Architectural revolution with augmented and virtual reality

There is a lot of buzz around virtual reality (VR) gaming lately. Recently Sony entered VR market with lunching a PlayStation VR headset and competing against HTC Vive and Oculus. At Startup Weekend Copenhagen team, we really want to explore possibilities of building a VR case withing business to business (B2B) set up. Since new software and hardware platforms are coming up, that will allow immersive environment integration along with motion training and capture through computers.

Therefore VR can be much more than just gaming. Since architecture plays a big part in Copenhagen, a though of combining architectural design and VR world is very interesting. This allows designers to envision and virtually immerse into 3-D dimensional conditions where they can design with intuitive hand corresponding with body motions.

First, new interfaces and custom workflows are to be created. The traditional keyboard and mouse needs take a back seat in the design process and second, these platforms for augmented reality (AR) or virtual reality (VR) to take their place, in the designer’s hands.

VR is advancing and it can be easy to imagine architectural practice following the trend as well. However, when combining architectural drawings process with 3D immersive environments with using our hands to design,  is a bit harder to envision. Developing advanced software solution (or could be something else) for  “visualized drawing” through creating links between visualization and simulation is essential. I believe this will trigger a paradigm shift in comprehending scale drawing, and within an immersive spatial condition. Move over 3D modeling can be utilized well. This means that designers will look at their 3D models not merely as visuals, but rather as fully aware, visualized construction.

How does this has a big benefits? In this way, it allows drawing (modeling) to become closely correlated with making itself. To give you an example what I mean by that – a drawn line no longer is merely a depiction of a surface; rather, it is the surface itself. So if you think about it, this new “feature” moves drawing way beyond the definition and representation of space that has been in use by architects from the Renaissance periods through the 20th century.


New Workflows for the Design Process

Virtual Environments

For space immersive simulation to be executed practically, architects can combine existing hardware and software stages. Utilizing head-mounted displays (HMDs) it is possible to construct a situation for the designer to exploit “full scale” designs. At the desktop application level, it is necessary to the adoption of designers to easily integrate into the virtual context without bringing forward new software workflows. Both of which offer the designer the power to translate 3D geometry with surface textural maps (see the video above)

Photorealistic VR and augmented conditions

I imagined while using VR solution of this kind, there would be a blank canvas you would be using for drawings and modeling. I could assume thatthe preference is to work on a project in a photorealistic rendering made possible by VR.

Using various augmented reality applications as well, together with smartphone sensors, geo location of projects in the design software and “publishing” to the correct place is made possible, which is viewed with the augmented reality software.

What Does the Future Hold?

Several VR and AR technologies have been leveraged for application in design and construction processes on selective office projects. Using the building information model of the project, one not only coordinates building design and the systems but also share with the client a deeper comprehension of the project through the use of VR and AR technologies available.

If you have a further interest of VR in architecture, I would recommend to watch a TEDx talk by Gunita Kulikovska. She is also pointing out an issue between clients and architects.


While this technology successfully immerses the user in the virtual environment, the user, however, is left incapable of interacting with the physical environment itself.

Another challenge involving incorporation of these technologies into a consistent workflow, is a lack of native support for the hardware across the multiple design platforms that are currently in use. So far these products are platform specific, protocols have to be custom designed for each use of the device. What I mean by that and if you have tried VR before is for example each hand gestures  are not set as default (or being recognized),  they have to be created.

These challenges (and probably many more) sure stick out, however they will be addressed with constant improvements within VR an AR. I’m starting to questioning if we even want to solve the feeling of being incapable of interacting with physical space?

This post originally appeared on LinkedIn.

Ready for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016?

Startup Weekend Copenhagen will be back

We are looking for great people who want to be part of the journey with Startup Weekend in Copenhagen; people who believe in the community and the idea of paying back or forwards. You have a keen interest in startups and want to help future startups take off, connect with fellow entrepreneurs and give attendees a great weekend experience.

In Fall of 2016, we will add another amazing chapter to the Startup Weekend Book of Copenhagen.

As a person, you are:

  • A quick learner.
  • Open for new concepts and ideas.
  • Committed to success.
  • A do’er more than a talker.


  • A strong do’er, ideally you have some experience with events.
  • Social media fanatic, you love being on social media and make new connections.
  • Graphic designer, mad skillz and want to show them off with a global brand, this is your playground.
  • Photographer, you got the fastest fingers and can snap pictures in no time, while you have the aim for the memorable photo.
  • Community engager, you love talking to people and you can charm your way into the hearts and minds of many.

