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Palomar5 was the 1st Innovation Camp in Germany. It took place from 9th of October to 24th of November 2009 at the Malzfabrik, a converted former brewery area, located in Tempelhof in the south of Berlin.

30 participants under the age of 30 from 17 countries, internationally selected out of +700 applications, lived and worked together for 7 weeks around the topic "the future of work". The camp team created 12 projects that reached from devices to enable a more haptic transfer of digital data, to oversized light-interfaces questioning the dynamics of control between user and digital device, to a satellite network to connect the global poor to the www.

Besides this hands-on work on ideas to solve real world problems Palomar5 also had a strong emphasis on the exploration of the potential of creative collaboration in the digital 21st century, that was on the horizon back then.

The outcomes were presented to an invite-only audience of +300 guests from business, science, and media at the final Palomar5 – Summit. This conference took place at the 23rd of November 2009 and was followed by the Palomar5 – Festival, when the camp location was opened to the public and all work and living area was showcased.

The methodology of Palomar5 is based upon the design of temporary experimental spaces outside the boxes of mediocrity. An atmosphere shaped by fundamental openness, freedom, and mutual trust enables the emergence of collaborative and self-organized processes of invention, iterative testing and innovation.

To this day Palomar5 remains a controversially disputed approach to innovation. While some just saw a lot of money burned, others praise the innovative methodology and reckon a unique event prototype for the so called "fuzzy frontend of innovation".

For an extensive text-based documentation feel free to check out our article "1000 Stunden Innovationscamp Palomar5: Millennials bauen ihre Arbeitswelt von morgen" that is part of the book "Personalmanagement von Millennials" by Martin Glaffke, published in the Gabler Verlag.

Current applications of the innovation camp approach first explored at Palomar5 can be found at Open State and POC21, both focussing on the potential of open hardware and digital fabrication for a future-proof, sustainable society.


It is impossible to really capture what has happened in the roughly 65.000 minutes of Palomar5. Nevertheless we wanted everyone to experience at least a glimpse of it - within 60 minutes. Enjoy!


364 moments preserved for all eternity.

More pictures can be found here.


Palomar5 was quite popular with the press and reached several millions of media contacts in the most relevant German speaking media in print, online, radio and tv.

press coverage

- "Palomar5 is made for the thinkers and doers of tomorrow." (Welt)

- "Managers in big corporations as well as small businesses are fascinated." (Financial Times Germany)

- "A truly unique event." (Netzwoche)

- "The community of the future." (Spiegel Online)


Without these people and business partners Palomar5 would have never become a reality. At times it was a bumpy ride for all parties concerned, but in the end definitely worth it.
The new never comes easy.

First and foremost there´s our sponsor and enabler Deutsche Telekom AG:
We´d like to especially thank Christopher Schläffer, former CIO and the team around Sven Hischke (Vice President Pan-European IP Transformation), for taking the risk to step into the unknown together with us.

Our extensive Palomar5 community of supporters, friends & business partners, experts, and disruptors:
handl.e pictures – Ernst Handl & Kirsten Hense, Florie Britzel, Kwela Hermanns, PCH - Stefan Liske & Alex Nolte, Aiko Karaschewitz, Isabel Gentsch, Jens Mühlner, Helmut Sussbauer, gravity – Alexander Grots, frog, Kontrastreich TV - Patricia Günther, zwei.drei – Julius Kranefuß, Malzfabrik – Frank Sippel & Christiane Burgschat, Mendel Heit, mindmatters - Wolfgang Wopperer, Daniel Kruse, Sandra Trögl, Nigel Seale, Georg Engeli, piabo – Tilo Bonow, SAP, BMW & Axel Springer.

The 28 P5ers, the Palomar5 camp team:

P5 Team Alasdair Bell, Christopher Doering, Sagarika Sundaram, Loek Ruijs, Jessi Altenburger, Basti Hirsch, Magalie Pedrono, Apurv Mishra, Gustavo Morales, Maryanna Rogers, Anastasia Kalinina, Piet Hoffman, Gijs Burgmeijer, Max Marmer, Salina Kanji, Dennis Denisenko, Tori Hogan, Axelle Tessandier Bronder, Zeesy Powers, Suyash Tiwari, Jyoti Guptara, Rana Jarbou, Eddie Harran, Brad Morris, Joep Kuijper, Jay Cousins, Valentin Heun, and Kosta Grammatis.

The Palomar5 core team:
Dominik & Simon Wind, Jonathan Imme, Hans Raffauf, Mathias Holzmann, Pippa Pauen, Pippin Wigglesworth-Weider, Laurent Hoffmann, Georgiana Tugui and Tina Ellerbrock.


If you want to learn more about innovation camps in general or Palomar5 in particular, feel free to contact us anytime:

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