December 7, 2017

In Pictures: CTO, Jasmin Skenderi Speaks at Startups @ Digitale Vernetzung by Fraunhofer

On Thursday November 3oth, Fraunhofer hosted a networking event at the Einstein Center Digital Future on Wilhelmstraße. The purpose of the event was to showcase Fraunhofer’s technological research in the field of IoT, 5G, Industry 4.0 and Hardware for Cyber-Physical Systems and to explore how they can help startups and entrepreneurs to build their projects across numerous areas including: […]

December 5, 2017

Exploring the Intersection of IoT & Blockchain at Our Happy Hour Event With NBT & Consensys

IoT & Blockchain

Last Friday, we hosted a very special event to bring IoT & Blockchain closer together. Our ‘Happy Hour’ was hosted at Factory Berlin’s Rheinsberger Strasse HQ and featured leading speakers from NBT and blockchain venture production studio, Consensys. The night began with an introduction from NBT Co-founder, Michael Bommer where he discussed how exploration at the […]

December 4, 2017

The Rise of Company Building in the IoT Research & Development Race

Company building

A McKinsey report estimating the potential of IoT to generate $11 Trillion in value by 2025 has led to many senior business leaders across the globe investing in IoT research and development or planning to implement IoT solutions in the coming years. Many of these investments, however, failed to yield the great potential posed by IoT, and […]

December 3, 2017

Event: IoT & Blockchain in InsurTech at Factory Berlin


As our “IoT & Blockchain in…” event series grows we hosted our most recent at Factory Berlin. InsurTech is booming at this moment in time which is why this time on we held the event on the topic of IoT & blockchain applications for the insurance industry. Speakers included Nicolas Konnerth, Project manager for deploy at ERGO […]

November 28, 2017

CEO, Harald Zapp Speaks at Club of Three

Harald Zapp Club of Three

Club of Three is an initiative between several European states that brings together senior members of business, politics, academia and the media. The aim of the initiative is to provide an informal platform to discuss solutions to the greatest challenges faced by Europe. Our CEO, Harald, was invited to speak at one of their senior meetings to share […]

November 14, 2017

In Pictures: Our CEO Speaks at the East German Economic Forum in Bad Saarow

German Economic Forum

For the second year running, the East German Economic Forum was held last week, featuring leading political figures and researchers focussing on the economic development of East Germany. The goal of the forum was to explore new topics in the development of the East German economy and to discuss how these opportunities could help to develop the economic power of the […]

November 7, 2017

Discover the Future of IoT & Blockchain in InsurTech at Our November Event

As part of a series of events exploring the intersection of IoT & Blockchain, we will be hosting a special discussion at Factory Berlin to explore how these technologies are disrupting InsurTech. Potential use cases and business models for the insurance industry will be discussed by leading experts including Nicolas Konnerth, Project manager for deploy at Innovation Management; Karim […]

October 23, 2017

Internet of Thoughts: Jens, Founder of Healthcare IoT Startup Assistr, Shares His Story

healthcare iot

Building a venture in the healthcare IoT space is no easy task, but the rewards for those that are successful can be great. Jens Grudno founded Assistr in collaboration with NBT last year and has since been working to develop a solution for healthcare IoT that has real market value. Following recent successes in investment and partnership […]

October 16, 2017

“You dream. We create.” Great Things Happen When You Pack Out Factory’s Event Space With Entrepreneurs

factory berlin

On Wednesday 11th October at Factory Berlin, we hosted a bunch of entrepreneurs interested in building something in the IoT space. The idea was to present who we are and what we are doing to nurture talent and build the greatest IoT companies of tomorrow. Speakers included our CEO, Harald Zapp, our CTO, Jasmin Skenderi, and […]

October 10, 2017

CEO, Harald Zapp Invited to Celebrate 50 years of Berlin’s Partnership with Los Angeles at TOA LA


