Lena Gaede

The future trends of work for companies: how working places will change due to the robotic boom

For a long time, it has been the topic of sci-fi thrillers – now, it’s becoming reality: the robotics revolution. No panic needed though, it looks very different to the way film directors envisioned it. Mechanical men don’t march among us, in fact robots are mainly used in the industry. So, what exactly does the future hold for us? What’s hot in robotics? And most importantly: how are working places going to change in course of the robotic boom? CODE_n got some answers for you and names 3 trends to keep an eye on.


Lena Gaede

German Digital Hub Initiative: CODE_n and partners will accelerate Stuttgart Hub

Frankfurt, Hamburg, Berlin, Munich and now Stuttgart – to name just a few! The Federal Ministry of Economics Affairs and Energy recently announced the launch of twelve digital hubs in Germany as part of its Digital Hub Initiative. The aim of the program is to foster collaboration between companies and business entrepreneurs, thus allowing them to work side by side in close quarters, similar to Silicon Valley. The program will also help fuel collaboration between the German startup scene and industry hotspots. An alliance of regional players, GFT Technologies SE and CODE_n among them, formed a consortium that nominated and qualified Stuttgart as a leading digital hub in Germany. The focus: the industries of the future! The Initiative is a great opportunity to bundle the strengths of the lively local startup scenes, international world market leaders and the excellent science in Germany!


Moritz Gräter

Corporate Innovation | Boost how you innovate with CODE_n

Adopting the right approach to digital transformation creates new and exciting opportunities for companies and new ways to shape their own success. But every journey has challenges, especially at established corporations. Equally, even smaller initiatives like trying to promote more digital innovation or adopting new ways of thinking within an organization seem to create obstacles for corporations. Of course, companies have already unearthed a number of potential corporate innovation methods and have learned a lot. But the journey to become a digital pioneer not only involves managing the many different aspects of digital transformation, firms also need access to global networks – experts, experienced pioneers, people who know about tech-related topics, the broader challenges (e.g., engendering an effective culture of innovation), and specific innovation formats (e.g., startup co-creation models).

CODE_n has been a key player in the innovation scene for years and is now opening up its network and experience to established corporations and SMEs. Why? To help them to boost their innovation processes themselves; to allow them to become a digital pioneer under their own steam.


Lena Gaede

Can we save the planet through digitalization? Where new digital technologies can improve sustainability

Most of the time, digitalization is the solution to everything, isn’t it? So why shouldn’t it be a solution to the world’s energy problem? But how can digitized processes help to save the planet? Their biggest advantage is helping to a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, while they minimize the need for some resources (i.e. paper) in manufacturing as well as in logistics. The digital transformation of industries can help to avoid an estimated 26 billion metric tons of net CO2 emissions and this only from three industries: electricity, logistics and automotive. So it’s high time we went for it! Since every increase by 1 percent of the global gross domestic product, the world’s carbon emissions rise by an estimated 0.5 percent.

Digital innovations should therefore be taken on account and used against this trend. Because, applied in the right way, digital technology can save lots of energy, even if it sometimes consumes much. Based on some examples, we show you here how easy can it be for a company to save energy and thereby to make the world a whole lot better.


Lena Gaede

Pillars of leadership in digital transformation: why managers need IQ, EQ and DQ to succeed

Digital transformation is not just about technology. Even access to the best tech doesn’t ensure digital success. Instead, successful digital transformation requires an overall cultural change! What companies really need to face the challenges of digitalization are flexible and proactive employees. And ahead of them: managers embracing the cultural change and driving digital transformation forward. But, as you might have noticed, many traditional managers struggle to keep up with the fast-changing environment and new working styles. So, let’s see what makes the difference for leadership in digital transformation!


Lena Gaede

Digital Darwinism: why companies must step up to digital transformation to survive

We witness a mass extinction. Only the ones who adapt to their environment will survive. No, we are not talking about birds on the Galapagos Islands – we are talking about companies everywhere! The laws of nature equally apply to the business world: digitalization rapidly changes technology and society and forces companies to adapt fast enough – or die. Corresponding to Darwin’s principle of natural selection, we call this phenomenon Digital Darwinism.