Send us a line about why you want to join and let’s talk.

Opportunity to tackle a problem that Danske Bank is facing

On Saturday afternoon at Copenhagen Startup Weekend we will have two mentors from Danske Bank. They will be there to give a feedback on fintech ideas that attendees will work during the CPHSW weekend. Danske Bank also provided with two issues that are currently looking for a solution. This is a great opportunity to tackle a real problem that Danske Bank is facing  and potentially solve a pain on the market.

Here are two challenges from Danske Bank:

Digital advisory model

Small and medium sized enterprises (SME)  have a strong need to know their financial possibilities as to react to growth, changing business environment, challenges and opportunities. The service model of banks is moving rapidly towards digitalisation. How can we combine these two and we help clients understand their company’s business and industry risk/opportunities and thereby provide transparency about financing possibilities – purely digital?


  • Which kind of external public data is it possible to procure? How can it be extracted from e.g. pdf formats?
  • Which kind of public data would be suitable to exhibit and for what other purposes could the data be used?
  • Which kind of data do companies desire and how can it be presented in a useful manner?
  • Is it possible to indicate a score/quality/benchmark etc. based on the above?

Bankruptcy predictor

Can you predict bankruptcy or fraud based on external non-financial information and how can you present this information for benefit for suppliers, customers, banks, authorities etc.?


  • Does the ownership structure of the company distinguish information for better prediction?
  • What impact has management and boardmembers experience?
  • Can recurrence of companies working at the same address have anything to say?
  • Are certain networks of suppliers, customers, ownerships more prone to bankruptcy?

Organizer of the Danske Bank challenge is our CPHSW partner Copenhagen Fintech Innovation and Research – CFIR. For any questions related the Danske Bank challenge please contact business consultant Annine Nordestgaard Bentzen –​​

About Danske Bank

Danske Bank Group, headquartered in Copenhagen, is the largest bank in Denmark and one of the leading financial enterprises in northern Europe. We offer a full range of banking services, with an emphasis on retail banking.

Danske Bank is organised in three business units – Personal Banking, Business Banking and Corporates & Institutions – that span all of the Group’s geographical markets.

We are a reliable and dynamic partner for our clients and strive to set new standards for wholesale banking in the Nordic region. Our international presence in 13 countries means that we can be the natural gateway to the world for Nordic companies and the entry point to the Nordic markets for multinational companies.

For any questions related to Copenhagen Startup Weekend event please reach out to

CPH Startup Weekend is on social media as well. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter @cphSW and Instagram @cphsw

Follow #CPHSW hashtag on Twitter for latest SW Finance updates during the event.

Copenhagen Startup Weekend #CPHSW Team

How to make life insurance and pension services more attractive for younger audience?

For most people and especially for the younger generation, life insurance and pension is simply boring. It is high on complexity and low on interest. Most would actually rather go to the dentist than think about what happens if they get sick, die or what to do when they retire. Many have no positive relations to their pension company. They would be more excited about a new offerings from Google, Amazon or Apple than from their current provider. So the real question is how do we change that?

Nordea wants to change that. Here are some starting points to think about the issues in everyday life that you could tackle during the weekend.

  • What do the future of the life insurance and pension industry look like?
  • How can we use technology to make life insurance more relevant and easier to relate to?
  • How can we make people feel the same interest for securing their own life as securing the latest IPhone?
  • How do we disrupt ourselves?

Why should you work on this challenge you ask? Winner of Nordea challenge at Copenhagen Startup Weekend will get an invitation to participate in Nordea intensive startup week. The event will take place in Oslo, Norway in week 34. Invite-only teams with accelerator potential will be invited to participate. Participating team will receive approximately €1,500 in order to cover various expenses. The week will consist of pitch training, developing and validation of the idea and other related workshop to help you grow your startup idea. The week will end up with final pitching in from of panel of experts where Nordea representatives will decide which team will be invited to participate in the accelerator program.

Organizer of the Nordea prize is our CPHSW partner Copenhagen Fintech Innovation and Research – CFIR. For any questions related the Nordea challenge please contact business consultant Annine Nordestgaard Bentzen –​​

About Nordea:

Nordea is the largest financial services group in Northern Europe with leading positions within corporate and institutional banking as well as retail banking and private banking. It is also the leading provider of life and pensions products in the Nordic countries.

