Convincing solution for the digitization of NO2 measurements

Hawa Dawa wins Munich Innovation Competition

Hawa Dawa was able to convince the cross-divisional and cross-departmental jury team of the Bavarian capital yesterday with its solution based on a network of cost-effective IoT sensors. The core of the challenge has been to provide measurement data for the recording of NO2 concentrations that are legally reliable and comply with the legal requirements and provisions of the 39th BImSchV, directly retrievable and of different periods (annual, daily and hourly average values) and that cover the city of Munich as extensively as possible.
(More about the innovation competition here)
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Chiara Katzlmaier: New Head of Partner Management

Chiara Katzlmaier has been Head of Partner Management at Hawa Dawa since 1 April 2021. In this position, she is responsible for developing and expanding the partner network both nationally and internationally. Chiara Katzlmaier thus takes over a sub-area within the field of responsibility of Frank Felten, to which she reports directly.

“I am very pleased to have won Ms Katzlmaier as an important reinforcement for our team. Partner growth is an essential part of our strategy. We want to grow together with our partners and drive innovation,” explains Frank Felten.

Chiara Katzlmaier adds: “Air quality affects all areas of our lives. This fact creates a large number of joint business opportunities with our partners. I am very much looking forward to realizing this enormous potential with our partners.” Chiara Katzlmaier can look back on successful positions in partner and program management of technology-oriented companies in an international environment

Michael Tomczak joined as Chief Financial Officer – lifting Hawa Dawa to the next level

In January 2021, Michael Tomczak joined as Chief Financial Officer at Hawa Dawa GmbH. Michael, a graduate of the Wharton School, has a business background with a focus on finance and accounting. Having worked in those fields for over two decades, the last 12 years of which in private equity in the German speaking world, he will contribute his experience in small and medium-sized services, industrial and software businesses to the startup environment of Hawa Dawa. We warmly welcome Michael to the team and look forward to jointly continue growing and lifting Hawa Dawa to the next level – integrating data-driven air quality insights into the mainstream of decision making.

Dorothee Bär, German Minister of State for Digitalisation: Hawa Dawa provides and important tool for those responsible in cities and businesses


In an interview for RESPOND, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Dorothee Bär, Minister of State for Digitalisation,  said: “The fact that sustainability and digitization can work very well together is also demonstrated by your ‘Tech for Good’ projects. I’m thinking of the RESPOND startup Hawa Dawa from Munich, for example, which makes air quality visible. It provides an important tool for those responsible in cities and businesses to reduce air pollution….” In her intro, she referred to the federal government’s goal of taking sustainability and digitization into account in all strategies. According to Dorothee Bär, the German sustainability strategy is based on two principles:

  • use the numerous opportunities of digitization for sustainability
  • avoid risks to people and the environment

Watch the full interview here


New Hawa Dawians grow the team

Two more employees will support our team to meet the growing demand for our products. Yin Ying Ip, currently studying satellite application at the Technical Univerisity of Munich will work as a working student with the software team in developing data processing and geospatial modelling technology.  Rohit Paudel joined Hawa Dawa as Backend Software Engineer developing code that helps Hawa Dawa customers and partners to access and utilize indepth data.

Both combine high-level skills with the commitment to contributing to environmental and social impact.

Welcome to our new Hawa Dawa team members!

Yin Ying Ip

Air Quality is

… essential for well-being.

Rohit Paudel

Air Quality is

…a reason we are alive and thrive, it’s nature.

We are growing: Welcome the new members of the Hawa Dawa Team

We are proud to announce that recently a group of students started to work for Hawa Dawa. They not only bring excellent skills to our workforce, while still being enrolled in university programs but also share the commitment for contributing to environmental and social impact.

Welcome to our new Hawa Dawa team members:

Joshua Entwistle

Bachelor of Engineering Software Engineering degree at Queen’s University Belfast

Air Quality is

… becoming more import as the environment degrades and urban populations get larger.

Nathan Joel

Bachelor of Engineering Software Engineering degree at Queen’s University Belfast

Air Quality is

… key to protecting the planet and making sure that it maintains its natural ecosystems.

