Technical support @ East Berlin Power Station

Last week Eric, Alan and myself were in Berlin supporting Big Rock Productions on the TedxChange project. Hosted at one of the strangest venues we’ve ever worked in, the shell of the old East Berlin power station, which included – Lots of concrete, lots of darkness and plenty of areas where in the UK or US health & safety would have a field day.  The remit for TedxChange is to look at the bigger picture and why as a society we should help provide people with their most basic needs: Food, clean water, life-saving medical treatment and vaccines.

We were tasked with providing full wireless coverage throughout the public areas of the venue as well as a selection of wired and wireless coverage in key areas for speakers, staff and crew. Support the keynote production and of course provide some technical equipment which included: Cisco switches, 4 x Xirrus arrays, 10 x laptops, a TMG server, printers and 1.2km of cat5 cable.

The venue itself was a challenge, being just a shell it couldn’t provide us with the power and internet requirements we needed so it meant power generators being hired in and a line of sight internet connection being ordered and beamed to us across the Berlin skyline from 1.5 miles away.

The show went ahead and was beamed via satellite from Berlin to London where it was webcast live to the world.  A full recording of this inspiring show can be found here

Andrew Clark

Technical Consultant

Photographs courtesy of Mike Reid Photography

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