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European Community Weekend in Berlin

38 Post author: blob 24 January 2014 05:55PM

The Berlin Meetup Group is organizing the first European community meetup. We are planning a fun weekend with a focus on bringing the LessWrong community closer together. As a treat, some participants offer rationality exercises and workshops.

If you like your local meetup we hope you will like this too. It is similar, but bigger: You will get to meet and exchange ideas with a diverse set of awesome people from all across Europe. And if you don’t have a meetup nearby or didn’t get around to participating yet, this is a great opportunity to get in touch with the rest of the community.

The community weekend will take place April 11-13, from Friday evening to Sunday early afternoon, in the Odyssee Hostel in Berlin. The cost is 70 € including accommodation and breakfast. A conference room with a projector and wifi will also be available during daytime.

The event is participant driven so you (yes, you) are very welcome to help with the content. Please contact Tristan (wegnertristan - at - googlemail - dot - com) for planning and scheduling.

Friday evening we will welcome everyone around 17:00 and proceed to have dinner together. Sleeping quarters (shared rooms) will already be available from 16:00. The evening can be used for getting to know each other better or exploring the city in small groups. We also made sure that there are plenty of cultural, party and sightseeing offers available throughout the city.

Saturday after breakfast, there will be a semi-structured program in the conference room. Offers will include a workshop for habit implementation, a science based introduction to meditation along with a practice session, and clicker training. We also encourage everyone to take part in lightning talks, where you are invited to give a short 5min presentation on any topic you are passionate about.

Saturday evening can be further used to nerd out, explore the nightlife or participate in an exercise in social comfort zone expansion.

Sunday will have room for additional projects. We will say goodbye in the early afternoon to give us enough time to head home. Of course everyone is free to prolong the stay in the greatest capital of Germany.

By the end of the event we hope that we will have made new friends, exchanged ideas, received valuable feedback and started a joint world optimization project or two.

To sign up, email John (johncryptfrink - at - gmail - dot - com), preferably before the first of February. The number of participants is limited, so register early to make sure you can participate.

Looking forward to seeing you
John, Tristan, Alexander, Matthias, Christian… & everyone else from the Berlin LessWrong meetup

UPDATE: We're now at slightly over 40 participants and can't accept any more people. Please mail John anyway if you'd have wanted to come! Things may still work out if someone else can't make it after all - and it will help us have a better idea of how many people to plan for next time.

Comments (31)

Comment author: Swimmer963 23 January 2014 07:01:11PM 10 points [-]

Congratulations, Berlin LessWrongers! This sounds like it will be very neat. And its existence required lots of work, which deserves yays. Yay!

Comment author: MondSemmel 24 January 2014 08:29:40PM *  9 points [-]

Suggestion: You could change the headline of this post to "European Community Weekend in Berlin" to make the international character of the event more immediately apparent.

Comment author: blob 25 January 2014 03:55:02PM 2 points [-]

Good point, done!

Comment author: vollmer 05 February 2014 10:27:10AM 1 point [-]

Great! I'm in for this one.

Comment author: oliverbeatson 24 January 2014 01:55:32PM 5 points [-]

Well done! Awesome idea. Will be thinking of ways I can contribute as well as attend.

Comment author: Kaj_Sotala 24 January 2014 08:45:06AM 5 points [-]

I'll be going.

Comment author: tkadlubo 26 January 2014 03:33:57PM 3 points [-]

I'm going. It looks that the LessWrong Study Hall is going to have a strong representation in this event.

Comment author: Axel 24 January 2014 01:15:00PM 3 points [-]

Mail sent I'm looking forward to meeting everyone.

Comment author: cousin_it 24 January 2014 10:25:14AM 3 points [-]

Email sent.

Comment author: philh 23 January 2014 10:20:43PM 3 points [-]

Email sent!

Comment author: Gunnar_Zarncke 24 January 2014 03:21:42PM 2 points [-]

Just in case you can't get to Berlin at that date but are interested what we learned you you may come to our new Meetup in Hamburg.the week after and I will tell you how it went.

Comment author: Risto_Saarelma 24 January 2014 02:17:55PM 2 points [-]

Email sent.

Comment author: mjr 24 January 2014 11:56:48AM 2 points [-]

Email sent, hopefully also received... (Apparently my last mail to John was put in spam.)

