🇩🇪 🇬🇧 Fairphone Community Aachen 🗓 15. Mai 2024

Lots of (by now) familiar faces at our final 2017 meetup, including returning “founding members” still holding on to their trusty FP1s and FP1U as well as recent joiners allowing us to present the full FP2 slim case colour range to those pondering whether the FP2 is their (next) thing. Conversations ranged from the Fairphone cameras to the pros and cons of updating, from the pains of bloatware to the question if an ever slower smartphone (it was an iPhone!) can be rejuvenated by resetting it and also, from local history to the challenges of electric mobility in a country firmly under control of a fossil fuel-addicted car industry. While we didn’t reach the turnout of our public event in September, it was nevertheless a lively get-together totalling 9 people, 2 FP1s, 1 FP1U and 4 FP2s. The odds are good that the latter number will increase by christmas time. :wink:

See you again next year!


Liebe Öcher FP-Fans,
nach meinem Wechsel auf ein FP2 liegt nun mein FP1U hier in Aachen nutzlos herum. Es ist unbeschädigt, hat 3,5 Jahre anstandslos funktioniert und ein originalverpackter Reserve-Akku würde auch gern seine Dienste tun. Gibt es eventuell bei Euch jemanden, denen ich dieses liebgewordene Teil kostenlos in gute Hände überlassen kann? Dann käme ich gern im neuen Jahr mal vorbei zur Übergabe. Für ein Entsorgen in eine Alt-Handy-Kiste ist es mir doch noch zu Schade…

Besten Gruß

Aktualisierung @urs_lesse: Das FP1U konnte vor Ort in gute Hände vermittelt werden.


"originalverpackter Reserve-Akku"
Hoooouuuuu !
Ich glaube da würden mache Leute für t … ziemlich viel tun…

[ein Bunkerer…]

:de: 9. Aachener Fairphone-Stammtisch

am Freitag, 23. Februar 2018 um 19.00 Uhr, diesmal im
Restaurant **Magellan | Pontstraße 78 | 52062 Aachen | 0241.4016440
Bahnhof: Aachen-West | Bushaltestelle: Driescher Gässchen | OpenStreetMap

   AN 15.02.2018, S. 17


AN 23.02.2018, S. 18 | AZ 23.02.2018, S. 18

:gb: 9th Aachen Fairphoners get-together

Friday 23 February 2018 at 1900 h
Restaurant Magellan | Pontstraße 78 | 52062 Aachen | +49.241.4016440
Train station: Aachen-West | Bus stop: Driescher Gässchen | OpenStreetMap


Once again my worries about low turnout were fortunately proven wrong. Seven Fairphoners were joined by a returning Fairphone(r’s) friend without a Fairphone and once again a longtime smartphone holdout (who had learned about the meeting through the newspaper, see above) considering the FP2 for her first smartphone ever. She knew no fear presenting her trusty old Siemens to us and seemed to look forward to future Aachen Fairphoners meetings. Meanwhile, the Fairphone Angel from Düsseldorf knew no fear either helping the Fairphone(r’s) friend getting back into his password-messed up trusty old Samsung.

All in all once again a very lively group that included a remarkable high share of first-smartphone Fairphoners, still a healthy mix of four FP2s (plus the Community Fairphone 2), three FP1s and the aforementioned Siemens & Samsung. The traditional CFP2 deconstruction ritual was once again performed to the interested eyes of a potential future FP2 owner, and the same device also donated it’s very vital organ, err-, bottom module (no worries @Douwe, just for a few minutes … :wink: ) for the sake of verifying the malfunctioning of another participant’s used potential future FP2’s bottom module.

Another nice Aachen Fairphoners get-together saw the final participants close the event after well more than three hours.

P.S.: Thanks to @Ingo @Stefan @Douwe @monica.c @fiorella and/or whoever kept advertising the meeting on Twitter and Facebook. :slight_smile:


Euch erwartet diesmal die ein oder andere nette kleine Zugabe
:mage: … und zwar nicht nur die beiden neuen Hüllen für das FP2 … :saxophone:

:de: 10. Aachener Fairphone-Stammtisch 24. Mai 2018

am Donnerstag, 24. Mai 2018 um 19.00 Uhr, im Veganen Kulturrestaurant
PZ – Pfannenzauber | Suermondtplatz 12 | 52062 Aachen | 0241.9610569
Bahnhof: Aachen Hbf | Bushaltestelle: Theater oder Elisenbrunnen

