Alice Nell
July 22, 2016

The 4th batch of Hardware.co has winners!  

On Wednesday night we had our demoday and 10 startups shared their vision for the future of hardware. Also present were our partners Siemens, BVG, Deutsche Bahn mindbox and Beyond (Bosch), as well as Sizzl, Alpha Board, AtomLeap and TechCode, who awarded a range of prizes to the finalists. We know you’re curious to find out who the winners were, so here’s the official announcement:

The Bosch Beyond prize went to Freightcloud, The price includes free consulting, plus an exclusive dinner to discuss potential collaboration. Siemens awarded Freightcloud with free consulting and will also enter into further talks with the logistics startup.

 

NeuronSW, an audio analysis and machine learning startup, won the Deutsche Bahn Mindbox Wildcard award, allowing them to pitch for a chance to take part in the upcoming Detuche Bahn Mindbox accelerator! Neuron SW also took home 1000€ cash as part of Hardware.co’s Most Investable award, and just like Freightcloud, they were selected for consulting and further collaboration with Siemens.

 

Veecoo was awarded the Wildcard prize from AtomLeap for their car-connectivity hub, and has been invited to pitch for a chance to join their upcoming hardware accelerator. On top of this, they won the Alpha Board prize, which entitles them to 2500€ worth of consulting and development time with engineers.

 

Wireless entertainment startup SecondScreen won not only 1000€ cash for the Toughest Market award, but also the Techcode prize including consulting, access to the Techcode network, as well as 6 months in their Shanghai office.

 

Neurofox, a startup blending AI and brain training, took home the betahaus award, which gives them a free 6 month coworking membership at betahaus as well as 3 months of free access to the Hardware lab. Their product was also named Most Disruptive and Futuristic, which won them 1000€ cash.

 

Bin-E was the recipient of the Sizzl award for their smart trash can, which gives them 1200€ worth of development, expertise and support from Sizzl and Schleicher.

 

And last but not least, Biowatch was crowned with the Coolest Tech award for their watch, which vein patterns as a secure mode of authentication, and took home 1000€ cash.

 

Thanks again to our fantastic partners, mentors and all of you hardware enthusiasts for coming by! We’re looking forward to the next batch. Stay tuned for more information.

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Cost is a big one here. In regards to total transportation costs, the last mile comprises up to 53% of those - making it the least efficient part of the supply chain. Expectations of free shipping and next day deliveries add up to this.

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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