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Finalist | parkpocket (Germany) – big data for real time parking solutions

parkpocketparkpocket is a big data company for parking. In real-time, car drivers are informed about vacant car parks, prices, e-mobility charging stations and other features, and are directly navigated there. We talked to Karoline Bader, CFO of parkpocket about their solution which can be used via its own mobile app, but also be integrated into other digital devices and services.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Karoline Bader, CFO: Stefan had the original idea when he still studied at Hohenheim University and lived close to Stuttgart Airport. Being faced with the parking problem around that area and the lack of transparency in the parking market, he started to look into different approaches for solving that problem starting with a shared parking approach. Today, however, parkpocket has become a big data company in the parking market showing car drivers in real-time where to park, how much it costs and even where to charge their electric vehicle. Particularly, through the support of several cities and municipalities, this advancement was possible.

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

Karoline Bader, CFO: On the one hand, parkpocket’s service is tailored to enhance transparency and reduce parking search time of car drivers in urban areas via parkpocket’s mobile application. On the other hand, B2B customers such as navigation system providers, car manufacturers or automotive suppliers integrate parkpocket’s solution into their own digital devices or services, e.g. in the context of a connected-car solution. Hence, parkpocket is able to support cities and municipalities in enhancing traffic management, reducing traffic volumes and decreasing CO2 emissions. More…

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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.

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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 | Aisoy (Spain) – a complex technology to play to personal potential

Aisoy is building a revolutionary, emotional, robotic mentor for kids. Friendly, helpful, intelligent and connected, Aisoy enhances creativity through discovery, adding a new class of personal robotic platform for innovative educational concepts. We talked to José Manuel del Río, CEO of Aisoy Robotics.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

José Manuel del Río (Aisoy): I am passionate about computers and technology because my father gave me an MSX computer when I was a child. I spent a lot of hours enjoying the device. I learnt so much doing amazing things like “drawing a line in a green monitor” ;-). I became a computer engineer as a result, specialized in artificial intelligence (maybe also because of science fiction literature and movies). I would like to give children a similarly amazing learning experience (updated to nowadays) and I think that the best way is to offer something new and magical. Artificial intelligence and robotics joined together can provide this, only more realistically, tangibly, directly and with “immersion.” Give the power to children to explore and stimulate their creativity. More…

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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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Finalist | Wicross (France) – one application for all smart devices

There are more and more smart and connected devices. In most cases the user needs to manage a whole bunch of apps to manage and control them – which can sometimes be a little bit inconvenient. The French startup Wicross wants to simplify all this and is offering one app for all smart devices. Here’s a short interview with the CODE_n finalist.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Wicross: The idea came from observing emerging technology in France – and more widely in Europe – and the Internet of Things ecosystem. It seems to be the reference point throughout the world. We thought: “For once, why don’t we try to keep all the added value created by this ecosystem over here (data and services relating to the IoT), instead of giving it all to the USA?”. Wicross was born.

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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 | Novi Security (United States) – Take your home security with you, even on the move

novi security quadratNovi Security developed a security system that offers renters, homeowners, and small-business owners an all-in-one security system for an affordable price. We talked to Gavin Tanner, VP of Marketing at Novi Security, about the vision of the young company, the benefits of the product and the cool story of how they came up with the idea in the first place.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Gavin Tanner (Novi Security): We actually started the company in a class in college at Brigham Young University. We were assigned with the task to go out into the market and find a pain that needed to be solved. So we went to the mall parking lot and just sat and observed. What we found is that car alarms were going off, but the owner of the car had no way of knowing it because they were inside shopping. So we thought it’d be a great idea to build a wireless car alarm that would notify the car owner via their smartphone if their car alarm was going off. Well, after going door-to-door and talking to hundreds of people, we found that most people didn’t care so much for the car alarm but would rather have a home alarm system that would do the similar thing. So we pivoted and have since been in the pursuit of creating the world’s most simple home security system without contracts or monthly fees. More…

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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…