• NRW joins SXSW

    GERMANY’S DIGITAL POWERHOUSE

    NORTH RHINE-WESTPHALIA

    CITY OF COLOGNE

     

     

     

     

  • WELCOME

    Straight from the heart of Europe, the delegation of Germany´s biggest state sets course for Austin, Texas. From March 9 to 14, SXSW 2018 will see more than 50 of the finest media, tech and creative entrepreneurs & experts from North Rhine-Westphalia (short: NRW) and the City of Cologne.

     

    Scroll drown and learn more about the most recent program updates, where to meet us at SXSW 2018 and how to get in touch with the delegation members. Grab the chance, we´ve got a lot to offer. Looking forward to meeting you at SXSW!

  • NRW@SXSW 2018

  • WHO WE ARE

     

     

     

     

    Tom Ammermann

    New Audio Technology

    General Manager

     

    tom@newaudiotechnology.com

    www.newaudiotechnology.com

     

    New Audio Technology creates audio software for the professional, industry and end user domain. The applications are to create, manage, monitor and listen immersive / 3D / spatial audio. These, technologies are used in domains like VR/AR/MR, film, music, game, mobile entertainment, event, theme parks and industry. No matter if loudspeaker or binaural headphone reproduction is requested, formats like channel, object or scene based are supported.

     

    New Audio Technology’s approach is to see not only what is requested today but what will the market starving for tomorrow. Thus, all technologies from New Audio Technology are open for current and future requests and offer an outstanding sound and performance quality as well as flexibility.

     

    Current products are the Spatial Audio Designer, Spatial Sound Card, Spatial Audio Game Engine and the Lawo Immersive Mixing Engine (LIME). The company’s technologies like the high-quality binaural headphone simulation Headphone Surround 3DTM are used e.g. for T2, Stargate, Mr. & Mrs Smith, Expendables, Kraftwerk 3D and The 5th Element.

     

     

     

     

    Prof. Dr. Christoph Bieber

    Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS.nrw)

    Scientific Coordinator

     

    christoph.bieber@cais.nrw
    www.cais.nrw

     

    CAIS takes an active role in the research and responsible shaping of the social, political and economic changes brought about by digitalization and thereby promote an ongoing dialogue between science and society. It aspires to being a place of innovative interdisciplinary research and of knowledge transfer as well as being an initiator of a critical public awareness.

     

    CAIS offers an attractive range of options for creative scientists and dedicated protagonists from politics, business and civil society with its diverse funding possibilities for fellows, project groups and work teams in various forms of cooperation and with different timeframes. The Center enables them to spend a certain time free from other obligations carrying out individual or joint projects on the crucial societal challenges of digitalization. As guests at CAIS they profit from debate and cooperation with other fellows and practice partners in an interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas.

     

     

     

     

    Roland Berger

    City of Cologne

    Head of Media and Internet Business Unit

     

    roland.berger@stadt-koeln.de
    www.stadt-koeln.de

     

    Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany and the largest city in NRW as part of the Rhine-Ruhr region with more than 10 million inhabitants.

    Cologne is one of the most important media cities in Germany.Two of the biggest television broadcasters, WDR and the RTL Group, are located in Cologne. Several hundred production companies and service providers ensure that over 30% of the programs viewed on German television originate in Cologne. Cologne has also developed into an important location for the digital industry with f.e. the world’s largest gaming trade fair gamescom and event highlight for inrteractive games and entertainment, and the demexco, Europe’s leading exposition and conference for the digital industry being held in Cologne.

    With the Startup City Cologne programme of action, we want Cologne and its surrounding region to become one of the leading European locations for the development of technology and start-up businesses. Over time, Cologne will become home to a lively and rapidly growing community of new business start-ups, including ones with national and international relevance, and which above all else, realises the corresponding incubators and accelerators.

     

     

     

     

    Matthias Böttcher

    Rough Trade Distribution GmbH / GoodToGo GmbH

    Director Sales & Repertoire Development

     

    botsch@roughtrade.de

    www.RoughTrade.de

     

    GoodToGo is the full service provider for Rough Trade Distribution and Groove Attack. The GTG/RTD/GA group is one of the independent market leaders in music distribution in Germany and Austria and one of the two biggest European distributors. They distribute physically and digitally worldwide!

     

     

     

     

    Michael Brink

    LAVAlabs moving images GmbH & Co. KG

    CEO & Founder

     

    michael.brink@lavalabs.de

    www.lavalabs.de

     

    LAVAlabs Moving Images is an innovative and creative studio for film, visual effects, animation and motion graphics with offices in Düsseldorf, Stuttgart and Berlin. We offer state-of-the-art VFX, 3D animation, motion design and product visualization for feature films, digital media and interactive installations. We have a broad network with agile, innovative and inter-disciplinary teams. Every project challenge is different — our solutions are just as unique.

     

     

     

     

    Chérine de Bruijn

    HMR International GmbH & Co. KG

    Freelancer, Project Manager

     

    cdb@corporatekitchen.de

    www.hmr-international.de

     

    HMR International is one of the leading consultancies for media companies in Germany. HMR was founded in 1995 and offers integrated consulting services in the media and television industry.

