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Alice Nell
October 20, 2013

#Hardware pitch - Check!

On 27 April, we're throwing a big birthday to celebrate our 10 years in beta and shape a utopian future together with our community. Wondering what UtopiaX means, what you'll find in the Zen Zone and which artists are exhibiting in the The Basement? Here's what we've got lined up for you at our 10 Years in beta party!

Anthony Forsans (Founder einfach), Thomas Madsen-Mygdal (Serial Entrepreneur) , Liva Judic (MerryBubbles), Hans Raffauf (founder Clue) and Toshio Matsushima

Hardware Lovers!

The Hardware Revolution is happening right here! Two weeks ago we at the BerlinHardwareAccelerator.com organised the first Hardware Pitch which took place during the packed People in Beta Festival and it was off the hook!

An all star cast of jury members joined us to support young teams and give out awesome prizes worth over €10.000.

The day before: Pitch training

On Friday the 27th of September, the teams arrived from all over Europe to join the pitch training which would higher their chances to be understood and therefor to win. Few teams were already veterans in pitching, others were scared to get on stage but all of them highly appreciated the help of the pitchalicious Bianca Praetorius, who provided them with the best pitch training money can buy!

The pitches & winners

Each pitch was presented to perfection, with no team going over time and most issues being addressed. The jury was impressed and so was the audience. The winners of the night ended up being PocketEthernet – a pocket sized network analysis tool! These guys have won $3000 in Amazon Web Services. The next winner is  Rockatoo – a helmet audio system and runner-ups winning $500 USD in Elance Credit as well as 6 months in betahaus residency and access to hy!.

The runner ups were PumpTire – a self-inflating bicycle tube and BabyWatch – an ultrasound device to analyze unborn babies vitals.

We all had a great time and would like to give a special kudos to the wonderful betahaus team, Elance, Hy! and Amazon - without you this would not have been possible.

Stay tuned for Hardware Week in November, Germany's first Hardware Accelerator project in the history. Wanna get involved? Contact us at yatan@berlinhardwareaccelerator.com

Don’t forget to check our calendar for more events coming up.

Have you met .. the Softblobs? Since moving back to Berlin from the US, Gesine Krätzner has been making strange creatures out of fabric that she calls Softblobs. They are cute, random, and they'll be waiting in The Basement if you want to try playing around with them.

From toys made of fabric, we’re moving onto wooden sculptures. Matt Danko knows how to bring wood to life and does it amazingly in his free time. In The Basement, he’ll show his latest furniture pieces and sculptures.

In the same room as Matt, you’ll find Lisa Büscher, who has prepared for us a hyper realistic sculpture presentation that gives it the touch of the extreme, surrealistic and absurd. She de- and reconstructs and reorganizes human bodies like Utopia does society.


In our Photo & Video room you will find works from Collette Pomerleau and Ocean.Now.

Colette is a Berlin-based creative working in photography, art direction and set design. Through her visuals she explores intimacy and anonymity. The space that falls somewhere in between.

Ocean. Now! is a collective that accelerates ocean protection. They work with different types of art to motivate our society to protect the Ocean -Now!

In the early afternoon, based in The Garden, you’ll meet Amaury BOUQUET. He’s a Berlin-based French artist from Saint Maur des Fossés, who has a background in social innovation and loves to play with symbols in his works. At 10 Years in beta, he’ll do his special Humanist Tarot readings from 4-6pm.

Parallel to him, also in The Garden, Sebastian Olivares will be painting live a special Mandala created for betahaus. Sebastian is a Berlin-based visual artist who specializes in painting mandala murals and has painted murals in Germany, Chile, Australia and Thailand.

Throughout the day ilan katin will be putting the party vibes onto a mural, specially created for betahaus. He's a Neukölln-based artist with experience in visual work, both static and performative, graphic design, illustration, comics, installations, animation and live video.

We think this one speaks for itself. If you need a little glitz or glitter to get you into the party spirit, come early and we'll do the rest.



Last, but not least, special thanks to our lovely partners who are helping us making this event happen.
Pilsner Urquell and Fritz Cola for the drinks, Emmy, Drivy, FrameRight, CoffeeCircle, Dream Facilitation, Moruga and BioWine for supporting our Prize Draw and our media partners from Silicon Allee, ASK HELMUT, Creative City Berlin and TechCode.

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