Filiz Sarah Gärtner

A great last Day for a great Festival – These are the Highlights of Day 3!

Can you believe it’s already day three of our new.New Festival? We hardly can! Two exciting days filled with a great conference program and a lucky CODE_n16 winner lie behind us – but of course our last day has a lot to offer as well! We’ll tell you what today’s highlights are and what you definitely shouldn’t miss!

Yesterday was the big day! At the CODE_n Award Show we finally got to know which promising startup won our CODE_n CONTEST this year. Drum rolls for… Xarion! The Vienna-based company left 385 competitors from 40 countries behind and secured the grand prize of €30,000! With their business model, they left a great impression on our jury! Xarion sets new yardsticks within the sectors of ultrasound imaging, process monitoring and testing technology. Their ground-breaking laser microphone combines a lot of benefits: insensitive to wind and vibration and highly precise in extremely high frequency ranges.

CODE_n initiator Ulrich Dietz announced Xarion as the winner of CODE_n16!

CODE_n initiator Ulrich Dietz announced Xarion as the winner of CODE_n16!

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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

Finalist | relayr (Germany) – WunderBar: Making tech approachable

Our CODE_n Industry 4.0 finalist relayr combines hardware and cloud Software-as-a-Service: Their flagship product WunderBar is a sensor kit with 8 sensor channels, 6 Beacon BlueTooth 4.0 modules and a Wifi Master module. The WunderBar is for rapid-prototyping new smart solutions combining hardware and software while the relayr OpenSensorCloud provides 6 SDKs, APIs, rich documentation and tutorial apps.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

relayr: The Internet of Things – devices and objects being able to communicate with each other independently – is changing the way we interact with the world around us by making everything from dishwashers to production lines smart. But we realised that one key thing was missing – the accessibility for developers and businesses to rapidly bring their ideas and prototypes to life.

To create new IoT products you need a stable and secure cloud, hardware to prototype and SDKs to start developing your software. Our idea was to create the entire package, the relayr stack, that includes everything a developer or business needs to start creating their own smart devices and solutions that will help them innovate new products, or make their existing products more efficient and more productive. More…

Janina Benz

Viewsy wins CODE_n14 award

Since Monday, 50 startups from 17 countries have been presenting their innovative business models related to the topic of Big Data in the CODE_n hall 16 at CeBIT. The CODE_n jury has reached a decision: The coveted CODE_n award and prize money in the amount of EUR 30,000 were awarded to London-based Viewsy.

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What does Viewsy do?

The UK startup offers retailers the possibility of understanding the behavior of their customers in detail. How much time do they spend on average in the store? Which areas do they frequent the most? How frequently do they visit the store? Viewsy’s technology acquires a variety of different data sources, such as distances walked, interprets them using statistical methods, and thus offers understanding of the behavioral patterns of customers. Brand owners can benefit from this as well by obtaining exact insights into where to best position which products in the store. Conclusions regarding the identity of individuals are purposefully excluded by Viewsy. All data is acquired anonymously. If a customer does not want to be analyzed while shopping, he can simply switch off the WLAN connection of his smartphone. More…

Isabel Alexandre

Meet CODE_n finalist Viewsy

Viewsy provides analytics for offline retailers by supplying insights about customer behavior patterns, such as customer loyalty and time spent in the shop. The British location analytics startup comes to solve a common problem faced by retailers: understanding customer behavior in physical space in order to manage businesses better.

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Odera Ume-Ezeoke, founder and CEO of Viewsy

The startup, founded in 2011, is rapidly growing and already counts clients like Vodafone and ABN AMRO bank. In today’s interview, we talk to Odera Ume-Ezeoke, founder and CEO of Viewsy, about how they use Big Data to help companies effectively manage physical environments.

The first thing we read on Viewsy website is: “Measure and Manage foot traffic like never before”. Could you briefly explain how it works?

We install discrete passive sensors in store to analyze visitor movements within and between the client’s stores. This data is anonymized and then securely transmitted to Viewsy’s analytics platform, which calculates store statistics on footfall, store visitor flow, and other key metrics. The resulting analysis and data is made accessible via the Viewsy dashboard and reporting suite.

Does this technology also benefit consumers?