     

    Intensive and ongoing observation of the international market and program developments combined with the companies distinguished contacts in the German and international media market from the basis of the company’s activities. HMR is currently operating in the following four business areas: Consulting, research, publications and events. National and international broadcasters, producers, distributors as well as associations, public institutions, banks and industrial companies are among HMR’s clients.

     

     

     

     

    Verena Egbringhoff

    Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln

    assistant managing editor news
     

    verena.egbringhoff@wdr.de

    www.wdr.de

     

    WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln) is one of Germany’s leading public broadcasting corporations, based in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. From its headquarters in Cologne and numerous bureaus in the state and beyond, WDR is producing six radio programs, a regional television program and online services. Moreover, WDR is member of ARD, the national network of regional public broadcasting institutions and contributing to Das Erste (first program) and other national channels. WDR is offering its audience high-quality journalism, a wide range of news and current affairs programs. Its anchors, reporters and editors provide information from the realms of politics, economics, culture and sports. In addition, WDR is committed to educational, entertainment and fictional programs.

     

     

     

     

    Philipp Fudickar

    Vaillant GmbH

     

    philipp.fudickar@vaillant-group.com

    www.vaillant-group.com

     

    Founded in Remscheid 140 years ago, the Vaillant Group today supplies innovative hot water, room heating and cooling solutions to countries all over the world. Our company develops high-efficiency products that save energy, conserve resources and enhance people’s quality of living.

     

     

     

     

    Mirta Gilson

    Make.TV

    Head of Business Development

     

    www.make.tv

    sxsw@make.tv

     

    Make.TV is the leading provider of cloud-based, live video acquisition and management solutions through its Live Video Cloud (“LVC”) platform. The company pioneered the use of mobile devices for contributor-based and crowd-sourced live video and provides unmatched solutions for top media, entertainment and technology companies worldwide, including ESL, MTV/Viacom, MLB/BAMTech, FOX Sports Brasil, and the Swiss Broadcasting Corp (SRF). Make.TV’s award-winning Live Video Cloud helps content programmers and service providers in the fields of news, sports, esports and entertainment bring live and on-demand video to any screen, from any source, mobile video or traditional cameras – all at once. The company maintains offices in Seattle and Cologne, Germany.

     

     

     

     

    Nora Grazzini

    Radbonus UG (haftungsbeschränkt)

    CEO

     

    nora.grazzini@radbonus.com

    www.radbonus.com

     

    Changing people’s mobility habits is hard but urgently needed. We at Radbonus accepted that challenge and developed a digital ecosystem for cycling. Radbonus is therefore a rewards program for cycling. Thanks to our continuing growing network of partners (e. g. city administrations, employers, health insurances and marketing partners) we can offer a huge variety of bonuses to our users. We already showed that an incentivisation system of the next generation could make the difference. Our first success has motivated us to aim for the really big impact for our health and environment and combine real time traffic management and traveller information with a contextual communication and gamification concept based on latest behavioural science to finally create an incentivisation system that is designed to realise the huge changes in urban mobility we so urgently need.

     

     

     

     

    Sebastian Hammer

    HMR International GmbH & Co. KG

    Project Manager

     

    sebastian.hammer@hmr-international.de

    www.hmr-international.de

     

    HMR International is one of the leading consultancies for media companies in Germany. HMR was founded in 1995 and offers integrated consulting services in the media and television industry.

     

    Intensive and ongoing observation of the international market and program developments combined with the companies distinguished contacts in the German and international media market from the basis of the company’s activities. HMR is currently operating in the following four business areas: Consulting, research, publications and events. National and international broadcasters, producers, distributors as well as associations, public institutions, banks and industrial companies are among HMR’s clients.

     

     

     

     

    Philipp Hartje

    shareDnC GmbH

    Founder & Managing Director

     

    philipp@sharednc.com

    www.sharednc.com

     

    shareDnC (share Desk & Coffee) is Germany’s leading online platform for Coworking & flexible offices. As an online marketplace we connect the increasing demand for flexible and shared offices of freelancers, startups, small companies, project teams and branch offices with companies with unused office space, landlords with (temporary) vacancies and professional Coworking spaces and business centers.

    For office seekers we offer the largest selection of flexible and shared offices in almost 150 cities across Germany and Austria. The unique offer covers single desk to complete floor, AAA location to suburbian backyard loft and offices in major cities as Berlin to small village. Thanks to shareDnC flexibility does no longer need to mean expensive.

    For the supply site shareDnC offers a broad range of services that makes flexible (sub-)leasing of single desks, rooms or floors easy and comfortable.

     

     

     

     

    Henning Hehemann

    State Government of North Rhine-Westphalia

    Deputy Head of Section Media Industry

     

    henning.hehemann@stk.nrw.de

    www.land.nrw/en

     

    North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is Germany’s digital powerhouse. The State numbers among the most highly developed media and creative regions in Europe. Numerous international media and telecommunication giants are located in NRW. The diverse cultural scene in NRW fosters a productive crossover between the arts, culture and the media, thus boosting creativity and innovation. North Rhine-Westphalia plays a key role as the state offers ideal conditions for the digital transformation of the entire value-added chain.

