Katka Nagyová
April 29, 2014

We know the finalists of betapitch | hardware!

We know who will pitch on the betapitch | hardware this Friday!

This time it will be all about drone stations, smart home devices, wearables and other IOT innovations!

Get ready for Skysense, Form, Little Riot, Luuv, Melissa Climate, Superclock and Bragi who will light up the stage on the first exclusively hardware betapitch ever.

betapitch is this Friday at 6pm. Get your ticket now!

Which prizes are waiting for the winner?

6 month of work space at betahaus. Being part of the coworking family is included as well as intro to the angel investors and friends in the media.

The chance to pitch on one of the following pitch days at ASPnP Accelerator by Axel Springer!

All the finalists are automatically geting $250 in Elance credits. The winner will win $1000 to spend on Elance.

The winner wins a trip to Taiwan to meet the manufacturing scene, covering the flight and accommodation in the value of 1000 €, all brought by HWTrek.

The best hardware startup gets a fast track to hardware.co startup accelerator.

Free production of a video explaining the product from Explainer Rocket worth 4000€!

Tickets to exhibit on the HITB Haxpo in Amsterdam – the 3-day tech and innovation show where IT meets makers.

3 month supply of Vitamin Water for the winning team!

The winner will pitch at the betapitch | global on the 30th of August 2014 and compete for 5000€ of cash from hub:raum a fully sponsored trip to Silicon Valley brought by ASPnP Accelerator and many other perks.

betapitch is already this Friday at 6pm in betahaus Berlin, so come and GET THE TICKETS NOW!


Click here to check our calnedar and stay up-to-date with latest information! 

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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