Digital Darwinism is a threat for the “business as usual”. In fact, only 71 companies remain today from the original 1955 Fortune 500 list. The one thing that the failed companies have in common: a missing or miscarried digital strategy. No threat, you say, as most modern companies already went digital? So far so good, but the crux of the matter is the very fast pace of digital change: it is not some innovation now and then that companies need to react to. It is digital disruption that completely revolutionizes business models and consumer expectations – and it won’t end. It is possible because technology is now approachable by anyone with an idea to do something different or better. This constant innovation leads to disruption: everything can change and everything is changing. More…

Messe Karlsruhe

Guest feature | Karlsruhe’s platforms for innovation: LEARNTEC and IT-TRANS

Digitization has arrived! Digital solutions have become integral parts of daily life in education, mobility, and other fields. Where is this evolution headed? How will we learn and travel in the future?

Learning with digital media revolutionizes the culture of learning


LEARNTEC is the number one in digital learning – for school, university and corporate settings.

The implementation of digital media has evolved into a fixed feature of integrated educational concepts in schools, universities, working life, and leisure time. Now and in the future, practical lifelong learning is unthinkable without the use of digital media. Mobile education, i.e. learning and teaching via mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, has been an observable trend for several years already. Thanks to Big Data and Learning Analytics, each learner receives an offer that’s individually tailored to suit that person’s specific needs. Learning based on the “watering-can principle” is obsolete. As increasingly many people make their know-how available, existing knowledge becomes more open and more freely accessible. Another important trend is game-based learning: the objective here is to playfully achieve one’s learning goals. This also involves developments in the field of 3D learning worlds and virtual reality. More…


Guest feature Accenture: Digital individual

When standardized work is increasingly taken over by computers, it is individuality and creativity that enable us to do truly meaningful work. This offers huge opportunities to the individual – we can now choose how to shape our careers, we can structure our work more flexibly, and our talent, ambition and ingenuity are the keys to success.


Pamela Maruschke, Managing Director at Accenture

Looking back at the beginnings of my career, I am amazed at how rapidly this change has progressed in the course of just a couple of years. When I started my first job 16 years ago, little did I assume that I would end up at a consulting company. Building fancy slides was not really my thing, what I wanted to do instead was to work hands-on by implementing software for different customers. I believed that the best way to achieve this was in a traditional software business, so I started work for a software vendor in the telecommunication industry after my studies. In the early 2000s telecommunications companies were moving towards a more client-focused business and were far away from a digital one. Some of my most challenging projects took place during this time. One of them was the biggest customer care and billing implementation at a larger mobile operator. I was part of the ‘war room’ experts who managed and monitored this migration in a 24/7 shift over days. After this huge project, I worked in other implementation projects as an expert in the field. Working for software vendors gave me a wide range of experiences around the end-to-end project cycle while always being dedicated to the software that needed to be implemented.

After quite some internal struggle on whether this was all there is, I decided to dare the leap into the consulting world in 2004. And what an experience it was. I jumped straight ahead into an assignment in Moscow, in an expert role. Suddenly, I was confronted with the slides I dreaded so much, in a city so unlike what I was used to. While it did indeed take me some time to adjust to things, my work proved more rewarding than before. In the years to come, I had the pleasure to work in countries such as South Africa, the Nordics, the UK and Switzerland. I got to know different cultures that immensely enriched my life. As I was always working hard and travelling a lot, this forced me to be quite strict when it came to my personal life and quality time management. Establishing travel rituals and ensuring to re-charge my energy level were key to handle the challenges I had to face in my work environment. Sports has always been a part of my life, therefore there is nothing better than a great mountain bike ride in summer and an intensive snowboard run in winter to get my energy level back and my mind clear for new tasks that lie ahead. The more challenging the ride, the better I feel. More…