     

    NRW also offers great market potential for companies from Germany and abroad with strong industrial structures and a broadly based digital sector. Startups find important prerequisites for growth in NRW. The classic economy and young digital companies are jointly driving digital change. Promising investments present themselves here to foreign VC companies. NRW has put everything in place to become the leading location for the digital economy in Germany and Europe in the future.

     

     

     

     

    Jan Henke

    Rough Trade Distribution GmbH / GoodToGo GmbH

    Label Management

     

    jan.henke@roughtrade.de

    www.RoughTrade.de

     

    GoodToGo is the full service provider for Rough Trade Distribution and Groove Attack. The GTG/RTD/GA group is one of the independent market leaders in music distribution in Germany and Austria and one of the two biggest European distributors. They distribute physically and digitally worldwide!

     

     

     

     

    Johannes Hensen

    HMR International GmbH & Co. KG

    Project Manager

     

    johannes.hensen@hmr-international.de​

    www.hmr-international.de

     

    HMR International is one of the leading consultancies for media companies in Germany. HMR was founded in 1995 and offers integrated consulting services in the media and television industry.

     

    Intensive and ongoing observation of the international market and program developments combined with the companies distinguished contacts in the German and international media market from the basis of the company’s activities. HMR is currently operating in the following four business areas: Consulting, research, publications and events. National and international broadcasters, producers, distributors as well as associations, public institutions, banks and industrial companies are among HMR’s clients.

     

     

     

     

    Achim Hepp

    Virado

    Chief Digital Officer

     

    achim@virado.de

    www.virado.de

     

    Virado enables insurance brokers to sell gadget and niche insurances (e.g. smartphone, cybersecurity, backpacker) directly to their customers in a fully digital and cost and time efficient way.

    The Virado service provides the broker with an app for iOS and Android, as well as personalized links to use on Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and other social media channels. In addition any insurance product can be easily embedded as a form into any broker website to sell directly to their customers.

    Virado POS, our newest product on the Virado platform, enables any online shop and any brick and mortar store to sell insurance together with their products regardless of its size and turnover. For the first time not only big box stores but ANY retailer is now able to offer this as a service to their customers and earn extra income.

     

     

     

     

     

    Judith Heinen

    Cocomore AG

    Creative Director UX

     

    judith.heinen@cocomore.com

    www.cocomore.com

     

    As an agency for marketing, IT and experience design, Cocomore develops communication, e-commerce and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions with a total of 180 employees at the Frankfurt, Cologne, Geneva (Switzerland) and Seville (Spain) offices. Cocomore's clients include HDI, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Merz, Tele Columbus and TVH. The agency has implemented projects in more than 30 countries.

     

     

     

     

    Eva Hlouschek

    nyris GmbH

    Head of Business Development

     

    eva@nyris.io

    www.nyris.io

     

    At nyris we develop a state of the art image recognition engine using latest AI solutions and deep learning frameworks. Our unique concept enables us to deliver fastest and most accurate results for 1D (codes), 2D (print2web) and 3D (real world products) in one API. We can search 500, 500k or 500M product or object images without losing matching speed or performance.

     

    - high performance visual search engine

    - recognition of diverse products from different categories as groceries, wine, furniture, parts, fashion, shoes, bags, ….

    - scales up to 500M objects without losing the matching speed performance of below a second

     

     

     

     

    Philipp Hoffmann

    Rushlake Media GmbH

    Founder/ Managing Director

     

    philipp@rushlake-media.com

    rushlake-media.com

     

    New distribution channels present us with new opportunities – and new challenges. Rushlake Media helps producers successfully navigate the various channels to find just the right multi-lane distribution path for their project.

    We ensure that each film reaches its ideal audience. Our outstanding network of partners and business associates allows us to optimally position films on festivals, TV channels and video-on-demand platforms – including Amazon, iTunes, Netflix, realeyz and Filmdoo.

    Bespoke in-house innovations, such as KINO ON DEMAND, enable us to further enhance dissemination through our own channels.

    In addition, since 2013 we have been working to raise the profile of African film worldwide. We have entered into a close partnership with African production companies like ONE FINE DAY FILMS. The company, founded by Tom Tykwer and his wife Marie Steinmann-Tykwer, produces the works of Kenya’s most exciting young filmmakers.

     

     

     

     

    Marc Hümmer

    Vaillant GmbH

     

    marc.huemmer@vaillant-group.com

    www.vaillant-group.com

     

    Founded in Remscheid 140 years ago, the Vaillant Group today supplies innovative hot water, room heating and cooling solutions to countries all over the world. Our company develops high-efficiency products that save energy, conserve resources and enhance people’s quality of living.

     

     

     

     

    Jürgen Irlbacher​

    pilot Hamburg GmbH & Co. KG

    Direktor Consulting Creation

     

    j.irlbacher@pilot.de

    www.pilot.de

     

    Pilot is an independent, owner-managed agency group for modern brand communication. We have dissolved the boundaries between media, creation, technology, and research so that we can develop new communication ideas for the digital age at all points of intersection.

     

     

     

     

    Claudia Jericho

    CREATIVE.NRW – Competence Center for the Creative Industries

    Head of the Competence Center

     

    jericho@creative.nrw.de

    www.creative.nrw.de

     

    CREATIVE.NRW is the network of creative professionals in Germany’s largest state, North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). Accounting for €36 billion in revenue and employing 340,000 people in 52,000 businesses, the creative industries rank fourth in the state’s economy. As a center of expertise in the state, we serve employees, companies, freelancers, institutions, and municipalities.