Comment author: blob 24 January 2014 03:03:39PM 2 points [-]

If you send me a message with your email address, I'll make sure it gets to John. See you there!

Comment author: mjr 24 January 2014 06:51:00PM 1 point [-]

's fine, I got an acknowledgement. See you :)

Comment author: blob 28 January 2014 01:40:58PM 1 point [-]

The response has been great: We now have 40 people tentatively signed up and can't accept more, unfortunately.

If you'd have wanted to sign up, please email John anyway! We may get back to you If someone can't come after all. It also gives us a better idea of how many people to expect next time!

Comment author: MondSemmel 31 January 2014 01:39:03PM *  2 points [-]

Please add the contents of this comment to the main post itself. Preferably in bold and/or with an 'Update:' or something. Not everyone reads all the comments, after all.

Comment author: Viliam_Bur 27 January 2014 09:41:52AM 1 point [-]

Me and Barbara will go.

Comment author: kvd 25 January 2014 05:17:27PM 1 point [-]

Unfortunately this is the only weekend in the near future, that I already have a prior engagement I can't get out of!

I think it's a great idea and I would've been very interested in going.

Comment author: akvadrako 25 January 2014 10:38:31AM 1 point [-]

This sounds like an excellent idea if you can get good number of countries represented. Could you clarify a couple things?

  • Is that €70 per night or for the whole weekend (and with 2 breakfasts)?
  • How many participants can attend?
  • How many are signed up already?
Comment author: blob 25 January 2014 01:30:13PM *  2 points [-]

I'll gladly clarify things:

  • The 70 Euro mainly include a bed in a shared room for two nights, two breakfasts and a part of the conference room rent. We've tried to keep it as cheap as possible to allow everyone to attend.
  • The conference room fits 40, maybe more. We currently only booked 30 beds but could surely extend that.
  • Signing up involves transferring money, possibly internationally, and banks are ridiculously slow at executing these transfers. So only one person has successfully signed up by now. Maybe some bitcoin transfers have reached John already, I don't know. Yesterday evening there were 35 people who are definitely interested and 4-10 maybes.
Comment author: MondSemmel 25 January 2014 11:03:17AM *  1 point [-]

To sign up, I had to wire transfer 70€ for the whole weekend.

Concerning breakfast, the post above now says: "The cost is 70 € including accommodation and breakfast."

Comment author: MondSemmel 24 January 2014 03:44:44PM *  1 point [-]

Thanks a lot for putting such an event together! I'll come. Email sent.

Comment author: Serendipity 05 February 2014 11:04:26AM 0 points [-]

Great, I'll be there :) Thank you for organizing!

Comment author: ciphergoth 26 January 2014 05:57:44PM 0 points [-]

I would love to have been there. Thank you for making it happen and I hope we get a little more notice for the next one!

Comment author: WingedViper 26 January 2014 08:41:08PM 1 point [-]

Wait, what? It's happening on the 11th of April, that's another 2.5 months?!

Comment author: ciphergoth 27 January 2014 08:28:22PM 0 points [-]

Much more notice is usual for conventions. If I search for 2016 conventions it's all about DNC/RNC, but searching for 2017 finds this. It's easier to plan your diary and get cheap air fares given enough notice. I have one free weekend before May.

Comment author: WingedViper 28 January 2014 01:44:35AM 2 points [-]

Fair point. It is not (yet) a big convention though, so I think the timescale is ok. It's more about trying to gather the people that are most interested in starting a European community and getting something going that we can build upon.

Comment author: RobertChange 28 January 2014 03:21:00PM 1 point [-]

I suggest that some people who want to organize or help with the next meetup will gather on Sunday before or after the official end, so that the date and city can already be announced soon after. We can shoot for a six-month advance notice next time and either stick to this or extend to twelve-months if needed. (12 months advance notice seems to be quite common for big annual events, but not when something new is held the first time.)

Comment author: Thinkchronous 29 January 2014 07:40:17PM 4 points [-]

So I hereby declare Berlin the Official City of European LessWrong community due to its unbroken track records of hosting this event.

Comment author: ciphergoth 28 January 2014 07:02:38PM 0 points [-]

Agreed, short notice for a first event is not unusual. That sounds great, thanks!