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Interactive Audio Books for More Enjoyment

Alumni and student at Chemnitz University of Technology founded "audory," a platform for interactive stories - testers for app wanted.

Max Rose and Pauline Schneider are graduates, while Christian Halm is still studying at Chemnitz University of Technology. Together they founded the start-up audory (German), a platform for interactive audiobooks. After all, interactivity is in vogue, with streaming services and the gaming industry already offering corresponding formats. In the audio sector, these formats are still largely missing. With interactive audiobooks, listeners can actively influence the course of the story at various points and thus also the outcome of the story. The founders brought the idea to market maturity thanks to an EXIST start-up grant from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi). In the last six months alone, a further project milestone was reached: besides the editor software for authors, app development is in its final stages. Before the release on 30 November 2020, the team is looking for testers for the app. No special knowledge is required. Anyone who is interested in interactive stories and has a smartphone can participate. For further information on audory, please contact Max Rose by e-mail: max.rose@audory.io.

Support inside and outside the university

The young team also receives support from the Professorship of Distributed and Self-Organizing Systems (Prof. Dr. Martin Gaedke) at Chemnitz University of Technology, from the start-up network SAXEED, the Q-Hub Chemnitz, the student radio UniCC, as well as from external sound studios.

Background: EXIST-Gründerstipendium

Innovative technology-oriented start-up projects are supported by the BMWi funding program EXIST-Gründerstipendium. Funding is available to students who have completed at least half of their studies at the time of application, although the team may not consist of a majority of students, as well as scientists, university graduates, and former scientific employees (up to five years after graduation or dropping out.) Those receiving support receive funding to secure their livelihood, material expenses, and individual coaching. Interested parties can contact the SAXEED founding advisor Michael Cherkaskyy michael.cherkaskyy@zwt.tu-chemnitz.de.

(Author: Constance Bornkampf/Saxeed and Matthias Fejes / Translation: Chelsea Burris)

Matthias Fejes
11.11.2020

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