Hardware Tech Safari – 10.09.2019

Last Tuesday we were at the opening of the new prototype park “Start-A-Factory” at the IZM (Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Micro integration).
The Start-A-Factory at Fraunhofer IZM offers a unique device infrastructure and working environment for hardware start-ups. It enables fast development from the initial idea to the prototype in project-related cooperations and with state-of-the-art equipment. Three DesignFarm companies presented their hardware at the opening ceremony:
AudioGait – a walking trainer with acoustic feedback, ILPS – a new method for textile treatment with UV and composer – intuitive sequencer for musical instruments.

More about concept and contact can be found here.








At the end of February we had another round of applications and again we saw amazing innovations and highly interesting insights by newcomers and established professionals across all industries and organizations.

To foster this interdisciplinary learning process, we invite experts from research and industry to share their industrial perspective and talk about stages in professional development so that young entrepreneurs get the first impression how the market is operating.

The applicants of the current batch, who are eager to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset showcased various developments from areas such as fashion, digital tools, material research, urban infrastructure. Among others by Anouk Hoffmeister,  who developed a database-driven client-server software that enables users to interact freely with different media content within the software. The Team behind “Motor Skins” showed us a fluid-based walking assistant, that helps people with minor motor disabilities to walk more easily and avoids further accidents and falls.
Youyang Song presented biodegradable textile materials – Cooking New Materials! Their development processes banana shells & co. into highly aesthetic textile materials for the fashion industry – plastic-free and waterproof. All other new farmers will be introduced in the next article. So stay tuned 🙂

Inspiring impulse lectures were also given by our experts like Anne-Caroline Erbstößer and Carolin Clausnitzer – Technologiestiftung Berlin, Simon Angel (Curator Sustainable Innovations), Bruno Everling – BCG Digital Ventures and Jan Varack – Ackee. They provided a lot of insight into the experiences and work at the cross-over points between design, technology and business.

Thus Anne-Caroline Erbstößer was able to insert a contact during an applicant presentation and Jan Varak gave insights into the cooperation with an app target group that did not want to be an app target group…
after the presentations the bustle was big and somehow networking seemed to be the supreme discipline of all on that day.

The next day was serious CANVAS fiddling and after a final presentation, every applicant could claim to have had two intensive working days!

We are looking forward to introducing all the newcomers soon. Until then…keep farming!

Another workshop at the DesignFarm. Two intensive days, with great innovations. It was all about product development, programming, production, benefits, business models and of course design.
We wish all new farmers an inspiring season and look forward to seeing you!

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