In our first interview with parkpocket, Karoline Bader, CFO of the future mobility startup, told us all about their initial idea and vision. A lot has happened since then: the team backing siblings Karoline and Stefan Bader worked hard; parkpocket celebrated a product relaunch today. Originally based in Munich, they grew immensely and recently opened a second office in Stuttgart, located in the CODE_n SPACES. This goes hand-in-hand with even bigger news: GFT, the initiator behind CODE_n, has invested in the startup once selected as finalist for the CODE_n15 CONTEST.
Around half a million – that’s the amount GFT invested in the startup with the parking solution; however, the bond between the young company and its investor goes beyond money. Ulrich Dietz, CEO of GFT and CODE_n initiator, believes that the parkpocket solution “will solve a very essential issue. An issue that millions of people face on a daily basis.” To Stefan Bader, CEO of parkpocket, Ulrich Dietz has taken on the role of a mentor: “For us, GFT is a partner and advisor, rather than just an investor,” he says. The relationship is also special in the sense that, while GFT has acquired quite a few firms in the past, this is its very first startup investment.
Embedded into the CODE_n Ecosystem
With the opening of an office in the CODE_n SPACES, parkpocket is automatically embedded into the CODE_n Ecosystem – even more so now than they were before. Although CODE_n has been set up as an international startup initiative, bringing in partners and know-how from all over the globe, being based in the CODE_n SPACES Stuttgart means: being close to Baden-Wuerttemberg’s strong industrial environment. As a future mobility startup, parkpocket will definitely be benefiting from the fact that the automotive industry is literally right around the corner.
CeBIT and CODE_n 2015 are in the past – it’s already been over a week since the 50 finalists took down their booths and the CODE_n team and partners folded up tents in Hanover. But preparing for the future always means looking back: figuring out what went great and what could have been better will be part of the work of the CODE_n team for the next couple of months. Really helpful is the feedback of some of our finalists. Among it some truly moving statements that we surely don’t want to withhold:
CODE_n15 has been a truly great event, definitely the best at CeBIT. If we put aside the great exposure we had by participating in CODE_n15, what we liked most is that this event is organized by entrepreneurs with a single motivation behind: innovation. Thank you CODE_N that we were able to be part of it. – Vebbu
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 “Industry 4.0,” to be presented at the CONFERENCE.
Machine Building Goes Cloud: Top or Flop?
Tuesday | 17.03.2015 | 10:00 – 10:20 | Stage Dialogue
Dr. Stephan Fischer, Head of Software Development, TRUMPF
Dr. Gerhard Dimmler, Head of Product Research and Development, Engel Austria
For almost a decade, implementing CRM and ERP in the cloud has increasingly become the norm. Today, many companies put their sensitive business-related data in cloud-based systems, irrespective of the company’s size. For some years now, this trend has been extending its reach into other industries as well, driving the digitization of whole industries. This panel will discuss trends in cloud computing which will transform the industry of mechanical engineering. We will look into the requirements which must be fulfilled to establish cloud-based operations in this industry, both from the perspectives of traditional machine makers such as TRUMPF and Engel, as well as from the perspective of software companies like Oden Technologies. We will discuss obstacles and opportunities which come along with the digitization of this classical industry and focus on the success factors needed to achieve a breakthrough for cloud processing in machine engineering.
Smart Service Welt Manufacturing – Use Cases & Business Models
Tuesday | 17.03.2015 | 15:40 – 16:00 | Expert Keynote
Dirk Hoke, CEO Large Drives, Siemens AG, holds a degree in mechanical engineering and started his career as an R&D Engineer at Renault, Paris. In 1996, he joined Siemens Transportations Systems where he held various positions. In 2002, Hoke became general manager for the Transrapid Propulsion and Power Supply subdivision; in 2008, CEO of the Siemens Cluster for Western & Central Africa; and in mid-2009, CEO of the Siemens Cluster for Africa. From CEO of the Siemens Customer Services Division (2011), he peaked to his present position in 2014.
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.
Changing 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.
On 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.
Dr.Rainer Scholz, Executive Director Mobility Innovation Group GSA, EY Advisory
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 “Digital Life,” to be presented at the CONFERENCE.
Digital Banking at your Fingertips
Monday | 16.03.2015 | 16:30 – 16:50 | Stage Dialog
Dr. Ignasi Barri, Innovation Manager, GFT IT Consulting S.L.U.
Francisco Amador, Technology Innovation Manager, GFT IT Consulting, S.L.U.
Using the process for “solving account overdrafts” as an example, we will look at GFT’s approach to driving the digital transformation in retail banking. The dialogue will uncover how customers can experience seamless service across various channels and devices when banks take advantage of different trends in retail banking such as customer insight, mobile banking, mobile payments, social banking, contextual notifications, real-time analytics, customer experience, omnichannel processes, biometrics or service quality.
Utilities Go Digital – Impact on Customer Experience
Tuesday | 17.03.2015 | 10:20 – 10:40 | Stage Dialog
Smart technology has revolutionized communications and put the customer center stage. As the energy transition moves forward, utilities need to manage the digital transformation in order to match new customer needs and reach target groups on an increasingly complex customer journey. Dr. Susan Hennersdorf, Executive Vice President Sales, Marketing & Operations of EnBW, will discuss opportunities in creating an overall customer experience across all channels.
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.
Announcement 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…
Top 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…
CODE_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…
Extra: 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
Donnerstag | 19.03.2015 | ab 18 Uhr | Special Event
Chill out with the House-Duo Lakechild.
Until now, pharmaceutical companies have no accurate information on what is happening inside their production processes in real time. The German-Israeli startup VAYU Sense has developed a non-invasive solution with sensors, which can reduce costs by up to 40%. Furthermore, their technology can revolutionize the analysis of blood platelets and help thousands of patients. Here’s our interview with the CODE_n finalist.
Further information: CODE_n CONNECT | Website
Where did your idea for the company come from?
VAYU Sense is a German-Israeli company, backed by a serial entrepreneur who is a long-term stakeholder in several technology companies. He has a keen interest in how technology can solve health care problems, so he empowered his team to scout for technologies that can make an impact. They came across a large unmet need for the early detection of contamination in blood platelets, and once they had identified the core technology to solve it, formed a development team.
During this process, the team held discussions with a pharmaceutical company that sparked the idea for the flagship product we are marketing today. This provides pharmaceutical companies with insights into the drug-production process. The core technology for the two products is the same.
Right now creating software for the Internet of Things is rather costly and time consuming. The Berlin startup M2MGO tackles this problem by offering a platform on which anybody can develop IoT apps fast and cheap. In our interview we asked Jens Uhlig, COO of the CODE_n finalist, among other things how they do this.
Further information: CODE_n CONNECT | Website | Twitter
Where did your idea for the company come from?
Jens Uhlig: I am connected to the M2M world since the beginning of my professional IT career as working student at Siemens Wireless Modules. After some years and several different engagements I met a fellow student from back then who is still working in this market. He asked me if I knew of an IoT platform he can use to easily create IoT apps to demonstrate the possibilities of M2M modules. After a short market research the idea of M2MGO as an IoT-app-creation-service was born.
For which kind of audience is your product or service intended and what problem is it solving?
M2MGO focusses mainly on hardware and classical product manufacturers who want to open up new business opportunities in the internet of things.
The problem is that IoT solutions are very complex and require a wide range of knowledge in Software Development, System Engineering, cloud computing and online security. Typically classical hardware companies lack of these skills. So in the end the only choice is to set up a conventional project with an external partner with all its disadvantages like high upfront costs, inconvenient flexibility and therefore a high investment risk.