Nadine Korany

The race is on! The CODE_n16 startup competition is now open for applications!

As the CODE_n16 CONTEST contest kicks off, we are once again seeking the world’s most innovative startups and ground-breaking business models. This year’s focus fields include FinTechs, Photonics, Mobility, and Health. Don’t miss your chance to become one of the 50 CODE_n CONTEST Finalists and benefit from free exhibition space during our CODE_n new.New Festival this fall. Not only will this be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet digital disruptors and outstanding entrepreneurial personalities, but the winner of the CODE_n16 Award – to be announced during a spectacular show – will receive prize money totaling €30,000. Interested? We have all the information you’ll need on the four CONTEST clusters and how to apply.

important dates 2Let’s start at the beginning. Your company was founded in 2011 or later? Perfect. With that you’ve already cleared the first hurdle. What we’re looking for are startups with ground-breaking new hardware or software solutions, IT applications, or IT-based business models that fit in with the overall contest theme: “unveiling digital disruption.” It’s not important that your innovation is already available on the market.
What’s mainly relevant is that your business model relates to one of the four focus topics of this year’s CONTEST: Applied FinTechs, Connected Mobility, Photonics 4.0 or HealthTech.

Applied FinTechs powered by GFT: from machine learning and robotics consulting to smart living through to Blockchain

Banking can seem like such a dry topic, but don’t be fooled: Financial solutions are based on new thinking, new technology, all put together in a clever way, which, in many cases, are a lot closer to the customer than you might think. Applied FinTechs, as we call these solutions, have been of particular interest to the CODE_n initiator and cluster representative GFT. The company recognized early on that fresh ideas from the outside make it much easier to stay at the forefront of technological (r)evolution.

Machine learning, robo advisory – there are many terms to describe how we automate financial tasks that were formerly in human hands. Maybe your startup knows how to become even better at this? Perhaps your business model is related to smart living and works to create a better customer journey, perhaps it’s were FinTech meets the Internet of Things, or perhaps you work with predictive analytics or the personalization and dedication of services. Or maybe you even have a business model based on blockchain technology. Any of these ideas are welcome in the Applied FinTechs cluster.

Connected Mobility powered by HPE: smart ecosystems for digitalization – from manufacturing to utilities and transportation

When thinking of Connected Mobility, a number of application scenarios come to mind: with aspiring ideas, buzz words like smart city or smart homes have become part of our everyday lives. And yet, there is still so much potential to make our lives easier and more connected. Our new partner and cluster representative Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has come up with a global IoT program, featuring markets such as manufacturing, automotive, logistics and transportation, as well as utilities. However, as a big company with more than 250,000 employees, it’s not always easy to be as flexible as a startup. Knowing that innovation is key, they have found a solution for this – they’re more than open to building strong partnerships, underpinned by collaboration and support: developing new innovative technologies – together. More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

CODE_n SPACES: Tobias Rehberger designs “Super Duper Studio” for digital pioneers

What are spray cans, colorful adhesive tape and a giant mirror doing inside GFT’s headquarters? Artist and sculptor Tobias Rehberger, who designed the innovation hall at the first CODE_n CONTEST at CeBIT 2012, has now turned his attention to the SPACES, the latest element in the CODE_n ecosystem. In our interview, he reveals his concept for the design of the space in which startups and established companies from the Stuttgart industrial zone will network in the future. High-profile managers move into the second story of the building; the first floor is reserved for digital pioneers who may have groundbreaking ideas, but who still need space and vital contacts. The CODE_n SPACES are set to change this.

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Mr. Rehberger, this isn’t the first time you’ve worked with CODE_n. For the first CONTEST, you designed a trade fair concept that was intended to stay around for a few days and draw attention. With the SPACES, you are now creating a permanent area for young companies. At the same time, the startups are only staying for a finite length of time. What was the idea behind the design of the first floor?

Rehberger: The rooms may be permanently occupied by startup companies, but it’s primarily about flexibility and improvisation; the ability to change something quickly. When I think of startups, I don’t think of carefully planned and organized workflows, in which the next step is already pre-defined. Instead, I’m creating spaces here for people for whom exactly the opposite occurs: Spaces where they can improvise, where they can invent, where they can respond quickly to different situations. This is why we also have the garage element, the unfinished feel.

In the entrance area, the slogan on the mirror is quite eye-catching: Super Duper Studio. The checked pattern on the walls spans the entire floor. What’s behind this?

DSC_0508Rehberger: In the 1960s and 70s, there was a group of architects from Italy called Superstudio. They developed superstructures with Utopian constructions that covered entire landscapes. These architects used the check pattern as their trademark, because their ideas came from a checked sheet, the draft pad of an architect. This superordinate thing, this superstructure that takes over everything, it matches the philosophy of a startup very nicely. When you’re founding a company, you’re ready to give some things up: The work, the passion for what you do, overtakes all other areas of your life. More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Guest article | EY: Changing the face of driving

Driverless car Budii was a magnet for the crowds at CODE_n, providing a rare opportunity to see what the autonomous vehicles of tomorrow might look like.