    We build bridges between the creative industries and other sectors, provide contacts and knowledge, and offer services. With our capable partners throughout NRW, we work to further strengthen creative stimulus for innovation and growth in the economy and society—and to continually improve the conditions for successful creative work.

     

     

     

     

    Jonas Katzenstein

    augenschein Filmproduktion GmbH

    Producer

     

    jonas@augenschein-filmproduktion.de

    www.augenschein-filmproduktion.de

     

    The augenschein-Filmproduktion was founded in 2008 by Jonas Katzenstein and Maximilian Leo. The company has produced more than 20 feature length films and its focus lies on director driven movies.
    With 7500 we are shooting an English language movie written and directed by Oscar
    nominated Patrick Vollrath, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Already set for shooting in 2018/2019 are HOME, which will be Franka Potente’s directorial debut as well as Patrick Vollrath’s next movie NO MAN OF GOD, written by C. Robert Cargill.

    We will also continue to produce foreign speaking auteur movies of high artistic value with the potential for festival hits. For 2017 this includes ANA, MON AMOUR which was awarded with a Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at 2017 Berlinale, HUNTING SEASON -

    the 2017 winner of the Venice Critic’s week; MY HAPPY FAMILY, which debuted in Sundance and was sold to Netflix and LOS PERROS premiering in the Crtitic’s Week competition in Cannes.

     

     

     

     

    Steffen Kiedel

    eyeo GmbH

    GM/CFO

     

    steffen@adblockplus.org

    eyeo.com​

     

    eyeo creates software that puts users in control over their online browsing experience. Our products, Adblock Plus, Adblock Browser and Flattr, help sustain and grow a fair, profitable and open web, because they give users control while providing user-friendly monetization. Our most popular product, Adblock Plus, which blocks annoying ads is used on more than 105 million active devices worldwide.

    The company was founded in Cologne, Germany in 2011 and currently employs a team of 110. Besides its headquarter, eyeo operates satellite offices in Berlin and Malmo, and remotely in the US, Nigeria, Canada and Europe.

     

     

     

     

    Ina Kiesewetter

    Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln

    managing editor Lokalzeit

     

    ina.kiesewetter@wdr.de

    www.wdr.de

     

    WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln) is one of Germany’s leading public broadcasting corporations, based in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. From its headquarters in Cologne and numerous bureaus in the state and beyond, WDR is producing six radio programs, a regional television program and online services. Moreover, WDR is member of ARD, the national network of regional public broadcasting institutions and contributing to Das Erste (first program) and other national channels. WDR is offering its audience high-quality journalism, a wide range of news and current affairs programs. Its anchors, reporters and editors provide information from the realms of politics, economics, culture and sports. In addition, WDR is committed to educational, entertainment and fictional programs.

     

     

     

     

    Anna-Christina Komp

    innogy SE

    Senior Brand Manager

     

    anna-christina.komp@innogy.com

    www.innogy.com

     

    innogy SE is Germany’s leading energy company, with revenue of around €44 billion (2016), more than 40,000 employees and activities in 16 countries across Europe. With its three business segments Grid & Infrastructure, Retail and Renewables, innogy addresses the requirements of a modern, decarbonised, decentralised and digital energy world. Its activities focus on its
    23 million customers, and on offering them innovative and sustainable products and services which enable them to use energy more efficiently and improve their quality of life.

    The key markets are Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as several countries in Central Eastern and South Eastern Europe, especially the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland. innogy has a total capacity of renewable power generation of 3.7 gigawatts. As a leader of innovation in future-oriented fields like eMobility, we are represented in the international hot-spots of the technology industry such as Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, London and Berlin. We combine the extensive expertise of our energy technicians and engineers with digital technology partners, from start-ups to major corporates.

     

     

     

     

    Jens Krahe​

    Cocomore AG

    Head of Creative Division

     

    jens.krahe@cocomore.com

    www.cocomore.com

     

    As an agency for marketing, IT and experience design, Cocomore develops communication, e-commerce and customer relationship management (CRM) solutions with a total of 180 employees at the Frankfurt, Cologne, Geneva (Switzerland) and Seville (Spain) offices. Cocomore's clients include HDI, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Merz, Tele Columbus and TVH. The agency has implemented projects in more than 30 countries.

     

     

     

     

    Tim Lagerpusch

    SUGARTRENDS GmbH

    Founder and CEO

     

    tim@sugartrends.com

    www.sugartrends.com

     

    SugarTrends is a curated online marketplace for the best local retail stores and boutiques around the world.

    Our mission is simple:

    * Empower passionate store owners to sell online and share their story. We provide the tools to help sellers connect with the online world. From technical solutions such as inventory management, POS system, to SEO, to marketing expertise, we aim to provide the platform for small stores to thrive in an online world.

     

    * Connect consumers with unique, local products & stores without having to travel around the world to find them. We handpick boutiques that match our passion for quality and original products. Our stores are diverse, with products ranging from fashion, design, gourmet, children and beyond. We allow customers to explore through curated categories and collections, as well as by city and by individual stores.

