View of the German Accelerator #throughglass from the perspective of the pitching Mostafa Akbari

German Accelerator, Pioneers Festival, IdeaLab and more contests chose bitstars

bitstars on the rise to European start-up scene

bitstars GmbH is a software-engineering company located in the augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) sphere. This autumn, the company is on a conference-spree to convince investors of their innovative idea and business concept. Therefore, bitstars had to assert itself against strict application requirements and strong competitors. But the efforts bear fruits already, bitstars was nominated for four tech-conferences: “German Accelerator”, “IdeaLab! – WHU founders‘ conference”, “Pioneers Festival” and the “European Venture Contest NRW” conference in Cologne. By now, the Aachen start-up has already achieved remarkable results.



GERMAN ACCELERATOR bitstars view through Google Glass #throughglass

Step by step towards success – on 9th October 2014 the winners of the “German Accelerator” were announced. The “German Accelerator” is a three-month program that supports German ICT and Green-IT start-ups to enter the US market by providing personal mentoring and office space in Silicon Valley, New York and San Francisco. bitstars was chosen as one of the most promising German start-ups and will soon be taking part in workshops and seminars in Silicon Valley.

Excited and proud of the support from the “German Accelerator” there is no rest for the bitstars-team. The next big challenge “IdeaLab” is to be faced on 10th and 11th October 2014 in Vallendar, Germany. “IdeaLab” is Europe’s biggest student-led start-up conference. As if that were not enough, bitstars was selected as one of nine start-ups out of 100 applications from various countries to pitch at the event. Mostafa Akbari, CEO and joint founder of bitstars, presented the unique entrepreneurial vision and got directly to the heart of the business concept. The positive response of the audience allows the bitstars-team to be optimistic about the results, especially because some investors showed increased interest in the series A planned 2015.


IdeaLab! at WHU with bitstars

IdeaLab! at WHU with bitstars. #throughglass

This proves to be a perfect opening to fuel growth and speed up development. But with the “Pioneers Festival” in Vienna (28th to 30th October 2014) and the “European Venture Contest NRW” in Cologne (30th October 2014), bitstars is on the cusp to open up a new dimension by finally tapping into the European start-up scene. These upcoming tech-conferences will give bitstars a great possibility to perform on an international stage and convince all judges of their pioneering vision and persuasive concept.

bitstars GmbH has developed a SaaS platform technology that enables customers to set up their own augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) applications. By focusing on very intuitive usability the platform enables users to create applications meeting their specific requirements with little effort. These applications can be managed and used in multiple end user devices, such as smartphones, tablets and smart glasses.


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Kristina Tenhaft, CCO


For further information about the tech-conferences, see homepages below:

Junge IKT-Wirtschaft: Bundesminister Dr. Rösler besucht bitstars

BERLIN, Junge IKT-Wirtschaft

Das Technologie-Startup bitstars konnte Dr. Philipp Rösler, Bundesminister für Wirtschaft und Technologie für den Besuch Ihres Standes auf der Messe Junge IKT-Wirtschaft gewinnen. Das Thema Industrie 4.0 war hier ausschlaggebend für den Besuch. Dr. Philipp Rösler ließ sich die Ideen der Jungunternehmer erklären und diskutierte mit ihnen über Kooperationsmöglichkeiten mit etablierten Industriepartnern.

Junge IKT-Wirtschaft: Bundesminister Dr. Rösler besucht bitstars

Bundesminister für Wirtschaft und Technologie Dr. Philipp Rösler besucht bitstars an ihrem Stand (Fotos: „© Junge-IKT Wirtschaft / Fotograf Hr. Borrs“)

Rösler unterstrich in seinem Grußwort vor rund 400 Gästen die große Bedeutung der modernen Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien. “Junge IKT-Unternehmen schaffen durch Innovationen attraktive Arbeitsplätze und nachhaltiges Wachstum. Sie tragen maßgeblich zur wirtschaftlichen Dynamik und internationalen Wettbewerbsfähigkeit unseres Landes bei.” Er führte weiter aus wie wichtig Junge IKT-Startups mit ihren Ideen und Produkten für die etablierte deutsche Industrie sind, um diese auch zukünftig zu stärken.

Das Team vom bitstars arbeitet an Mobile High-Tech Produkten für die produzierende Industrie. Aktuell konzentrieren sich bitstars und Partner mit ihren Produkten und Services darauf, die Textilmaschinen und Produktion Industrie 4.0 Ready zu gestalten. “Wir wollen mit unserer Technologie die Lücke zwischen Information und Wahrnehmung zwischen Mensch und Maschine schließen”, so Mostafa Akbari einer der drei Gründer von bitstars. Mit der von bitstars entwickelten Lösung können beispielsweise Mitarbeiter eines Unternehmens gezielt bei Wartungsarbeiten an Maschinen unterstützt oder durch Ambiente-Anleitungen die Produktion in Hochlohnländern gesteigert werden. “Wir freuen uns über das positive Feedback von Minister Rösler und die Bestätigung unseres Beitrags zu Industrie 4.0”

Mo and Simon at the Droidcon in Berlin 2013

BERLIN, Droidcon

„Since 2010 we are working on an Augmented reality framework for Android called DroidAR to create one of the most advanced products for the creation of AR applications. We organize software labs at the RWTH Aachen university and gained a lot experience through the developed applications which are all based on our framework. We are using a composition system to process the input from the available sensors together with the localization and orientation data from the computer vision algorithms. The framework supports location based AR via GPS in combination with a step detection algorithm for very accurate positioning. In addition we use computer vision for localization. Simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) allows the centimeter accurate calculation of the devices position. It also enables us to detect the users surroundings in 3D like walls or specific objects. This allows completely new application scenarios like realistic augmentation and 3D object detection. Furthermore we created a multiplayer component for real time collaborative application and game scenarios which are especially important for Augmented Reality applications. The rendering and logic components are fully separated and exchangeable from the AR components. The default rendering implementation is based on the JMonkey Engine which is a shader-based game engine using OpenGL ES 2. It provides a fully integrated SDK for professional game and application development maintained by a very large, active development team and applications can be developed and tested directly on the development machine which allows very efficient development cycles.“ – Mostafa Akbari and Simon Heinen, founders of bitstars


For more information you can have a look at the presentation files below:


Or see here for the bitstars slides from the Droidcon Berlin.

bitstars as coauthor at the „Mobile Developer’s Guide To The Galaxy“

bitstars wrote a chapter for the Mobile Developer’s Guide To The Galaxy. The Developer’s Guide is a free, non-commercial book that provides an overview on the different mobile technologies and platforms for developers and decision-makers.

More than 20 writers from the mobile community share their know-how, over more than 250 pages, in dealing with topics such as accessibility in mobile apps, LBS, mobile analytics, prototyping, cross-platform development, native development, mobile web and app marketing. This project was initiated in 2009 and we have since published a number of updated versions. As of today, we have distributed over 50,000 hardcopies. The 12th, and latest, edition was published in February 2013.

You can download it as a pdf (now also available in spanish and catalan), or get yourself a hardcopy at all the industry events where Enough Software and WIP are present. You can also download the ebook version on the kobo store or amazon.

Take a look at the enough software website for more information about the „Mobile Developer’s Guide To The Galaxy“.