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Hello Yi – our new Berlin curator — October 14, 2013

Hello Yi – our new Berlin curator

“Berlin is a very diverse and vibrant city and has something to offer everyone… Berlin is a great city to embark on new adventures, start a creative project, or collaborate on fresh ideas.”


We heard you! We’re coming back to Berlin this coming week. We have a brilliant new curator in Aussie expat Yi Chen. Yi has been in the city over 18 months and was looking for something like The Fetch to help her discover what’s happening. She’a a perfect curator in that she’s worked across our core verticals of business/startups, creative/design and tech. Stay tuned as we bring you the best events, jobs and more in our new weekly format.

If you’re new to The Fetch, don’t forget to subscribe here. A big welcome to Yi!

How did you end up where you are today?

In 2009, I left a cushy office job in Melbourne as I was tired of being in a cubicle all day. I decided to head to Asia and fund my travels through freelancing. I eventually ended up at Saatchi & Saatchi in Taipei as the lead digital strategist. Nevertheless, I was itching to explore Europe so I packed up my bags again in 2012 and headed to Berlin. Currently, I’m a marketing freelancer and work with various creative agencies and startups.

Why did you want to get involved with The Fetch?

I enjoy discovering new things and my calendar is often filled with various events, from seminars and conferences, to workshops and meetups. When I stumbled across The Fetch, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to curate events on a regular basis and share them with others.

What things excite you about our community right now?

I like how The Fetch is tailored to the growing number of professionals in different fields and industries. It’s great to see additional cities being added with new subscribers everyday. I’m excited to kickstart Berlin’s newsletter again and catchup with some of the fetchers at the events.

What events do you recommend in Berlin?

Besides music events and art festivals, I really enjoy attending hands-on workshops and classes. For example, learning how to screen print at Betahaus or creating vinyl stickers at the Fab Lab. If you’re also a foodie, you will enjoy the cooking classes at Goldhahn and Sampson and Street Food Thursday at Markthalle Neun.

What’s your favourite thing about your city?

Berlin is a very diverse and vibrant city and has something to offer everyone. I love summer in Berlin as the city really comes to life and everything is happening outside.

What’s unique about Berlin?

It’s a popular European city where the cost of living is still very affordable. Berlin is a great city to embark on new adventures, start a creative project, or collaborate on fresh ideas. There’s a chilled vibe everywhere you go, meaning you can dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant in your jeans and t-shirt.

Where can we find you in Berlin?

During the week you can usually find me on my bike rushing between offices. On the weekends, I’m either brunching or picking up knick knacks from flea markets.

How can we connect with you?

Drop me a message on Twitter via @yiiee or

If you didn’t live in Berlin, where would you be?

I would love to one day live in New York or Tokyo!

You can also follow Yi and The Fetch Berlin via @thefetchBER and on Facebook. Sign-up to receive our events-packed digest via and get your work life covered!

Curator Year in Review 2012: Lisa in Berlin — December 11, 2012

Curator Year in Review 2012: Lisa in Berlin

As the end of 2012 approaches, we thought it’d be nice to have an update from our beloved city curators. Lisa Lang in Berlin shares some of her most appreciated events, spaces and top moments of 2012.


Best event for meeting people?

To be honest, I don’t have a ‘best’ event. Berlin offers so many meetups and events – it is hard to say what is the best as everyones taste/needs are different.

Best event for content shared and learnings?

A highlight in town is definitely the Berlin Geekettes – they just launched the mentorship program for women in tech which will help a lot of people accelerate their careers and lives. Another event are the workshops by the Open Tech School – great place to get started with coding!

Personal event stye preference (breakfast/conference/workshop/etc/etc)?

I love the ‘first presentation then drinks’ events – get more knowledge and networking in one evening is the perfect mix.

Favourite source of local community news?

Twitter, SiliconAllee, uberlin.

Favourite coworking space?

Agora Collective is my absolute favourite, but a bit away from Mitte. Betahaus is still a great place to work in central Berlin.

Favourite cafe with wifi?

At the moment Vis a Vis as it close to my university. Melbourne Canteen is cool and has the best poached eggs in town.

What’s been a personal highlight and not so high moment of the year?

Personal highlights where the launch of my Smashing Book No. #3, hosting almost 10,000 people at Campus Party in Berlin and the launch of the Berlin Geekettes Mentorship Program. Not so high moment was the death of Stephen Richards Covey.

What have you enjoyed about being involved with The Fetch in 2012?

Getting to know more awesome events in town and meeting so many passionate people.

What are you looking forward to in 2013?

Berlin is going to reach another level in 2013. I know a number of events coming to town, more startups and more investors. It will be fast, hard, crazy and absolutely mind-blowing.

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