:gb: 10th Aachen Fairphoners get-together 24 May 2018

Thursday, 24 May 2018 at 1900 h, Vegan Restaurant
PZ – Pfannenzauber | Suermondtplatz 12 | 52062 Aachen
Train station: Aachen Hauptbahnhof | Bus stop: Theater or Elisenbrunnen

Brace yourself for a few nice little encores
:mage: … and not just the Fairphone 2’s new cases … :saxophone:



A great and diverse group from Aachen, Cologne, the Netherlands and Belgium spent a three-hour evening on a packed Fairphone meetup full of questions & suggestions on the various OS options and how to eliminate Google from the FP2 as far as possible. Fairphoners „Geki“ Gert and @oli.sax charmed the meeting with magic & sax, and Olivier also tirelessly demonstrated Ubuntu Touch, Sailfish and B2G to all those on the edge of transitioning away from Google. To much acclaim, M. Olivier de Liège also introduced les Allemand.e.s to the concept of a „refill“ (and we’re not talking drinks here, we’re talking potato wedges!) – a request that was promptly fulfilled by our generous hosts tonight :+1: The restaurant owner had actually revealed himself as an FP2 owner prior to the official start of the evening … :vulcan_salute:

The meetup would not have been complete without a ritual disassembly of the CFP2, not just attentively followed by several new Fairphoners, but replicated on their very own new FP2s. The Fairphone’s new transparent and black translucent clothes/cases were well received and re-combined with blue-button rims at will. Lots of information was shared, especially on the Troubleshooting-Tool, the Fairphone Forum and the next available Fairphone Angel(s) (@Lidwien you might hear from a Limburg Fairphoner soon :slight_smile: ).

Calls for scheduling the next meetup were widely shared as well as the wish to hold it in the same Vegan venue … September 2018 was tentatively eyed.

I owe Olivier and Gert my greatest gratitude. Thanks as well to everyone (@Ingo, @Monica.Ciovica, @Stefan and probably a couple of others :slight_smile:) who kept advertising the Aachen meetup on Twitter, Facebook and the Fairphone event page and to our supportive hosts in the PZ–Pfannenzauber who provided a perfect venue for us!


Ist die Nachrichtensperre jetzt aufgehoben? :wink: (Wollte euch einen schönen Abend wünschen, hab mich aber nicht getraut…)

Gratulation zu dem coolen Abend! Wie viel Gage verlangt der Zauberer, wenn wir ihn engagieren? :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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“Nachrichtensperre”, hehe :blush: Der Zauberer ist bestimmt zu engagieren, sein übliches Salär kenne ich aber ebenso wenig wie die Antwort auf die Frage, ob auch Teleportieren nach Wien zu seinem Repertoire gehört. :wink:

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:de: 11. Aachener Fairphone-Stammtisch 4. September 2018

  • am Dienstag, 4. September 2018 um 19.00 Uhr, im Veganen Kulturrestaurant
  • PZ – Pfannenzauber | Suermondtplatz 12 | 52062 Aachen | 0241.9610569
  • Bahnhof: Aachen Hbf | Bushaltestelle: Theater oder Elisenbrunnen

    Aachener Zeitung + Aachener Nachrichten 29.08.2018, S. 16

:de: Erfreulicherweise erscheint (oben) die Ankündigung nicht nur in beiden (hier inhaltsgleichen) Lokalzeitungen, sondern auch genau wie von mir heimlich erhofft am ersten Tag nach den Schulferien. Wermutstropfen: Die Kontaktadresse wurde nicht übernommen. Noch größere Überraschung: Im großen Artikel direkt daneben (ebenfalls in beiden Blättern) seht Ihr unseren “zauberhaften” Fairphoner :mage: Gert! … und am Tag des Stammtischs auch noch eine Kurzankündigung in beiden Zeitungen (unten) :slight_smile:
:gb: Nice surprises: Both local newspapers publish the announcement (above) exactly when I wanted it – the first day after the school holidays (unfortunately omitting my contact address though). Even nicer: Our magic Fairphoner :mage: Gert prominently appears in the big article and photo right next to our announcement! … and on our meetup day a mini announcement in both papers again (below) :slight_smile:

Aachener Zeitung + Aachener Nachrichten 04.09.2018, S. 18:

:gb: 11th Aachen Fairphoners get-together 4 September 2018

  • Tuesday, 4 September 2018 at 1900h, Vegan Restaurant
  • PZ – Pfannenzauber | Suermondtplatz 12 | 52062 Aachen | +49.241.9610569
  • Train station: Aachen Hauptbahnhof | Bus stop: Theater + Elisenbrunnen

Los geht’s im frisch renovierten Pfannenzauber mitsamt neuen Wandmalereien!

