Lena Gaede

Trends and disruptive business models of FoodTech: changing the game in the food industry and our lives

While smart factories and smart homes are slowly becoming everyday life, technology has also entered the food industry. But what’s awaiting us? How will the restaurant industry look like in the near future and how will technology affect our nutrition? Take a look at the food trends 2017 – and discover how this industry and restaurants will be transformed by digitization!

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Dirk Baranek

Finalist | OORT (Poland) – Smart Home with Bluetooth Smart

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The Polish startup OORT has developed a smart home system for houses and apartments based on Bluetooth Smart technology. In terms of user-friendly technology, this takes OORT one step further than most other providers of smart home solutions. We talked to the OORT CEO Radek Tadajewski to know more about his motivations and the motivations of his team.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Radek Tadajewski: I was always into new technologies. That’s why for a long time I was a CEO of a venture capital fund that invested in technology-related projects. I was looking for an innovative global idea to invest in, but nothing quite met my expectations. Somehow there was always something missing. So I decided to start my own venture and that’s how the OORT story begins.

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

The smart home is currently the most promising market for Bluetooth devices. Because OORT based its technology on Bluetooth Smart, users don’t need to purchase expensive mobile devices to control their homes. The system will work with any Bluetooth Smart-enabled device, even ones users have already purchased – including wearables. It’s the user who decides which devices are attractive to him, so he can create his own personal smart home system. The system works regardless of smartphone manufacturer or OS. More…

Dirk Baranek

Finalist | ParkTAG (Germany) – find your parking space through a community

Parking spaces are a rare commodity in city centers. For drivers, the search for a vacant parking space is time-consuming and costly. The annual exhaust emissions generated while people look for a place to park is estimated to amount to 1% of global fossil fuel emissions. The Berlin startup and CODE_n finalist ParkTAG is trying to solve this problem with an app-based community.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

On average, urban drivers spend 7 minutes looking for a parking space, up to four times a day. A car spends 95% of its lifetime in a parking position. Drivers looking for a place to park cause a staggering 30% of urban traffic. The battle for parking spaces is a worldwide problem. It seemed really odd that this parking issue still hasn’t been solved since the technology is there. The communities are also there. It was just waiting for someone to do the hard work of putting the technology and the communities together.

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Dirk Baranek

Finalist | reelyActive (Canada) – Smart Spaces

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The Canadian startup reelyActive creates smart spaces by collecting and analyzing data from people and things in these spaces. In the following interview, the founders of the CODE_n finalist explain a little bit more in detail, including the kinds of scenarios they try to enable.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Jeffrey Dungen (reelyActive): The idea for reelyActive came from the perceived need for a simple, accessible platform for identifying and locating people and objects via wireless devices. How simple could we make the technology? Simple enough for the average person to set up? Probably. How disruptive could we make the business model? Disruptive enough to open a variety of new markets? Sure!

Drawing on over twenty years of domain experience, we embarked full time on the project as soon as we signed up our first client: a smart parking startup. Then, within a year, the Internet of Things hype had exploded and our timing could not have been better! This was our chance to show the world how our idea could drive IoT adoption, creating efficiencies and at the same time promoting transparency in a fully-connected society.

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Finalist | Cozify (Finland) – Revolutionizing Home Automation

cozify quadratOur CODE_n15 Finalist Cozify wants to bring home automation to everyone. We talked to Antti Vihavainen, business developer at Cozify, about the origins of the idea, their vision, as well as the rather surprising results of their own market research.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Antti Vihavainen (Cozify): It originated directly from the need of Kimmo Ruotoistenmäki, the co-founder and CEO of Cozify. He was renovating an old house to be used as the home for his family and planned to invest in home automation. However, it turned out that traditional home automation is cumbersome to design, buy, implement and use. Moreover, the result would be static and not evolve as technology develops during the life cycle of the house. So Kimmo and Tony Risikko, the other co-founder, decided to revolutionize home automation by enabling retrofitting with state-of-the-art smart devices and easy automation of actions.

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

Antti Vihavainen (Cozify): Based on our own primary market research which was conducted in Finland, Germany and the USA, we have determined that there are three distinct consumer target groups with slightly varying preferences regarding application area (comfort/security/energy), functionality and pricing. Right from the beginning the product was planned for use by the early majority and not the early adopters – even if their developer access needs will also be accommodated.

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Dirk Baranek

GFT Brazil debates Big Data in financial sector with CODE_n alumni

On 27 August, GFT Brazil organised and hosted an event where “Data Revolution: Leveraging value from Big Data in Financial Services” was addressed and discussed with clients and prospects in São Paulo. Clients who were attending the event were, amongst others, Deutsche Bank Brazil, Sulamerica, Bradesco, RSA Insurance, Guidewire, and many more.

The event’s agenda was dynamic, beginning with a pleasant breakfast, followed by a brief introduction by Marco Santos, GFT Brazil Country Managing Director. Soon after, Ignacio Sales, GFT Spain senior architect and expert in Big Data, presented experiences and real cases of projects in Banks and Financial Institutions with a focus on risk management, customer experience and operational efficiency.

GFT Brazil CODE_n Event 2014

Foto (left to right): Vlnr: Ricardo Clemente (CODE_n14 Alumni Intelie), Ignacio Sales (Senior Software Architect at GFT), Miguel Reiser (Director Business Marketing at GFT), Marco Santos (Managing Director GFT Brazil), Ricardo Ramos (CODE_n14 Alumni Precifica)

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Dirk Baranek

Video: Interview with Stefanie Sedlak (tado)

Tado is a Munich based startup. They are developing – together with their community – a solution for smart energy management via intelligent climate control. In practical terms this means a device with which you can control very smart, app based and user friendly your central heating unit but also the air conditioning system.

Here’s what they’re saying about themselves…

We at tado° have been working to optimize energy consumption of buildings and adjusting it to the actual demand of the residents since autumn 2010. We question the old, developing a new hard- and software generation for heating control to replace it. Our outstanding team goes down entirely new paths with our technology.

Tado was a finalist at CODE_n14 startup contest. At the CeBIT press conference end of July in Munich we talked with Stefanie Sedlak, marketing manager of tado, about their kickstarter campaign, their experience participating in CODE_n in 2014 and about women in the startup scene in general.

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Meet CODE_n finalist Precifica

Ricardo Ramos is co-founder and CEO of Precifica (Brazil)

Ricardo Ramos is co-founder and CEO of Precifica (Brazil)

Precifica is one of three Brazilian startups that will be attending CeBIT in March as top 50 CODE_n finalists. The company, founded by Ricardo Ramos and Walter Sabini Junior, offers an intelligent price monitoring system that uses big data to help e-commerce companies increase their site conversion and preserve their net margin at the same time. On the market since 2012, Precifica already has 50 clients and achieved revenues of approximately $500,000 last year.

In today’s interview, Ricardo Ramos tells us a bit more about the concept of Precifica and the company’s expectations for CODE_n.

What sets Precifica apart from the competition?

While our competitors focus on pricing monitoring we focus on dynamic pricing which starts from the pricing monitoring context. More…