In 2010 Marc Thiele founded beyond tellerrand. The name beyond tellerrand expresses the aim that everybody involved wants look a bit further, to look beyond the edge. It also reflects the global perspective of the event. The expression is a mix of the English word “beyond” and the German phrase “Über den Tellerrand schauen,” which means “Think outside the box”. The exact translation for the sentence is “Take a look beyond the edge of the plate”
Marc had opened up a Slack channel for attendees and friends of the conference and so it seemed a logical progression for us to build a Slack bot to provide information during and around the conference: To provide quick access to conference-related information in an easy-to-read text interface, with minimum formatting and extreme light weight – perfect when sitting in a theatre with your smartphone. Thus Peri was born! Peri derives his name (thanks to Marc!) from the conference logo, the periscope looking out of the box, into the beyond. Able to answer questions about the schedule, individual speakers, locations and side events, Peri was implemented in the weeks running up to the Düsseldorf conference in May 2017 and received great feedback – with some attendees even asking Peri if it’ll be back for the Berlin conference in November later in the year!