Over one hectic, fantastic weekend on the topic 'IoT for Independent Living', we invited designers, engineers, business and marketing entrepreneurs to join us for an intense startup hackathon. The energy throughout both days was incredible; a total of 14 teams (49 people) took part, in addition to the amazing line up of judges and mentors on hand to support them.
The winning team was 'Safe Walking', lead by Leonardo Opitz. They conceptualized a smart device for blind and visually impaired people, which can be attached to a white cane or clothing to sense the surrounding environment and plan safe routes for walking. The team was awarded €30,000 to work in an intensive 3 month company builder program at IXDS labs, in our beautiful Berlin co-working space.
This unique opportunity enables everyone involved to collaborate with inspirational people, creating something meaningful. The new founders are eligible for majority shares in the new company, with IXDS labs on board as a co-founder and investor. Find out why we're a great co-founder!
Together, our goal is to build a successful user-facing startup that solves a real problem, to grow and scale on a global level. Last year we created HINT, the smart reminder system for those with age-related memory loss. Check out our story.