Hawa Dawa nominated for EIT Venture Award

Q: How many entrepreneurs does it take to fill a fish tank? A: exactly 11. If you’d been in Hungary at the start of October, you may have heard a bit of competitive splash coming from the Akvarium Klub, an events venue in Budapest not far from the Danube hosting the awards ceremony for this year’s European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Venture Award. Eleven innovative and marketable startups from across the EIT’s network of Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) came together, having been nominated as finalists for the Venture Award. Read more

„Our goal is to mainstream environmental data”

Wie ist Karim Tarraf auf die Idee für sein Startup gekommen? Wie hat sich das Team gefunden? Und welchen Kundennutzen hat die Messung der Luftqualität? Der Unternehmensgründer erzählt im Interview wie seine Erfolgsgeschichte an der TU München begann.

Frage: Herr Tarraf, wie sind Sie auf die Idee für Hawa Dawa gekommen und was zeichnet Ihr Produkt aus?

Karim Tarraf: Ich habe mehrere Jahre in der internationalen Entwicklungszusammenarbeit gearbeitet. Die Erfahrungen, die ich während des frustrierenden Konzernjobs gemacht habe, gekoppelt mit den prägenden Erlebnissen im arabischen Frühling 2011 haben mich zum Gründen motiviert. Ich wollte nochmal die Bank in der Universität drücken, um dort Ideen zu entwickeln, mit denen ich ein Startup aufbauen kann. Wichtig bei diesem Schritt ist mir der social impact, also eines der großen gesellschaftlichen Probleme anzugehen – seien es Umwelt- oder soziale Themen. Read more

Hawa Dawa employs former Head of Sensor Development at Konux

Das Team des Münchner Luftqualitäts-Spezialisten Hawa Dawa wächst weiter. Nachdem sich die Mannschaft um Gründer Karim Tarraf in den letzten anderthalb Jahren verdreifacht hat, stößt nun auch John Dziersk, bis vor Kurzem noch Head of Sensor Development beim Predictive Maintenance Startup Konux zum Team. Read more

Hawa Dawa selected to join the ESA Business Incubation Programme

Hawa Dawa was selected as one of the businesses to be supported by the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Programme in order to support them in integrating satellite data into their air quality models. The programme runs for 18 months and offers expert mentoring and coaching from the technical partners of the managing company, Anwendungzentrum GmbH, including the German Space Agency (DLR), financial support and office space.

Smart Quarter in Munich North: powered by Hawa Dawa

Munich’s north is becoming a “smart quarter”.

The EU initiative “Civitas Eccentric” is upgrading the Domagkpark and Parkstadt Schwabing neighbourhoods into environmentally sustainable districts. The project is part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 initiative, which uses integrated mobility concepts to reduce traffic and alleviate the parking situation. In addition to Munich, the cities of Stockholm, Madrid, Turku and Ruse are also among the project cities Read more

Air Quality Measurement: a fascinating lineage

Cairo: ideas through the smog

Our CEO and co-founder, Karim Tarraf, grew up in Cairo – a city displaying all of the typical traits of an emerging economy when it comes to air quality and health. His vision was to be able capture and visualize air quality data in such a way as to make it accessible to the population in developing countries, enabling cities and affected citizens take action to curb air pollution, improving health and quality of life.

Raw Meat & Canary Birds

Here at Hawa Dawa we follow an interesting lineage; from raw meat used in the 9th Century to detect the lowest levels of ambient pollution and thus situate a hospital; to canary birds who fell out of usage for detecting carbon monoxide in mining in the 1980s. In 2018, we’re not leaving it to chance: our data is gathered using a combination of proprietary IoT networks of gas sensors in the field and highly complex machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence. The output is a reliable, comprehensive, real-time ‘heatmap’ of air pollution. A map that enables cities to be innovative, dynamic and targeted in the measures they employ to combat pollutant levels. No one else is offering this combination of bottom-up and top-down measurement: a viable, low-cost, digital alternative to costly official stations; a new digital value chain based on the commodity of environmental data.

Looking to the future in 2018

We are proud that almost 13 centuries after the first physicians recognized the value of understanding where and how air pollution affects lives, Hawa Dawa is able to offer the first reliable digital solution to measuring air quality, providing actionable insights to enable citizens, cities and companies understand and mitigate for the dangerous and costly effects of air pollution.

MIT Tech Review honours CTO Flaschberger as ‘Top 35 Innovators in Germany’

In July 2017, Hawa Dawa CTO Jannai Flaschberger has been rewarded as one of the ‘Top 35 Innovators in Germany’ by MIT Tech Review. During the festivities in Berlin the renowned US-magazine awarded the most promising young talents in the tech industry. Read more

Why Hawa Dawa?

Problem vs Solution Today ambient air pollution is a widely recognized problem and it is taking the shape of a global epidemic. It is posing severe health challenges for people worldwide; in particular, people with Chronic Respiratory Diseases (CRD) and heart problems, children, elderly citizens, and pregnant women. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that in 2012 one in eight global deaths was due to prolonged exposure to air pollution. In fact, a lifetime of exposure to ambient air pollution in a highly polluted city has a higher impact on the life expectancy than lifetime exposure to passive smoking. Read more