To mark 50 years of partnership between Berlin and Los Angeles, TOA LA hosted an event in the Californian city to celebrate. The event was held to bring Los Angeles, San Francisco and Berlin closer together, driving innovation and cooperation between these world leading tech cities in the fields of technology, science, research and environmental protection. Governing Mayor […]

September 29, 2017

Our Smart Building Startup, Metr, Reach the Finals of the Degewo Innovation Competition

degewo innovation competition

Innovation competitions can present a great opportunity for startups to promote themselves and become recognised as leaders in their fields by respected awards bodies. Our smart building startup, Metr, were shortlisted from 74 startups to pitch their venture along with 19 others at the Degewo innovation competition “Smart Up The City 2017” at Telefónica BASECAMP. The competition, organised […]

September 18, 2017

What Happens When you Bring Commercial Real Estate Professionals Together with IoT & Blockchain Enthusiasts?

IoT & Blockchain in Commercial Real Estate

Last Thursday we hosted an event on the topic of “IoT & Blockchain in Commercial Real Estate”. The event was held at our Berlin offices and featured expert speakers from both the commercial real estate industry and technology, as well as an audience of likeminded professionals fascinated by potential use cases of IoT and Blockchain in commercial […]

Jasmin Skenderi Reveals Our Vision for the Future at the De:Hub Press Conference

de:hub press conference

As proud representatives of the German Government Initiative, De:Hub – we were asked to attend today’s press conference presented by Senator Ramona Pop. The event was held to present the planned activities for the IoT & Fintech Hub in Berlin and to allow representatives; Factory, Fraunhofer Power Center for Digital Networking, Finleap and Next Big Thing AG […]

September 11, 2017

Our CTO, Jasmin spoke at Startup Night to discuss IoT in Berlin

On Friday September 8, Berlin played host to Startup Night, an annual event showcasing startups from across the globe. The event was held at multiple locations across central Berlin with over 200 startups, more than 90 speakers and an audience of 2000+ people. Our CTO, Jasmin Skenderi, was asked to speak at the event to […]

September 6, 2017

In Pictures: Eciotify Teach IoT and Blockchain at the Ethereum Summer Camp in Frankfurt

Our blockchain startup, Eciotify, was invited to present at the Frankfurt Business School for Ethereum Summer Camp. The event was held to showcase potential applications of IoT an blockchain. Martin of Eciotify spent the week at the event teaching teams of people how to realise their ideas with development workshops and discussions. The week closed with […]

August 22, 2017

Our CTO, Jasmin Skenderi will be Speaking at Startup Night Berlin

Startup Night Berlin

As a rapidly growing IoT company builder, we are regularly asked to speak at events on the topics of IoT and innovation in Germany and across Europe. This month is no different… Startup Night Berlin one of the leading startup events where startups and experts present ideas and projects they’re working on to corporates and […]

August 8, 2017

Discover the Future of IoT & Blockchain in Commercial Real Estate at our September Event

IoT & Blockchain in Commercial Real Estate

On Thursday 14th September we will be opening our offices up to discuss how IoT and Blockchain will disrupt the commercial real estate industry in the coming years. Speakers include Tom Brandenburger, Associate Development Manager at OVG Real Estate, Prof. Dr. Katarina Adam at HTW and CTO of Next Big Thing AG, Jasmin Skenderi. The event […]

July 28, 2017

Program Manager, Darina Presents the Burgeoning Phenomena of Venture Development

Darina presents Venture development

With technological shifts driving exponential change across society and culture, foreseeing how the world will look in the coming decades has never been so challenging. As such, Venture Development, the new model of business development has emerged. Deriving from the necessity to generate economic activity for a future that is increasingly difficult to plan for, Venture Development describes the […]

July 21, 2017

Pondering Upon the Future of Logistics and Transportation at Our ‘IoT & Blockchain in Logistics and Transportation’ Meetup

IoT blockchain logistics

As an ever growing IoT community, bringing people together is very important to us. On Thursday 20th July we hosted a meetup on IoT and Blockchain in Logistics, where we invited guests to listen to talks by leading figures from organizations focussing on the topic. Initial presentations from ourselves were followed by a talk from Frank Bolten – […]