Martin Robinson

Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering

Air Quality is

… becoming more and more relevant in modern life in regard to out personal and public health.

Thom Holmes

Bachelor of Engineering Software Engineering degree at Queen’s University Belfast

Air Quality is

… essential to quality of life and a problem that needs improved in industrialised areas

Karim Hartmann

Master’s degree of Mechanical Engineering and Management at TUM

Air Quality is

…the forgotten sibling of food and water quality. Shedding light on air quality is the first and essential step in taking life-improving measures.

Desmond Molloy

MSc in Data science at City, University of London

Air Quality is

…often overlooked in decisionmaking, at national and local levels.

Pia Baronetzky

Master in Mathematics

Air Quality is

…something I have always taken for granted here in Germany until a few years ago. I was wrong. Clean air is very important for our health, all over the world.

Pia Wendlinger

International Business Studies at the University of applied sciences in Kufstein

Air Quality is

… vital and a good that should be “used” by everyone with care.


Hawa Dawa is WSA Winner 2020 – The WSA Top 40 utilise technology with smart content to hack global gaps and to support SDGs

Hawa Dawa is one of the four German start-ups that have been awarded the UN WSA prize. WSA recognises modern technology combined with a social cause and smart content, which not only solves problems but enhances equality, information access and inclusion. The WSA Winners 2020 provide a meaningful selection of worldwide content-driven applications contributing to the achievement of the UN SDGs – 40 solutions from 26 countries have been recognised. Hawa Dawa was selected as one of the five the best digital solution globally in the category “Smart Settlement & Urbanisation”.

The WSA Winner’s 2020 list is manifold. Focusing foremost on content and impact in their local communities, not only the technical finesse and design, WSA assembled international experts from all regions and fields to select the 40 winners. The final jury phase concluded in an on-site three-days meeting 43 high-level international experts, deciding in a democratic and transparent process on the most powerful and content-rich solutions 2020. Read more

Identify the best solution for the customer: Hawa Dawa welcomes Sebastian Bohlig as new, experienced Sales Manager

Hawa Dawa is pleased to welcome Sebastian Bohlig to the team. Sebastian Bohlig can rely on many years of experience in support of customers in the field of software-as-a-service  (SaaS). As Sales Manager at Hawa Dawa, he will be the primary contact for customers. 

In this function, Sebastian Bohlig will focus on meeting customer requirements with the optimal combination of products from the comprehensive Hawa Dawa portfolio. In doing so, Hawa Dawa ensures that the individual goals of its customers are supported in the best possible way. In close customer contact, Sebastian Bohlig will identify new potentials and establish sustainable customer relationships. Read more

Hawa Dawa and Bernard Group enter into a partnership

The joint solution provides essential insights into traffic and air quality correlation

Hawa Dawa and the Munich-based Bernard Group, an internationally operating family-owned engineering services company, which has been considered an expert in traffic censuses and analysis for decades, are partnering to provide their customers with a solution that allows them to analyse the correlation between traffic and air quality.

 The joint solution builds on the established devices of both companies for traffic counting or air pollutant measurement, respectively. It enables a correlation of local traffic data with air quality data. In this way, valuable information is generated from the two data sources, and the data is related to each other. Based on this information, concrete decisions and actions can be derived. On the one hand, more profound insights into the influence of traffic on air quality at specific locations are created; on the other hand, patterns and measures for critical scenarios can be identified. The goal is to use data and analyses for creating a comprehensive mapping of the complex interrelationships between air quality, transport and climate in an intuitive way, and to achieve efficiency gains in the development and implementation of intelligent measures to improve air quality. Read more

Hawa Dawa is “Digital Startup of the Year 2020”

Hawa Dawa has been recognised with the “Digital Start-up of the Year 2020”  award at the IFA in Berlin. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) awards this prize annually to promising young digital companies from the BMWi start-up initiatives, which have already established themselves on the market. The award recognises start-ups who have implemented their founding ideas particularly successfully in a short time and are pursuing promising concepts for further growth. Read more