DB mindbox StartupXpress: open for all solutions

We are constantly looking for innovations for our company and if you have a solution that takes Deutsche Bahn to the next level, then apply for DB mindbox StartupXpress!

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Customer Interaction and AI (Application closed)

Timeline

Application Deadline
17.06.2019
Announcement Pitch Candidates
15.07.2019
Pitch Trainings
19.07.2019 - 23.07.2019
Pitch Event
24.07.2019
Start Program (tbc)
05.08.2019
Coaching Weeks
05.08.2019 - 27.09.2019
End of program
13.11.2019

Search Fields for Customer Interaction and AI

Customer Interaction and AI

We want to offer our 12 Mio daily customers the best experience possible and make their time at DB as enjoyable as possible - while they're on the train as well as during their transit time on our stations.

Immersive, Mixed Environments

AR and VR get more and more integrated in eveyday life. We think this gives us a chance to drive collaboration and connection. What's your idea on how those technologies can be used to enhance customer experience? 

Exponential Intelligence

Personal assistants can help us make smart decisions and expertise shifts towards the wisdom of the crowd. What's your idea to make those new developments usable in their travel experience?

On-Demand Customization

We believe that products can adapt to our customers based on customer insights and that repetitive tasks should be taken care of. This enables our travellers to use their time with DB as enjoyable as possible. 

And more...

You have another product that can help us to improve the everyday experience of our customers using AI? We're happy to learn more. 

Regional Traffic 2019 (Application closed)

Timeline

Application Deadline
04.08.2019
Announcement Pitch Candidates
23.08.2019
Pitch Trainings
09.09.2019 - 11.09.2019
Pitch Event
12.09.2019
Start Program
07.10.2019
Coaching Weeks
07.10.2019 - 29.11.2019
End of Program
31.01.2020
Portfolio Day (tbd)
12.02.2020

Search Fields Regional Traffic 2019

Intermodal Mobility

Six million passengers use DB regional trains every day. Help us to provide alternative mobility solutions or indoor navigation at the station in the event of a disruption.  

Routing

Help us ensure that our customers arrive at their destination even in the event of a disruption.

Interconnected Mobility Services

Simplify interconnected mobility for the first and last mile, linking sharing services or fellow travellers.

Augmented Reality

Guide passengers through stations for connections or in case of incidents or delays.

Additional Ideas

Do you have other ideas on how to move our regional passengers? We're eager to learn more about it.

Analytics

We want to get deeper insights in our trains and customers. Help us to understand our customers and processes using data and to improve internal and external information flow.

Data Based Services

Use big data incl. GPS to develop new products or marketing opportunities and optimize capacity utilization.

Video Monitoring

Read emotions from facial expression, voice and movement of passengers using software to gain insighths about our customers and identify potentially dangerous situations.

RPA & Scheduling

Develop RPA solutions for data entry and transfer and support us in identifying incidents and delays.

Crowd Intelligence

Help us gain insights from the crowd and use those insights to assist our customers as best as possible.

Customer Experience

We want to provide passengers with the best possible experience along their journey. Help us in simplifying processes and improving transparency.

Real Time Information

Develop new methods to provide information about the exact location of the trains e.g. in tunnels.

Simplification of Customer Processes

Simplify internal and external processes in customer interaction e.g. for passenger rights or people with disabilities.

Quality of Stay

Improve the quality of stay on trains and in stations and display useful information to our customers.

Additional Solutions

You think you can bring our regional traffic to the next level? Then apply for the DB startup program!

Construction Tech 2019 (Application closed)

Timeline

Application Deadline
04.08.2019
Announcement Pitch Candidates
23.08.2019
Pitch Trainings
09.09.2019 - 11.09.2019
Pitch Event
12.09.2019
Start Program
07.10.2019
Coaching Weeks
07.10.2019 - 29.11.2019
End of Program
31.01.2020
Portfolio Day (tbd)
12.02.2020

Search Fields Construction Tech 2019

Before, during and after the actual construction itself takles place, DB is involved in phases of planning, monitoring and management. The upcoming program on Construction Tech is focusing on use cases deduced from those phases – aiming to enhance them with solutions or technologies from the following areas:

Big Data

Planning and managing construction projects involves different types or formats of data, available in big quantities and out of varying sources. Help us to integrate and to make most out of available information on hand.