Update 11:51 pm: Sorry folks, for the first time the Aachen host is too exhausted to write up a full report on the same night. Will write more tomorrow. The curious ones can find the numbers in the very first post. :slight_smile:


OK, winding down took almost a day :relieved:

Fairphone Community Aachen’s 11th meetup …

… was quite a demanding 3 1/2 hour night – both for myself as well as for Fairphone Angels from Düsseldorf and Liège who pretty much saved my, err…, very own bottom module, albeit to everyone’s biggest dismay not another longstanding and most loyal first hour Fairphoner’s all new FP2’s core module which remained stubbornly un-revivable.

Turnout well exceeded expectations with 18 people (12+2 having FP2s, 3+1 having FP1s, 5 without a FP) in attendance plus three short-time visitors who nevertheless had FP issues to deal with. One was actually offering her fully functional FP1 for free … because “there are no more batteries to buy!” :smiley: So you can guess – we didn’t accept that! (And directed her to the well-known Generic battery topic, of course.) The FP1 was in fact a recurring topic during and even already before the meetup – two locals who could not make it that night had actually been put in touch beforehand in order to let another fully working FP1 change hands from a now FP2 owner to a smartphone virgin. And a returning participant from the 10th meetup was spontaneously equipped with another surplus FP1, having seen her own iPhone 5 take a dive just the day before.

A brief introduction around the table revealed that the newspaper announcements paid off big time: Most of the unprecedented attendance resulted from these, but to a smaller part also from having looked us up online (and to teach myself a lesson, the events web page was explicitly mentioned, too). Almost every second attendee joined us for the first time, so a brief introduction to the Fairphone project and its two main drivers – conflict minerals/fair trade and sustainability/repairability – was a must. Most of the planned agenda (Android 7, alternative OSes, Crowdloaning) had to be pushed aside given the abundance not just of questons, but to not mince words: a heavy and partly worrying load of FP2 troubleshooting as well. This host was confronted with quite a challenge and would not have coped with it had it not been for “Angels in Action”: @amber and @oli.sax who provided tireless assistance and support as well as Aachen Fairphoner Christian who had volunteered early to let me demonstrate the dis/reassembly of his FP2 to the eyes of the newbies. I owe you folks a big measure of gratitude, not just for making the way to Aachen, but to also show up and help despite not everyone of you being perfectly well last night. You took quite a load off my shoulders.

And although we were able to solve quite a couple of issues (one FP2 owner just needed a little encouragement to re-establish contact between her camera module and the core module by her own hands, another was helped switching from Ubuntu to Lineage), we also had a major disappointment :frowning: when no one was able to fix a founding Aachen Fairphoner’s all-new FP2 respectively its core module. It will now travel back to Fairphone Support.

So all in all a mixed bag – great attendance with many new faces, yet on the other hand also a couple of issues that might not have given the best (but perhaps also not the most representative) impression to some newbies. Nevertheless, virtually everyone was happy to be included in our email list and seemed to look forward to future opportunities to meet up and get in touch. We are eyeing the second half of November for Meetup #12.

See you soon!

P.S.: Additional thanks to @lorahaspels @Monica.Ciovica @lina1 for not just providing a ton of fresh merchandise and tirelessly advertising the event on social media, but also for just bearing with me :relaxed:


Wow, congratulations to this bis success! :smiley: :clap:

Who is this guy in the back with the white t-shirt? He shows up in different locations. He seems to be everywhere. Even at Fairphone’s HQ#creepy :joy: In serious: I’m amazed by this enthusiasm. We should make a forum badge for being at [3/5/10] different meetups. :wink:


This is amazing! Congratulations :raised_hands:

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:slight_smile: It makes me really happy to see this picture and read about your meet up!

Thanks for sharing and let’s keep on pushing Fair electronics far and wide! :slight_smile:


:de: 12. Aachener Fairphone-Stammtisch 27. November 2018

  • am Dienstag, 27. November 2018 um 19.00 Uhr, im Veganen Kulturrestaurant
  • PZ – Pfannenzauber | Suermondtplatz 12 | 52062 Aachen | 0241.9610569
  • Bahnhof: Aachen Hbf | Bushaltestelle: Theater oder Elisenbrunnen

:gb: 12th Aachen Fairphoners get-together 27 November 2018

  • Tuesday, 27 November 2018 at 1900h, Vegan Restaurant
  • PZ – Pfannenzauber | Suermondtplatz 12 | 52062 Aachen | +49.241.9610569
  • Train station: Aachen Hauptbahnhof | Bus stop: Theater + Elisenbrunnen