Nordea has the largest customer base of any financial services group in the Nordic region with approximately 10 million household customers and around 0.5 million corporate customers.

Nordea Liv & Pension is one of the largest life insurance companies in Denmark offering insurance and pensions saving solutions based on the best investment funds in the market. The company serves approximately 300,000 customers on the best ways saving up for retirement and choosing relevant insurances

For any questions related to Copenhagen Startup Weekend event please reach out to

CPH Startup Weekend is on social media as well. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter @cphSW and Instagram @cphsw

Follow #CPHSW hashtag on Twitter for latest SW Finance updates during the event.

Copenhagen Startup Weekend #CPHSW Team

Kick-off Copenhagen Startup Weekend FinTech 2016

Friday 4th of March the stage will be set for the third Startup Weekend FinTech in Copenhagen. 80 entrepreneurial minds will spend the following weekend developing on their FinTech ideas. During 54 intense hours of blood, sweat and hard work the teams will prepare themselves to present their solution in front of 150 FinTech minded people and a jury consisting of 4 FinTech experts.

We are very honored that the Danish Minister for Business and Growth Troels Lund Poulsen will join the opening of Startup Weekend FinTech 2016.

In order to kick-off this key Copenhagen Fintech Innovation and Research CFIR event in a proper way, we’ve invited FinTech experts to enlighten us all on what, where and who to look at, when it comes to FinTech.

Please keep in mind that registration is needed.


15.00-15.10: “Opening of Startup Weekend FinTech 2016” by Minister for Business and Growth Troels Lund Poulsen.

15.10-15.30: “Creating FinTech innovation trough collaboration” by Bent Dalager, Managing Director Financial Services Nordic at Accenture

15.30-15.50: “Investments in fintech startups” (TBA)

15.50-16.00: “A Startup Weekend FinTech story” by Simon Ousager, winner of Startup Weekend FinTech 2015 and CEO at Colorfly​

16.00-16.30: Cold drinks, network and closing the venue 

16.30  : Startup Weekend FinTech registration and pitches (ONLY for Startup Weekend FinTech attendees!)



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What you need to know:

Date: 4th of March 2016

Time: 15.00-16.30. Registration from 14.30.

Place: Finansforbundet, Applebys Plads 5, 1411 København K

Price: Participation is free, but registration is required

Follow #CPHSW hashtag on Twitter during the event for the latest updates and get a sneak peak into what are teams up to.

For any questions related to CFIR event please contact business consultant Annine Nordestgaard Bentzen –​​. For any questions related to CPH Startup Weekend event please reach out to

This post originally appeared on For more CFIR events please click here.

Copenhagen Startup Weekend CPHSW Team

[CANCELLED] Pre-event for Startup Weekend Copenhagen Finance 2016

Due to low interest for the for the prevent we have unfortunately cancel the meetup!

We apologize for the inconvenience! 

For those who are attending the sold out event on 4th of March here are some common and fast Q&A:

Do I need a team?

Everyone who attends the event as an attendee is expected to participate on a team. This is important not only to preserve the mission of Startup Weekend (teamwork!) but also to minimize distractions/disruptions for all working teams.

Do I have to pitch an idea to attend?

No, but we encourage you to! You can pitch an idea you’ve been thinking about for years, or something last minute you think of during the event. It’s a great experience and invaluable practice for public speaking.

Can I pitch my existing business?

No. Startup Weekend is designed to be the most effective platform for growing new businesses from the ground up over the course of a weekend. A key facet of the weekend – and a central value for participants – is the spirit of complete collaboration, buy-in, and ownership. We’ve found that having existing businesses in the mix undermines this spirit, in addition to creating an imbalance between those ideas that are truly ground-level.

What are we supposed to have accomplished by the end of the weekend?

While there are no specific requirements in terms of what teams should have accomplished by Sunday, it’s in your best interest to plan your execution around what you’ll be judged for on Sunday:

  • Customer Validation (did you vet your business?)
  • Execution and Design (what did you build?)
  • Business Model (do you have a plan for the future?) 

Do you have further questions? Please check out FAQ page or write us

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter @cphSW and Instagram @cphsw

Follow #CPHSW hashtag on Twitter for latest SW Finance updates during the event.

