Half time at CeBIT: Two days lie behind us already and there are two more to come. But even as the week progresses, CODE_n hall 16 – the hotspot for innovation – has further aces up its sleeve. Future Mobility, Future Banking, Future Finalist – these terms may seem distant or even unreal, but the future is closer than you think: it’s right here with us in Hanover, Hall 16.
For quite a few impressive woman and a couple of courages men, the day started out with a breakfast around the main topic Into the Internet of Things, hosted by SAALZWEI, the business online magazine for female readers. Apart from coffee and great food, visitors received input on the management of successful IT companies, by Marika Lulay, COO of GFT and got to listen to the founder story of Katja Beyer and Dr. Moria Shimoni of CODE_n finalist VAYSUSENSE. Dr. D. Knodel encouraged women to look into programming – the closest thing we have to a superpower!
From IT to Future Mobility: that’s what the conference program on Wednesday seems to be all about. Around midday, the hall is on the move – showing smart mobility and logistics with Frank Rinderknecht and team Rinspeed, Peter Fuss and Dr. Rainer Scholz from CODE_n partner EY, before Accenture presents what driver’s want: an automative survey, taking the sales cycle online. More speed comes from a rather unusual participant: Allianz. Insurance as an enabler for new mobility concepts is something the Allianz Digital Accelerator has in mind. More data-driven, indidivual mobility ideas come from Blue Yonder, showing how algorithms will improve personal travel.
The future of banking in Germany is already present in Spain and Italy today. That’s one conclusion that fintech companies like CODE_n alumnus GPredictive, startups like Gini and the Fidor Bank came to during the press conference hosted by GFT today. The press tour started out at the GFT booth, showing journalists the digital banking lab of the IT company, demonstrating, for example, a living room of the future, in which everything is connected. The lab that is presented all week at CeBIT includes solutions for mobile payments, intelligent finance management, automated account optimization and context-based account management. Later on, the startups as well as interested journalists were invited to discuss the future of banking.
The future number one finalist will be announced at the award show tonight, but the top ten was revealed yesterday already. These top ten startups, including ambiotex, athom, Cubilog, FUZ Designs, greenbird Integration Technology, Glagla International, IS Predict, KIWI.KI, Parkpocket and relayr got the chance to pitch in front of the CODE_n jury as well as all the visitors of hall 16 live at 11 a.m. today to present their innovative ideas on stage one last time. The pitch was presented by Annica Hansen, who will also announce the lucky winner of € 30.000 tonight.
As mobility is brought to new levels, the days seem to go by faster, too. Today, we would like to present our future mobility startups and there booths live from CeBIT: