GeoMonday 2015.2 – smart traffic management

Graphmasters has evolved from a research team at the University of Cambridgclogo-273x273-365405e, U.K. and King’s College London, U.K. Founders Iulian Nitescu and Christian Brüggemann started with a research project on efficient routing algorithms in large graphs about 5 years ago. In 2011 Sebastian Heise, as a senior system architect, joined the team and the research project evolved to a product, so as the team evolved to a company. In February 2013 the Graphmasters GmbH was officially founded and counted three members. After a long phase of evaluations from major navigation system providers, we were able to incorporate our routing engine into existing the navigation systems such as BOSCH. Today, we count 11 team members in two offices. Hanover, Germany is the place where product development and testing happens. Robert Dohrendorf complements the management team as experienced MBA in international business. Graphmasters provides apps and services to solve traffic management issues for smart cities and optimize trips for CEP services and logistic industries.

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Sebastian Heise

Sebastian is a pioneer and tech entrepreneur with a strong research and computer science background. In 2004 he started studies in computer science and media technology in Bremen, Germany. He published numerous scientific papers in the field of audio analysis, image processing and human machine interaction. He holds a master’s degree in computer science for his work on hearing aid fitting at Fraunhofer IDMT. His work on audio analysis and pattern recognition gained international attraction in the audio community and led to several tech companies. At Capgemini, he was involved in AAA projects in the automotive industry as well as in the energy sector. With Team-Greenway he made it to the top rated team in the Microsoft Imagine Grant 2012/13. Today Sebastian is co-founder of Graphmasters and leading the development team in Germany. As a future-looking visionary, he is making high-end technology accessible to everyone.

GeoMonday 2015.2 – Managing urban parking space demand

Parking spaces are a highly sought-after and often rare, expensive and non-reservable commodity, which results in frustrated car drivers, waste of resources, environmental pollution and increased traffic density. Still inner city parking spaces are often not fully utilized due to limited access or because drivers are simply unaware of their existence. Urs Fischer presents an innovative parking solution for urban areas: parking space sharing. parku gives private persons as well as companies, shops, hotels and even professional parking operators a free platform to advertise their temporarily unused parking spaces, with the option to define availabilities of spaces as well as setting their own fees. Drivers can easily find the nearest parking space by using the parku app or by visiting the website. Here, they can either book their spot well in advance or spontaneously whilst already on the road. Moreover, parku’s SESAME technology enables drivers to easily open barriers and gates by scanning a QR code.


Urs Fischer

  • Has several years’ work experience at the Bertelsmann AG (Business Development Manager, Director New Media, Executive Assistant to the CEO and President)
  • Master of Science with Distinction (Grenoble Graduate School of Business, France) Bachelor of Science in International Business (Maastricht University, Netherlands)
  • In addition to German as a mother tongue German he speaks English, Dutch and French fluently

GeoMonday 2015.2 – Geo Services for Smarter Cities


What are smart cities? In this session our speakers will provide you with an overview of concepts, that combine geolocation technologies and urban demands in a new way. As the designated center of e-Mobility in Germany, Berlin plays an important role of an icon how smart cities could be established. There are plenty more or less experimental initiatives out there and we are keen to shade some light on what it’s all about and how it could improve the live quality of Millions of people going forward.


When: Monday June 15th, 2015, starting 7pm sharp
Where: Mobilesuite, Pappelallee 78/79, 10437 Berlin

You are welcome to join our event to become part of the GeoMonday community. Get your free tickets here:

We will announce our speakers in the next days and weeks, so stay tuned…

GeoMonday 2015.1 – Impressions

April 13th we kicked off GeoMonday 2015. For those who where not present, here are some pictures illustrating the talks about our 1st event with the headline Navigation and Orientation for Handicapped People.

Thanks again to our Guest and Speakers:

  • Holger Dieterich (with Raul Krauthausen) from SOZIALHELDEN talked about wheelmap and brokenlifts
  • Marc Ullrich from mdv explained the Projekt SIMBA, how to Barrier-Free routing for Handicapped Persons with using OSM Data
  • Manuel J. Kripp from m4guide  talked about multi modal mobile mobility guide for visual impaired people

We saw some great talks and also got to insides into several social projects that improve barrier-free routing for handycapped people. We really encourage to get in contact with our speakers as they all have a great story to tell.


GeoMonday 2015.1 – Does this place have stairs at the entry?

