Berlin is a big multicultural metropolis but deep down it maintains the unpretentious charm of an international village. Locals follow the credo ‘live and let live’ and put greater emphasis on personal freedom and a creative lifestyle than on material wealth and status symbols. Cafes are open at all hours, clubs keep going until the wee hours and restaurants and coffee houses can be found everywhere. Size wise, Berlin is pretty big but its key areas are wonderfully compact and easily navigated on foot, by bike or by using public transport.

Rich Tech History

Konrad Zuse  (1910-1995) was an inventor, engineer, painter but most known as a computer pioneer. His greatest achievement was the world’s first programmable computer; the functional program-controlled Turing-complete Z3. The Z3 became operational in May 1941 and thanks to this machine and its predecessors, Zuse earned the semiofficial title of “inventor of the modern computer”.

Zuse is also noted for the S2 computing machine, the first process-controlled computer. Zuse founded one of the first computer businesses in 1941, producing the Z4, the world’s first commercial computer. He designed the first high-level programming language, Plankalkul, from 1943 to 1945. Later in 1969 Zuse suggested the concept of a computer-based universe in his book “Rechnender Raum” (Calculating Space).

If you’d like know more about this pioneer you can visit the Deutsches Technikmuseum in Berlin, Kreuzberg. There is an exhibition devoted to Zuse, displaying twelve of his machines, including a replica of the Z1 and several of Zuse’s paintings.

Berlin is widely regarded a tech hub in Europe and worldwide with a bustling startup scene and several strong Universities.

Prenzlauer Berg

Flink Forward 2015 takes place at The Kulturbrauerei, in the centre of Prenzlauer Berg.

Prenzlauer Berg forms a historic building area. Over 300 buildings are protected as historic monuments, like the municipal swimming pool at Oderberger Straße and the breweries on Milastraße and Knaackstraße.

The typical Berlin cuisine is easily found on Kastanienalle around Kollwitzplatz and Helmholtzplatz. You’ll find pubs and cafes around the U-bahn station Eberswalder Straße at Pappelallee and the intersections of Schönhauser Allee, Danziger Straße and Eberswalder Straße.