Katka Nagyová
June 24, 2014

Hardware Accelerator reveals the finalists!

Awesome news! We're excited to be the home of the 2014 Hardware.co Accelerator! As of June 30th, 13 exciting new hardware companies will be moving in! Watch the teams pitching on Demo Day on July 9th!

And who will that be? Now we have the intro of the 13 finalists!

BEACONinside makes Bluetooth low energy beacons for high-precision location-sensing in indoor environments.

Feel the Beat enables you to learn music with all your senses. It produces a wearable which gives you a physical perception of the tempo.

Prepaid POWER provides easy prepaid electricity distribution for regions in developing countries.

E.ON Off Grid Solutions make special equipment, which generates energy using a containerized PV/Battery/Diesel Hybrid and delivered directly to anchor customers (e.g. telco towers, mines, farmers, lodges etc.) or through a microgrid to small businesses and village households.

easycharge.me s an innovative charging station for electric vehicles.

Future Audio Workshop makes a system for monitoring the music played in nightclubs so that performance rights organizations can distribute the money they collect from the venue to the actual artist whose music is played.

Heat to Cool is an adsorption cooling technology that transforms heating to cooling for household or small mobile applications.

Morris’s first product is a wearable device (most likely a wristband) that enables you to hear and feel music through your body.

Robocoding is a robotic kit able to be assembled and programmed by anyone for educational purposes. Robocoding will sell these educational kits to the public and make a cooperation with schools and universities, so they can give workshops and introduction for the kit.

Robotiky is a toy robot for kids combined with online software which helps a kid to understand how programming and robotics works.

Scoutee is the World’s smallest and smartest ball speed-measuring device (now baseball, but also possible for other ball-sports).

Superclock makes a smart wall clock, which is connected to Internet and always shows when your next train/bus/connection is coming.

Wotch is a smart device to be put on the wristband of an existing watch, catering for the consumer’s desire not replacing the existing (luxury) watch by a completely new Smartwatch.

 

 

See them launching first live at our Day Demo on July 9th! The best startups will receive company building prizes such as free office space, trips to Asia and manufacturing services.

All Demo Day attendees will be treated to free food, drinks, an awesome give-away and an after party, so get your ticket now!

You can book it here. Also, check out other similar annoucements like this one!

Due to increasing digitalization and convenience services in every area of people's lives, the smooth and flawless process of getting the delivery to one's doorstep is exceedingly becoming what customers care most about. On top of that, for companies that package being delivered is an extension of their brand. The consumer is basically coming face-to-face with the brand, which makes it the biggest opportunity to heighten customer satisfaction.


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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