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The Weekly Lowdown: Berlin top start-up events this week (Dec 19-26) Written by Marguerite Imbert on 19. December 2011

Berlin events

Irving Berlin wrote “White Christmas,” one of the best-selling Christmas songs of all time. The city Berlin wrote the best pre-Christmas party week the world had ever seen, and it all started now. Start-up scenesters and grinches alike, put down your phones for burrr-lin holiday revels and java chipp foamies that your favorite app couldn’t make. Whether you want to hang with fellow start-up scenesters, chow Japanese grub or have a good old hack there is plenty going on every night of the week. And if we don’t see you out and about, have a happy holiday and an inspiring New Year from all the little elves at VentureVillage. Cheers!

Berlin events

Monday, December 19

If you want to know how to single-handedly save the tanking global economy, the Social Media Club Berlin is discussing the topic – and why crafts like knitting and crocheting are the answer, no really – at Gruner Salon, Rosa Luxemburg Platz 2, 10178 Mitte. The meeting starts at 7pm. For more info, click here.

If you need a creative, hand-made gift and fast! Stop by the D.I.Y. experts at Stoffe Meyer for their well-timed Last Minute Christmas Sewing Club. Their motto: Be it laptop cases, bags, pillowcases, baby blankets, or scarves—if it’s sewable, it’s doable. Today until Dec. 22, 19.00-22.00 at Brunnenstr. 165. €21 per three-hour session. Call them at +493047375792 Visit their website at:

Tuesday, December 20

If you are interested in Diaspora as a decentralized alternative to Facebook, there is a new meet-up group having their first gathering at 7pm. The free meeting is at c-base spacestation‎, Rungestraße 20, 10179, and will discuss the Diaspora open-source personal web server. For more info, click here.

Wednesday, December 21

For Christmas with a hint of Apple, the Berlin Apple Users will meet at 6.30pm at Sudwestkorso 65a, 12161. Read more here.

For piping Hot Cocoa Framework, join the CocoaHeads to discuss programming for the Mac OS X at Code Kollectiv, Grossbeerenstrasse 79, 10963 Kreuzberg with the fun starting at 7pm. For more info, click here.

If you want to dabble in app hacking with Neo4j, head for Mehringdamm 33, 10961, for the Heroku Hackday of Graph database-Berlin at 7pm. But check the link to be sure because they are a little coy about the venue. For more info, click here.

If you want to chew the fat, the fifth Berlin Lean Start-up Meet-up is being held at 7pm at Poppelallee 78/79, 10437 Prenzlauer Berg. To read more, click here.

If you have a hankering for Japanese food, Berlin-style, The Berlin Japanese Meet-up is gathering at 7.30pm at Cocolo for noodles and beer at Gipsstrasse 3. For more info, click here.

Thursday, December 22

If you need a couch to crash on, try the & hearts & hearts weekly CouchSurfing meeting at SoupaNova at Stargarder Strasse 24, 10437 Prenzlauer Berg. Doors open at 8pm. Fore more info, click here.

Image credit: Flickr user reconcycles.