Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Design thinking or human-centered design? Both! How to combine the benefits of the two approaches

Are you on team design thinking or team human-centered design? Actually you don’t need to choose! Even though both approaches are treated as two different methods of working, they have a lot in common and can be reconciled. And both have their benefits for your innovation process! So why not combine them and get the best of two worlds for your work? Have a look at the two approaches – where they differ and where they go hand in hand.

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But first things first! Let’s do a short recap of what design thinking and human-centered design is all about. The basic idea of design thinking is that interdisciplinary teams can create outstanding innovations. It is a solution-focused method used to solve complex problems by profiting from different expert perspectives. The focus is less on the detailed elaboration of ideas, but rather on the extensive experimentation and drawing up of big ideas. For the human-centered design approach the ultimate goal is to drive a customer focus deep within a corporation. This includes a culture open for sharing knowledge and collaboration between all departments within and outside the company. As a result, you get a product that resonates with the user and exceeds his needs.

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Filiz Sarah Gärtner

A great last Day for a great Festival – These are the Highlights of Day 3!

Can you believe it’s already day three of our new.New Festival? We hardly can! Two exciting days filled with a great conference program and a lucky CODE_n16 winner lie behind us – but of course our last day has a lot to offer as well! We’ll tell you what today’s highlights are and what you definitely shouldn’t miss!

Yesterday was the big day! At the CODE_n Award Show we finally got to know which promising startup won our CODE_n CONTEST this year. Drum rolls for… Xarion! The Vienna-based company left 385 competitors from 40 countries behind and secured the grand prize of €30,000! With their business model, they left a great impression on our jury! Xarion sets new yardsticks within the sectors of ultrasound imaging, process monitoring and testing technology. Their ground-breaking laser microphone combines a lot of benefits: insensitive to wind and vibration and highly precise in extremely high frequency ranges.

CODE_n initiator Ulrich Dietz announced Xarion as the winner of CODE_n16!

CODE_n initiator Ulrich Dietz announced Xarion as the winner of CODE_n16!

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Michael Hehn

Get ready for the night of the nights: These are the Highlights of Day 2

A three-day festival feels like an intensive trip:

Yesterday everything was new:  Arriving, exploring the festival grounds at ZKM, visiting the first speaker slots and making new contacts. Tomorrow – it´s already time to say goodbye. So between “hello” and “goodbye”, there´s today – time to have a great time.

We did our best to make our “CODE_n Oscars” a great night by adding the following incrediences:

  • Ingedient 1:  Tension: From 52 to 10 startups, which will pitch to the jury at 11.20h (Main Stage): Top 10 Pitches 
  • Ingedient 2: A great show: Meet us on the main stage at 6.30h for THE highlight: The CODE_n Award Show. Who will win the four cluster prices and the price of prices: The 30k € CODE_n Awards? We´ll know soon!
  • Ingedient 3: Good music – listen to one of Razz´s fine indie rock and dance like you never danced before to Lakechild´s amazing Deephouse.

And if this is still not enough for you, why not go on a walk to the Karlsruhe castle and see the light projections of the “Schlossfestspiele”

But before changing to party mode, there´s a lot to discover: Meet our startups, explore the fantastic booths of our partners and visit the conference program.

Here are some highlights:

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.. for all visitors: Why not

Whatever you do: Have fun and enjoy the festival!
And remember: Our app is the perfect guide – www.newnewfestival.com/app

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Doors are open at CODE_n new.New Festival – These are the Highlights of Day 1

For three days, CODE_n will bring together selected pioneers, digital visionaries, innovation teams from established companies, scientists and of course inquisitive visitors. For three days, the CODE_n Social Media Team will give you an overview of the highlights of each festival day. Make sure you visit our blog to find out which sessions of our extensive conference program you shouldn’t miss, which renowned speakers you get to listen to and what workshop and side events are worth attending (although we’re sure all of them are 😉 )

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The CODE_n main stage:

With an audience area of roughly 800 seats, the main stage provides room for inspiring insights. On the first festival day, this will be the spot where CODE_n initiator and GFT CEO as well as ZKM Chairman and CEO Prof. Dr. Weibel will welcome all new.New Festival visitors, startups and partners at 10am.

Afterwards, you might want to join the panel discussion on smart connected devices like NFC chip implants with Christopher Coenen, a political scientist and senior researcher at KIT-ITAS, blogger and programmer Enno Park, the Co-Founder of the Sweden-based biohacker network Bionyfiken Hannes Sjoblad, t3n editor in chief Stephan Dörner and multi-disciplinary artist Susanna Hertrich.

Also quite a highlight keynote (11.40am): Hyperloop CEO Dirk Ahlborn will let you know how he managed to crowdsource a massive project like the Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a project on which a team of more than 480 experts around the globe are bringing disruptive innovation to the transportation industry.

We are rounding off the first festival day with an After Work event also happening on the main stage. Highlight of the evening will be a keynote speech by Winfried Kretschmann, Minister President of the state of Baden-Württemberg starting at 6:30 pm.

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EnBW

Facing up to the Energiewende 2.0 with partners from Baden-Württemberg

As a result of the phasing out of nuclear energy and the associated expansion of renewable energies, German energy supply companies are faced with a multitude of challenges particularly in their core areas of generation/trading, sales and the grids business.

