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Gift Machine

Guten Tag. Guten Abend! We are in Germany this week for the Nokia Connects Regional Spotlight. I’ve decided to go for a bullet point special, filling you in about everything that has been happening in Germany for the last few months. I spoke to Julian Schollmeyer from the Nokia Smartphone Blog about everything that’s been going down and he was extremely helpful, so big thanks to Julian. 

The last time we visited Germany was back in April, so here are my top 5 highlights since we last popped in to say hello….

1. Nokia presents: MLove conference for all things mobile, digital and creative.

– 250 guests from various backgrounds came to Berlin for three days and three nights to speak about, discuss and debate issues and ideas for today’s mobile society.

2. In May the re:publica conference took place for the sixth consecutive time in Berlin. What started as a “class reunion” of bloggers, Internet activists, and researchers has become Germany’s largest and most prominent conference on the future of our society and all things digital.


via Nokia Smartphone Blog

– Nokia was one of the supporters of the conference and we were on site presenting the Nokia Gift Machine where people were able to check in using Foursquare on their mobile.

– We had hundreds of Nokia Gift Machine check-ins every day and daily there was one lucky winner of the brand new Lumia 800.

3. Nokia were on site for one of Germany’s biggest music festivals – the Rock am Ring which takes place every summer at the famous Nürburgring race circuit near Cologne – check out what we got up to below or head here.

– Visitors were invited to ride in a freefall tower (“Nokia Lumia Tower”) to see the festival site from high above and to get their picture taken with a Nokia Lumia installed in front of their seats that they shared with their friends on social afterwards:


– Also on site was the so-called “Nokia Tent Butler” serving breakfast to a couple of lucky festival-goers they would’ve never expected:


4. The Berlin Fashion Week recently came to a close.

It’s still quite a young event and not as famous as the big ones in New York, London, Paris and Milan but it has definitely gained a lot of attention already thanks to the large amount of young and talented designers involved.


5. UEFA Euro 2012: what at first looked like a very long party for football fans in Germany, saw its abrupt end with the match against Italy.

After the game many fans were outraged to hear that one scene from the audience showing a woman crying actually didn’t have anything to do with Germany losing the game. The shots were taken from before the match when the national anthem was played!

Most fans prefer to remember the good times when German coach Joachim “Jogi” Löw was playing tricks on ball boys.


Hope you enjoyed our return trip to Germany. There really has been so much going on! Is there anything above you were unaware of and you want to know more about? Let me know @Nokia_Connects or leave a comment below.

Auf Wiedersehen!