Holger and Raul, who is using a wheelchair, had to ask this question a lot when they wanted to go somewhere. So they build, a map to find wheelchair accessible places. Since it’s launch 5 years ago over 500.000 places have been tagged by volunteers all over the world, making it the biggest database of it’s kind. is online in 22 languages and also available as iOS and Android apps. Being an OpenStreetMap project all it’s data is available under an open license. is run by SOZIALHELDEN, a non-profit based in Berlin which launched many follow-up project since then. One is the service where visitors can see which elevators are currently out of service in the Berlin public transportation system.

Holger is the co-founder of and will tell us about the opportunities and challenges they saw when building these projects on top of open data, what things they tried and failed and how he sees projects like these in the long run.

About Holger Dieterich
When Holger is not at SOZIALHELDEN, he is active in the Berlin Startup scene as coach and mentor for entrepreneurs, curator of the StartupDigest and running events like the Lean Startup Meetup and Usabilityfix. He has a degree from the University of the Arts Berlin and worked as product manager before.

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GeoMonday 2015.1 – Barrier-Free Routing for Increased Mobility and Accessibility Using OSM

mdv2As part of the SIMBA (Safe and Mobile with Assistance Systems) research project, Mentz Datenverarbeitung (mdv) has integrated data from the OpenStreetMap (OSM) project into its trip planner system, enhancing the routing algorithm to increase mobility and accessibility using the available attributes in OSM.


The project goals are to ensure autonomy of the elderly and disabled and to provide safe and comfortable trips that account for their specific mobility limitations.

One of the new improvements is the consideration of specific link types and attributes, which are imported from the OSM source data and integrated into the routing network graph.

mdv1Marc Ullrich has studied civil engineering at the TU Munich and works as a Senior Software Engineer at mdv (Mentz Datenverarbeitung GmbH). He is member of the EFA journey planner developer team and works on national and international projects. Find his LinkedIn profile here:

Partnership Announcement

The Cluster ICT, Media and Creative Industries Berlin-Brandenburg combines business, academic institutions, operators and service providers of information and communications industry, as well as media and creative industries in the German capital region with the aim of joint innovation and value creation. Particularly in the areas of digital media, games/interactive media, geoinformation, open IT, data management, ambient assisted living/cloud, mobile solutions, VFX and animation Berlin-Brandenburg has extensive potential.


GeoMonday 2015.1 – Navigation and Orientation for Handicapped People


Navigation devices have dramatically changed the way we drive. Systems are so easy to use, you could say we are dependable. However there are a lot of people out there, which have physical limitations and have real dependencies. This GeoMonday want to shade some light into clever solutions, that help those people everyday.


When: Monday April 13th, 2015, starting 7pm sharp
Where: Mobilesuite, Pappelallee 78/79, 10437 Berlin

You are interested in getting to know some great ideas on this topic and discuss them with us, or even have your own Projects helping to improve every day situations for people with limitations? Join our event and get part of the GeoMonday community.

Get your free tickets here:

If you have your own idea you want to share with others just send us an e-mail to We still have some free slots for the event and are grateful for every contribution. Also see our other events for 2015.

GeoMonday 2015

Geomonday enters the next round with some great new events. Thanks to the support of Berlin Partner ( and ZAB Brandenburg ( we plan to continue our series of talks with the following topics:

  • 13th of April 2015: Navigation and Orientation for Handicapped People – Mobile Suite Berlin
  • 15th of June 2015: Location Based Services for Smarter Cities – Mobile Suite Berlin
  • 14th of September 2015: GeoDrones and Aerial Imagery – Potsdam Bildungsforum
  • 7th of December 2015: GeoMonday X-Mas Special – Mobile Suite Berlin

We are looking forward to see you in one or even better all our next events. If you have own ideas or projects related to one of those topics quickly write us at:

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GeoMonday the 4th – Impressions

For those of you, who missed GeoMonday 4, here are some pictures illustrating the talks all around Internet of Things and Location.

Thanks again to our Speakers:

We had a lot of hands on sessions and the topics crossed the domains of gaming, car, governmental and enterprise business up to consumer gadgets.

This was the first and last GeoMonday for 2014 😉

Please bear with us in 2015 and don’t miss the WhereCamp Berlin 2014 (tickets / info at which happens 13th till 15th of November. The GeoMonday team will be there as well.

Bye and stay Geotastic.