     

     

     

     

    Hans Landwehr

    TRO GMBH

    Managing Director

     

     

    go@tro.de

    www.tro.de

     

    German music agency TRO has been developing and producing sound and music experiences for brands since 28 years. With a pool of 35 internationally accredited producers and studios in Duesseldorf, Berlin and Cologne, TRO covers every segment of sound branding.

    With TRO Sonic DNA, the agency provides an innovative process that combines valid data, artificial intelligence and creativity for the development of music & sound strategies.

     

     

     

     

    Jan Lingemann

    Jan Lingemann & Partner

    CEO/Partner

     

    janlingemann@me.com

     

    Focus: Contemporary Media Consulting

    Portfolio: Market intelligence, Strategy consulting, Content development, Change management, Business networking

    International network of media experts, academics and experienced producers

    Based in Cologne & Berlin, Germany

     

     

     

     

    Stefan Moll

    Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)

    Head of online department

     

    stefan.moll@wdr.de

    www.wdr.de

     

    Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) is the biggest public broadcasting corporation in Germany based in the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Besides four television services and several radio programs, WDR also has an online department with focus on news, VR/AR and digital storytelling.

     

     

     

     

    Marc Radermacher

    Encoding Management Service – EMS GmbH

    CEO

     

    marcsxsw18@media-ems.com

    www.media-ems.com

     

    EMS is an independent technological service provider, offering superior digital logistics and infrastructure solutions at a high and secure quality standard. Our systems power the complete technical side of your requirements – from metadata management to quality assurance and timely delivery to your retail partners worldwide. We can handle audio, video or mixed media as well as eBook repertoire. You are in control of all administration and management aspects regarding your catalogues, including sales analytics. Companies such as !K7, GoodToGo, Indigo, SPV, Tonpool, Word And Sound and Zebralution trust in our independent services.

     

    EMS GmbH is a standalone spin-off of de_zwei_drei GmbH, the key figures of which have earned a long-standing reputation for excellence, producing made-to-measure software and IT services for companies of the music and entertainment industries since 1992.

    Get in touch for your individual scenario assessment.

     

     

     

     

    Uwe Rehnig

    ANGA Verband Deutscher Netzbetreiber e.V.

    Board Member

     

    uwe@rehnig.de

    www.rehnig.de

     

    We are an owner-managed company that for the last 45 years or more has been supplying media services as a partner of the commercial housing industry.

     

    The Rehnig group stands for power and innovation in the operation of cable television networks. We secure our customers' investments in future-proof cable networks by employing the latest components – tailored to meet each customer's precise requirements. Our experience, gained from connecting more than 500,000 households to cable networks.

     

    We are specialists in all areas concerned with the analysis, planning and realisation of cable networks as well as their financing and operation. We place as much emphasis on failsafe performance and service as we do on implementing a sustainable business model.

     

     

     

     

    Dr. Martina Richter

    HMR International GmbH & Co. KG

    Managing Director

     

    martina.richter@hmr-international.de

    www.hmr-international.de

     

    HMR International is one of the leading consultancies for media companies in Germany. HMR was founded in 1995 and offers integrated consulting services in the media and television industry.

     

    Intensive and ongoing observation of the international market and program developments combined with the companies distinguished contacts in the German and international media market from the basis of the company’s activities. HMR is currently operating in the following four business areas: Consulting, research, publications and events. National and international broadcasters, producers, distributors as well as associations, public institutions, banks and industrial companies are among HMR’s clients.

     

     

     

     

    Katrin Reuter

    trackle GmbH

    CEO

     

    katrin.reuter@trackle.de

    www.trackle.de

     

    trackle GmbH is a hightech startup located in Bonn, Germany and founded in December 2015.

    We develop a fully integrated wearable that helps women to identify their individual fertility window by tracking the body core temperature and make the results available on the mobile. This is convenient and useful for women who want to get pregnant and for those who look for an alternative contraception without hormones.

     

    The temperature senor is worn within the vagina overnight and transmits its data wirelessly to the backend, where learning algorithms process it. trackle is a certified medical device and detects ovulation with outstanding reliability.

    Find more information on www.trackle.de

     

     

     

     

    Rudolf Runge

    runge.tv gmbh

    Managing Director

     

    runge@runge.tv

    www.runge.tv

     

    runge.tv is an experienced full-service provider with strong competence in the area of movie and TV movie productions. In cooperation with the client, runge.tv creates an individual concept and realizes the entire production process including camera, lighting and sound management, post-production including sound recording or dubbing, graphics and quality control. It is the objective of every production that the project is comprehended in the right way with best teams and professional post-production, so the best possible result is achieved.


    runge.tv today employs more than forty people and hast two business locations in Germany, one in Berlin and one in Cologne.

     

     

     

     

    Andreas Schaefer

    Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry

    Head of foreign trade consulting

     

    andreas.schaefer@koeln.ihk.de

    www.ihk-koeln.de

     

    Cologne is a major hub for the European media industry, boasting leading broadcasters and content producers. With its vibrant start-up ecosystem and laissez-faire attitude, Cologne attracts founders from around the globe.

     

    The Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry is financed by traders, merchants and private companies; statutory membership and fees enable it to represent the general interests of industry, trade and the service sector. It provides one-stop services for both local and international companies.

