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TITLE SUCCESSFUL LAN Founders from all over the world have chosen the German capital to turn their dreams into reality Text: Christin Berges EUROPEAN TRAVEL MADE EASY LIFE IN THE VIRTUAL WORLD SMART LAB ASSISTANT In 2010, Indian-born Naren Shaam embarked on an extensive backpacking trip through Europe. He already knew where he wanted to go, but it wasn’t always easy to find the best and most affordable way to travel, such as the cheapest bus ticket, the right train, etc. That’s when he came up with the idea of a multimode travel site that would bring budget-oriented travelers to any location in Europe. Things went fast after that: he quit his job in New York and set off to Berlin. Today, his Omio is one of the most valuable tech companies in Germany, with more than 300 employees from over 45 different countries. The Omio platform allows travelers to find the fastest and cheapest way of traveling online – whether by bus, train or airplane. Klang is an independent developers’ studio for online games with offices in Berlin-Kreuzberg. The company was founded in the spring of 2013 by three Iceland natives who see games as a way to bring people together in elaborately designed virtual worlds where they are emotionally involved and can interact socially – just like in real life. In July 2015, Klang launched its first project – ReRunners: Race for the World – for iOS and Android devices. The multiplayer racing game has been very well received both by the gaming press and the gaming community. At the moment, Klang is working on its next project, Seed, which is gearing up to become one of the largest online computer games in the world. Seed will involve thousands of gamers populating a planet and building up a new society in the virtual world. The Berlin-based startup, LabTwin, has created the world’s first voice and AI-powered lab assistant. Scientists in large research institutes such as Deutsches Primatenzentrum, biotech and pharmaceutical companies use the LabTwin voice-powered assistant to streamline their workflow and make their research more efficient. After gaining traction locally in Germany and other European countries, LabTwin has expanded to the U.S. market. They were officially launched at the 2019 BIO International Convention in Philadelphia in June. LabTwin is a collaborative venture with a mission to create digital tools that empower scientists. To achieve this goal, LabTwin is open to exploring possible partnerships with other industry players and leading academic institutions. 18

DINGS IN BERLIN MOBILE ENERGY FOR SMARTPHONES Berlin’s urban landscape is constantly evolving. One of the main challenges in ensuring this development is moving towards a yet greener and more liveable city as well as creating a sustainable intersection of energy-mobility-resource efficiency. The Berlin-based cleantech Startup SunCrafter has invented a solution, that will help the city face this challenge head-on. With their decentral solar power stations, they provide a discriminatory-free energy solution for people on the go. By upcycling disused solar modules into one-unit solar generators, which operate independent of any infrastructure (off-grid) and in any environment, Berlin can offer clean and reliable access to electricity in all public spaces, for example to charge micro-e- mobility and mobile handhelds. A pilot project in Berlin is currently in planning. NEVER FORGET YOUR KEYS AGAIN IDENCOM is among the world’s leading providers of biometric fingerprint-recognition dooropening products. Founder Qiuping Zeng is from China, studied at TU Berlin and developed a fingerprint-recognition algorithm as part of his graduating thesis. He later took a job in Switzerland, where he had the software implemented into a tiny micro-controlled circuit board and had his invention patented. Shortly after founding his company IDENCOM AG in Zurich, he collected 5 million Swiss francs in venture capital. After that, the company began selling licenses for biometric software in 2002. The progressive success of the BioKey software led to the founding of IDENCOM Germany GmbH in Berlin in 2003. It started as a development center, but later the company’s entire operation was relocated to Berlin. 19

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