Nina has been involved in making Berlin Buzzwords happen since 2016. Starting as a partner manager she quickly found her role in leading the project with a multitude things to keep an eye on: from venue booking to budget decision, from catering to content and design she is most happy when her job is as versatile as this.

Paul Berschick

Paul leads our events team at Plain Schwarz. Before organizing conferences and tech events, he read communications at Freie Universität Berlin. He is an avid committer of all things open source and implements it not only in his professional life. Paul is a firm believer in life-long learning, which makes him annoyingly smart but he never shows off. In his free time, Paul likes to read great books on crime, sheep and adventures.

Max King

Max is the token Londoner in the team and is also responsible for communication and communities ,keeping the world up to date on Berlin Buzzwords. Before moving to Berlin in 2016 he studied Cognitive Neuroscience in Brighton. Max is also a wannabe radio show host, cat fan, and emoji enthusiast.

Alexander Brateanu

Alex is a project manager responsible for speaker accommodation and volunteer management at Berlin Buzzwords. He is passionate about politics and digital governance.  Alex likes cycling but despises basil.


Nick is heavily involved in a number of Apache projects, such as Tika, POI and Chemistry, while having the fortune to know many of the people involved in the Apache Big Data and Search space! When not helping out with Apache things, Nick works as the Lead Architect and Head of Software Development at Flexible Lifestyle Employment Company (FLEC), where he tries to make the best use of Open Source technologies to solve the business's problems. Nick is a big fan of many aspects of agile and extreme development, and rapid web development frameworks such as Django. Nick is often to be found attending or organising BarCamps, Geek Nights, or other such fun events dedicated to sharing what's great and new!