:de: Im Vorlauf zum Stammtisch hatte mich ein regionaler Radiosender kontaktiert und interviewt. Die Ankündigung mit einem ganz kurzen O-Ton lief dann am Tag des Stammtischs (ab ca. 0:36):


12th Meetup, 27 November 2018

:gb: Our 12th meeting was quite a bit smaller than our extensive September meetup, convening a total of just eight participants with only one new face (already owning an FP2 for quite some time though). While we started as six FP2 owners, one FP1 owner :blush: and an owner of a heavily taped other smartphone (I don’t remember the brand), we closed the evening with the latter giving one of my downhanded FP1s a trial run for the coming week. So while the FP2 now clearly dominates our meetups, I also keep equipping new people with FP1s … :angel:

A few late (but fully understandable) cancellations had the host a bit concerned prior to the meetup, but the (near) all-Fairphoner composition and the cozy size of the group allowed us to get some more actual troubleshooting and technical help done. With a little patience (after some trial and error, we even managed to backup some photos beforehand :smile:) , the Android 7 upgrade was successfully performed on an FP2 whose owner had had quite a big trouble with her first FP2 at the previous meetup. Of course, both the owner of the „just upgraded“ FP2 as well as those not having upgraded yet also got a thorough enlightenment :bulb: on how to properly shut down a 12 MP camera FP2 on Android 7. :wink:

So despite the rather familiar small group, we were all surprised how quickly time had elapsed when the clock hit 22.00 h

Looking forward to Fairphone Community Aachen’s next meetup in the new year!


:de: 13. Aachener Fairphone-Stammtisch

  • am Dienstag, 5. Februar 2019 um 19.00 Uhr, im Veganen Kulturrestaurant
  • PZ – Pfannenzauber | Suermondtplatz 12 | 52062 Aachen | 0241.9610569
  • Bahnhof: Aachen Hbf | Bushaltestelle: Theater oder Elisenbrunnen

:gb: 13th Aachen Fairphoners quarterly get-together

  • Tuesday, 5 February 2019 at 1900h, Vegan Restaurant
  • PZ – Pfannenzauber | Suermondtplatz 12 | 52062 Aachen | +49.241.9610569
  • Train station: Aachen Hauptbahnhof | Bus stop: Theater + Elisenbrunnen

Aachener Zeitung (und AN) 24.01.2019, S. 14  Klenkes stadtmagazin 02/2019, S. 36

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13. Stammtisch am 5. Februar 2019

Die Teilnehmerzahl bleibt in Aachen eine fast unprognostizierbare Lotterie :smiley:

Zugegeben, ich bin mit den schlimmsten Befürchtungen zum gestrigen Stammtisch gekommen und hatte mich nach gerade zwei Zusagen, aber einer ganzen Reihe von Absagen im Vorhinein und noch am Dienstag schon auf ein mageres Fairphoner-Trio eingestellt. So kann man sich irren … :slight_smile: Als ich eine halbe Stunde vor geplantem Beginn ankam, waren die beiden Erwarteten schon da … und innerhalb einer Stunde wuchs der Stammtisch auf zehn Fairphoner an. Auch wenn alle bereits mit einem Fairphone ausgestattet waren (8 FP2, 2 FP1), gab’s doch auch drei Stammtischneulinge. Und zum Glück schafften es auch die Rhein-Ruhr- und Lütticher Fairphone Angels @Amber und @oli.sax wieder, von Rhein & Maas nach Aachen zu kommen. Danke. :slight_smile:

Angesichts von 100% Fairphone-Besitzern genoss eine Einführung in das Fairphone-Projekt von Grund auf diesmal keine oberste Priorität; nichtsdestotrotz war der erreichte Stand bei der fairen Gewinnung von Konfliktrohstoffen ein Thema. Mehr aber noch wurde der jüngste Vorstoß vertieft, die Aachener Fairphoner*innen auch ins Fairphone Community Forum zu bringen – in Form der ein oder anderen bild(schirm)lichen Erläuterung der Funktionsweise und insbesondere der persönlichen Nachrichtenfunktion des Forums (der Bequemlichkeit halber allerdings auf einem Tablet). Und auch wenn noch gar nichts in trockenen Tüchern ist, wird es vielleicht auch noch einen erneuten Anlauf geben, „Zeit für Utopien“ in ein Aachener Kino zu bringen. Schließlich äußerte einer der Stammtischneulinge auch den Wunsch, an seinem eigenen Studienort ein Fairphone-Treffen anzustoßen (beim gestrigen Stammtisch war er „nur“ auf „Heimaturlaub“). Natürlich traf das beim Gastgeber auf Enthusiasmus und Nostalgie :relieved: – ist besagter Studienort doch schließlich sein Geburtsort …

Die Gesprächsthemen waren alles in allem diesmal ziemlich Fairphone-fokussiert, auch wenn schließlich die jüngsten deutschen Streitthemen (Tempolimit, ja bitte :wink: ) zur Sprache kamen – wenn auch mit in dieser Runde wohl kaum anders erwartbar mit recht großem Konsens. Auch wenn für einige der Stammtisch ja bereits geraume Zeit vor dem offiziellen Beginn um 19.00 Uhr gestartet hatte, gab es die letzten Verabschiedungen dann mal wieder erst nach 22.00 Uhr.

Entgegen den Befürchtungen des Einladers vor dem Stammtisch, war der Abend also sehr nett. Allerdings, auch zwei nicht ganz so erfreuliche Dinge … der 13. Aachener Stammtisch der erste, der nur aus Männern bestand :roll_eyes: Und nicht zuletzt war einer unserer nettesten und kenntnisreichsten Fairphoner zum letzten Mal dabei: Der Lütticher Fairphone Angel sagte sein Arrivederci zur Fairphone Community Aachen und der Euregio Maas-Rhein. Er tritt im März seine neue Arbeitsstelle am Mittelmeer an.
Félicitations et mille grazie, mon cher ami @oli.sax!

P.S.: Dank an @lorahaspels @Monica.Ciovica @Ingo @Stefan für die geduldigen Retweets meiner übereifrig zahlreichen Terminankündigungen! :wink:

13th meetup, 5 February 2019

Attendance remains an almost unpredictable lottery in Aachen :smiley:

Admittedly, I went to last night’s meetup with the worst fears, preparing myself for a meagre Fairphoner trio after just two confirmations, but quite a couple of cancellations in the run-up to (and on) tuesday. How wrong I was … :slight_smile: When I arrived half an hour in advance of the scheduled beginning, the two I had expected were already there … and within an hour the meetup grew to a total of ten Fairphoners. While everyone was already equipped with a Fairphone (8 FP2, 2 FP1), the meetup did include three freshers who attended their first-ever Fairphone meetup. And fortunately, both Rhein-Ruhr and Liège Fairphone Angels @Amber and @oli.sax were able to make the way from the rivers Rhine & Meuse once again, too. Thank you. :slight_smile:

Given the 100% quota of Fairphone owners, an introduction of the Fairphone project as a whole wasn’t a top priority this time; nevertheless, the progress in fair sourcing of conflict minerals was a topic. Instead, the recent drive to sign up Aachen Fairphoners to the forum was intensified through some hands-on explanations (for convenience’s sake, on a tablet computer) on the forum’s general workings and more specifically the forum messaging system. And while nothing is settled yet, there might actually be another attempt at bringing „Zeit für Utopien“ to an Aachen cinema. Eventually, one of the Fairphone freshers voiced his wish to initiate a Fairphone meetup in his own university town as well (he was in Aachen just temporarily for a family visit). A thought that had the Aachen host both enthusiastic and nostalgic :relieved: – said university town being his own place of birth

Discussions were quite Fairphone-centered this time, although eventually recent German hot-button issues (Tempolimit hooray :+1: ) were brought up as well, although with predictably great unison in this circle of people :wink: Although for some the meetup had started well before the scheduled 7 pm beginning, the final goodbyes were once again only said a little after 10 pm.

So contrary to the host’s worries in the hours prior to the meetup, the event turned out very nice. However, there were also two regrettable ingredients … Aachen’s 13th meetup was the first ever all-male one :roll_eyes: And last but not least one of our nicest and most knowledgable Fairphoners joined us for the last time: The Liège Fairphone Angel said Arrivederci to the Fairphone Community Aachen and the Euregio Meuse–Rhine, heading for his new job and life at the Mediterranean Sea starting in March.
Félicitations et mille grazie, mon cher ami @oli.sax!

P.S.: Thanks to @lorahaspels @Monica.Ciovica @Ingo @Stefan for patiently retweeting my overly frequent announcements! :wink:


Hi Urs,
More than happy to play a little part for spreading the word of the Aachen community :raised_hands:
Always looking forward to reading your recaps. Please let me know if you ever have particular questions/remarks that come up during the meetups that maybe I can share more info on.
Have a lovely day :balloon:

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