled to the former site of the Berlin Airlift, Flughafen Berlin-Tempelhof (
). Conventioneers consumed
cocktails in the massive open space of the departure hall. Cocktail waitresses
in vintage airline stewardess outfits shook their shakers at check in counters
under the signage of various living-and-dead airlines, while suave barmen
shoved crates of booze and glasses through the luggage conveyor belts to the
waiting bar staff. Tempelhof
Cornelia Barbara Yzer, Senator for Economics, Technology and Research,
Berlin, addressed the
crowd of visiting foreign e movers and tech shakers. Her message was clear: come to Berlin. The doors are wide open and the forecast was
mostly sunny—though I managed to pick out a parenthetical warning from one of
the other speakers: let’s not make another bubble economy like Ireland
or others who are still reeling from the fish-and-cut-bait methods of less-than-scrupulous investors
in the last decade. Working together, they said, we could all build an economy
that works for everyone involved.
And on that note, I grabbed a drink from the check in counter and raised it.
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