     

     

     

     

    Ric Scheuss

    TRO GMBH

    Chief Client Officer

     

    go@tro.de

    www.tro.de

     

    German music agency TRO has been developing and producing sound and music experiences for brands since 28 years. With a pool of 35 internationally accredited producers and studios in Duesseldorf, Berlin and Cologne, TRO covers every segment of sound branding.

    With TRO Sonic DNA, the agency provides an innovative process that combines valid data, artificial intelligence and creativity for the development of music & sound strategies.

     

     

     

     

    Christian Schmickler

    Skymatic

    Managing Partner

     

    christian.schmickler@skymatic.de

    www.skymatic.de

     

    Skymatic is the German expert for data security, privacy protection, and the sensible design of digitization. The company is known for the development of Cryptomator, a highly secure encryption software that allows businesses to protect their cloud data from spying eyes. The easy-to-use software received the CeBIT Innovation Award in 2016 for its user-friendliness and high-end security. Even the most sensitive and critical data may profit from the flexibility of cloud storages if protected with Cryptomator.

     

    Skymatic also develops individualized online vaults for corporations on the basis of Cryptomator technology. With the introduction of features such as key and user management and access logging, Cryptomator now becomes also available for SMEs.

    Skymatic is signatory of the Charter to Strengthen Trusted Communication and member of the Alliance for Cyber Security (Federal Office for Information Security).

     

     

     

     

    Sabine Scholt

    Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln

    managing editor regional politics

     

    sabine.scholt@wdr.de

    www.wdr.de

     

    WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln) is one of Germany’s leading public broadcasting corporations, based in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. From its headquarters in Cologne and numerous bureaus in the state and beyond, WDR is producing six radio programs, a regional television program and online services. Moreover, WDR is member of ARD, the national network of regional public broadcasting institutions and contributing to Das Erste (first program) and other national channels. WDR is offering its audience high-quality journalism, a wide range of news and current affairs programs. Its anchors, reporters and editors provide information from the realms of politics, economics, culture and sports. In addition, WDR is committed to educational, entertainment and fictional programs.

     

     

     

     

    Jörg Schönenborn

    WDR

    Head of WDR German Public TV

     

    www.wdr.de

     

    WDR is the largest broadcasting corporation inside the network of ARD and Europe’s second-biggest broadcaster after BBC. We are public TV. WDR publishes the regional channel WDR and produces about a quarter of the content for the national TV Channel Das Erste.

     

    With a deep regional rootage we create a valuable and diverse broadcasting, which endows public dialogue and is an essential contribution for social cohesion of a functioning society.

     

     

     

     

    Till Stein

    Lagerfeuer Medienproduktion

    Managing Director

     

    Till.Stein@lagerfeuer-medienproduktion.de

    www.lagerfeuer-medienproduktion.de

     

    The development and production of AV content has been the business of Till Stein for more than 20 years. The clients are broadcasters, telcos and production companies. To enable and guarantee high quality content for any target group we work with a network of experts in all kind of media – TV, web, public relations. In addition to this, Lagerfeuer consults media companies and broadcasters in questions of programme strategy, producing and content managing. Another strong focus of Lagerfeuer and its special expertise is the development of non fictional formats like docutainment, reality and entertainment shows and infotainment programmes, also in cooperation with brands.

     

     

     

     

    Axel Steinkuhle

    evrbit GmbH

    CEO & Co-Founder

     

    as@evrbit.com

    facebook.com/evrbit

     

    evrbit is a cutting edge software development & mixed technologies company based in Cologne, Germany. For us successful implementation of edge technology means: Easy access for users by regarding familiar places and habits, community aspects and social tools for a lived future.


    We love to create VR, AR or geolocated applications to bring people together. Our sync technology enables completely new opportunities and is used already in the fields of education, entertainment, streaming and gaming. Beside our product eVRsync - a soft and hardware solution to operate audiosynchronized VR cinemas - evrbit is a first mover for connected experiences for AR and geolocation.

     

     

     

     

    Jochen Trum

    Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln

    managing editor

     

    jochen.trum@wdr.de

    www.wdr.de

     

    WDR (Westdeutscher Rundfunk Köln) is one of Germany’s leading public broadcasting corporations, based in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. From its headquarters in Cologne and numerous bureaus in the state and beyond, WDR is producing six radio programs, a regional television program and online services. Moreover, WDR is member of ARD, the national network of regional public broadcasting institutions and contributing to Das Erste (first program) and other national channels. WDR is offering its audience high-quality journalism, a wide range of news and current affairs programs. Its anchors, reporters and editors provide information from the realms of politics, economics, culture and sports. In addition, WDR is committed to educational, entertainment and fictional programs.

     

     

     

     

    Dr. Maren Urner

    Perspective Daily

    Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief

     

    maren@perspective-daily.de

    www.perspective-daily.de

     

    Perspective Daily is the first German online-magazine for constructive and solution-oriented reporting, funded by its readers. During a successful crowdfunding campaign, the start-up collected more than 12,000 paying readers and launched its own publishing platform in June 2016. Ever since, the interdisciplinary team of writers, web-designers and developers publishes one high-quality, in-depth article per day.

