Heading back to Berlin again, I had the incredible opportunity to cover the Tech Open Air event that was held on August 1st and 2nd. Day one was held at the legendary KaterHolzig location along the Spree river. Amongst the outstanding speakers and fantastic networking scene, the location provided a number of unique challenges, as I had just about every type of lighting condition to content with.
The upstairs gallery area was a mix of tungsten and natural light, while the downstairs Heinz room was a wash of LED and tungsten lighting sources. The rummer room was also a mix of tungsten and LED, but later in the day, as the room started to really cook, no, I mean, reaching sauna levels; to keep the speakers a bit more comfortable, the stage lighting was turned off, and the only available light was the yellow, blue, and purple ambient light from the room. I managed to pull it off, but in combination with the heat, you can imagine I was sweating a bit.
The evening party at FluxBau was a nice cap to the end of the first day, and after working remotely together for over two years, I finally managed to meet the one and only Courtney Boyd Meyers of Audience.io, and my former editor at The Next Web. Yes, in case you weren’t aware, I’m also a writer, and a contributor at The Next Web.
The second day of Tech Open Air was centered around over 50 satellite events happening all over Berlin. Needless to say, an impossible challenge to shoot them all, and sadly, a number of them had a “no photography” policy. I’m looking at you Soho House, as the musical performances that were taking place would have made for some great images. But policies are policies, I suppose, and an official rep from the hotel did allow me to grab one audience and one speaker image, and approved them before I left the venue.
The closing party at the Factory was quintessentially Berlin. Currently a construction site that is sure to become a jewel in Berlin’s bustling startup scene as a tech hub and co-working space, the Factory will include the offices of SoundCloud, Mozilla, Google, and 6Wunderkinder. But until the building is complete – why not use it as a fantastic spot to have a party?
As usual, I had the chance to catch up with some of the Berlin scene regulars, including Harald Neidhardt from MLOVE, Ayelet Noff of Blonde 2.0, Robin Haak from Axel Springer Plug&Play accelerator, and Mike Butcher from TechCrunch Europe.
And now on to some of my favorite images from an altogether phenomenal event put together by Niko Woischnik and his fantastic team!