Sounds Good Panel: Connecting Audio Technology and Creativity


Aug 31st 2022
18:30 – 20:30


Factory Berlin Görlitzer Park
Cinema, 5th Floor
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Audio technology is part of our everyday life and it’s being used as a driving tool to connect knowledge, education, creativity, art and science. More and more startups and companies use audio technology for new innovations to improve people’s lives, by tackling everything from mental health and well being, entertainment and even social networking and dating.

In this panel we address questions like: how can audio technology be used to help people focus, increase productivity, mental health and learning? Why is it such an impactful tool, how is it used to create new ways of storytelling and how is the use of AI relevant to new audio technology?

Katia Yakovleva – Moderator

Katia is co-founder of Beyond, a community-tech product that helps community-led businesses succeed. Beyond is bringing the power of web3 and blockchain to community builders.

They get control & visibility over their community while leveraging the power of tokenisation to create value, premium experiences, and monetise.

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Oleg Stavitsky – Endel

The CEO and Co-Founder of Endel, Oleg Stavitsky innovates at the intersection of technology, art, and wellness. In 2018 he founded Endel to make AI-powered mindfulness accessible to all.

Leveraging his diverse experiences in the confluence of gaming, digital and mobile technology, art, design, science, and consumer trends, Stavitsky continues to create unique businesses that impact millions of people and open the doors to meaningful experiences and further innovation.

Endel is a sound wellness company headquartered in Berlin. Founded by a collective of imaginative developers and artists, Endel is democratizing wellness by making it accessible to all.

Endel is available on iOS, Android, Mac, Amazon Alexa, wearables, Apple TV, and as album releases on streaming platforms. In 2020, Endel became the Apple Watch App of the Year and recently received a Google Play Best of 2021 award.


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Franziska Focken – wayvs

Franziska with her partner Julian Krahnen founded the dating app which uses audio recordings to meet people instead of swiping through pictures. Her mission is to unite people through the power of voice.

Wayvs gives people the opportunity to get closer to each other quickly, easily and naturally without endless texting.

During the pandemic in 2020 she discovered how frustrating most dating apps are and decided to build a new way to meet people in the digital space. In 2021 she launched the dating app wayvs which uses audio technology to meet people by hearing their voice which made her be a very important and successful female founder in the startup scene.

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Kalam Ali – Co-Founder of Sound Obsessed / SO LAB X

Kalam co-founded SO LAB X and Sound Obsessed, an artist community working at the intersection of art, sound, science and emerging tech including AI, XR that emerged out of Factory Berlin’s Creator Lab together with artist residents Portrait XO and Dadabots.

He leads the team at IN X SPACE Technologies, a berlin startup founded by electronic music artists, XR creatives and music technologists creating live virtual music experiences, previously led venture at Native Instruments in Berlin & is a founding partner of Marathon Artists LABs – a london accelerator for music tech startups. Kalam is dedicated to bringing technologists & artists together to explore new forms of expression, and new ways for creators to monetise their work.

SOUND OBSESSED is a Hybrid Arts Community of musicians working at the intersection of art, sound, science and emerging technologies.  Obsessed with sound, artists explore new audio creation methods with fields such as robotics, data science, artificial intelligence, AR/VR/XR, and other new media.  Our artists approach creativity with a strong focus on research and experimentation with new techniques while critiquing social implications and human-machine interactions.   

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