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Peter Fuss, EY Senior Advisory Partner Automotive for Germany, Switzerland and Austria

While many manufacturers are still at the drawing board stage with such cars, Swiss ideas factory Rinspeed has already given concrete form to its concepts. Budii, developed with the support of EY, is a self-driving, electric-powered Sport Utility Vehicle with a robotic arm that hands the steering wheel to the human driver or front passenger as desired. Its software compiles data from its surroundings, its own “experiences” and those of other vehicles along its route in order to make intelligent and intuitive decisions.

Provoking debate

Seeing such a vehicle “in the flesh” at CODE_n brought to life many of the practical, social and ethical issues associated with autonomous driving. And this, said Peter Fuss, EY Senior Advisory Partner Automotive for Germany, Switzerland and Austria, is precisely its role. More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Guest Article | EY: Cyber security and the connected car

Tim Best, EY Director, Cyber Security

Tim Best, EY Director, Cyber Security

We still refer to our mobiles as “phones,” even though making phone calls is the very least of their functions. In the same way, we are likely to continue calling connected vehicles “cars,” even though driving, as we understand it today, will soon be eclipsed by a myriad other capabilities.

The connected car will be able to drive itself, performing tasks such as dropping you at the airport before taking your children to school and collecting your shopping. During the day, while you are at work, you may be able to rent it to a taxi service provider. At weekends, you might choose to take the wheel again – for purely recreational reasons. The rest of the time, you can hand over responsibility to the car’s automated systems while you surf the net, watch a movie, work or sleep.

Living in networks

To take on all these new functions, the connected car has to “live” in multiple networks, interacting with systems including power grids, car manufacturers, traffic control, vehicle-to-vehicle communications, road tolls, home networks, technical services and government. “The connected car is a network of networks,” explained Tim Best, EY Director, Cyber Security, speaking at CODE_n. “That means it is only as secure as the networks in which it operates. All of these present possible ‘attack vectors’ for hackers.” More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

CODE_n Award Show: A hall filled with anticipation

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.

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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…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

“Driving” innovation – half time in CODE_n hall 16 at CebIT

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!

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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…

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Guest article: Cologne School of Journalism at CeBIT – New Digital Dawn?

Smartphones are taking over. On trains, in cafés, even while watching TV, phones are our constant companions. So how come journalism has made so little progress towards using the advantages that they offer us? 14 students from the Cologne School of Journalism (Kölner Journalistenschule für Politik und Wirtschaft) are trying to show that good journalism is indeed possible using just your phone. That’s also why they have written this guest article for our CODE_n blog.

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What better place to do that than that at the Code_n competition at this year´s Cebit where start-ups are presenting their new ideas in the realm of the Internet of Things. Equipped with their phones, the students are heading to the trade fair, in search of interesting businesses, people and ideas. On Tuesday and Wednesday they have been and will be recording interviews with founders of start-ups, film videos and edit them, take pictures and write articles on their phones straight from the trade-fair floor. The articles will have interesting formats such as Twitter videos, Instagram and Vine, which are more popular than newspapers especially among younger people. More…

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CODE_n Hall 16 at CeBIT: Smart ideas and high spirits on day two

The second day in CODE_n hall 16 at CeBIT, the international tradefair in Hanover, Germany, started out with an upbeat mood: 50 finalists from all around the globe, partners, politicans and CODE_n alumnis had been celebrating at the pioneer’s dinner the night before, letting the opening day of the exhibition come to a bright and relaxing end. It’s not everday you dine in a specially designed hall – in front of robots – together with good company and there was reason to celebrate, too: antendances at the fair, especially in hall 16, were good; quite a few startups were surprised by the amount of contacts they were able to count even on day one.

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So the positive spirit was brought to day two, which revolves around all of the four CODE_n 15 Internet of Things topics Digital Life, Smart Cities, Future Mobility and Industry 4.0, with an emphasis on the last of the four themes. The conference program, for example, started out with a stage dialog with CODE_n partner Trumpf, Engel Austria and finalists Oden Technologies from the United Kingdom, looking at machine building going cloud. The conclusion, by the way, was that machine building companies seem to be waking up. In the afternoon, Accenture presented the Industry 4.0 topic from a different point of view, tapping the full potential of future manufacturing, iniviting the following speakers on stage: Frank Riemensperger, Senior Managing Director, Accenture DACH, Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann, President of acatech, Klaus Helmrich, Member of the Board of Siemens AG, Dirk Hoke of CEO Business Unit Large Drives of Siemens AG, Marten Schirge, Head of Sales of Device Insight, Harald Zapp, CEO of relayr.

Get Started by BITKOM brought in Felix Bauer, CEO of aircloak, to talk about the security and privacy in the Internet of Things, Nick Sohnemann, Founder and Managing Director of FUTURECANDY talked about the next technology wave. Marten Schirge, Head of Sales of Device Insight invited his listenors to think big, even if starting small and explained how business can benefit from smart remote services within industry 4.0. More…