    The two founders are trained neuroscientists and use psychological insights to optimize every aspect of the product for trust – including the focus on writers that are experts in their fields, an advertisement-free finance model and a transparent use of sources. Perspective Daily puts impact first – using state-of-the-art interactive elements and gamification to maximize engagement.

     

     

     

     

    R. van Megen

    German ICT & Media Institute e.V.

    Chairman of the Board of Management

     

    r.van_megen@gimi.cologne

    www.gimgi.cologne

     

    Rudolf van Megen is co-founder and/or investor in numerous start-ups in Germany and UK as well as active task force member of InsurLab Germany with its co-working areas for startups and corporates.

    Rudolf is Chairman of the Board of German ICT & Media Institute e.V.

    Since June 2013 he is a member of the Supervisory Board of DE-CIX International AG. DE-CIX International provides premium IX services to all IP networks and runs distributed platforms to exchange any kind of Internet traffic on the highest possible service level.

     

    Rudolf van Megen volunteers additional time for different organisations: he is an Economy Ambassador of the City of Cologne, a Board Member of the Council of Media and IT for the City of Cologne, and Head of the ICT Committee of Cologne Chamber of Commerce.

    Rudolf is co-founder of SQS Software Quality Systems AG with app. 4.800 people in 20 countries and was CEO for more than 30 years from (startup in)1982 till end of 2012.

     

     

     

     

    Jochen Voß

    next step next crossmedia GmbH i.Gr.

    Managing Director

     

    voss@nextstepnext.de

    www.nextstepnext.de

     

    Wherever passionate content meets the digital world: the reasonable next step should be the next. next step next supports producers, broadcasters, artists, agencies and other content-driven enterprises. We help ideas growing into projects with a target, a concept and funding. next step next builds creative and productional structures, takes care of best fitting partners and processes and helps making crucial decisions.

     

     

     

     

    Joachim Vranken

    dmexco

    Advisor Start-up Scheme

     

    j.vranken@dmexco.de

    www.dmexco.de

     

    dmexco is the global business and innovation platform of the digital economy. It sets the digital agenda and acts as the driver of ideas and growth for national and international business through direct business deals, valuable new contacts, inspiring insights, and the evaluation of business ideas.

    dmexco stands for “Pure Business”, brings together the key market participants from all over the world, and presents the most promising strategies, solutions, and trends from the field of marketing communications and technology. dmexco — the world’s leading trade fair and conference of the digital economy.

     

     

     

     

    Lena Werle

    Rushlake Media GmbH

    Project Manager

     

    lena@rushlake-media.com

    rushlake-media.com

     

    New distribution channels present us with new opportunities – and new challenges. Rushlake Media helps producers successfully navigate the various channels to find just the right multi-lane distribution path for their project.

    We ensure that each film reaches its ideal audience. Our outstanding network of partners and business associates allows us to optimally position films on festivals, TV channels and video-on-demand platforms – including Amazon, iTunes, Netflix, realeyz and Filmdoo.

    Bespoke in-house innovations, such as KINO ON DEMAND, enable us to further enhance dissemination through our own channels.

    In addition, since 2013 we have been working to raise the profile of African film worldwide. We have entered into a close partnership with African production companies like ONE FINE DAY FILMS. The company, founded by Tom Tykwer and his wife Marie Steinmann-Tykwer, produces the works of Kenya’s most exciting young filmmakers.

     

     

     

     

    Irmin Wiechmann

    Encoding Management Service – EMS GmbH

    CEO

     

    irminsxsw18@media-ems.com​

    www.media-ems.com

     

    EMS is an independent technological service provider, offering superior digital logistics and infrastructure solutions at a high and secure quality standard. Our systems power the complete technical side of your requirements – from metadata management to quality assurance and timely delivery to your retail partners worldwide. We can handle audio, video or mixed media as well as eBook repertoire. You are in control of all administration and management aspects regarding your catalogues, including sales analytics. Companies such as !K7, GoodToGo, Indigo, SPV, Tonpool, Word And Sound and Zebralution trust in our independent services.

     

    EMS GmbH is a standalone spin-off of de_zwei_drei GmbH, the key figures of which have earned a long-standing reputation for excellence, producing made-to-measure software and IT services for companies of the music and entertainment industries since 1992.

    Get in touch for your individual scenario assessment.

     

     

     

     

    Sandra Winterberg

    Mediennetzwerk.NRW c/o Mediencluster NRW GmbH

    CEO

     

    sandra.winterberg@medien.nrw.de

    www.mediennetzwerk.nrw

     

    Thanks to support from the Mediennetzwerk.NRW, development of the media industry in North Rhine-Westphalia is being given an additional boost. Apart from offering a comprehensive range of services and information for start-ups, young creative forces and companies, it is mainly focused on targeted international networking of NRW players at trade fairs and markets at home and abroad as well as the active participation of companies in setting up a supra-regional NRW media network.

    The goal of the new network is to support the media companies in North Rhine-Westphalia, for them to use the opportunities of the digital transition and develop better connections on a national and international level.

