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Japan Meets Berlin

bistream organised a side event for IFA2019, “Japan Meets Berlin,” with the big support from W-lounge.

I have to say it is amazing that such leading mentors of Berlin Startup Ecosystem came to meet Japanese Startups with the openness, “give first” spirit, and good/honest/pragmatic advices.

After Mr. Takabatake (the Head of JETRO Berlin, Japanese trade organisation, the agency of Ministry of Economy Japan) gave welcome speech, Dr.Rainer Seider (Head of Unit International Cooperation, Ministry of Berlin) and Mali (CEO of W-Lounge) gave us the fireside chat over what Berlin Startup Ecosystem means for foreign startups from perspectives.

Berlin Startup Ecosystem is ranked as one of the tops in Europe. What differentiate here is the true internationality and respect of diversity. People living in Berlin are from close to 200 countries, common language is English as a second language.

Based on the latest data from Startup Genome, Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2019, the average salary of engineer in Berlin ($65.1k) is higher than in London ($56.8k). Global market reach is ranked #1 as well as connectedness. Berlin is not just a mature ecosystem. It is a true international hub of top ecosystems.

The Japanese startups had 2 minutes pitch in front of the Berlin VC, representative from Telekom, and top accelerators.

After the pitches, we invited the panel, Jag, Katy, and Nana to learn more about Berlin Ecosystem for Japanese startups: for example, Berlin as a launchpad for global success, etc. All panels commented that Japanese startups have great potential to succeed in Berlin, but with the strong remarks in communication. It is not only about English ability, but about communication competencies, which is prerequisite for starting businesses.

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Closer to your child: home and kindergarten experience

Getting closer to your child’s experience at kindergarten or nursery is something many parents yearn for. It’s not always possible to know how they’re spending their days. This is something that’s especially frustrating for working parents who crave more time with their children. 

UniFa create applications specifically designed to give parents peace of mind when they can’t be with their children. Their product enables parents to receive daily photo and video updates of their children – what they’ve been learning and what games they’ve been playing. It also offers notifications on nap times, enabling parents to experience their day alongside them.  

For infants before kindergarten age, UniFa gives peace of mind to new parents even by providing tracking device to prevent SIDS.

The aim of UniFa is to foster better family communication, enabling a closer bond between parent and child in the modern world.

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Blue sky thinking: Aeronext’s vision for our skies

Aeronext are creating an industrial revolution in the sky. Much like the explosion in car ownership and the huge effects that had on society, they believe the advent of the drone will spark a similar change in society. They see major benefits in increased drone use, particularly with regard to job creation. 

Aeronext are creating a series of services that aim to change how we use drones. They’re developing a drone delivery system, which they see as a way of solving many issues currently facing companies. They’re also working on developing drones that can carry more than just small items. 

For Aeronext, the sky certainly is not the limit.

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This startup is innovating the incontinence industry

Recent technological advances have enhanced many aspects of our lives, although the technology for incontinence hasn’t developed much since ancient Egyptian times. 

Woefully neglected by innovation, we still rely on absorbent pads and catheters to limit the inconvenience of living with incontinence. 

Triple W’s DFree product aims to change this. It’s a wearable device that predicts when an incontinence sufferer should next use the toilet, notifying them before accidents can happen. 

Using smart technology in conjunction with an app, the DFree offers real independence and confidence to its wearers.

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Let’s imagine how we’ll interact with technology in the future

Our use of technology is ever-increasing, and a need for some sort of equilibrium is more necessary than ever. We need smarter ways of interacting with technology that takes us beyond just touchscreens.

JAPAN PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA with hearing impaired audiences

Pixie Dust Technology’s work centres on a new relationship between humanity and tech – a kind of symbiosis. From producing voice-activated, self-driving wheelchairs, to fashion that’s designed by AI to fit a person’s unique style and taste, Pixie Dust Technology is moving us into a new age of interaction with technology.

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3D Maps will revolutionise autonomous driving

Autonomous driving is becoming more and more a reality, and these vehicles will need maps that are fully interactive and 3D. Dynamic Map Platform develop just this: fully 3D maps of our modern world.

Dynamic Map Platform’s vision is to create a ‘3D Position Information Platform’. They’ll do this using extremely precise map data, and the uses for these maps go beyond just autonomous cars. They predict their maps will be used in many other forms of transportation, as well as in disaster recovery and urban planning.

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We can make employees happier

Job satisfaction is a very important topic. Companies are becoming increasingly aware of the challenges they face with employee happiness and retention.

Unipos is a startup who have developed an app designed to spread love and harmony within a company. Their service enables users to send messages of support and gratitude to their colleagues throughout the day. 

Points can be awarded and effort celebrated, creating an encouraging atmosphere where people feel valued. 

Unipos brings our people and teams closer. It helps drive transparency and employee engagement.