July 18, 2017

Discussing the IoT World of Tomorrow at our Tech Open Air Satellite Event

On Friday 14th July we opened our doors for a Tech Open Air satellite event. We hosted an every growing community of IoT and business enthusiasts to present our vision and how we will be building the IoT world of tomorrow. The event started with presentations from our program director Darina, during which she discussed our […]

July 17, 2017

Watch our CEO speak at the De:Hub presented Tech Open Air Satellite Event

De:Hub IoT

Our CEO shared his thoughts on the future of the german De:Hub initiative, and how to involve SME’s in innovation activities in Berlin at the ‘Beyond Startups – How Can An Entire Economy Become Digital?‘. Suggesting that it is not enough to merely create concepts, we need to build real businesses. Referencing the housing industry – […]

July 5, 2017

CEO, Harald Zapp speaks at Technologiestiftung Press Conference to Discuss IoT in Berlin

IoT In Berlin

Tuesday 4th July saw press officials from across Germany descend upon Kreuzberg’s Bergmannkiez area to the offices of Relayr, where Technologiestiftung hosted a press conference to share, publicly, their findings from recent research into IoT in Berlin. Berlin has recently been appointed to be the IoT Hub for Germany, with Next Big Thing AG being awarded digital […]

July 4, 2017

IoT: Strategic partnership between Next Big Thing AG and Fraunhofer-Research in Berlin

fraunhofer partnership

IoT company builder, Next Big Thing AG and the Berlin Center for Digital Transformation have agreed upon a strategic partnership to promote technological innovations in Berlin. The main focus is the exchange of knowledge and technology for digital transformation, especially for the Internet of Things and sensory technology. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Next Big Thing AG builds […]

June 29, 2017

CEO, Harald Zapp invited to Discuss IoT at Technologie Stiftung Press Event

Technologie Stiftung

Our CEO, Harald Zapp has been invited to share his decades worth of knowledge at the Technologie Stiftung “Internet of Things: How Berlin Connects Everything to Everything Else, and Profits From It”. The press event, hosted by Technologie Stiftung Berlin, follows research by the foundation into the IoT scene of Berlin. Key talking points set to cover […]

June 16, 2017

Next Big Thing AG Opens its Doors to Russian & Chinese Entrepreneurs

chinese entrepreneurs

Last week we invited a select group of young Russian and Chinese entrepreneurs to visit our Kreuzberg home. The event was designed to share our visions of the future and what we do, and discuss potential partner opportunities. The day was split in two with the Chinese delegates arriving in the morning and the Russians in […]

June 14, 2017

German Government Awards Next Big Thing AG ‘Digital Hub Status’ for IoT

Digital Hub Status

GERMANY’S FEDERAL MINISTRY FOR ECONOMIC AFFAIRS AND ENERGY, AWARDS NEXT BIG THING AG ‘DIGITAL HUB STATUS’ IN THE FIELD OF INTERNET OF THINGS. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Berlin’s thriving startup scene births some 40,000 startups annually, and has unquestionably become one of the leading digital hubs in the world, attracting entrepreneurs and startups from across the globe with […]

May 19, 2017

CEO, Harald Zapp Speaks All Things Entrepreneur at Commerzbank Conference

startup entrepreneurs

Serial entrepreneur and CEO of NBT, Harald is regularly being asked to share his thoughts at events throughout the country, and this week was no different. Following an invitation to the Commerzbank conference, Harald presented his ideas on IoT entrepreneurship for the future. The following is translated from a transcript from the event… You are a […]

May 17, 2017

Next Big Thing AG and Avnet Silica Partner to Develop next Generation IoT Devices

avnet partner

AVNET SILICA PARTNERS WITH NEXT BIG THING AG – ENTERING INTO AN INNOVATION PARTNERSHIP SHARING KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE TO DEVELOP NEXT GENERATION IOT DEVICES. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Next Big Thing AG, today announce that it is teaming up with Avnet Silica to offer knowledge sharing and expertise to develop the greatest new IoT devices and […]

