Filiz Sarah Gärtner

CODE_n 15: “Best and most fun event we have ever attended”

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:

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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

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Filiz Sarah Gärtner

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…

Dirk Baranek

CODE_n CONFERENCE IV: Designing Industry 4.0

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 “Industry 4.0,” to be presented at the CONFERENCE.

Stage_Dialog_02Machine 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
Oden Technologies
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.
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Expert KeynoteSmart 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.

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Dirk Baranek

CODE_n CONFERENCE II: Living your Digital Life

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 “Digital Life,” to be presented at the CONFERENCE.

Stage_Dialog_02Digital 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.
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Stage_Dialog_02Utilities 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.
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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.

Dirk Baranek

Finalist | VAYU Sense (GER/Israel) – Real-time analysis of bloodplatelets and the pharmaceutical industry

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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 CONNECTWebsite

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.

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Dirk Baranek

Finalist | M2MGO (Germany) – The revolution of creating IoT apps

m2mgo quadratRight 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 CONNECTWebsiteTwitter

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.

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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.

Further Information: CODE_n CONNECTWebsite | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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…