Data Integration

Help us to integrate data from different platforms and data bases.

Data Crawling

 crawl and extract information out of data, for example from pictures or construction plans.

Data Visualization

Make our data tangible and traceable through visualization, geographical mapping and geo-referencing.

Document Search

Help us to structure and tag documents or key words and to make them searchable.

Smart Contracts

Leverage Smart Contract technology to make contract documents digitally available in a smart way.

Policies or Rule Books

We are interested in making policies or rule books digitally accessible in a smart way by applying smart contracting technology on a varying set of use-cases

Process Management

Help us to implement and make use of smart contracts or rule books for an improved process management

Workflow Initiation

Help us to bring rules to live by triggering workflows, i.e. by automized alerts, updates, notifications or to-dos.

Additional ideas

Do you have other ideas on how to support our phases of planning, managing or monitoring construction projects? We're eager to learn more about it.

BPM and RPA

We are eager to learn more about (and to apply) Business Process Management and Robotic Process Automization into planning, managing and observing big Construction Tech projects. Repetitive tasks and processes shall be abolished. We are looking for simple tools and smart automation ideas to help manage the construction site.

Workflow Management

Help us to improve collaboration and communication between stakeholders and to improve project management.

Microservices

Complement or extend our existing software tools with microservices in form of software add-ons or modules that are customizable.

Additional ideas

Do you have other ideas on how to support our phases of planning, managing or monitoring construction projects? We're eager to learn more about it.

Digital Twin

Often, convincing stakeholders of future projects is a challenging task. Precise virtual representations can improve understanding and ease communication.

Digital Twin

Consolidate all elements of our construction sites for visualization and analysis in form of a „digital twin“.

Noise Simulation

Calculate and simulate acustic noise exposure along our tracks and near construction sites.

Visualization Kit

Provide us with an easy way to visualize construction sites on-the-go to make upcoming visuals and accoustics tangible for various stakeholders such as residents or customers.

Augmented Reality

We are interested in applying Augmented Reality for various construction-tech scenarios.

AI

Focusing on the right information becomes increasingly difficult for managers of large scale projects. Use Artificial Intelligence to automate monitoring and alerting relevant personal at the right time.

Digital Plans

Assess our digital plans for quality control.

Monitoring

Provide us with software tools to explore the construction site digitally - aboveground as well as underground.

Image Recognition

Automatically monitor and track changes within the environment along tracks and close to construction sites by using pictures or videos.

Additional ideas

Scan to plan, pattern recognition, natural language processing are also topics that make us curious in terms of planning, managing and observing large scale construction projects. We are happy to receive your ideas!

Train Stations 2019 (Application closed)

Timeline

Application Deadline
13.12.2019 - 04.08.2019
Announcement Candidates
23.08.2019
Selection day (tbc.)
04.09.2019
Start of Program
16.09.2019
End of Program
15.01.2020
Portfolio Day
12.02.2020

Search Fields Train Stations 2019

To bring innovation and digitalization into our train stations, we are currently looking for new ideas and solutions. 

Customer Stay

Support us to offer a pleasant layover in our train stations for daily commuters as well as casual travelers.

Lighting Concepts

Help us to adopt innovative and sustainable lightning concepts which create a pleasant atmosphere in our train stations.

Waiting Areas

 Design waiting spaces that match the needs of our guests, ranging from comfy to productive, by offering sustainable furniture or digital services.

Microclimate

Do you know how to transform a train station in to a recognizable area by creating a unique microclimate?

Pop-up Store Concepts (Food & Non-Food)

Help us to bring changing services or products into our pop-up stores or to offer sustainable store-concepts (Indoor and outdoor). We are also interested to learn more about how to manage changing offers or concept spaces.

Wayfinding System

Train stations and their surroundings can be complex systems. Help our guests to easy find their way around.

Routing

Offer your solutions for innovative routing in and around train stations

Sign posting

Simplify sign postings with your adjustable and multilingual product

Digital Services

Do you offer a digital service that provides an additional benefit for our guests while traveling or visiting train stations? Wayfinding or improving waiting times generally are topics that are of interest here.

Additional Ideas

Do you have other ideas on how to support guidance or wayfinding in and around train stations? We're eager to learn more about it!