This development has been accompanied by the complex fragmentation of the market and an increased demand from customers for individual solutions and above all for technical developments such as highly scalable, intelligent IT platforms. However, this has now all resulted in a further transformation of the energy world – an “Energiewende 2.0” which is being ushered in on a new digital level. This has caused the energy world to become blurred with other sectors. New competitors, especially those with a high level of IT expertise, are forcing their way onto the existing market. At the same time, the Internet of things, new forms of mobility concepts or the vision of an intelligent, networked city are opening up a great deal of potential for the creation of new business models both for them and also for us as a traditional energy supplier.

Inside of the EnBW Innovation Campus

Inside of the EnBW Innovation Campus

New business models outside of linear developments

In order to successfully position ourselves against the competition in this agile, fast-paced and innovative environment, we have been supporting internal startups within the Group to establish new business models on the market outside of the existing Group structures for the last two and a half years. At our own Innovation Campus founded in Karlsruhe for this purpose, seven teams are now concentrating on the following themes: “Virtual Power Plant”, “Smart City”, “Connected Home” and “Future Mobility”. More…

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Baroque façade and media art merge in a fantastic way – Schlosslichtspiele!

Schlossslichtspiele Karlsruhe is a must for every CODE_n festival visitor. Trust us.

Whether it be a Gothic cathedral or an Egyptian temple – the Karlsruhe castle shows many facets at this year’s Schlosslichtspiele. Apparently. Because on the 17-meter-high and 170-meter-wide castle façade projections in enormous compositions are shown. Since the beginning of August, the second edition of the Schlosslichtspiele Karlsruhe has been thrilling its visitors every evening – more than 200,000 people already visited the event during its first half. For the CODE_n new.New Festival the Schlosslichtspiele are now going into extra time to give the guests of the festival the opportunity to experience the impressive interplay between the baroque façade of the Karlsruhe castle and the most up to date IT media art. In addition, the closing event of the CODE_n new.New Festival will also take place at the castle square.

Credits: Uli Deck

Credits: Uli Deck

A total of 24 projectors with 20,000 ANSI-lumen each – always three on top of each other – are in use in order to shine the right light on the castle façade. Precisely aligned, so that every edge of the façade is in the exact right place, the projectors are placed in eight cabins that are air-conditioned day and night. That way they ensure the perfect illusion on 10,800 x 1,080 pixels. Besides projections from the past year, five new shows have been created for 2016 that we would like to introduce here quickly. More…

Messe Karlsruhe

IT solutions in the healthcare sector

Diagnosis: dementia. Approximately 1.5 million people in Germany live with the disease. Circa two thirds of these individuals are cared for in their homes by family members or professional caregivers. And the numbers are growing. Due to demographic changes, this problem will be ubiquitous in Germany in the future. The goal must be to maintain the quality of life for people who have been diagnosed with dementia or similar ailments and who accordingly need in-home care or hospitalization. Precisely this is where IT applications in the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) sector can be helpful.

Digitalization has arrived in the midst of our society and has penetrated into nearly every aspect of daily life. Information and communication technology (ICT) improves the efficiency and effectiveness of processes and has accordingly become an indispensable and essential component in the healthcare sector. This is also why, in the HealthTech category of the CODE_n16 CONTEST, CODE_n is searching for young companies that develop innovative solutions for the healthcare market.

What is AAL?

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AAL spans a broad spectrum of IT-supported applications such as home automation, sensor technology and telemonitoring. The common goals of these applications are to optimally support caregivers, family members and care recipients in their daily activities, and to reduce the workload for everyone involved. Networking, technical monitoring, electronic data and automated documentation improve work processes for physicians, emergency personnel and caregivers. These applications also facilitate the exchange of data between individuals employed in different professions. The number of people who need care is expected to increase, so the AAL sector is becoming progressively more significant and attracting ever-greater investments in research and development.

Digital and mobile healthcare concept with hand holding smart phoneAAL in practice: the I-CARE research project

AWO Karlsruhe will present its new I-CARE research project at the AAL convention, which is organized by Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress-GmbH (KMK). A technical system will be developed for tablet PCs in the context of the I-CARE project: this system records the personal needs and competencies of dementia patients and uses these data as a basis for making contents available to the affected individuals, their family members and their professional caregivers. More…

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“Stadtgeist Karlsruhe”: Discover Karlsruhe with the augmented history app

A good way for the participants, exhibitors and digital pioneers of CODE_n to discover Karlsruhe is the augmented history app “Stadtgeist Karlsruhe “(Spirit of the City of Karlsruhe). The app generates a fascinating kind of time travel: If you look at the geographic location of a “Stadtgeist”-mark through the camera of your smartphones, today’s environment is transformed into the historical scenario. The app was developed by Karlsruhe software company bluehands GmbH and was awarded with the German AppCampus award 2013. The app is a free of charge service of the City of Karlsruhe and is available on Android iPhone (from iPhone4s), or Windows phone. So get your smartphone ready and enjoy!

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And suddenly, there’s marching music. This can happen quite often when you’re standing in front of the “Ständehaus” in Karlsruhe, which hosted before the Second World War one of the oldest parliament buildings in Germany. There you will most likely encounter someone who produces theses sounds with his smartphone or tablet. Perhaps this person also slowly turns around in 360 degrees, the hands with the tablet or phone stretched out in front of him. First-time users of the “Stadtgeist Karlsruhe” app will probably need two or three attempts to “hit the right spot” at the beginning of their augmented history-tour. But then they are given access to all the key details of a past period while allowing them to explore it through photos, videos and animated 3D-presentations – or audio files containing music and sound bites from that period. More…