4. Aachener Firmenlauf 2015

bitstars at the 4. Aachener Firmenlauf – running for a good cause

One for holo, holo for all! – Team Holo(Builder) starting at the 4. Aachener Firmenlauf

On October 2nd bitstars participated for the first time at the 4. Aachener Firmenlauf (‚Aachen Company Run‘). Six eager runners volunteered to accomplish the 9.26 km run in under 80 minutes. Being fully booked out, a total of 7.000 participants and 462 companies came together for a good cause running a distance of either 4.63 km or even 9.26 km. It was never so easy: doing good for a cause and doing good for yourself with only a few hours of breath taking engagement. Supporting three local charity projects a sum of 15.000€ was donated to the Förderkreis Schwerkranke Kinder E.V. (‚Association for the Promotion of Severely Ill Children‘), the Malaika E.V.-Verein zur Förderung der Lern- und Lebensfreude (‚Association for the Promotion of Enjoyment of Learning and Living‘) and the Evangelische Frauenverein Aachen (‚Evangelical Women’s Association Aachen‘) as a result of a total of 48.615 km run.

 

Six of our dear colleagues took it upon them starting at the 9.26 km run. Our mixed team made it to an awesome 206th place of 317 – presenting a total time of 3 hours 21 minutes and 22 seconds for a distance of 9.26 km. We are proud of our team accomplishing such great things. Showing – even during the run – an extraordinary commitment to provide superior content in HoloBuilder we took some very special 360° snapshots to make everyone feel like a part of it.

We at bitstars are proud to be a part of this amazing happening and are definitely up for the next round in 2016.
Find out more about the Aachener Firmenlauf and the results!

Mostafa Akbari with Armin Laschet, Cem Özdemir and Brigitte Zypries

High-level meeting: bitstars CEO Mostafa Akbari meets top political decision-makers from Germany

Over the last few weeks some of Germany’s most renowned politicians came to California to get together with the great minds send out from Germany. Mostafa Akbari, CEO of bitstars, who is currently situated in Silicon Valley (Palo Alto/San Francisco, California, USA) to establish a market with the US and Asia, met with them personally to discuss the technology of tomorrow. No matter whether it is the CDU, SPD or Bündnis 90/Die Grünen party, all came to talk about differences in the start-up culture in Germany and the US, the relevance of Industry 4.0 as well as the open-mindedness of the Silicon Valley and Japan towards start-ups.

bitstars CEO Mostafa Akbari met with Armin Laschet (CDU), currently serving as state MP in the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia as head of his party’s parliamentary group. They discoursed about the major differences of the support for founders in Germany and the US, what Germany can learn from the American founders’ mentality and how the founders’ climate could be improved altogether. Read more about this visit online (German press).

Mostafa Akbari meeting Armin Laschet (CDU).

Furthermore, Mostafa came together with Brigitte Zypries (SPD), current Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy coordinating Germany’s IT, aviation and space policies, to debate about the potential and future of Industry 4.0. Main topics were Googles new project Jaguar, introducing smart textile designs in cooperation with the textile industry, as well as the role of other Silicon Valley pioneers and their impact on mid-tier companies. In the context of Industry 4.0 the importance of German founders was further elaborated.

Mostafa and Brigitte Zypries (SPD) at the German Accelerator.

Last but not least, Mostafa met with Cem Özdemir, co-chairman of the political party Bündnis 90/Die Grünen. They discussed the actual technological, economic-political state in the US and Japan. The focus of the conversation was set on the positive attitude of the Silicon Valley as well as the open minded mentality of Japanese companies towards startups around the world.

bitstars CEO Mostafa Akbari meets with politician Cem Özdemir (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen).

Those meetings underline the commitment and involvement of German politicians to support German technology as well as ambitioned entrepreneurs abroad.

Aachen Entrepreneurship Week 2013

ill start, where bitstars is going to be a partner by organizing the FoundersHack and the GDG meets Microsoft event.

 

 

Brezelhack 2013 by the GDG supported by bitstars

AACHEN, Brezelhack 2013

bitstars is supporting the Brezelhack 2013 for everyone who is interested in coding, IT based business ideas as well as brezels and beer. The hackathon event is organized by the Google Developer Group. There will be a small competition developing an application. We think this will be a lot of fun 🙂

GDG Brezelhack 2013

 

Come and join us at the Brezelhack 2013!

We moved to GitHub

We moved to GitHub to improve the possibility for the community to participate in DroidAR. Here is the link, go ahead and take a look!

Contributing to DroidAR is easy on GitHub (that’s the main reason why we switched from Google Code). Click „Fork“ do your changes in your local copy of DroidAR and then push it back to the DroidAR repository. I will make a short instruction video about this soon.

There are some rules to allow an easy integration of your code and changes:
  • You have to use the default code formatting style of Eclipse
  • You should enable auto formatting whenever you save a file. This way you can’t forget to format: Go to Preferences->Java->Editor->Save Actions and enable „Format source code“ and „Organize imports“.
Now when you save the code is formatted automatically. This will avoid commit conflicts and changes in the code can be reviewed more easily.