In times of digital transformation, it is more important than ever for companies to keep up with trends and stay proactive. Don’t you sometimes wish you had a crystal ball to see what’s going to be the next big thing for your industry? Visiting our new.New Festival can almost feel like having that power: the festival is all about innovation and will uncover current and future developments of digital transformation. Here are 5 reasons you won’t want to miss the event!
Over 380 young companies from all over the world applied for one of the four contest clusters under the overarching theme of ‘Digital Disruption’; now the best of the best have been chosen. The 52 finalists from 11 different countries will be travelling to Karlsruhe in Germany this autumn to present their digital business solutions at our new.New Festival, to potential customers, investors, mentors and visitors. Early bird tickets are available as of today.
“From Israel to Germany and over to the U.S., the young startup businesses represent an exciting spectrum of digital solutions in the four contest clusters: Applied FinTech, Connected Mobility, HealthTech and Photonics 4.0,” says GFT CEO and CODE_n Initiator Ulrich Dietz. As different as these four clusters might sound, they all have one thing in common; representing areas in which the digital revolution will take place – quickly, thoroughly, disruptively – changing our lives forever. Wonder what that future might look like? Our CODE_n Finalists of 2016 have the answers and while we will introduce all 52 startups in detail soon, we decided to present some exciting handpicked examples first!
Your startup in the field of HealthTech is making a true difference for our everyday life! When digitalization merges into the health sector, we witness life-changing discoveries. Every advance in this sector is a victory – from improved diagnostics, to innovative prosthetics or profitable data management. Medical technologies revolutionize step by step the treatment and prevention of diseases. Therefore, health is one of the most important fields where technology needs to be applied: In 2015 medical technology was again the field where the most patent applications (12 474) were filed and with a growth of 11% it was also one of the fastest growing sectors.
At this morning’s press conference, we were finally officially able to break the silence, announcing what initiator Ulrich Dietz called “a new dimension for CODE_n.” After four prosperous and exciting years in CeBIT’s Hall 16, it was time for CODE_n to not only move on, but also take its next big step with an all-new, completely independent international innovation festival, right on our own doorstep. We proudly present: the CODE_n new.New Festival!
Although quite a lot of things have changed – like the date, September 20-22, and the location, the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM) – we’re once again bringing together the digital avant-garde: a group of hand-picked startups selected to be this year’s CODE_n CONTEST Finalists will get the chance to rub shoulders with our well-known partners, all of which are experts from the fields of science, industry, and business. The event gives them the ideal opportunity to present and discuss their digital business models and ideas. In a nutshell: they will drive innovation forward.
1. New location at the heart of Baden-Wurttemberg
The ZKM is located in Karlsruhe, a city with strong technology connections. A leading cultural institution, the ZKM is the only one of its kind worldwide, and, as such, it’s the perfect place for inspiration. Not only does it attract international visitors, it is also located at the heart of Baden-Wuerttemberg, which is home to many well-known corporations, small and medium-sized businesses, and prestigious universities. This is where entrepreneurs and technology enthusiasts live and work – and it’s where we’ll bring our guests. The festival will be surrounded by different innovation activities all over Karlsruhe, really allowing the atmosphere to spring to life. All that the ZKM has to offer with its different courtyards, exhibition spaces, and the captivating atmosphere will flow into the spectacular designs of Berlin-based architect Johanna Meyer-Grohbrügge, thanks to a concept that enhances the surroundings with elements of the digitalized world. More…
Future mobility – that was the name of one of the four themes of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST. Ten out of our 50 finalists had ideas revolving around this particular internet of things topic. Now two of these finalists – parkpocket and has.to.be – are currently presenting their business models at the International Automotive fair (IAA) in Frankfurt (17 – 27 September).
With 219 world premieres, 1.103 exhibitors from 39 countries and up to 1 million visitors, the fair is not only one of the largest automotive exhibitions; it also brings the latest trends concerning connected mobility. It is therefore no surprise that apart from the CODE_n15 finalists, with carzapp an additional alumnus is on board as well.
To put it briefly: Frankfurt is currently the place to be, at least, if your business has anything to do with mobility. The IAA has even come up with a special “New Mobility World”, a meeting place for representatives of the auto industry, high-tech companies and mobility service providers. The new exhibition area is split up into five categories: Electric vehicle plaza, Mobility Solution Center, Multimodal Market Hall, Urban Solution Market and Digital Infrastructure.
Three CODE_n alumni in the middle of the New Mobility World
Our CODE_n13 alumnus carzapp is presenting their business model in the Mobility Solution Center, in which the focus lies on technologies and services for business clients such as carsharing/mobility, fleet management technologies and services.
The New Mobility World, aiming to enable future mobility, also presents a startup zone, in which our two CODE_n alumni has.to.be and parkpocket are stationed. The startup world is particularly intending to bridge the gap between innovation and tradition in the mobility sector. More…
CeBIT and CODE_n 2015 are in the past – it’s already been over a week since the 50 finalists took down their booths and the CODE_n team and partners folded up tents in Hanover. But preparing for the future always means looking back: figuring out what went great and what could have been better will be part of the work of the CODE_n team for the next couple of months. Really helpful is the feedback of some of our finalists. Among it some truly moving statements that we surely don’t want to withhold:
CODE_n15 has been a truly great event, definitely the best at CeBIT. If we put aside the great exposure we had by participating in CODE_n15, what we liked most is that this event is organized by entrepreneurs with a single motivation behind: innovation. Thank you CODE_N that we were able to be part of it. – Vebbu
Missed out on the award show in CODE_n hall 16 last night? No problem – we have a wrap up ready for you revealing all of yesterday’s highlights including a few hints on what is yet to come. Needless to say, last nights award show was by far the most exciting event for all parties involved: the finalists were all nervous, but so were the hosts and partners. There wasn’t just one award to be given out, but four and so one highlight was followed by the next.
But let’s start from the beginning: Presenter of the show Annica Hansen welcomed a full hall and a hall full of anticipation. GFT CEO and CODE_n initiator Ulrich Dietz was asked on stage and thanked all partners and team members for making this year’s CODE_n CONTEST possible and once again spectacular. Oliver Frese, CEO of CeBIT said later on, that he remembered the moment when Ulrich Dietz presented his idea for CODE_n for the first time and Accenture CEO Frank Riemensperger encapsulated: you have to live your dream! In CODE_n hall 16, he went on, established players look out for the young players: exactly the spirit we all were looking for. More…
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. More…