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Alice Nell
October 29, 2015

Deutsche Bahn Mindbox call for startups

Good news for startups looking to join an accelerator program! Deutsche Bahn is opening a beautiful new innovation space at Jannowitzbrücke called Mindbox. They're on the lookout for startups that can add value to any part of the Deutsche Bahn infrastructure - from energy to railroads, from networks to stations. If you're interested, send in your application by November 15th! Curious what startups Deutsche Bahn took on board in their last accelerator program - the one that took place in betahaus | Berlin and was produced by betahausX? Have a look.

ALUMIA

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Berlin based startup SWOCKET has developed a product for Deutsche Bahn called Alumia. Alumia makes lighting in train stations smart. Alumia is able to detect when the last train leaves and when the first arrives, making sure that lights in the train station are turned off when there's a time slot without any trains arriving or leaving. Alumia will help Deutsche Bahn save energy. It will also ensure that broken lamps can be easily detected, so repairs can be coordinated smoothly.   

SENVISYS

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Senvisys is a sensor manufacturer that built a sensor detecting objects on tracks based on vibrations. This means that if there's something on the tracks - like a cow - thanks to their sensor, the train will be able to stop in time. At the moment, Senvisys is focused on efficiently securing level crossings. The startup's technology reduces the necessity of cabling and makes installation and maintenance of securing level crossings more economical and user-friendly than it is today. Senvisys is working with Deutsche Bahn and hopefully soon, their users will be anyone who travels with Deutsche Bahn! 

INABE

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INABE is an innovative navigation and detection system that creates multi-dimensional profiles of indoor locations, such as train stations. It also makes motion profiles of their app's users, so clients like DB can see how travellers move within train stations. GPS technology often fails in buildings, so INABE bases their navigation on iBeacon technology. the INABE app will hopefully be available in German train stations, to help travellers easily find the right platform, or even their seat on the train. betahaus | Berlin has become one of their first testing grounds. Apart from their collaboration with Deutsche Bahn, INABE is in negotiations with the zoo in Leipzig, offering it to visitors.

KONUX

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KONUX is a startup breaking ground in the sensor industry with its patented optoelectronic measuring sensor. Their contactless technology ensures that materials and machines' movement can be measured with higher precision and efficiency. In the Deutsche Bahn accelerator with betahausX, KONUX worked to develop their product in line with the needs of the German railways - to make travelling safer and prevent future delays.

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Toni: Currently, we’ve somehow ended up in this niche of building a lot of internal tools for startups and teams. But this is not the only thing we want to do. What I like about it is that we’re starting projects from scratch and we have full control over them. 

Martin: The first project we worked on was a tool for a large scale real estate development company. What they needed was a tool for their Sales people - to be able to mark their different spots and locations at different stages of the sales funnel. So we created a tool that helps them in this process.

Toni: And this one actually served as a starting point for the tool we’ve developed for  betahaus, which aims to allow the Sales and Management team to see which team rooms are occupied right now, which ones are free or will be occupied in a few weeks or months, so no double bookings appear. 

Alex: These two projects were more focused on real estate, let’s say, but we’ve also done more design-heavy projects like the one we did for Artique which is an online artists agency. For them, we built a whole website and an online system to present their artists starting only from their logo. It had to be very flexible, because the artists needed to be able to edit their own profiles, putting their resume, changing colours.



Toni: Honestly, we have skillsets that you don’t usually find in developers. Because we've had lives that were not just about computer science. I think to some extent this is what makes us different. 

Martin: I believe one of the reasons why people pick us over other studios is because it can be very hard working with developers. If you’re not understanding their work, if the communication is not flowing, you, as a client can feel lost. We're easy to communicate with and we’re always open to feedback and we're open to discuss anything. In the end, after all iterations, if you say we need to start the website from scratch and that you don’t like the idea, we won’t take it personally. 

Alex: Also, I think, since we all work as coding teachers, we are officially qualified to explain what coding is to people who don't code, which is actually really rare because a lot of developers, as Martin says, don't want to, or literally just don't know how to articulate what they're doing. Whereas we are trained in articulating what it is that we're doing, why it's meaningful and why it takes a certain amount of time.

Photo by Lea GK


Alex: Zimt & Mehl - the Turkish bakery around the corner. It’s just soo good.

Martin: Oh, there is this Italian restaurant called Ristorante del Arte

Tony: Oh, my God, this place is so funny. It looks like a pretty average Italian restaurant, but the whole interior design inside is just decorated in such a weird way. The entire place is covered in frescoes. They have crystal chandeliers and Easter bunnies. Some Greek columns. It has a different name on the menu, on the side and on the Internet. And it was an ex-shoe-store.

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