India Week – talking to Anita Shukla

When I first started this blog, the plan was to do interviews just with non-German people, asking them why they came to Hamburg. Well not for the first time, I have decided to interview somebody from Germany: Anita Shukla.

This is because Anita Shukla is able to give a unique perspective from her own experience working with internationals, in particular Indians. And with India Week coming up (block your diary from 2nd to 8th November by the way), what better time to take a look at Hamburg’s ties to India?

What is it about India that makes it such a sought-after trading partner? Anita Shukla told me a bit about India, herself, and Hamburg’s relations with India.

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Who’s allowed to vote in Hamburg’s upcoming Olympic referendum?

I was doing a bit of research for the latest episode of the “Why Hamburg?” podcast and wondered whether the referendum on 29th November regarding Hamburg’s Olympic bid would be open to everyone. And by everyone, I mean people like us – many of whom don’t have German citizenship.

There are plenty of (German-language) articles about the referendum, but it was quite difficult to find anything regarding who is allowed to vote and, specifically, whether non-German citizens are included.

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2nd coworking open day at Shhared

Shhared is a recently-opened coworking space in Bahrenfeld with a distinctively international atmosphere. Alex (whom you can read about here) has announced a second coworking open day on Thursday 23rd April.

The date was chosen to coincide with St. George’s Day, which is the English counterpart to St. Patrick’s Day – albeit not as well known internationally.

Shhared is open Monday – Friday from 8am to 6pm and the open day is no exception. For those who haven’t been before: there is an open area for flexible coworking, a quieter area where you can rent a fixed desk, some offices for rent (one or two are still available) and meeting rooms.

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Coworking in Copenhagen

As many of you will already know, some of us are planning a coworking trip to Copenhagen. The idea is to keep it simple: book transport, accommodation (e.g. Airbnb) and get over there. Then we will spend the time in a coworking space, where we can get some work done and hopefully get to know some of the locals.

When we’ve confirmed travel and accommodation arrangements, as well as numbers, then we can organise a programme for the evening and during the day. The idea being that we don’t just turn up in Copenhagen and feel like a bunch of strangers but have some kind of greeting when we’re there.

For more information and to confirm attendance, see the Facebook event. Stay tuned!

Second “Why Hamburg?” meeting and UPload at Shhared (19th February)

Following our first meeting, it would be great to have another informal meeting to talk about ideas in a quieter but nevertheless informal atmosphere. I think we’re still at the “norming, forming and storming” phase so let’s keep it simple again this time.

Time and Date

Alex organises monthly UPload meetings at Shhared which are very informal networking events with a bit of beer and food so we can descend upon him. I have asked him, and he said yes. (Thanks Alex.) The event starts at 6pm, but it’s fine if you come from 7pm if you’re coming in from somewhere else.

It’s on Thursday 19th February.

Agenda

The official part will start at 7pm:

Firstly: some news from Shhared and “Why Hamburg?”

Secondly: lightning talks (3 minute spontaneous talks) BUT strictly alternating between male and female speakers. If the supply of either gender dries up, then – too bad! – we move on to …

Thirdly: Informal chat, heated debate (as always at Shhared).

The last WH? meeting

At the last “Why Hamburg?” meeting we had people from Indonesia, Spain, Japan, France, UK and of course Germany. The aim of the community is to think (and ultimately act) about making Hamburg more international, for the benefit of both locals and expats. That’s why this is an invitation to everyone.

Getting to Shhared coworking space

Daimlerstraße 71c, Bahrenfeld, Altona.

Usually you can park in the car park next door (although strictly speaking, it’s not allowed so at your own risk).

By public transport, I find it’s best to get the M3 bus which takes roughly 10 minutes from Feldstraße and goes every 5 minutes. Or S-Bahn Bahrenfeld, served by the S1 and S11.

Use the HVV planner to find what’s easiest for you.

See you there!

“Why Hamburg?” meeting on 22nd January 2015, 7pm – Paddy’s Irish Pub

Recently I have been speaking to a lot of people regarding “Why Hamburg?” and all things related to the lives of international people in Hamburg, how Hamburg can attract more of us, and what we can do to fly the flag for our city.

Anyway, I’d love to get a small group of people together to talk very informally about topics such as Hamburg’s international image, startups, and attracting not only tourists but also skilled workers to Hamburg. You don’t need to be an expert to come along and have your say. It’s more about getting to know each other and talking about next steps.

So if you’re up for it, drop me a short email on john [at] why-hamburg.com and come to:

  • Paddy’s Bar (Schauenburgerstraße 40, 20095 Hamburg)
  • at 7pm
  • on 22nd January

I look forward to seeing you there!