Dirk Baranek

CODE_n CONFERENCE III: Moving Future Mobility

Downloadbild_Code_n15_Program The CODE_n CONFERENCE to be held in Hall 16 at the upcoming CeBIT is huge – featuring more than 50 slots and 100+ speakers. This year’s CODE_n is running under the motto: “Into the Internet of Things,” and spans the four categories Industry 4.0., Digital Life, Future Mobility, and Smart City. To give visitors a more focused view on this, here are a few highlights from the category “Future Mobility,” to be presented at the CONFERENCE.

Expert KeynoteChanging Mobility: Approach and Cooperations with Continental
Monday | 16.03.2015 | 14:30 – 14:50 | Expert Keynote
Werner Köstler, Head of Strategy and Transactions Division Interior, Continental. Werner holds the position as Senior Vice President within the Continental Interior Division. As Head of Strategy & Transactions for Interior Electronics Solutions, his field of responsibility covers topics such as strategic planning, partnership management, and joint ventures.
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Expert KeynoteOn the Move – Smart Mobility and Logistics
Wednesday | 18.03.2015 | 12:30 – 12:50 | Expert Keynote
Starting with visionary F. Rinderknecht and team Rinspeed we develop a view on the future of the car, and then follow this up with a broader outlook on integrated transportation and logistics systems. For a smarter world of mobility and transportation.


  • Peter Fuss, Senior Advisory Partner Automotive GSA, EY

  • Frank Rinderknecht, Car Visionary and Founder, Rinspeed Inc.
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Dr.Rainer Scholz, Executive Director Mobility Innovation Group GSA, EY Advisory

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Dirk Baranek

CODE_n CONFERENCE I: How to Shape and Develop Smart Cities

Downloadbild_Code_n15_Program The CODE_n CONFERENCE to be held in Hall 16 at the upcoming CeBIT is huge – featuring more than 50 slots and 100+ speakers. This year’s CODE_n is running under the motto: “Into the Internet of Things,” and spans the four categories Industry 4.0., Digital Life, Future Mobility, and Smart City. To give visitors a more focused view on this, here are a few highlights from the category “Smart City,” to be presented at the CONFERENCE.

Expert KeynoteGet Connected: Shaping the Energy Revolution
Thursday | 19.03.2015 | 13:10 – 13:30 | Expert Keynote
“Get Connected” is the motto with which Dr. Henning Krüger invites us to discuss the role of IT within the energy revolution. Dr. Henning Krüger is responsible for IT at the German utility provider EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG. The IT used by energy suppliers to date has been rather reserved, bureaucratic and slow – making it less mobile, less customer-focused, and less open to new business ideas. We invite you to talk about shaping the energy revolution together. We want to listen, discuss, and learn – get connected!
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Expert KeynoteThe Smart City of Amsterdam
Friday | 20.03.2015 | 11:15 – 11:35 | Expert Keynote
Ger Baron, CTO for the city of Amsterdam, is probably one of the best people to talk to when it comes to smart cities. He will share insights into his own smart city, the smart city of Amsterdam. More…

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Domenique Becker

CODE_n CONTEST: AWARD Timeline

CODE_14 Award Winner Viewsy The CODE_n CONTEST is entering the home straight. 50 startups from 17 countries are competing for the CODE_n AWARD 2015. Here is the official timeline for how the winner will be determined at CeBIT.

Special EventAnnouncement of Top 10 Finalists
Tuesday | 17.03.2015 | 16:30 – 16:35 | Special Event
For the CODE_n CONTEST, 50 finalists were chosen out of 400 applicants from over 40 countries. Of the 50 finalists, the high caliber CODE_n JURY has selected the Top 10 companies, that are shortlisted for the prestigious CODE_n AWARD. These startups will have the opportunity to pitch live on Wednesday, 18 March 11:00 in front of the jury on the main stage. But who will be the top 10 nominees? Find out when we announce them in the run up to the Award Day. More…

Special EventTop Ten Pitch
Thursday | 18.03.2015 | 11:00 – 12:00 | Special Event
400 IoT startups from around the world submitted their business models and concepts for this year’s “Into the Internet of Things” CODE_n CONTEST. 50 have made it to Hall 16. 10 will make it to the final. Their last hurdle before one of them will be announced the winner on Wednesday night: a short live pitch in front of eleven prominent industry and business media representatives, the CODE_n jury! More…

Special EventCODE_n Award Show
Thursday | 18.03.2015 | 18:30 – 20:45 | Special Event
More than 400 applicants, 50 CODE_n finalists, 1 champion – on Wednesday evening, we will crown this year’s winner of the CODE_n Award. Join this exciting pinnacle of CODE_n and be part of an extraordinary show in Hall 16! Celebrate with the digital avant-garde to the music of HATTLER and see Flo König’s amazing perpetuum mobile installation. More…

Founders-Stories_04Extra: CODE_n Alumni Talk – Experiences, Stories, Outlook
Wednesday | 19.03.2015 | 16:30 – 17:00 | Founders’ Stories
The CODE_n Community counts 150 alumni startups – all of them former top 50 finalists. Some of them are back on stage to report what has happened since they joined CODE_n. They will share their experiences and stories, give an outlook on what they expect for their future development and share some valuable advice on financing, growth, and how to get the most from on the CODE_n ecosystem.

  • Sascha Nagel, Business Development Manager, Data Virtuality
  • Roman Engel, Executive Director, Daubit
  • Björn Goerke, Co-Founder & CEO, GPredictive
  • Nikolaus Röttger, Editor-in-Chief, WIRED GERMANY

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Special EventCODE_n Party
Donnerstag | 19.03.2015 | ab 18 Uhr | Special Event
Chill out with the House-Duo Lakechild.