We experienced a significant growth in employee size. Our challenge was to explore tools that would enable us to hold the teams together, and continue to foster our core values. Unipos was a great tool to tackle that. It helped us acknowledge and celebrate small or big wins happening within our teams.

– Andries Bellemans, Lisk Head of HR

From an employer’s perspective, Unipos is highly effective for creating a supportive work environment, while keeping employees engaged in their work and the philosophy of their business.

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6 Japanese Startups to Watch at IFA 2019

It’s no surprise, given Japan’s fierce reputation for technological development, that its startups are innovating and pushing boundaries in ways only the Japanese could do. Brain scanners? Wooden screens? Emotional AI? It’s clear their horizons are slightly more broader than the rest of ours. 

With 19 startups coming over from Japan for Berlin’s IFA exhibition in September, we take a look at five of them that we think are destined for big things.


Empath

We’ve all experienced misunderstandings. Whether we’ve unknowingly chosen the wrong tone to speak to someone, or we’ve misinterpreted the mood of the person we’re communicating with. 

Empath is an Emotion AI tool which aims to solve this problem. It can identify the moods and emotions behind the voices it hears, and represents voice tones on its dashboard with an easy-to-read emoji interface. 

Empath has found a home in call centres, where phone operators can monitor the emotions in their own voices and gauge those of their customers in real-time. A managers can also monitor the overall mood of their teams.

Its aim is to help people understand and empathise with each other – creating harmonious exchanges. 


Unipos

Job satisfaction is a very important topic. Companies are becoming increasingly aware of the challenges they face with employee happiness and retention.

Unipos is a startup which has developed an app designed to spread love and harmony within a workplace. Their app enables users to send messages of support and gratitude to their colleagues throughout the day. 

Points can be awarded and effort celebrated, creating an encouraging atmosphere where people feel valued. 

From an employer’s perspective, Unipos is highly effective for creating a supportive work environment, while keeping employees engaged in their work and the philosophy of their business.


INDETAIL

‘Upgrade the world’ is the motto of INDETAIL, a company that seeks to bring blockchain into businesses, communities and our daily lives. 

One of their recent projects has involved creating an unmanned, multilingual check-in desk for foreign visitors in hotels which syncs with a keyless, smart lock system enabling the whole hotel experience to be automated and simplified for non-Japanese speakers. 

Using their motto, INDETAIL will take their ideas around the world, simplifying it for its users.


NeU

NeU are making innovative waves in the area of brain science, thanks to their range of wearable brain measuring devices. 

Utilising the world’s most advanced neuro-science technology, NeU have developed an ultra-compact and lightweight brain activity measuring device. It simply wraps around your head and beings recording activity.  

With the information gathered, NeU offer programmes in workforce efficiency, brain training exercises and opportunities to perform neuro marketing analysis.


mui

What’s unusual about mui, especially for a startup coming from Japan, is how they’re interested in creating spaces free from technology. Well, not completely. 

mui integrate natural materials – specifically wood – into modern technology in a subtle way. They believe our homes should be a tranquil haven that eschews technology in favour of natural aesthetics. Their products allow us to still enjoy the benefits of technology while not allowing them to interfere with our time away from a screen. 

Their products allow you to read messages, adjust the thermostat and much more, all while avoiding interacting with a screen. We’d love to see more of their technology in Europe and we’re keen to see what these guys bring to IFA.


Dynamic Map Platform

Dynamic Map Platform create full-3D of our roads and cities. It sounds pretty simple, but it’s an extreme feat of technology and their maps could have thousands of uses in the modern world.

Autonomous driving is just one. These vehicles will need maps that are fully interactive, precise and 3D for them to correctly and safely judge their surroundings. 

Other uses Dynamic Map Platform have so far experimented with include disaster recovery and urban planning. But the potential is endless – especially when integrated into smartphone apps. 

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Edge computing and how it can improve our daily lives

Idein Inc. is a tech company that’s living on the edge. Edge computing, that is. They are developing machine learning models and applications that are bringing the Internet of Things into daily life, in the name of improving it. 

Their pattern-matching software offer advanced face, image and object recognition – allowing sensors to see, catalogue, understand and interact with the world around them. Compatible with inexpensive, readily-available devices such as the Raspberry Pi, Idein Inc. makes edge computing accessible to everyone.

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Blockchain to upgrade the world.

INDETAIL is a blockchain company with the motto: “Upgrade the World!” 

Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station

Using AI, IoT, Cloud and blockchain as their core technologies, they want to bring blockchain into businesses, communities and our daily life; all aspects of the world around us. 

One of their recent projects has involved creating an unmanned, multilingual hotel check-in desk for foreign visitors which syncs with a keyless, smart lock system – enabling the whole hotel experience to be automated and simplified for non-Japanese speakers. 

Another involves creating a blockchain-based electric vehicle public transport network for under-populated areas that lack solid infrastructures.