Absolutely – our technology has a wide range of applications, including many that have a direct benefit to customers, such as improving store layouts to avoid overcrowding, reducing checkout queue wait times, understanding surge footfall to increase safety (such as in a large arena or football stadium), and enabling better positioning of customer service or security staff. We also offer retailers the ability to provide an option for customers to opt-in and receive special offers and discounts.

How do you think physical shops of the future will be?

When I visualize the retail store of the future, I see a cross between Amazon, Argos, and Apple – A wide open retail showroom space with a very human approach to product education and support, served by an enormous, wholly-automated stockroom that can fulfil purchases within a couple of minutes. In this vision, the relationship between customers and the brands has the same directness that we are starting to see develop with virtual shops, with customers able to use their smartphones to interact with areas of the physical store to leave feedback, receive product recommendations and offers, and conduct product research.

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Janina Benz

CODE_n13: Startup Contest @ CeBIT 2013 (Case Film)

Europe’s leading startup event CODE_n presented the 50 hottest startups from all over the globe. More than 250 startups from 35 countries applied to be part of the CODE_n Community live at CeBIT 2013. This video shows the highlights of five days full of entrepreneurial spirit and our 50 finalists which exhibited at CeBIT in hall 16!

Janina Benz

Key success factor crowdfunding – CODE_n initiates live funding at CeBIT

The bestowal of the special crowdfunding award at CeBIT was a big success. Why did we do it? Because even the best idea or the most innovative product does a startup absolutely no good if it doesn’t get out there, to the people. It takes money to get the word out. And financial means aren’t always easy to come by, especially considering the ever-increasing demands associated with implementing new technologies. In fact, preparing market-ready products eats up much more of startup budgets today than it did just a few years ago. It has been getting more and more difficult for small, young companies to get their hands on the capital needed to see their ideas take off. We wanted to introduce our finalists to a new topic, and show them yet another way to find potential investors: crowdfunding .

Crowdfunding describes the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations. It can also refer to the funding of a company by selling small amounts of equity to several investors.

A lot of people asked us how this cooperation came about. We wanted to offer our finalists the opportunity to familiarize themselves with crowdfunding opportunities. That’s why we turned to Jens-Uwe Sauer. He was a member of the CODE_n jury in 2012, and, as Founder and CEO of the German crowdfunding platform, Seedmatch, he brought a world of expertise to the table. Just what we needed for our little endeavor.

Working together, we came up with the idea of hosting a live crowdfunding event, right at CeBIT. According to Jakob Carstens, Head of Marketing at Seedmatch, the winners were selected according to very specific criteria:

“In our selection of the startups for the special crowdfunding award, we sized up the finalists as we would any other company at Seedmatch: Is their idea exciting? Is their approach dynamic, innovative, and will it win customers over? We looked at all of the startups that applied for the award through the lens of these criteria. Then we assessed whether the numbers added up and the team was a good fit. In the end, we went with Changers and Carzapp, two candidates ideal for receiving a business jump start.

Crowdfunding Special Prize for Changers and Carzapp

Crowdfunding Special Prize for Changers and Carzapp

The strong turnout at both of these startup stands at the trade fair was a good indication that we picked the right winners. After all, there was a reason why Changers stood out in the eyes of the highly expert CODE_n jury: a completely new product with a groundbreaking design combined with a social approach to the megatrend known as the transition to alternative energy sources. Changers is revolutionary, and most revolutionary ideas need just a little longer to convince the masses of their usefulness.

Carzapp, the innovative approach to private carsharing, didn’t just attract Dr. Philipp Rösler’s attention. It also put a lot of effort into its trade fair appearance: Many Carzapp investors got all the information they needed at CeBIT and then invested from home. The team has an ambitious business model and serves a topic that’s right at home in Germany: cars. Even representatives from pretty weighty industrial corporations were pleasantly surprised by the ingenuity of the idea. They were sure the patent-pending solution Carzapp presented was ‘technically impossible’.”

Anyone who would like to learn more about current crowdfunding initiatives and the funding status of these two startups, or anyone looking to become an investor themselves, should visit the Seedmatch site. (The information on the site is only available in German, since Seedmatch only hosts crowdfunding projects in Germany. We recommend that all interested English speakers check out the American crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo).

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.