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Finalist | Has.to.be (Austria) – modern charging infrastructures

has.to.be is a cloud-based service provider from Austria with two applications: (1) be.ENERGISED, which enables anybody to operate a modern charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. The application controls stations, plans service operations and enables the billing of charging processes. (2) be.ORGANISED, which is a complete CRM and project management suite for small companies, including contact, project and document management, invoicing and billing. We talked to Martin Klässner, managing partner of our CODE_n finalist.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Martin Klässner (has.to.be): Both founders have been working in several similar sectors in recent years. I was responsible for the service management of the charging infrastructure of a charging station manufacturer and figured out the need for a centralized, easy-to-use service management system for connected charging stations. Further developments also resulted in billing capabilities and a lot of additional functions, so that we now own a cloud-based software application that nearly fits all the needs of charge point operators.

For which kind of audience is your product or service intended and what problem is it solving?

Martin Klässner (has.to.be): Our software is focused on the B2B sector. Our software services allows us to provide a turnkey solution, not only for charge point operators but also for companies that provide their own charging infrastructure, e.g., for their employees. Our software enables anybody to operate their own charging infrastructure – we answer all their technical requirements, except the charging station itself. With our services, we solve the “operation problem“ for our customers. Our software focuses on the technical operating process. Furthermore, it has extensions with customer relationship features. In the future, we plan to integrate smart grid functionality and we’re currently in production/development with a turnkey solution, also for targeted at utility companies, for later this year. More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Partner interview: Uli Huener of EnBW on digitization, transformation & the energy transition

‘We are living the change – the course for change has been set. We’re fully aware of how important innovations are for our future’, as Uli Huener emphasises in our interview. Uli Huener is Head of Innovation Management at EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG. This year, EnBW is the new partner of CODE_n, the ecosystem designed to network digital pioneers.

Bild am anfangMr Huener, the energy industry in Germany faces major challenges in implementing the energy transition, not only technologically but also economically. What is your assessment of the pressure for change?

Uli Huener, EnBW: For the energy sector, the extent of anticipated change and need for transformation is unprecedented: there are social and fundamental market changes occurring simultaneously. This places strong pressure on the business models that have historically characterised the energy industry. In addition technology trends such as digitalization, increasing device connectivity / machine to machine communication put pressure on the existing utility business. Classic customer-supplier relationships are changing drastically, revolutionising the industry across the existing value chain. More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Finalist | OptoForce (Hungary) – Sensors for the Internet of Things

OptoForce, our Industry 4.0 finalist from Hungary creates 3- and 6-axis sensors based on a novel optical principle using silicone as a base material. The technology enables OptoForce to build sensors at a fraction of the usual cost. Ákos Dömötör, Chief Executive Officer, told us more about the complex method that OptoForce came up with.

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Where did your idea for the company come from? Tell us a bit about the company’s founders like their professional or industry background and the origins of the founding idea.

Ákos Dömötör (OptoForce): Our two founders, Ákos Tar and József Veres used to be dormitory roommates when they were studying bionics and robotics in the same class at university. They started a pet project just for fun: building a two-legged robot. They faced many interesting issues and so when they started their PhD studies, they decided to keep developing the robot. One of the focus areas was to do with the senses: when you are balancing a robot on only two legs, you need to know exactly where the center of gravity is – in other words, how the weight of the robot is distributed on the feet and if the feet are being pushed to the sides. So they needed to measure forces acting on the leg along the X-Y-Z axes.

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Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Finalist | waylay (Belgium) – the amazing potential of PaaS

waylay is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that is purpose-built to design, simulate and deploy automation and predictive maintenance use cases for IoT and connected devices. We talked to Piet Vandaele, managing director of our CODE_n finalist about his vision for the young company and the broad functions of their solution.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Piet Vandaele (waylay):

Back in late 2013, we looked at state-of-the-art IoT solutions and noticed that a lot of emphasis was being placed on connecting devices, getting device data to the cloud, storing and visualizing that data, and perhaps allowing manual remote control of devices via smartphones. A typical example would be an application that tracks energy consumption and provides you with a nice overview of your historical consumption and a way to remotely control your thermostat via your smartphone.

While all of that is valuable, it does not immediately make you more efficient and save you time or money. Hence, we decided to build waylay, based on the vision that there should be an invisible cloud-based layer of intelligence that automates a number of tasks and decreases the level of human interaction. More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Finalist | Secucloud (Germany) – Bracing society against growing threats

Secucloud has invented ECS2, a cloud-based IT security system, that filters your entire data stream on IoT devices both at home and on the move. Secucloud is offered for mobile users, smart homes, businesses and Industry 4.0. We talked to Aleksander Groshev, senior operations manager, to find out more about the young company and its mission to prepare society for growing threats.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Aleksander Groshev (Secucloud): Dennis was founder and for many years CEO of an international firewall vendor and provided high-end security systems to major enterprises. Noticing changes in the market, especially in the cloud sector, Dennis wanted to bring those high-end systems to mobile and home users. A security system should be created that mastered the challenges of IoT and Industry 4.0.
secucloud was born and we made it our mission to prepare society for growing threats on the internet in a reliable and affordable manner. secucloud protects Internet of Things devices, both at home and on the move, in a manner in which only major corporations are usually protected – however it does this flexibly, affordably and without compromise at the highest level. More…