Save the dates - Fixfest 2019 in Berlin

We’re really excited to announce that the second-ever global Fixfest will occur in Berlin on 20-22 September.

Pre-registration and more details to come soon from our hosts, Runder Tisch Reparatur.

As Restart, we are planning on providing travel subsidies for a number of community members. We’ve yet to nail down the criteria for selection, but participation online and off, as well as contribution of data to the Fixometer will probably be a part of them :slight_smile:

@Club_de_Reparadores @Fernando_GA @Culture_of_Repair @ssebti we’d really love to see you represented there. (Let us know if we can help you fundraise for the trip?)


Fantastic news! Our staff in Hong Kong would absolutely love to join this year’s Fixfest to support Restart and the Right to Repair :muscle:

We’ll stay tuned for updates, but please do let us know if we can help you out in anything, or whether you need something from us directly or from the University of Science and Technology itself. Of course, a little help in fundraising the trip would be greatly appreciated, but we’d rather wait until you have finished the selection criteria before asking for anything!



Hi Janet,
That’s great ! Maybe @Nebojsa_Adzic will go, we’ll discuss that :slight_smile:


I’ll almost certainly go.

For anyone in London, I’ll be going by train.

It’s about a 10-12 hour journey: Eurostar to Brussels, then ICE or Thalys to Kőln, then ICE to Berlin.

Next question: it says 20-22 Sept, which is 3 days, but the webpage says 2 days: Am I correct in assuming that it’s Sat 21-Sun 22?


Many of us are considering the train trip too, @Dave!

Correcting the page now. It’s like the first one - Friday evening opening, through Sunday.

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Yes I will join you on the train.

totally thinking about the train too. Köln is super nice as well so might even have a little stopover on the way home!

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Hi Janet. I’d love to come. As it happens I’m planning a trip to Berlin soon-ish to do some work with TU on design of products for repairability and upgrade. So this might be a way of doing both in one trip. I’m happy to take photos as at Manchester, CC licence etc. Cheers Mark

When is anyone thinking about booking for this? Or have you already? And are you thinking of staying in an apartment?

Just wanted to flag Janet’s poll for UK-based people interested in going (to get a sense of numbers and who would be interested in a travel subsidy):

Please do complete the poll :slight_smile:

I believe the event tickets will be released some time in July. I imagine many people will book transport/accommodation at that point

As an initial suggestion for where to stay …

This place offers dormitory rooms at reasonable prices not too far away from TUB
It works out at ~€22,46 per person per night for a dormitory of 6 people.

BTW there is a youth hostel not far away but the reviews are variable to say the least.

Of course, it would be nicer to stay with people: do we have any contacts with spare floor space?

Good news! My colleague @Nebojsa_Adzic will go to this event !

@Janet, we will need some help ($) to organize the trip.
You mentioned possible Restart subsidies and help for fundraising, we’d love to know more.

BTW, Neb will stay in Berlin a few more days for vacation. Maybe it’s good to know, if it can affect the flight ticket price.


Can we have a quick poll as to who’s going to be going from the UK by train?
I’m thinking about asking Eurostar and/or DB about group discounts.

  • I’m thinking of going from the UK by train.
  • Not.

0 voters

BTW it’s about 10 hours total from London St. Pancras station to Berlin Hauptbahnhof.

The Restart team will be mostly travelling by train. That would be really helpful, it’s the next thing on our Fixfest logistics list. DB has a customer service number in the UK, and I know they have group discounts for trips originating in Germany.

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… thinking about it, I might make a week or 2 of it & stay a week in Berlin and/or stay over in Köln… I’ll be running short of Echte Kölnwasser by then :grinning::

:tada: Registration for Fixfest is now open!

Tickets are free, so please do register for tickets now and :arrow_right_hook: forward the confirmation email to

Once you’ve done that, we’ll get in touch about travel - we have limited funding to bring participants from outside the UK and outside Europe. Those who have already been in touch (on this thread and elsewhere) will get priority.

It’s worth noting that the main eligibility criterion for travel subsidies is having all your Fixometer data up to date .

In terms of running your own session, the programme has been largely finalised but there’s a significant portion set aside for ‘unconference’ style sessions:

An important part of Fixfest will be the unconference sessions we will hold during the whole of Saturday and on Sunday morning. Here you can spontaneously discuss topics, present your projects and discuss issues that had to be cut short in other formats.

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:rotating_light: Just sharing that registration is filling up — at ~120 participants from 14 countries and five continents. We are now booking travel for our registered delegates, this needs to be complete on Monday/Tuesday so we can block-book accommodation. If we’ve emailed you about travel — i.e. a free trip to Berlin — please respond ASAP.

@Janet what’s happening wrt Restart’s travel & accommodation?
I’ll need to book my (eccentric) travel ASAP to avoid fare hikes.

Another quick announcement…

:mega: pre-Fixfest meetup

We’re organising a pre-Fixfest online meetup here on the forum as a chance to get to know others from the network who are going.

The first step is to set a date and time. If you’re interested, please vote on the poll here:

Just to say that all our travel has been arranged — if you asked for support for travel and have not received travel confirmation, please get in touch ASAP. (@Dave we’ve been in touch separately about your train journey.)

We’ve made a group reservation for everyone in our supported delegation here Hotel Kudamm (precise location :world_map: ). We will be in touch closer to the date about room allocations.

If you are self-paying we would encourage you to book at our hotel, but here’s another good alternative.

We’ll share more on public transport in Berlin and transfers from the airport for those who are flying, but please feel free to start exploring this on your own. We’ve found in past that Berlin is an extremely traveller-friendly city.

Please be patient with us, as we are a very small team doing our best to sort out trains, flights, hotels and visas for the group. :pray: