Jack Henderson
June 24, 2016

Aboalarm and Hi Emma Win the BNP Paribas International Hackathon!

Last weekend, startups Hi Emma and Aboalarm took home the grand prize at the BNP Paribas International Hackathon that was held right here, in betahaus . Hi Emma is a finance chatbot that helps users who want to do their banking in a hassle free way by providing a humanized interface to banking applications. For the hackathon, they created an intelligent messenger that gives customers pro-active banking suggestions.

"We had an inspiring and intensive weekend, met exciting people and had a great knowledge exchange."

                                                                                              Stefano Uliari (Hi Emma)

Aboalarm is a leading mobile & web-based contract management service in Germany, enabling users to easily cancel contracts and keep the perfect overview of all contracts (insurances, cable, electricity, gas, etc). For the hackathon, the Aboalarm team created a bank-account based contract management tool that categorizes transactions and recognizes recurring payments such as rent.

 "The Aboalarm team really enjoyed the positive atmosphere among the participating teams and we’re looking forward to working closely with Consorsbank in order to make our service as valuable as possible for our customers”

The Aboalarm team

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The other participants included:

Taplend Taplend is a mobile platform that allows you to receive instantaneous loans from friends and financial institutions just in few clicks.

CrossLend At Crosslend we’re proud to be trailblazers in the bold new world of digital credit intermediation and financing, with our pioneering cross-border online marketplace.

TED TED is a digital insurance manager that gives the user a comfortable handling of all insurance matters and centralizes personal insurance contracts online or in an app with no paper documents.

ChillBill ChillBill is an automatic invoice recognition software with an integration for accountants.

Wyze.me Wyze.me is a web-based application that focuses on giving up-to-date, at-a-glance picture of the user's finances by aggregating data from multiple financial accounts.

Fentury Fentury is a personal finance software that helps improve your money management.

 

The BNP Paribas International hackathon took place over the weekend with 96 startups participating in eight cities around the world simultaneously; from San Francisco to Rome to Berlin and Warsaw. We were proud to host eight fintech companies during the two-day hackathon here at betahaus.

Check out our calendar for upcoming events.

To be honest, I sort of fell into it. I was always working somewhere between content marketing and the music industry and around seven years ago a friend of a friend was searching for someone to help him curating music for his boutique surf spot on the beach in Costa Rica. The owner was a big music fan, but he just didn't have time to keep all the music up-to-date. So I got introduced to him, we shared similar tastes, and agreed that I would do the music for his space - curating it and updating it with new music on a regular basis.

This for me was a dream come true. I could finally work with music all day, and at the same time, I could help create an awesome experience for the guests. I saw people's reactions when they heard a song they liked. I saw them dancing, getting a little closer to each other at the bar and that for me was really rewarding.

This was the moment when I realized that there is something special about this idea and I got interested if there is actually market out there. I did some market research, and a lot of interviews with different hoteliers people in the industry trying to get more feedback. And the idea started growing more and more. 

People in beta Clay Bassford Bespoke Sound



Interesting is the story of the last years winner in the category “Creative”. Hamburg based headraft literally took music experience to the next level by creating the world’s first AR Music Video for the German band “die Fantastischen Vier”. Designed for their song “Tunnel”, the cited app unfolds a virtual story world once the track starts playing, giving fans the opportunity to go on an interactive journey with the band rather than being a passive viewer. 

Applications are now open! Finalists will be awaited by a curious jury of five leading industry experts. Among others, Kathleen Cohen who was already taking part in the first year will be in the panel of judges again. With a 25-year multiplatform career history under her belt, she is one of the most regarded in the field. As a digital experience expert, she has successfully implemented projects for DreamWorks Interactive and IBM Innovation, to name a few.

Needless to say, the yearly AUREA Award is definitely the place to be. Apply and become a member of the community bringing together all the promising products and solutions in the AR/VR sector.

Photo by AUREA Award

OKAY BUT HOW IS BESPOKE SOUND DIFFERENT THAN PLAYING MY "DISCOVER WEEKLY’’ OR ANY OTHER AUTOMATICALLY GENERATED PLAYLIST ?

Well, both. Currently we offer the following two options: shorter publicly available Brand Playlists and long-form private Soundtracks for spaces. For both of them we work closely with the client to understand how sound fits into their brand DNA and what their audience is like.

We believe that the guests’ experience with a particular space doesn’t have to begin and end with their stay. The idea of the Brand Playlist is to be a public brand playlists designed to engage the customers before, during, and after their visit at a space. It’s always accessible for them and serves as a new, dynamic marketing channel.

The Soundtrack is slightly different. It takes sometimes up to weeks of work and is designed by a world-class artist, DJ, or tastemaker. For it we first work with you to develop a deep understanding of your business and style. Then we match you with the perfect artist, DJ, or tastemaker to create unique, always fresh playlists, custom tailored to match your brand. 

In both cases, we update them regularly based on guest habits and clients’ needs. 

People in beta Clay Bassford Bespoke Sound



The way we engage with the music community is something really important for us and honestly, what makes us different than other background music providers. A lot of the background music providers out there have internal teams of maybe five or six DJs that do all of the music for their clients. We aim to connect with the local scene and always work with local DJs. There's some kind of magic in finding the exact right artists for the brand.

And on the flip side of it, when we hire artists, we make sure that the project is also inspiring for them and that they would be interested in participating. We always make sure to pay them well. The whole project creates for them a new income stream that they wouldn't have otherwise.

People in beta Clay Bassford Bespoke Sound

Yes! This was really fun. The objective with the betahaus "betabeer sounds" playlist was to showcase the community side of betahaus. There are so many cool, interesting people in the betahaus community and we thought a playlist could be a perfect way to not only help bring the community together but also show the diverse funkiness of the communities of Berlin and Neukölln, which is why Hazy Pockets, a longtime local Berlin DJ known for his eclectic mixes, was perfect for this project.

This playlist moves from bluesy 60s rock into surf and tropicalia, picking up momentum into Motown and onwards through some laid back disco tunes. Perfect for the betabeer events betahaus hosts monthly!


YOU’RE CURRENTLY ENJOYING THE SUN FAR FROM BERLIN. WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE PLACES in berlin that YOU MISS THE MOST?

Oh, there are just so many! Like the Imren Grill for instance where you can find the best homemade Turkish food or Das Gift and Gordon which are both run by great music people. Kohelenquelle in Prenzleuer Berg is my favorite local bar (or rather kneipe). To satisfy my  techno / electronic records needs I always go to Hard Wax and one of my most special places is the Zions Kirche steeple, which has an awesome view of the city and a great Weinerei close by. 


You can see me around betahaus. Online, you can always check out my website and listen to our public playlists on Spotify. We’re also currently working on a collaboration with betahaus, so a special Playlist curated by is will very soon sound around the spaces in Kreuzberg and Neukölln. 

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