May 11, 2017

Iot Security Met Blockchain at Our Speakers Event – Just in Case You Missed It

Last Wednesday we hosted a meetup event at our Berlin offices on the topics of IoT security and blockchain technology. Speakers from IOTA and eciotify spoke to an eager audience of nearly 100 blockchain enthusiasts. Following a short introduction from Jasmin, Dominik Schiener (Co-founder, IOTA) and Sebastian Gajek (Co-founder, eciotify) shared their thoughts on where they see […]

April 26, 2017

Meet CEO, Harald Zapp

CEO, Harald Zapp

After successfully building IoT middleware company Relayr, Harald Zapp began a new project as CEO of Next Big Thing AG. Discover Harald’s thoughts on the future of IoT, the political and cultural aspects that will drive growth and where he sees NBT fitting into all of this… How do you think IoT will transform our lives in the […]

April 24, 2017

Next Big Thing AG host IoT and Blockchain Expert Talks

NEXT BIG THING AG TO HOST EVENT OF EXPERT TALKS IN IOT SECURITY AND FEASIBILITY OF BLOCKCHAIN APPLICATIONS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kreuzberg, Berlin: Wednesday May 3, 2017 – 19:00 UTC+1 On Wednesday 3 May at Tempelhofer Ufer 17 Next Big Thing AG will host an event of expert talks on the topics of IoT and Blockchain technology. Speakers from IOTA and eciotify will […]

April 18, 2017

Meet founder of Assistr, Jens Grudno

Founder Assistr Jens Grudno

NBT is the home of founders in IoT applications for healthcare, property management / smart building and energy. All bringing something slightly different to the table in terms of background, experience and what they’re passionate about. Meet Jens Grudno – founder of Assistr, a new project hoping to revolutionise healthcare. Discover all about his background and […]

April 12, 2017

CEO, Harald Zapp Speaks at the Launch of the Fraunhofer IoT Lab in Berlin

Following the launch of the Berlin Centre for Digital Transformation, at which our CTO, Jasmin Skenderi spoke, Fraunhofer FOKUS recently opened the IoT Lab. The IoT Lab plays host to a plethora of technologies, resources and expertise including; a demonstration centre that aims to train and consult it’s users, an IoT test centre which provides access to test beds and […]

April 4, 2017

Meet our CTO, Jasmin Skenderi

CTO Jasmin Skenderi

Our growing team at NBT is jam-packed full of interesting people with unique stories and backgrounds. Our CTO, Jasmin Skenderi is one of these people. Discover all about Jasmin, his background and his take on the future of IoT and hardware startups… For those that don’t know, could you tell us a bit about your […]

March 30, 2017

Meet Our All Round Techie, Fred Tucker

Technician IoT Startup Jobs

Our workshops play host to, not only a plethora of technologies, but innovative thinking as well. At the heart of this thinking are our team of experimentalists – the guys making stuff happen. If you’d like to know more, and why these guys spend their days tucked away playing with code and machines… meet Fred Tucker, […]

March 28, 2017

Inspire Your next Business Case with a Select Few Exciting Opportunity Spaces in IoT Healthcare


The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly changing the ways in which businesses work. Spending on IoT is set to grow exponentially over the coming years with companies from all industries beginning to recognise the opportunities offered by IoT. A recent BCG report estimates total spending on IoT to reach €250bn by 2020 with a […]

March 17, 2017

Our CTO, Jasmin Skenderi spoke at the launch of the Fraunhofer Berlin Centre for Digital Transformation


For those that aren’t aware of the Fraunhofer Society, they are a research organization consisting of 67 institutes in Germany and several others across the world. March 6th saw the opening of the Berlin Centre for Digital Transformation. Located next to Hackescher Markt, the Fraunhofer centre, supported by the city of Berlin, represents the merging […]