Copenhagen Startup Weekend #CPHSW Team

Last week of Early Birds

12637132_10209005359199388_1204077341_oSo this is the last week with Early Birds and there is only a few left now. If you plan on going and want to save a little on the ticket –

NOW is the time to do it.

We already have more than 30 attendees already signed up and our max cap is 80.

Claim your ticket here.

The event site and read more

Or buy the ticket directly through Eventbrite.


Early bird tickets left:

  • Only 2 non technical
  • Still 5 developers
  • 4 designers on the drawing pad
  • 7 financial professionals still at the office

Still not sure if you should join the event, maybe come and meet us Friday at the Copenhagen Fintech Meetup.

In late February we are inviting everyone who are interested to join us at CFIR and learn more about the Startup Weekend in March. You can join the event on Facebook.


Welcome Startup Weekend Copenhagen Finance 2016!

Startup Weekend Copenhagen is proud to announce another Finance edition on 4th of March 2016. Together with our main partners CFIR and Finansforbundet we are aiming to ignite the Danish finance industry. Read more about the event here.

Many startups have emerged in the Nordic region in the last few years and are shaping the industry. New ways of borrowing, saving money, paying for services and sending/buying currencies are already shaping our daily life.

Startup Weekend Copenhagen, CFIR and  Finansforbundet in collaboration with the local partners such as  Københavns Kommune, DJØF, Finansrådet, NETS, Saxo Bank, BEC and TRYG are focusing on bringing together developers, designers, marketers, financiers and anyone who has a passion for finance and innovation.

We have a special treat for you! Limited Super Early Bird tickets:

5 tickets for 180 DKK if you use the discount code: “SuperEarlyCPHSW

5 tickets for 220 DKK if you use “EarlyCPHSW” code
*If the discount codes are not working, it’s because they are gone and used already. Hurry up!

You still have time until February 8th to claim early bird ticket for 250 DKK. After that you can only purchase full price ticket for 450 DKK (in case if you are a student you can get a ticket for 375 DKK).

Got an idea? Have 54 hours? Then join us on March 4th at Finansforbundet in beautiful Christianshavn.

Follow Startup Weekend Copenhagen for latest updates on Facebook, Twitter @cphSW and Instagram @cphsw. Follow #CPHSW hashtag on Twitter for latest SW Finance updates during the event!

Join us at the Startup Weekend Finance pre-event on February 22nd in Copenhagen [link]. The event is FREE of charge where you will learn more about the workshop, have a chance to ask questions and meet other participants.

Remember, you need to buy tickets to attend Startup Weekend!

You can buy tickets here!

In May 2015 we had a great chapter of SW Copenhagen Finance. See the recap of SW Finance CPH 2015.

Further resources on FinTech:

– Don’t miss Christian Gabriel’s blog post on Medium about Danish FinTech landscape. Very great resource to have an overview in finance industry.

– If you want to know what is happening in FinTech in European context, definitely read the article that maps out all FinTech players.

Business in the good life

Inspirational challenge from Nordea Liv & Pension


How can Nordea Liv & Pension improve the health of our customers?


The Good & Healthy Life

Health is an important matter in regard to pension and insurance. Today people live longer than they used to – and therefore they need more savings since their senior life may last until 100 years or more.

For an insurance company it is profitable to help customers remain healthy – both mentally and physically – as healthy people use their insurance solutions less than people falling ill.

Therefore, Nordea Liv & Pension is interested in business ideas that will better lives of customers in ways that positively reflects back on the company’s bottom line figures.

Business of Nordea Liv & Pension

We care for our customers. We want them to live a long and healthy life. Every year we pay out millions of kroner to people that either get  sick (mentally or physically) or unfortunately die. Encouraging people to adopt healthier behaviors in multiple aspects of their lives is really good business – for them, us and society! We think, that using technology is the key – but how? Help us to help our customers!


Watch the short film
Be inspired to create new business ideas, products and services for Nordea Liv & Pension by watching the short film introducing the idea of an app keeping track of all daily activities – making it possible realising dreams and personal ambitions.

Facts about Nordea Liv & Pension
Nordea Liv & Pension is one of the largest life insurance companies in Denmark offering insurance and pensions saving solutions based on the best investment funds in the market. The company serves approximately 300,000 customers on the best ways saving up for retirement and choosing relevant insurances.

