The process of establishing a digital ecosystem in the mobility market has already started. Especially startups advance this progress through innovations.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise as an experienced collaborative partner will also take part to support as well as strengthen startups and shape the future of digital business together.
The mobility market is becoming a digital ecosystem. Until now the vehicle industry was dominated by a few influential manufacturers and their distributors. In the future it will become an ecosystem of micro services brokered via online platforms. To enter this digital business, manufacturers bet on own proprietary platforms as well as on the integration of cooperation partners.
It’s not sure who will become the platform dominator in future, but however, new ventures are an important driver for innovation and disruption in the mobility market. Uber and MyTaxi revolutionized the public transport market in just a few years. That’s why Hewlett Packard Enterprise , as an important IT partner of the transportation and logistics industry, decided to become the partner of the connected mobility cluster in this year’s Code_n new.New Festival. More…
Our CODE_n CONTEST finalist Everledger is a leader in the real world application of blockchain technology. The FinTech startup develops and deploys innovative technological solutions to markets where provenance matters by creating an immutable digital footprint of items. Once items are registered on the blockchain, the records are permanent. This provides a clear audit trail for different parties to use throughout the supply chain in order to prove authenticity and reduce the risk of fraud. CEO and Founder Leanne Kemp told us more about her company:
What is Everledger all about? How did you come up with the idea?
Leanne: Everledger is a global, digital ledger that tracks and protects valuable items over their lifetime journey. By digitally certifying assets we can provide a clear audit trail to be used by various stakeholders throughout the supply chain process to guarantee transparency and protect against fraud, theft, crime and counterfeit activities.
Everledger is all about transparency. When blockchain first became available industry’s main focus was on the financial implications of the technology – international payments. But for me, given my background was not from banking or payments, it was clear that valuable items would be better protected on a digital platform where records were permanent and could not be altered like paper.
Ultimately we’re working to protect an object that relies on provenance to prove ownership, identity and authenticity. Provenance is key to ensuring goods are sourced ethically because, for instance, blood diamonds and counterfeits goods help fund terrorist activities globally. More…
Roboception, one of our CODE_n CONTEST finalists in the Photonics 4.0 cluster, offers innovative navigation, real-time perception, and manipulation solutions for robotic systems. The startups’s innovative sensor solutions enable customers across all robotic fields to generate real-time 3D data products that also revolve around timing and location. It aims for highly intuitive, user-friendly interfaces, parametrization, and programming. As a result – and this is really good news – no detailed knowledge of robotics is required to set up or operate our solutions. Roboception CEO Michael Suppa tells us just how this is done!
What is Roboception all about? How did you come up with the idea?
Michael: Roboception offers innovative real-time perception, navigation and manipulation solutions for robotic systems.
Vision in robotics is a very challenging problem. Today’s vision solutions are nowhere near being as efficient and intuitive as they need to be in order to comply with the rapid advances in the robotics industry. What’s more, a very strong expertise is still required to operate them, hence only real experts can set up these solutions. Last but not least, the robot’s environment must be engineered and adapted in order to achieve robust and reliable operation of a vision system. All of this requires individual engineering, resulting in high cost and limited versatility. Add to that the fact that camera solutions and lasers usually come at a high price (for just the sensor!) so that in combination with the engineering cost, an automation of processes becomes economically unviable, especially for small batches.
We founded Roboception to overcome these drawbacks and make robot vision available to a wide range of both existing and novel applications. It is our mission to enable our customers to equip each of their current or future robots with our solution and to hence allow them to perceive their environment.
Our low-cost innovative sensor solution is combined with an intuitive user interface enabling even non-experts to work with robot vision. From the very first line of code we’ve written, we have been working closely with interaction designers in order to achieve this challenging goal.
Finally, our robotic applications are ready-to-use so that our customers can directly generate value in automating previously manual processes in their production.
The Roboception Team and Their Product
Why do Karlsruhe and the CODE_n new.NEW Festival match so perfectly? – Mainly, because they both share the same spirit of innovation, the dedication to the new and unknown and the committed willingness to connect, support and promote extraordinary masterminds. In both cases, pioneers are provided with adequate surrounding conditions – be it the CODE_n SPACES in Stuttgart or numerous research facilities, networking possibilities and business incubators in Karlsruhe. Therefore, scientists and founders are able to focus completely on their research and on the exchange of expertise with like-minded people.
KIT Data Center – Powerwall
In Karlsruhe the tradition of innovation reaches far back into the past. Remarkable and groundbreaking novelties such as the development of the first bicycle in 1871 and the first automobile in 1885 took place in the city by the Rhine.– Given the fact that Karlsruhe calls the largest IT faculty its own, houses 25 national and international research institutes, and forms the third largest IT cluster in Europe, the creation of this non-evaluative shortlist was a not to be underestimated challenge. More…
CODE_n CONTEST Finalist Ginmon allows customers to invest money in a globally diversified portfolio based on proven scientific methods. Customers gain access to high returns while enjoying the low risk associated with broad investments in over 10,000 companies in 47 countries. The FinTech startup provides a transparent, all-inclusive solution that enables customers to understand their investments and give them the feeling their finances are in safe hands. How? That’s what CEO and founder Lars Reiner, told us in this interview.
What is Ginmon all about? How did you come up with the idea?
Lars: Ginmon is all about providing a modern and efficient personal wealth management. While working for one of biggest commercial banks in Germany I realized that proven scientific concepts were often not offered to customers. Those concepts are taught around the globe and proven many times. Banks do not offer products based on those concepts because they are very low margin and not as profitable as traditional products. Therefore to really profit from professional wealth management one has to study investment theory and do it himself or pay horrendous sums to personal wealth managers. Additionally it seemed to me that large companies could not or did not want to react and adapt to the possibilities digitalization provided. As a technology and innovation loving person I had a concrete idea about how customers could benefit from digitalization, but the established financial industry did not provide me with the right setting to implement those ideas. Finally the request of many friends and family members who were looking for a solution to build wealth efficiently triggered my decision to start Ginmon. To put it in a nutshell: I wanted to implement the ideas I had for digital wealth management, provide an investment concept which was up date only restricted to professionals and last but not least enable my friends and family members to build up wealth efficiently.
LuxFlux is a sensor company which develops and markets compact and cost-efficient micro-spectrometers. The spectral information gathered by the solution is used to identify and compare products and materials. The CODE_n CONTEST Photonics 4.0 finalist is located in the “sensor valley” in Reutlingen and seeks partners across all industries to build solutions based on their spectrometer capabilities. We talked to Founder and CEO Dr. Jan Makowski, who told us more about Luxflux:
What is Luxflux all about? How did you come up with the idea?
Jan: LuxFlux combines compact micro-spectrometers with machine-learning algorithms to deliver cost-efficient and easy-to-use solutions that allow the quick identification of substances such as polymers or pharmaceuticals.
During my PhD Thesis I worked in the field of Micro-Opto-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MOEMS). Upon graduation, I started my professional career in an electronics company. However, the idea of integrating optical functions onto a chip continued to fascinate me. Optical spectroscopy is a technology with applications in many industries waiting to be disrupted by chip technology. Marc (who has a business background) and I started LuxFlux at the beginning of this year. In addition to chip based spectrometers, we focus on algorithms to interpret spectral data to bring value to our customers.
pattern recognition and algorithm
“Digital Disruption“ – that’s the motto of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST. What makes your solution innovative, what makes it disruptive?
Jan: Today spectroscopy is costly and requires trained personnel. We combine cost-efficient spectrometer hardware with pattern recognition and machine learning algorithms. This opens up spectroscopy to new user groups – users which so far did not have access to costly and complex spectroscopy labs. The hardware comprises standard components which are mass-produced for consumer devices such as video projectors. The software’s algorithms make the device easy to use for everybody. We transform a complex spectrometer into a handheld measurement device. More…
SpinDiag enables fully automated, PCR-based screening for drug-resistant pathogens in less than 30 minutes. The system consists of a disposable lab-on-a-disk and a portable device. Hospitals can screen quickly and reliably during patient admission and isolate and treat risk patients. This significantly reduces the risk of infection to other patients and cuts hospital costs. In this interview, Mark Keller, Co-Founder of SpinDiag, tells us more about the vision for his startup and the challenges their facing in this very specific sector:
What is SpinDiag all about? How did you come up with the idea?
Mark: Hospitals have a big and increasing problem with antibiotic-resistant bacteria that are brought in by patients and that can infect other patients. Our SpinDiag one system enables the detection of these antibiotic-resistant bacteria directly from common swab samples. Therefore, when patients are admitted to a hospital they can be tested quickly and non-invasively. This allows doctors to decide right away if a patient needs to be treated in isolation to protect others from getting infected. This idea actually came to us when we were talking to clinicians and became aware that the best way to prevent an infection is to know about it directly at the hospital gate.
“Digital Disruption“ – that’s the motto of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST. What makes your solution innovative, what makes it disruptive?
Mark: Our SpinDiag one system will be the first to cover all relevant antibiotic resistances while providing this diagnostic result in a fast and affordable manner. For the first time, this will allow hospitals to consistently screen any risk patient (or even every patient) at his or her admission. Because all in all, our system will save money both for hospitals and the health care system in general, will protect staff and patients and will allow targeted treatment of infected patients, we believe that it will disruptively change our way how we fight antibiotic resistances in the near future. More…
NIMD (noninvasive medical devices) is a medical device startup focused on the treatment of cancer currently at the R&D stage. Its revolutionary technology is based on microwave and nanotechnologies. The device of our CODE_n CONTEST finalist can heat and kill cancer tumors at low microwave powers and at high precision without causing damage to the surrounding tissue. Needless to say, the team around NIMD belongs to our HealthTech cluster and aims at finding a solution to cancer and improving people’s quality of life. We talked to Founder and CEO Anan Copty to learn more about his startup:
What is NonInvasive Medical Devices all about? How did you come up with the idea?
Anan: NIMD is a medical device startup developing cancer treatment devices at the pre-clinical stage. It utilizes microwave and nano technologies to selectively and noninvasively, heat and kill cancer tumors with no damage to the surrounding tissue. The device will also noninvasively detect early stage tumors. NIMD believes it has the ultimate device for cancer thermal treatment.
NIMD‘s team consists of a diverse, passionate and innovative group of scientists and engineers. It has finished its proof of concept stage, with IP generated, animal studies performed, and the company is currently raising its Series A round. We are targeting the European market, and then, the American and Asian markets.
After seeing so many close people die or suffer from cancer, a huge research was started to figure out what can be done. Both founders were working at Intel Corporation before the creation of the company. They decided to quit their jobs and start NIMD in January, 2015. It was a big risk to leave a stable job as both founders have families to take care of. But, both founders feel that is was the best decision they made and carried through with the project. Today, NIMD is making big progress. In less than one year with funding, NIMD built its team, built is laboratory, took the concept into a working prototype, tested the device on biological phantoms mimicking the body, and started performing animal studies. More…