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?
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.
AAL 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…
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!
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…
After an exciting as well as inspiring day at the CODE_n new.New Festival, Karlsruhe offers the festival’s participants and visitors a versatile nightlife. Check out the following tips to plan your perfect night out in Karlsruhe:
For everyone who likes good food, Karlsruhe offers various places to eat. These culinary offerings vary from down-to-earth places that offer regional specialties such as “Käsespätzle” (“Spätzle” noodles with cheese and roasted onions), “Maultaschen” (pasta squares filled with meat and/or vegetables) or “Schupfnudeln” (finger-shaped potato dumplings) to upscale cuisine and star restaurants. By the way: Vegans also have plenty of choice in Karlsruhe. There are many different vegan and vegan friendly restaurants, such as “My Heart Beats Vegan” or “Veg Veg”, which is why the city was just labelled as the most vegan friendly city with more than 250,000 citizens by Germany’s biggest animal rights organization PETA.
Moreover, Karlsruhe has a unique beer culture, with six breweries producing refreshingly delicious beer according to the German purity law. One of them is Hoepfner, one of the biggest breweries in Karlsruhe, which is located in a castle in the heart of the city center. If you don’t like beer, don’t worry: Karlsruhe has many cozy bars and pubs with cocktail happy hours and other special offers for every taste – for a fun night out with friends and new acquaintances. And in case you plan on spending all night drinking cocktails: At “Mauritius Karlsruhe”, which is right next to the city’s main station, there is always happy hour.
Aside from eating and drinking, Karlsruhe has to offer lots of other recreational activities: You can visit one of the city’s 22 theaters, watch a blockbuster or independent film at one of Karlsruhe’s four movie theaters (among which is the “Filmpalast am ZKM”, one of only four IMAX cinemas in Germany) or marvel at the “Schlosslichtspiele”, the spectacular light shows on the façade of Karlsruhe Palace. If you’re interested in a little more action, 3D black-light miniature golf, laser tag arenas and live escape games provide variety late into the evening.
Still don’t want to go to bed? Off you go into one of the city’s night clubs. Almost every day, they play all kinds of music – a perfect way to end your night out in Karlsruhe by dancing through the night. After that, just be sure to get back safely to your room – and to drink lots of water to be fit in the morning (for your next day at the CODE_n festival).
Are you ready for some fun? We hope so! Since we have a list of to-dos for you that will make your visit at the new.New Festival a very special experience. Of course the best thing about the festival is the great program: promising startups, inspiring speakers, enlightening workshops, networking events and much more. But you know us – at CODE_n we like to do things differently. That’s why we made out a list of unconventional festival to-dos for you to complete at your visit. Challenge accepted?
Karlsruhe is an important centre of IT. With over 4,200 companies, a diverse landscape of science and research, and circa 30,000 people employed in the ICT sector, Karlsruhe and its surrounding region comprise Europe’s fourth-largest IT cluster. This is also clearly reflected in the portfolio of Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress-GmbH (KMK). KMK is very favourably positioned in this future-oriented industry with well-established events about digitization in the fields of education, healthcare, and the mobility and financial sectors, which number among the core themes of the Code_n new.New Festival.
Picture: Behrendt & Rausch Fotografie
A few examples are: LEARNTEC, IT-TRANS – International Conference and Exhibition on Intelligent Urban Transport Systems –, the Congress on Ambient Asissted Living (AAL), SAP DKOM, and the COM trade fair for IT and banking. These and other events with a focus on IT annually attract thousands of experts from around the world to Karlsruhe. LEARNTEC and IT-TRANS also number among the exhibitors at CODE_n. More…
Walking around with information brochures is so 2015. And browsing a website on your smartphone can be annoying, too. But at new.New Festival you should feel totally comfortable and well informed. That’s why we got you covered with the new.New Festival App! Here you have everything easily at hand: from a map with all locations to information about the speakers, it’s all there. And yes, you can download it for free! So believe us, you will want this App to fully enjoy your visit at the new.New Festival. Are you curious? Then let’s talk about the features and benefits of the new.New Festival App! Oh, but if you cannot wait any longer, you can also get the free new.New Festival App here.
One human trait that many would like to have, but few actually ever master, is to “think opportunity” at every turn. One person who can claim that he has done this all of his life is the founding director of the ZKM, Heinrich Klotz. It was in 1989 that he gave the ZKM the opportunity to think as big, active, and – perhaps most importantly – innovative as it is today. In the same year, he also set up the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG) in a former munitions factory in Karlsruhe.
© ZKM | Karlsruhe, Foto: Uli Deck
And why Karlsruhe? Because Karlsruhe is where technology is at home in Germany. It was here that Professor Werner Zorn, at that time head of the Computer Science Department at the University of Karlsruhe, and his assistant Michael Rotert received the first email through a German server in 1984 and it is here that the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is based, which is known across the world for its technical degree programs. This vibrant, young city of pioneers had no concept of such an institution in the 1980s, especially one of such magnitude, but its affinity for all things technological made it the ideal location for setting up an arts and media center. At the time, the ZKM also presented the people living in and around Karlsruhe with a major opportunity. They could now flourish – as art and science open up – on a completely new level. The ZKM also attracts a great deal of attention from the socio-political and philosophical communities and it has an important role to play in a technology region that’s active in research and development, frequently providing reminders of society’s ethical, moral, and democratic responsibilities. More…
Digitization has arrived! Digital solutions have become integral parts of daily life in education, mobility, and other fields. Where is this evolution headed? How will we learn and travel in the future?
Learning with digital media revolutionizes the culture of learning
LEARNTEC is the number one in digital learning – for school, university and corporate settings.
The implementation of digital media has evolved into a fixed feature of integrated educational concepts in schools, universities, working life, and leisure time. Now and in the future, practical lifelong learning is unthinkable without the use of digital media. Mobile education, i.e. learning and teaching via mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, has been an observable trend for several years already. Thanks to Big Data and Learning Analytics, each learner receives an offer that’s individually tailored to suit that person’s specific needs. Learning based on the “watering-can principle” is obsolete. As increasingly many people make their know-how available, existing knowledge becomes more open and more freely accessible. Another important trend is game-based learning: the objective here is to playfully achieve one’s learning goals. This also involves developments in the field of 3D learning worlds and virtual reality. More…