Announcing Offline Camp Berlin

Mark your calendars for April 28 — May 1, 2017

When we announced our first Offline Camp in the Catskills last spring, we immediately heard from Offline First enthusiasts across the globe who really wanted to make it but just couldn’t manage the travel. That’s why, after two successful events on opposite coasts of the United States, we’re excited to bring Offline Camp to Europe!

The event

With so many camp supporters and CouchDB community members based in the trendy tech scene of Berlin, we thought it appropriate to make Germany our destination for our next event. Offline Camp Berlin will take place April 28 — May 1, scheduled to coordinate with travel plans for other What The Fest Berlin events, including JSConf EU (May 6–7).

Since camp is limited to 30 participants, we encourage you to apply now. The first 5 campers to register will receive a steeply discounted Super Early Bird rate of just €350 + VAT, including food and lodging for the long weekend. (Thanks to our sponsors, that’s less than our actual cost of housing and feeding you.)

Editor’s Note: The response to Offline Camp Berlin has been so great that we’ve already sold out. However, we highly encourage you to get on our waitlist in case another ticket opens up. Especially if you identify as a member of a group typically underrepresented at tech events! (See our Diversity Statement.)

The venue

Those of you who’ve been to Offline Camp before know that we love hosting our retreats in secluded locations, and we’ve found a real gem this time around. Set inside of a beautiful park, Schloss Blankensee is — depending which translation of the German schloss you favor — a gorgeous little mansion, manor, stately house, chateau, palace or (admittedly turretless and moatless) castle. We’ll let you be the judge!

The gorgeous Schloss Blankensee

However we choose to categorize it, Schloss Blankensee is just the right size for a group of 30 campers and is perfectly situated in the town of Trebbin, less than hour outside of Berlin proper. Indoors and out, it offers great space and scenery in which to meet, sleep, eat, and chat as we explore a variety of approaches to Offline First development and design.

The experience

As always, Offline Camp is an opportunity to build the growing Offline First community through discussion and collaboration. As an unconference, the event depends on your participation in shaping the focus of our discussions, and experience has proven that a secluded retreat sets the perfect tone as we work to build the community.

Past campers have told us that because of its unique format, Offline Camp is among the most impactful tech events they’ve ever attended. It’s honestly a little hard to explain in words the special camp vibe that wraps us in warm fuzzies, so we’ve attempted to capture the experience on film for you.

Campers share their reflections on the Offline Camp experience. (Video credit: Aaron Ross)
The Offline Camp experience, as captured on film at Offline Camp California 2016 (Video credit: Gregor Martynus)

The heartfelt invitation

It’s been truly humbling to witness the growth of the Offline First community since we hosted our first retreat last June. Both at camp and through continued conversations on Slack, Medium, and Twitter, we’ve seen developers, designers, and business-minded folks join forces to solve the challenges of network disruptions. We love seeing your contributions every day online, and we’re excited to meet more of you face-to-face.

We can’t wait to meet you around the campfire at Offline Camp Berlin!

Your Offline Camp Co-Organizers,
Bradley, Glynn, Gregor, Jan, Steve, and Teri

p.s. — Can’t make it to Berlin? Plans are in the works for our next events! Subscribe to this Offline Camp Medium publication (below) and the Offline First Reader for updates.