RECAP: 5th Munich ‘Design of Hardware’ Meetup at Wayra


We are thrilled that more than 65 people attended our Munich Meetup last Tuesday. For those of you who couldn’t attend, here is a quick recap of the highlights.

After grabbing some drinks we kicked it off the meetup by explaining the application process for the accelerator in March 2015. For those of you interested in applying the application can be found here. Following that, Gravity Europe provided insights about the product development process, followed by startup pitches from Quantum Systems and ProGlove.



Since we just opened the application process for our Accelerator, our Munich representative Niclas, started off by explaining the accelerator and the application process in more detail. If you missed his talk, you can find some tips here.

Niclas was followed by Sebastian Ritzler and Christoph Black of Gravity Europe. They provided insights on how the creative agency designed an entirely new drive through banking experience for their client BBVA Compass. The development process took nearly four years to bring to fruition. They gave us the insiders look, showing dozens of pictures outlining exactly how they began by analyzing the bank’s customers, coming up with first designs and product mockups made out of cardboard down to the final iterations. Along the way they discussed methods by which they integrated the future manufacturers into the product development process to arrive at the final product you can see below.



Next, Florian Seibel got the chance to pitch his Startup, Quantum Systems and show off his new drone concept; a combination of a fixed-wing aircraft and a multicopter. A major highlight was seeing the two drones in person: A smaller test drone as well as a huge one with a wingspan of 4.5 meters. We are wishing the team good luck as they compete in the drone for good competition in Dubai – prizes include a chance to win ONE MILLION USD, so we certainly hope they win and keep making awesome drones!


The program for the night was great, but at / Munich we appreciate a bit of spontaneity. That’s why we gave Paul Guenther the last-minute chance to pitch his wearable glove for professionals in the production process. ProGlove enables its wearer to work faster and therefore more efficiently on the job. The glove is easy to use and unlocks a new level of control and business intelligence for production management. Congrats once again Paul, for taking third place out of 400 submissions at Intel’s “Make It Wearable” Challenge and winning $150,000.

Thanks again to our many attendees, as well as Conrad Electronic SE sponsoring the drinks (we promise that we are going to order more beer the next time!) Also, a big round of applause to our mentors and people on stage for doing an awesome job! Thanks to you, our Munich community is growing quickly and keeps getting better.

We hope that you had as much fun as we had and to see you again at Wayra on the 10th of February – details to be announced you are welcome to sign up in advance.

If you would like to pitch your startup next time, please contact Niclas via email (