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Newsletter - December 2018

A very dramatic year is coming to an end.


A year where we lost our primary funding from the Danish Agency for Institutions and Educational Grants and two months later we sadly lost our Director Jan Larsen. Needless to say it has been a very hard and emotional 2018.

The good news is that we have initiated a restructuring process to continue the activities in Danish Sound Network. Last week our Steering Committee established a new framework for the future Danish Sound Network and made an agreement with Aalborg University and Sound Hub Denmark as operators to run the secretariat in 2019 with reference to the Steering Committee. The framework allows for other operators as well, which will be explored in the beginning of 2019. We will get back to you with more information about the new setup in the beginning of next year.

Stay tuned !!

In this newsletter we bring you recaps from the final conference in the Sound & Health project and from the Round Table meetings in Silicon Valley. We can also finally unveil the latest industry analysis showing just how significant the sound industry in Denmark is.

Finally, we wish you a very merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in 2019.

 /Danish Sound Network

NB. The Secretariat will be closed during the Christmas holidays.

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A new industry analysis is ready!

As an early Christmas present Danish Sound Network has just released a new analysis of the Danish Sound Industry 2013-2017 with the latest available financial statements. All good news. It shows an industry that contributes significantly to Denmark's overall economy with 1.11 % of the Danish GDP in 2017.

The industry analysis, based on data from 570 companies across 92 business areas, reveals a positive trend in all key figures over the period from 2013-2017. The companies had a turnover of 29.69 billion DKK in 2013 and 24,387 employees, which increased to 39.60 billion DKK and a total employment of 29,909 in 2017. The industry's direct contribution to Danish GDP has risen from 0.87% in 2013 to 1.11% in 2017.

The purpose of the industry analysis is to provide an economic and structural overview of the Danish audio industry through an analysis of selected companies' key figures, geographic locations and industry codes. You can find the entire report here... (in Danish)

If you would like a hardcopy of the report, you can contact the secretariat (info@danishsound.org) with your address.

Great interest in Danish Sound from companies in Silicon Valley

The last week of November a small Danish sound delegation went to Silicon Valley to talk about 'How American companies can benefit from working with Denmark - the European capital of Sound Technology'.

The delegation included Professor Dorte Hammershøi, AAU, Professor Torsten Dau, DTU, Invest in Denmark and Danish Sound Network. The 2-day program included meetings at Facebook, Google, Apple, a talk at Stanford University by Torsten Dau and an “invite only” 'roundtable meeting' held at the Innovation Centre Denmark in Palo Alto with participation from Logic Tech, Meyer Sound, Polycom, Oculus VR, Amazon, Sonos, Roku, EmbodyVR and Turtle Beach.

The topics were Personal Sound, Hearing Health and Hearing Rehabilitation.

The response was great and it is clear that Danish Sound is a well-known and respected brand in the US. The majority of the companies we met showed a great interest in finding ways to collaborate with Danish partners. Invest in Denmark and Danish Sound Network will follow up on the different inputs we got from the two days in Silicon Valley.

Final conference of the project 'Lyd og Sundhed'

On the 26th of November we had the final conference of 'Lyd og Sundhed' (Sound and Health) which is a cluster collaboration project between two Danish Innovation Networks, WelfareTech and Danish Sound Network. The purpose of the project was to create a public-private platform that promotes collaboration between industries and sectors of information & communication technology (ICT), audio and other relevant technologies that meet healthcare needs.

The final conference was held at Aarhus Musikhus on the 26th of November focusing on the use of music in healthcare. The conference had more than 80 participants and included som 
very inspiring presentations and discussions from an impressive attendance of politicians, researchers, professionals and companies. The final conference was the perfect end to an interesting and successful project.

Read more about the results of the project and check out interviews with the participants here... (in Danish)

Sound News


Panasonic Center
Have TV Screens become too thin?:
  • The Soundbar is the obvious choice. DK
Apple
New patent for next generation of AirPods:
  • Apple has patented a brand new design for the next generation of AirPod with built-in biometric sensors. DK
DPA Microphones
Danish microphone company gets new owner:
  • Italian RCF Group has purchased DPA Microphones from The Riverside Company. DK
Danish Ministry of Taxation
These Danish electronics companies contribute the most in paid taxes in 2017:
  • William Demant Invest on the 2nd place. DK
Christmas gift guide
Stuck on what to buy to your beloved ones?
  • Computerworld has made an audio gift guide to you: DK

Science News

PhD Student from Aalborg University recreates the sound of the sixties with software
By using an advanced 3D model, Silvin Willemsen has created a virtual version of a classic sound effect called 'plate reverb'... read more

Dynamic music enhances the gaming experience
A game becomes much more fun when the music reflects your next move. Research shows that dynamic music enhances gaming experience and the gaming industry begins to focus more on that..... read more

How radio waves moves around the head
A new model of radio waves behavior around the head and ideas for new design of the antenna in a hearing aid is the result of a collaboration between GN Hearing and DTU. ... read more

Funding

Here is your overview:

Innovation Fund
The Innovation Fund will launch a number of new initiatives for financing entrepreneurship from 2019. Read more about the new initiatives here... (in Danish)

Events

We will include some of the main events in this section every month. If you have an event you want highlighted, let us know.

Here are the upcoming events:

MEET ADVISORS FROM THE DANISH INNOVATION CENTRES

10 January 2019,
(Kgs. Lyngby)

Advisors from Innovation Centre Denmark will visit DTU Science Park to discuss your needs when it comes to dealing with markets abroad. Join the informal breakfast meeting to hear more about what Innovation Centre Denmark can do to assist you in realising your international ambitions.


 
Registration and details
 

SPOTLIGHT - THE NEW STOCK MARKET FOR GROWTH COMPANIES

10 January 2019,
(Kgs. Lyngby)

Come join us for this event where Spotlight Stock Market will give an introduction to IPO and the process if you want to go public. Hear about what to know, what to do and what possibilities you have through the Spotlight Stock Market and their strong partnerships with  media in Denmark and Sweden and how you address investors in both Denmark and Sweden.
 
Registration and details
 

NEW YEARS RECEPTION - MEET THE DANISH INNOVATION CENTRES

10 January 2019,
(København K)

We are kicking off the new year in style with a New Year's Reception for our clients, partners and network. Advisors from our eight centers will be participating. Whether you are a Danish business, startup, researcher, institution of higher education, or public institution, we help you operate and grow globally through our seven locations: Boston, Munich, New Delhi, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, and Tel Aviv.

Registration and details
 
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