Webmontags (Webmondays) take place in many different cities in Germany, they are an event like the . You new-economy-ridden people will probably still remember them. Anyway lot’s of people, lot’s of networking, presenting ideas and projects, and of course lot’s of positive energy. Yeah,well.

In Berlin, the Webmontag takes place at -Straße, in Mitte at the newthinking store.

I had already planned to check it out months ago but I only managed to go to this weeks event in Berlin, probably primarily because Arash presented webride newsride (again).

So I had no ideas about the other presenters and some of it was a tad boring I must say.

First up on stage, we had Frank Thüringen speaking about TwoBirds. A – buzzword – Ajax Framework. While the stuff is certainly interesting, I’d say the target audience of a webmonday is more or less rather clueless are non-techy people. So judging the sound of the space while he was talking not so many people felt the interestingness of the subject.

Second up was Moritz Sauer, talking about netlabels. And how much junk there is online, and essentially how you have to dig, dig, dig to find good music.

Moritz is also writing a blog which he calls magazine (Because by contrast to a blog, he does not only write a two-liner and tells you to follow another link. Great observation, Moritz.) where he tries to provide a pointer at primarily what’s hot in the netlabel scene, and what is not.

Moritz was followed by Arash. Arash (re)launched his project “newsride” to be a community for news junkies. The idea does not only look cool, but looks also very useful. newsride provides a forum to every news article you can see online. And then you can discuss this article without having to register on the website the article is on.
So for example, for CNN, BBC, the times, FAZ, Die Welt, maybe Forbes or any other news resources, you have a single website where you can exchange ideas with friends and others. It’s a pretty cool tool. I dig(g) it!

And last but not least Björn Behrendt from eBay Germany. He presented their new set of programming interfaces, and did a small show on how you could implement eBay’s services into your own website to make some cash. Basically a lot of ideas, because that seems to be something where most startups struggle (“How to make money?!”). And how nice of them, right? ;-)

So yeah. This is it. Not sure if I go again, I guess it heavily depends on speakers. A word of advice though. If you plan on attending in Berlin, it’s good to come 20 minutes in advance. The store is very tiny, and if you want to get a seat, it’s first come, first serve.

5 Comments so far

  1. Tim (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 1:30 am

    Hi Till, thanks for the write-up. Web Monday is always looking for new ideas, and anyone (techies or business folks, newbies and pros) can get on stage and make it more interesting — the wiki is wide open.

  2. Falk (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 11:11 am

    Hi Till,

    I think it’s not very fair to say “it’s a small store” and so on. First, they simply expanded (cause they had to, growing biz) their offices to the front of the shop, too. Second, nobody thought there would be more than 50 participants in web monday this time. Even though there already have been such large groups, the last web mondays were much less attended (something between 30 and 15 ppl, I think).

    All the best, till next time,

  3. till (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 11:19 am

    Ok, whatever past Webmontags were like, a lot of people came to this one and it was crowded, so why is it not fair to say that the store was too tiny for the crowd?

    It’s not like it’s really judgemental and hopefully not offending for the newthinking people. I just pointed out for people to come early if they want a seat.

    If the “event” went beyond expectations, that’s good too. So relax yourself. ;-)

  4. Frank (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2006 @ 2:45 pm

    Hi Till,

    I had the same feeling throughout my TwoBirds presentation, but of course I knew that it is hard to present a theme so deeply nested in system programming.
    For me it was a try, and after all the responses were good… furthermore when the system has grown up and displays more functionality, I´ll repeat this.

    Thx for your comment,

  5. till (unregistered) on September 23rd, 2006 @ 3:33 pm

    Sounds like a plan!

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