Intermodal Mobility

Simplify interconnected mobility for the first and last mile

Bicycle parking

Help us to bring bicycle parking to a new level by (for example) providing real-time information of available parking spots. We would love to make arriving by bike easier for travelers as well as visitors of our train stations. 

Connected Mobility

Link sharing services or fellow travelers with a focus on e-mobilty in urban as well as rural areas.

Additional Ideas

Do you have other ideas on how to make our train stations greener? We're eager to learn more about it!

Sustainability

As a green mobility provider, DB has the goal to drive sustainability continuously forward not just with our trains but also in and around train stations.

Waste Management / Reduction

Do you have an adaptable systems which we can offer our tenants in our train stations to optimize waste management?

Green Solutions for our Customers

Looking at the described topics above (customer stay, wayfinding, interconnected mobility) green ideas or solutions are very welcome and highly appreciated.

Additional Idea

Do you have other ideas on how to make our train stations greener? We're eager to learn more about it!

Future of Maintenance 2020 (Application closed)

Timeline

Application Deadline
13.12.2019 - 08.12.2019
Announcement Candidates
20.12.2019
Selection day
28.01.2020
Start of Program
17.02.2020
End of Program
28.05.2020

Search Fields for Future of Maintenance

Data Analytics & Process Mining

Vibration analysis

Interpretation of recorded vibration data on different types of trains for asset localization & anomaly detection (focus: tracks/switches)

Train availability prediction

Development of a tool/algorithms to predict the availability (ready to depart) of trains to inform capacity management

Process Mining

Quantification of process impact on quality in fleet operations; identification of complexity and/or cost drivers from process data

On-board customer facilities

Innovative Illumination

Development of a holistic lighting concept for passenger cabins to save energy e.g. by reducing shadow zones caused by luggage and adapt illumination to weather condition.

Door drives & steering

Fresh ideas to repair and maintain doors to increase availabilty and reduce changeover time in stations

Micro-HVAC

Implementation of an „emission-free“ HVAC-unit to be installed in train-driver-cabins of locomotives (cooling power 4kW)

New technologies

Entirely new technologies for the use in our sensitive customer facilities: fresh ideas for WC, entrance doors, HVAC, innovative lighting solutions…

Sensor solutions I

Door & WC monitoring

Sensors to monitor aspects of our train components; on-site computing systems and/or data transfer with off-site analysis

Stationary machinery monitoring

Deliver key machinery parameters into the „DB_cloud“ to inform our MRO-staff on location and status; possibly to attack predictive maintenance in this field

Autonomous remote sensing

Remotely deployed sensors require energy for data storage, transmission or edge computing; bring in your energy harvesting solutions

Tunnel monitoring

Sensor package to examine composure of materials behind tunnel walls before refurbishment/rebuilding

Sensor solutions II

High speed track sensing

Using trains as measurement units to automatically scan the surface of the track bed for damages

Waste disposal monitoring

Monitoring the WC tanks of trains to detect the level of fluids in order to ensure availability of toilets

Locomotive Cover Sensor

Development of a sensor that detects whether the coverage of the locomotive is open by working with a wireless sensor, possibly by using a light barrier, wind speed measurement, …

Passenger Counting

Tool to monitor the amount of passengers in trains by using sensors, image regognition etc. to improve capacity management of the fleet

Documentation solutions

Train documentation automation

Technical train documentation is delivered by OEMs in increasingly diverse forms; help us unify the resulting status quo into a common and searchable database

Norm conformity checks

Norming enables train usability across Europe via „TSI“-regulations; entering new regions trains require conformity-checks; help us build a tool for efficient conformity checks

Construction process documentation

Building depots or tracks requires detailed documentation for progress reporting and payment milestones; support the process efficiency by covering this workflow

3D-modeling of existing components

A simple idea: could our maintenance staff use mobile phones to generate precise 3D-models of components? Make the first step towards this vision with us!

Workflow support and process automation

Automated software testing

Testing new software releases on smartphones for robustness across phone types and OS-versions using automated process simulating the actual device environment

Automated hardware testing

Electronic railway components must withstand harsh environments like weather, vibrations & magnetic fields. Help us test components by simulating these environments

Hardware-tools availability

From screwdrivers to high-end machinery; make sure our maintenance crews do not lack any tools once at the site – help us to manage & track inventory

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