     

     

     

     

    Caroline Zöller

    Forteam Kommunikation GmbH

    Founder/CEO

     

    c.zoeller@fotream.de

    www.forteam.de

     

    Hi there, my name is Caroline. My agency is based in Cologne Germany. I'm specialized in retail communication and digitalization. At the Cologne based Retail Academy I hold lectures and do workshops about digital retail and the digitalization of the Point of Sale. My favorite format at the Academy is store tours which we do all over Europe. Here we explain retail concepts to other retailers and brands. The main business of my agency is consultancy. We explain how digital transformation, retail communication and sales processes work now an in the future.

     

     

     

     

  • THE PROGRAM

     

    NRW Booth @ SXSW Trade Show

     

     

    Sunday, March 10th, 2018, to Wednesday, March 14th, 2018
    Austin Convention Center – Booth #909, 500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

     

     

    Grab the chance and get in touch with media, tech and creative entrepreneurs & experts from Germany’s digital powerhouse North Rhine Westphalia. And plunge into WDR’s exciting and interactive VR experience „Meet the Miner – Dig the Coal” at our booth #909 at the German pavilion. Looking forward to meeting you there!

     

     

     

     

    NRW Meet‘n‘Match @ SXSW 2018

    A Workshop Event of Germany’s Digital Powerhouse

     

     - Powered by dmexco -

     

    Monday, March 12th, 2018, 10:00 – 14:00 hrs

    Capital Factory – VOLTRON on 1, 701 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

     

    By Invitation Only!

     

    At our event we will bring together entrepreneurs, startups, investors and important multipliers and learn from other locations and countries. Also, we will facilitate matchmaking on site and welcome international guests.

     

    Short impulse statements from top-level representatives from NRW, Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris and Tel Aviv of 5 minutes each show how major hubs tackle the recent challenges of digitalisation - rounded up by one-minute elevator pitches with hand-picked startups.

     

    Host: Chérine de Bruijn, Freelancer, Project Manager, HMR International, Cologne

     

     

    10:00 – 11:00 hrs, Admission and Registration, Coffee & Snacks

     

    11:00 – 11:10 hrs, Welcome

    Henning Hehemann, Representative of the State NRW

    Roland Berger, Representative of the City of Cologne

     

    11:10 – 11:20 hrs, Pulse Talk and Q&A

    Ruben Nieuwenhuis, Director StartupAmsterdam, Amsterdam

     

    11:20 – 11:30 hrs, Pulse Talk and Q&A

    Dr. Philippe Lachapelle, Director of Technological and Strategic Partnerships, Brussels

     

    11:30 – 12:00 hrs, "Meet’n’Match"-networking

     

    12:00 – 12:10 hrs, Pulse Talk and Q&A

    Anne Dessemond, Head of Retail and Innovative Services Department – Business France, Paris

     

    12:10 – 12:20 hrs, Pulse talk and Q&A

    Joachim Vranken, Representative of dmexco, Cologne

     

    12:20 – 12:30 hrs, Startup-Pitches á 1 minute

    Big Boy Systems, Wavre; Cryptomator, Sankt Augustin; Dirty Monitor, Charleroi; EUVEKA, Valence; evrbit, Cologne; eyeo, Cologne; Foosball Society – Tecbak, Paris; Herrmutt Lobby, Verviers, nyris, Düsseldorf; Perspective Daily, Münster;Radbonus, Cologne; shareDnC, Cologne; SugarTrends, Cologne; Virado, Cologne; et al.

     

    12:30 – 14:00 hrs, "Meet’n’Match"-networking

     

    For questions about the registration, please contact Martina Richter.

     

     

     

  • IMPRESSIONS 2017

  • THE STATE

    Welcome to Germany’s Digital Powerhouse
    North Rhine-Westphalia & City of Cologne

    Welcome to NRW, one of the most economically powerful metropolitan regions in Germany and Europe. With over 24,000 companies in the media and communications sector, more than 412,000 employees, and a turnover of almost 122 billion Euros, the federal state has developed into the leading media and creative hub. No federal state brings more companies and employees together across the whole gamut of media formats. Whether it is games, film, television, design and advertising, mobile, IT or publishing. NRW has evolved as the Number One centre of the media and creative industries.

    Cologne is one of the leading digital capitals in Germany with its high creative atmosphere and an outstanding location for global events such as gamescom, dmexco, ART COLOGNE, c/o pop, Film Festival Cologne or lit.cologne. Two of the biggest broadcasters, WDR and the RTL Group, are located in Cologne. Several hundred production companies and service providers ensure that over 30% of the programs viewed on German television originate in Cologne.


    Short Facts

    • Germany’s leading media, communications and creative industries location
    • home to internationally operating media and telecommunication companies, e. g. Deutsche Telekom, Bertelsmann, Vodafone, WAZ
    • home to leading TV broadcasters WDR, RTL, VOX, Super RTL, n-tv, Phoenix
    • home to 8 of the top 10 TV producers in Germany, one-third of programme minutes produced in Germany
    • highly professional service-providers and personnel
    • excellent universities, colleges and hubs providing a huge talent pool
    • advertising location with biggest turnover home to leading design & marketing agencies such as Grey, BBDO, OMD
    • booming games cluster including global players EA, Ubisoft, Blue Byte
    • home to every fourth game developer in Germany
    • strong web, YouTube and startup scene
    • lively and creative film scene
    • financially strongest film funding institution
    • diverse art and cultural scene featuring internationally renowned galleries
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