2008 is near its end, so we thought it’s time for a little compilation of this year’s Genau events.
2008 was a break-through for Genau in many ways. We had our first intern, Sara. It was great for us so if you are considering something like an internship in a small internet company with a lot of edge then just contact us or drop by for coffee.
Around May year we did a language shift here on the blog, and most of our blog posts since then have been in English. We are not sure if we should go on with the English. It makes sense to write in English since we often work with people that don’t understand Danish, but on the other hand most of our readers are Danish and it would probably feel odd for you/them to comment on something in English. Let us know what you think.
In July we moved into our office in Mikkel Bryggers Gade in downtown Copenhagen, and we are still here. We share the office space with five other people, mainly journalists and other writing people. It is great to have a real work place with nice people around. Every second week we get a big box of fresh fruit delivered, and we have even hosted a few parties. We probably have some film nights coming up soon.
During 2008 we made about 15 websites and two or three consultancy jobs. You can see some of the websites in the about section. Regarding the webdesign we are looking forward to continue with WordPress solutions for small websites and Drupal for bigger projects, but in 2009 we want to have a better balance between practical webdesigning and consulting.
Own projects – 200 DJs and CCMS
In August we arranged a second version of the 200 DJs project. Organizing the event was quite tough this time. The biggest problem was finding a location. The one we had in mind turned us down after months of waiting because of problems with authorities. And the managers at our back-up location managed to do a double booking and told us only two weeks before the date of the event. Then we were offered a great place in Kødbyen but Københavns Ejendomme stopped it because of “too much partying” in the area. Finally By og Havn saved us by offering us the old terminal for the Poland ferry in the northern part of the central harbour. A very cool location but our crowd couldn’t fill up the vast space, and the great feeling from the first 200 DJs event never really materialized. We ended up with some financial hardship after the event but we learned so much.
The first version of CCMS – creative content management system – was launched in February. And the second version of CCMS launched gradually during November. Improvements are huge – lots of jquery, design improvements, user inputs, in-browser audio playing, video etc. And you can simply start using it on the hosted version at www.ccms.nu. So far it is in Danish but most people will understand it. We presented the beta version at the course “learning and IT” at the IT University of Copenhagen – thanks for having us and thanks for the feedback.
So what’s up for 2009?
Apart from our webdesign jobs and concultancy work – the commercial branch of Genau – we have one particular project in mind for 2009. We want to buy an old bus just like these Swedes did. Then we want to paint it and create a space for getting things done. More to come. Get in touch if you want to participate.
Happy new year!