Guest Writer
August 27, 2014

Countdown to 5 Years of betahaus: betapitch | global

Hey, Festival-goers!

Teshia here, with my can't-be-missed pick for this Saturday.

We have been working round the clock to bring you a full-to-the-brim 5 years of betahaus festival overflowing with talks, workshops and music! Naturally, you might be looking at packed line-up with wide eyes -- your excitement building as you consider your path through a day that is truly and unequivocally beta. But I can't help but fill you in on one of the major must-see events: betapitch | global!

For those of you not privvy to the beta brand of startup competitions, betapitch local events happen all over Europe in Berlin, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Sofia and Vienna, to name a few. The pitch competition bring together start-ups to pitch their ideas in front of a panel of judges and the chance to win prizes that will aid in the launching of their companies. Sounds pretty cool, right?

Well... for an event as big as 5 years of betahaus we couldn't stop there, could we? betapitch | global will be the king of all betapitch events as you watch the rockstar winning pitchers from all the continent-wide events battle it out for ultimate bragging rights (and great prizes).

Who will be there you ask? Here's a sneak peak at who will be pitching this Saturday:

  • Viblast - A new platform for viewing videos. It works by establishing a secure layer of communication between viewers of a video stream. As users consume content, they also share tiny bits of the very same content with other authorized users in a peer-to-peer fashion - significantly reducing the demand for centralized resources.
  • Drystorm - A developer service to create great looking, fully featured, well tested web apps in a matter of minutes, saving money, time and effort.
  • LUUV - A camera Stabilizer that enables you to document your adventures shake-free.
  • Arthesis - Fresh designs for making stylish, custom 3D printed covers for people with leg prosthesis.
  • EasySize - A service for defining clothing sizes and decreasing the number of returns for online shoppers.
  • Rescued Ideas - Bringing the old music experience back to the present. The product Basslet is a wristband that lets you feel the bass and beats of music. It works alongside headphones, adding a visceral sensation.

The winner will be judged by our expert panel made up of none other than Marita Roebkes, Jörg Reinboldt, Thomas Madsen-Mygdal, Jeff Lynn and Gaurav Signh.

The prizes include a fully-sponsored trip trough the Silicon Valley provided by Axel Springer Plug n’Play. There is a real cash prize of 5.000€ from hub:raum. The winner also gets six months of coworking space at betahaus | Berlin and an introduction to the media, investors and mentors in the betahaus network. Also in the game, 1.000€ of Elance credit.

Can't wait to see you there!

 

This event is part of the 5 years of betahaus Festival. Buy a ticket on Eventbrite for the betahaus festival and check out the festival program here.

If you live in a city and have even slightly observed your urban surroundings you’ve probably witnessed it first hand - urban congestion and crowded cities make it pretty tough to satisfy the growing demand and rising expectations of super quick deliveries. Add unpredictability in transit (like weather conditions), an incorrect address or remote locations, just to name a few, and you can see where this is going.

The worst part is, all those delivery trucks and vans that also produce a fair bit of emissions, are often only half full when they roll out for deliveries. This is mostly due to low drop sizes and stops along the route that are far and few between.

It’s not all hopeless though - Where there is a problem, there are solutions.


Same old, same old - isn’t always all that bad. Sometimes, all that’s needed are some new perspectives! The city of Utrecht, for‌ ‌example, implemented a zero-emissions electric barge nicknamed the “Beer Boat”. 

Since 2010 it’s carrying beer and food to the city’s downtown restaurants by using waterways. Other electric barges in Amsterdam not only deliver but even collect organic waste, which is then turned into biofuel in processing plants! Isn’t that cool?

It becomes clear that cities, logistics, as‌ ‌well‌ ‌as‌ ‌urban‌ ‌planners, are equally part of solving the inefficiency of the last-mile. Tackling this mountain of issues calls for teamwork!


A centralized platform, hub or network for similar companies, could do the trick to fill up the delivery vans & trucks that are barely loaded. Parcels could be distributed more efficiently between different companies and their delivery vehicles.

Like a big pool of parcels from different companies with every single parcel going into that one van with the same route!


Delivery Driver Experience and Smart Delivery Vehicles are also areas with huge potential for improvement and innovation.


Ellie: Two years ago we adopted a new legal structure for Jolocom GmbH according to the purpose model of ownership, manifesting our commitment and dedication to building a self-sovereign organization. That means we can’t take VC funding or sell public shares of the company. 

Volker: Jolocom is a community driven organisation – both in a tech sense but also much further beyond. We’re hugely involved in the DWeb community where we organize and attend events for the decentralized community. Every year we also help organize and attend the DWeb Camp in San Francisco, which brings together all kinds of creatives so this technology of tomorrow is built in a collaborative way.


Next to that on-demand experiences have become firmly embedded into people’s everyday lives - be it a mobile app to book a ride, send flowers to your loved ones or order lunch to your office. It’s all possible and has made premium features like real-time tracking a standard.  The online consumer expects nothing less and certainly doesn’t like to wait.


Making that quick and instant gratification happen is another story though. Groundbreaking ideas and innovations are needed to tackle all these factors. Does your startup have one? 

Then head over to our Future Logistics Challenge! Applications are still open until September 23rd.

Volker: There is this really nice place, called Green Rabbit with salads and baked potatoes where I like to go to. Sometimes I just keep it simple and go to Lidl.

Ellie: I eat a lot in west.berlin cafe which is here around the corner and I love the Matcha Lattes from Starbucks.

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