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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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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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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…

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Finalist | com2m (Germany) – platform for M2M communication

com2m quadratSometime machines simply do not work and when this does happen, it can result in downtimes and expensive support from service technicians. The potential to make savings is huge and one way to do this is to connect up machines. To make this “M2M-communication” possible, the German startup com2com has developed a unique platform. Here’s our interview with the CODE_n finalist from Dortmund.

Further information: CODE_n CONNECTWebsite

Where did your idea for the company come from?

We worked together in a research project where we had to build an infrastructure for a remote maintenance application. The application was based on enterprise technologies that make it possible to build a clean architecture that is scalable to application load. But we also realized that requested changes and new requirements resulted in significant work to make consistent implementation on all layers possible, including persistent layers and security constraints. This made us think about how to improve the development of such server applications and if it is necessary to build a new application from scratch for every use case. We finally started to build our own tools for a generative development process and used them to develop a more generic platform that can be used for remote maintenance and M2M applications in a wide area of application. Based on this first product, we founded com2m and now offer an M2M platform as a software-as-a-service solution, as well as individual applications that we can build very efficiently with our own tools.s.

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Finalist | ivips Fleet Management (Belgium) – manage car fleets better

ivips fleet management quadratManaging corporate car fleets is time consuming and costly. The belgian startup ivips is offering corporations a solution which aims to optimize the organisation of fleets, but also to motivate drivers for better driving behaviours through a special bonus systems. We asked the CODE_n finalist some questions about his business model.

Further information: CODE_n CONNECTWebsite | Facebook | Twitter

Where did your idea for the company come from?

Fleet managers lack information about their vehicles to efficiently manage them, the related costs and the driving behaviour of those using them. Other software only offers partial solutions for an isolated aspect of a business without fulfilling crucial requirements specific to a sector. The idea was to offer fully integrated solutions tailored to a business’s needs aimed at cost savings, automation and efficiency by incorporating real-time vehicle communication with the rest of the business’s information.

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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.

Further information: CODE_n CONNECT | Website | Facebook | Twitter

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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Finalist | Vebbu (Croatia) – Smart Home by the HVAC specialists

The HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) sector bears the highest potential for smart home solutions with enhanced energy efficiency . The startup Vebbu from Zagreb is offering a solution which focuses on precisely these fields. The highlight: The developers are experienced HVAC specialists, offering simple usability at an extremely competitive price. Check out our short interview with the CODE_n finalist.

Further information: CODE_n CONNECT | Website

Where did your idea for the company come from?

5 years ago, we started working with personal wireless networks when the term IoT was not even a common term. We immediately saw that the world is about to change and entered the field where we have most expertise (HVAC, or heating, ventilation and air conditioning).

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

The global smart thermostat market could be worth nearly $1.4 billion by 2020, up from about $100 million today, according to a new market study from Navigant Research. And the EU will be the biggest market worldwide by 2017. Currently, there is no automated, wirelessly networkable and smart heating/cooling system for end consumers. There is no heating/cooling and energy preservation system that can be installed without engineers and wiring, either. The price of control devices for heating/cooling and their installation (especially in a network) is so expensive that it is a significant barrier to entry and the return on the investment for such control units takes years.

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Finalist | Insulin Angel (UK) – sensors for temperature-sensitive medication

Diabetics need continual medication, which is very sensitive to extreme temperatures. If temperatures become too extreme, health can be compromised. Angel Insulin tackles this problem by monitoring temperatures with smart sensors. Here our interview with Amin Zayani, co-founder of our CODE_n finalist.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Amin Zayani (Insulin Angel): I myself am a diabetic, and my little brother too. We depend on insulin to stay alive and well. Coming from a hot country, we know how sensitive insulin is to hot and cold temperatures. Still it just sometimes happens that either these temperatures are exceeded and our health is compromised, or we are not sure about the storage conditions of our medication, so we throw it away. The other challenge is to never lose it or forget it (or the blood-sugar meter). So knowing what’s possible with technology, I decided to tackle the problem and developed Insulin Angel, to help solve these two challenges.

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