Guest Blog: Mette Maria, Winner Startup Weekend Copenhagen Nov14

To get everybody fired up about the upcoming Startup Weekend Copenhagen Health, we have a guest post from a previous attendee, and a winner of Startup Weekend Copenhagen in November 2014.

You can read how Mette Maria, Founder of TreatMeNow, experienced her first Startup Weekend and how it helped her with her startup.

Mette Maria Terp


Hi, I’m Mette Maria and I participated in Startup weekend November 2014. It was such an amazing experience and I want to tell you why! (and why I think you should attend as well!).

To be honest, I had never heard about Startup Weekend until 4 days before the actual event. I heard about the event from a friend of mine who was going to attend, she was super excited to go and since she knew I was working on this business idea, she encouraged me to attend as well. I thought it sounded like a lot of fun and I really wanted to test my business idea, so without hesitation I signed up for the event without really knowing what the event was all about.

I soon found out that I had to prepare a pitch. The preparation of the pitch itself wasn’t that hard, I was more nervous about doing the actual pitch. I was so keen on getting my business idea out there and actually have people finding the idea as good as I thought I was (aka AWESOME!), so I wanted to practice as much as possible. That meant I had to pretend it was “the real thing” and pitch in front of people (myself in the mirror didn’t count). I figured I might as well just go out and find random people I could pitch to. And so I did. It was actually a lot of fun! I pitched to my neighbour, to the waiter at Sticks&Sushi, to the sales assistant at a very cool store, to a cute guy on the street…I even pitched to a homeless person (he didn’t really get the idea, but he liked my enthusiasm). All that pitching made me feel very confident whenever I actually had to do “the real pitch” and luckily I wasn’t the only one who thought the idea was great!

Eight other people thought the idea was great and we quickly started working on the idea. We changed the business model several times during the weekend, but finally we landed on a business model we felt confident about (actually it was the same idea we initially were going with on Friday night, but yeah, all I can say is that so many creative minds at the same time invite chaos 😉

I could write several more pages about the working process, but let me just give you the short version: We worked really hard during and weekend and then pitched the idea to the four judges and we (freaking!!) won! I was super super happy but also a little overwhelmed since I didn’t even know what Startup Weekend was just 5 days ago and here I was- standing as a winner of the entire thing. Pretty awesome.

Startup Weekend was truly an amazing experience for me. Not only because I won, but really because of the experience.

It has also been a great steppingstone for my business since I continued to work on the idea after the weekend and now it is finally a reality!

We are going to launch in January, so go check it out! ->


Now you heard about my experience and now I want to tell you why I think you should attend!

1: Test your idea: If you have a business idea but not sure whether it will work, this is your chance to test it! And don’t be afraid that anyone might steal your idea. Because nobody won’t. Some people are so afraid that someone might steal their idea and therefore keep the idea all by themselves, which is the worse thing to do ever. It is very rare that people will have the same passion (and most times also knowledge) to succeed with the idea as much as you do. So don’t you worry about that. At all.

2: Meet awesome people: I can’t underline enough how awesome people are at startup weekend. The energy, the kindness, the diversity, the willingness to is truly amazing. And you will have so much fun!

3: Meet a potential co-founder: Not only do you meet awesome people, but it is also your chance to meet a potential co-founder. Startup Weekend is all about team working, so you really get to experience working with different people.

4: Learn something new: People have so diverse backgrounds, so it is guaranteed you’ll learn something new. If you are new to entrepreneurship you will get a lot of valuable knowledge on starting a business. And you will learn some fancy words, such as “validating, scaling and lean startup”.

5: Win awesome prizes: Of course Startup Weekend is (after all) a competition itself, but during the weekend you can also win some prices. I won a mini ghetto blaster, which I still use on a daily basis (I don’t really throw huge parties, so the low volume of the loudspeakers works just fine for me..yeah, I’m that boring).

6: Challenge your stress-level: Startup weekend is SO intense. You barely sleep the entire weekend and your brain thinks non-stop. Recommendation: Take a day off after participating.

In short: If you are up for an amazing experience (and perhaps a little bit interested in entrepreneurship)- this is the event for you!!

Thank you to Mette Maria for sharing her story and experience with Startup Weekend.

If you, like Mette Maria, has participated in Startup Weekend Copenhagen and have a great story to share, please do contact us with it. We would love to also share your experience at Startup Weekend.

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