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Hawa Dawa successfully hosted the “Smart City Meetup” in Munich

Hawa Dawa hosted their first “Smart City Meetup” on January 29. With exciting presentations and a high-level keynote from Fraunhofer Morgenstadt Initiative, Hawa Dawa was able to attract a wide audience – reaching from Smart City solutions providers, representatives from cities to interested citizens. The objective of this event was on putting spotlights on the various aspects of the topic  “Smart City” and to provide a space for networking and exchange of ideas. The event focussed on the areas of “Smart City and air quality – the framework, impact and trends” and “Artificial intelligence and machine learning – working principles, applications and chances”. In his keynote speech on “Smart City – between technical capability and public needs” Dr Alanus von Radecki of the Fraunhofer Morgenstadt Initiative showed fascinating examples and provided exciting food for thought. After the presentations, the audience got engaged in lively and committed discussions with the Hawa Dawa experts and the invited speaker. Karim Tarraf, CEO and co-founder of Hawa Dawa, says: “We are very pleased with this great audience and we feel strongly encouraged by the high interest in the topic ‘smart city’ and its contribution to sustainability and healthier environment.”

 
About Fraunhofer Morgenstadt: In the “Morning City Initiative”, the Fraunhofer Society develops the solutions for the city of the future together with partners from industry and municipalities. Cities are the future of humanity. More than half of the world’s people already live in cities; in Germany, it is as much as 70 percent. They are all looking for security and prosperity, education and networking and the urban lifestyle, in short: quality of life. In a limited space, more and more people want to take advantage of the chances of a good life. Social division must be avoided and a sustainable use of natural resources must be achieved. Thus, all areas from waste to energy, governance, mobility and water supply are relevant in the process of sustainable urban development towards a smart city of the future. More on: www.morgenstadt.de

Hawa Dawa on the stage of Disrupt Berlin organized by TechCrunch


Every year, TechCrunch dives deep into the international startup scene to find innovative startups to compete in Startup Battlefield – TechCrunch’s famous global startup competition. Read more

Cities measure air quality – free test phase of 4 months: Hawa Dawa launches Smart Air City 2019 campaign

Hawa Dawa startet die diesjährige Smart Air City Kampagne: Vier Städten werden für vier Monate jeweils vier Sentience Luftqualitätsmessgeräte kostenlos zur Verfügung gestellt. Bewerbungen sind ab sofort bis 31. Dezember 2019 möglich. Read more

Hawa Dawa Forms Board of Advisors to Consult on Strategic Growth Initiatives

Hawa Dawa has established a Board of Advisors to provide strategic advice and expertise to help accelerate growth. Its first three appointments are Martin Herkommer, expert for communications, public relations and lobbying, Jason Maroothynaden, space industry expert and access to finance specialist working at the European Space Agency, and Andreas M. Rickert, CEO and Founder PHINEO. Read more

The faces behind the technology – get to know the team

Das Hawa Dawa Team Der Investor: Das Team hatte sich schon gefunden, bevor ich investiert habe. Die Chemie scheint zu stimmen. Das Team gefällt mir sehr gut, vor allem wegen der unterschiedlichen Skills. Wir haben fünf Gründer mit komplementären Eigenschaften, dadurch ist die Last auf viele Schultern verteilt.  Als ganz besonders an dem Team empfinde ich die starke sozial ökologische Motivation (Social), die Teammitglieder kommen aus intrinsischen Beweggründen zur Arbeit. Sie gehen mit großer Leidenschaft an ihren Job, wollen die Welt positiv verändern. Sie arbeiten nicht unbedingt, um viel Geld zu verdienen, sondern wollen ein Wert für die Gesellschaft leisten. Bernd Wendeln, Oktober 2018 Der Gründer: Zu unserem Team gehören Softwareentwickler, Statistiker, Verkehrs- und Neurowissenschaftler, Mechatroniker, Ökoklimatologen und Betriebswirte. Das Besondere: Wir haben uns alle ohne große Ausschreibungen zusammengefunden und gemerkt, dass es passt. Unsere Kompetenzen (Skills) ergänzen sich hervorragend und wir können durch die Kombination unseres Know-Hows einen großen Beitrag zur Lösung eines der dringendsten Probleme unserer Zeit beisteuern. Das Team zeichnet sich auch durch seine hohe Internationalität (Origin) und Vielfalt aus. Sie kommen aus unterschiedlichen Kulturen, aus acht Ländern, haben unterschiedliche Lebensgeschichten, sprechen sechs, sieben Sprachen und wir haben einen hohen Frauenanteil. Karim Tarraf, Oktober 2018 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.

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.

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