Factory Berlin is one of the biggest startup hubs in Germany. Through digital platform, community spaces, startup labs, programs and events, Factory Berlin connects and empower those who dare to think and create the unimagined and build the world of tomorrow. The true value of Factory Berlin lies in community interactions and networking.
Factory Berlin's project has been a massive endeavour since 2016. LLI stepped in to support and contribute to its development. We helped with building external APIs, unifying the feature set and the deployment infrastructure. Currently we are engaged in increasing the scope of available features.
Our work involved few major milestones and challenges. Primary one being the complexity of existing platform. State of the platform at the moment of our involvement was that there were multiple elements at different stages of maturity and development process. First challenge was to reduce the complexity and redesign system architecture so that we have a single consistent system. This would allow us to reduce maintenance requirements and focus on delivering new functionalities. We managed to achieve this goal by combining our experience with complex system and being open to Factory Berlin needs. As a result of our effort we obtained clean architecture with intuitive distinction between building blocks. This created a baseline for moving forward with development of digital platform in line with Factory Berlin long term business goals. Currently we established work schedule with constant delivery of new feature and feedback loop that allows us to deliver and improve digital platform on a weekly basis.
Member Area Members
Member Area is fully responsive end-customer facing part of application. It allows Factory Berlin community members to manage their membership plans, community profiles used for networking and other data that they share with Factory Berlin. Additional features include job board where members share different opportunities and seek for collaboration, companies directory and events listing.
Data Tool Admins
Data Tool is part of the platform used by Factory Berlin team to manage and administer community. It allows to handle multiple workflows used in Factory Berlin’s day-to-day operations starting from application process, through membership plan changes, reception check ins and many more. It also has an analytics module which allows to use gathered data as an aid in decision making process both on short term operational and long term strategic level.
Even though our initial goal was to simplify architecture and provide a baseline for further development we were also able to utilise our expertise in implementing third party API integration. After establishing mentioned baseline we integrated it with specialised tools connected to Factory Berlin digital platform. Those specialised tools include, but are not limited to, payment provider service (Stripe), door access system (Sensorberg) or communication and marketing tools like Mailchimp or Slack. We are also providing integration with Hotjar, Facebook Pixel or Google Analytics that are used to provide data that is used later for future digital platform development.