Paula Cizek

Congratulations to the CODE_n13 Winners!

After months of deliberation, we are proud to announce the winners of the second annual CODE_n contest! Changers.com won first place in the Startup category, and GREENCLOUDS took first place in the Emerging Company category; each received prize money amounting to €15,000.

Although the two company serve different customers, their commitment to cleantech solutions is clear. Changers, based in Berlin, has developed portable solar-powered chargers for smartphones and tablets. The chargers measure the amount of CO2 that has been saved and convert it to “Changers Credits,” which are posted to the online community and can be exchanged for sustainable products and services. The Netherlands’ GREENCLOUDS has developed a technology platform that makes idle resources in data processing centers to others, which allows companies to create a new source of income while reducing the data centers’ carbon footprints.

CODE_n13 Award Show

CODE_n13 Award Show

The contest was highly competitive from the beginning: of the 250 companies from 35 countries that entered, just 50 finalists were invited to exhibit at the CODE_n hall at CeBIT. “We found selecting the winners was a very difficult task,” stated Ulrich Dietz, CEO of GFT and initiator of CODE_n. “Many of the finalists caught our attention with their exceptional business models addressing the energy transition.”

In addition, carzapp and Codeatelier were recognized with special prizes sponsored by the international automotive supplier, Continental, the newest partner to CODE_n. carzapp, based in Berlin, operates a private carsharing platform through which anyone can make their car available for rental, while Burgstetten-based Codeatelier has developed Homee, an app that allows users to control a variety of devices in their home. The companies will share a show booth with Continental at the international automobile show IAA in Frankfurt, as well as receive mentoring from experienced innovators.

Changers and carzapp are continuing their winning streak this week with additional awards: just yesterday, these two companies won a special crowdfunding prize at CODE_n. From now until May 5, private investors with a bank account in Germany can visit seedmatch.de to buy shares in the companies starting at €250. In total, both companies have a chance to earn up to €250,000 in venture capital.

If you’re at CeBIT, we encourage you to stop by our both and congratulate the winners and the other finalists; they’ll be at Hall 16 until Saturday. Congratulations once again to all who participated!

To read the associated CODE_n press release please click here.

Laura-Marie Schneider

Audio Interview with CODE_n finalist Alix Bowman (Organic Transit)


If you’re interested in alternative transportation, the ELF is a must-see at CeBIT. It’s a solar/pedal hybrid vehicle designed by the US startup Organic Transit, which allows users to get around urban centers in an environmentally friendly way.

In our interview, taken at CeBIT, Alix Bowman introduces the solar/ pedal hybrid vehicle and gives valuable advice for future CODE_n participants.

Janina Benz

Audio Interview with Boudewijn Mos from EcoChain

I often wonder how sustainable products really are, so I was looking forward to interviewing EcoChain, an application in which environmental administration is coupled throughout the supply chain, forming real-time and continuous life cycle analysis calculations.

EcoChain

EcoChain

Boudewijn Mos is co-founder; he explained the concept of EcoChain and how the idea came up in the first place.

Laura-Marie Schneider

Audio Interview with CODE_n finalist Rob Rijkhoek of Greenclouds

Since cloud computing is one of the hot topics at CeBIT, we didn’t want to miss the chance to talk to one of our cloud experts, GREENCLOUDS. The CODE_n finalists from the Netherlands developed a system that aggregates idle cloud resources, enabling organizations to buy and sell cloud capacity.

In his interview, Rob Rijkhoek, marketing manager of GREENCLOUDS, explains where he sees cloud-based technology in the future and speaks about GREENCLOUDS’ impact as a green company.

Janina Benz

Audio Interview with Daniela Schiffer from Changers.com

On the third day of CeBIT, we arranged an interview with Daniela Schiffer, co-founder of Changers.com. Changers.com is the first marketplace for private carbon emission trading. Founders Markus Schulz and Daniela Schiffer are very passionate about their startup: they want to motivate millions of people to produce their own energy, stop global warming, and increase the awareness of the impact of how our behavior affects society.

Interview with Daniela Schiffers from Changers.com

Interview with Daniela Schiffers from Changers.com

In the Soundcloud interview, we talk with Daniela about Changers, how hard the startup business can be, and why she thinks that there should be more female entrepreneurs.

Laura-Marie Schneider

Audio Interview with CODE_n finalist Christian Deilmann (Tado GmbH)

On our third day at CeBIT, we got the chance to speak to Christian Deilmann, founder of Tado. He developed the first smartphone-based heating control that adjusts to the user’s daily routine automatically .

In the interview, Christian explains how he came up with the idea of Tado and the difference between Tado and other smartphone-based heating solutions.

Laura-Marie Schneider

Audio Interview with Ridha Azaiz (Solarbrush)

Entrepreneur Ridha Azaiz is the founder of SOLARBRUSH, a robot designed to clean solar panels. Although Ridha is having a very busy day at CeBIT, he took 5 minutes to answer our questions. In his interview, the CODE_n finalist introduces SOLARBRUSH and speaks about what being a young entrepreneur means.

To listen to the interview, please click here.

Janina Benz

Audio Interview with Jennifer Indovina from PICOwatt

 

Jennifer Indovina - Tenrehte Technologies

Jennifer Indovina – Tenrehte Technologies

Jennifer Indovina from Tenrehte Technologies is a passionate entrepreneur and is full of enthusiasm for her innovation, PICOwatt, a smart wireless plug that enables users to monitor and reduce energy waste from any electrical device. Find our Soundcloud interview with Jennifer below: