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Finalist | Has.to.be (Austria) – modern charging infrastructures

has.to.be is a cloud-based service provider from Austria with two applications: (1) be.ENERGISED, which enables anybody to operate a modern charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. The application controls stations, plans service operations and enables the billing of charging processes. (2) be.ORGANISED, which is a complete CRM and project management suite for small companies, including contact, project and document management, invoicing and billing. We talked to Martin Klässner, managing partner of our CODE_n finalist.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Martin Klässner (has.to.be): Both founders have been working in several similar sectors in recent years. I was responsible for the service management of the charging infrastructure of a charging station manufacturer and figured out the need for a centralized, easy-to-use service management system for connected charging stations. Further developments also resulted in billing capabilities and a lot of additional functions, so that we now own a cloud-based software application that nearly fits all the needs of charge point operators.

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

Martin Klässner (has.to.be): Our software is focused on the B2B sector. Our software services allows us to provide a turnkey solution, not only for charge point operators but also for companies that provide their own charging infrastructure, e.g., for their employees. Our software enables anybody to operate their own charging infrastructure – we answer all their technical requirements, except the charging station itself. With our services, we solve the “operation problem“ for our customers. Our software focuses on the technical operating process. Furthermore, it has extensions with customer relationship features. In the future, we plan to integrate smart grid functionality and we’re currently in production/development with a turnkey solution, also for targeted at utility companies, for later this year. More…

Domenique Becker

We present CODE_n15 Top 50 Finalists from 17 countries

Mission accomplished: Out of 400 startups from all over the world, 50 are now finalists of this years CODE_n CONTEST “Into the Internet of Things”. From March 16-20, those handpicked young entrepreneurs will showcase their innovative Digital Life, Future Mobility, Smart City and Industry 4.0 solutions as part of our CODE_n hall 16 at CeBIT.

Selected by looking at criteria such as degree of innovation, quality of business case, quality of presentation or technological innovation, all 50 finalists have five days to connect with one another and to showcase their idea and business models to visitors, potential partners, investors and customers.

“In some cases you actually find yourself saying ‘I should have thought of that myself’. But in every single case, the dedication, technical expertise and vision displayed by our finalists to implement their ideas is truly impressive.”

says Ulrich Dietz, CEO of the GFT Group and Initiator of CODE_n

Curtain up for the 50 CODE_n15 finalists from 17 countries:

Digital Life

 

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aisoy

aisoy builds a revolutionary emotional robotic mentor for kids. Friendly, helpful, intelligent and connected, aisoy enhances creativity through discovery combined with a new class of personal robotic platform for an innovative educational concept.

CODE_n CONNECT Website Facebook Twitter

 

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Ambiotex

ambiotex produces a smart sensor shirt for health conscious individuals, who have the desire to analyze their vital data and to improve their performance. The shirt combines fitness monitoring technology with state of the art textiles to obtain an innovative high-tech shirt which measures data such as heart rate variability (HRV), respiration rate, training performance and stress levels.

CODE_n CONNECT Website Facebook Twitter

 

Connected Health

Connected-health.eu builds a secure connection between doctors and patients.
Our product LifeTime allows patients to transfer health data be it medical history or data acquired by wearable tech devices in the doctor’s office locally & securely from and to their smartphones.

CODE_n CONNECT Website Twitter

 

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Cozify Oy

Cozify is an easy and intelligent service to simplify the use of smart devices at home. The goal is to bring home automation to everyone. Cozify hub easily automates smart devices across different manufacturer specific silos.

CODE_n CONNECT Website Facebook Twitter

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Dirk Baranek

Future mobility: the transport solutions of the future are already here with us today. A progress report.

People working on the transport solutions of the future need to base their ideas on the premise that cars – in the way they’re driven by the masses today – will be just one of a number of transport building blocks, not the crux of transport systems. They will be replaced by a network of completely different modes of transport, ways for humans to satisfy a basic need and travel as quickly and conveniently as possible from A to B. At least that’s the theory. And what will it look like in practice? Not bad actually. As we discover in this personal review.

Of luxury – and the luxury of not owning a car
I live such a life of luxury: since the beginning of the millennium, I’ve no longer owned a car. Hang on, isn’t owning a car what a life of affluence is all about? Free access to everything – a given right? Well until now, yes. But times change. The role of cars as status symbols is gradually becoming passé. Younger people in particular gravitate towards different status symbols like smartphones. But coming back to my travel habits, of course I do drive a car, in fact I love driving. But using a car to satisfy my travel needs is just one part of the jigsaw puzzle. Admittedly, it really helps living in a place like Stuttgart, a city regarded by many as pioneering when it comes to transport solutions. This role goes back to the early 20th century. It was here that the first Mercedes was engineered, ringing in the era of the automobile. It is also here that not only Daimler and Porsche now have their HQs, but also companies that furnish and fuel the global automotive industry like Bosch, Mahle, Eberspächer and the CODE_n partner Trumpf.

Stuttgart is the heart and lungs of the German carmaking industry, which makes it all the more interesting to find people here already shaping an alternative future for travel solutions. It sometimes feels like a huge laboratory. So as a contemporary of the car-less generation, what does my day travelling around this area look like? To answer that question, we need to assess the things I have on my to-do lists.

Local travel: horses for courses
carsharing StuttgartIf my destination is fairly near – ie, within 20km – the first question is whether the pretty efficient local transport network can get me there. In my case I have the underground, suburban trains and trams to choose from. I can work out the best way to get there by consulting an app offered by the local transport company. While doing this, I can also buy a ticket on my smartphone.

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Lena Gaede

CODE_n delves ‘Into the Internet of Things’

Robotic Media Installation at CeBIT makes manifest Industry 4.0

The theme of this year’s CODE_n Contest is the Internet of Things (IoT), a nascent, future-facing development of the Internet wherein objects and systems are embedded with computing power and are able to communicate with each other. The contest seeks the most exciting founders and companies whose endeavors are leading the charge of this global, technological phenomenon. The 50 finalists will exhibit their leading-edge business cases in the 5,000 square meter space of Hall 16 during the CeBIT fair in Hanover, Germany.

The Internet of Things describes the ever-increasing networking capabilities of machines of all scales – from quotidian objects and wearable devices to vehicles, entire factories and cityscapes. Organized around the respective sub-themes DIGITAL LIFE, SMART CITY, FUTURE MOBILITY and INDUSTRY 4.0, both the CODE_n competition and subsequent exhibition at the CeBIT Fair will address this widespread digitalization of the physical world.While recent data suggests that 17% of the world’s software developers are working on IoT projects, the competition is set to showcase the most exciting and important proposals for maximizing the potential of the Internet of Things.

“We pick up where Big Data left off: with a globally relevant theme that is massively shifting the fields of economics and science,” proclaims Ulrich Dietz, initiator of CODE_n and CEO of the GFT Group.

“The Internet of Things is pushing companies to fundamentally rethink the way they do business. Groundbreaking ideas from the highly energetic startup scene are essential to take this vast, interconnected network to the next level and unlock possibilities yet unseen in the Internet of Things.”

Internationally renowned designers Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram have been commissioned to design the CODE_n exhibition, housed in the monumental space of CeBIT’s Hall 16. For the Hall’s design, the Internet of Things will be materialized as a series of interconnected objects and booths suspended in a web of scaffolding. Visitors will be able to traverse floating hallways and platforms populated with the latest and most innovative developments in the IoT.

The exhibition space will be anchored with an interactive robotic media installation entitled ROBOCHOP which invites internet users from across the world as well as fair attendees to design and fabricate a piece of furniture in real time. Weisshaar and Kram will develop an app that allows the global community to engage with the giant robotic arms sculpt material in situ.

“With ROBOCHOP, we are actualizing and personalizing the Industrial Internet. The often intangible web of technology becomes a concrete, interactive experience that nonetheless remains a taste of a not-so-distant future,”

proclaims Weisshaar. “The exhibition architecture parallels this condition by galvanizing the dialogue between new-guard company founders and industry titans.”

This very approach finds its digital counterpart in form of CODE_n CONNECT, a platform dedicated to creating a sustainable exchange between entrepreneurs, SMEs, established industrial powerhouses and investors.

Oliver Frese, Head of CeBIT at Deutsche Messe AG, says,

“the home of CODE_n, Hall 16, will once again be the center of fresh, exciting business cases at CeBIT.”

 

Call for Entries for the Innovation Contest starts in September

Startups that want to participate in the CODE_n Contest can register via www.code-n.org as of early September 2014. Eligibility standards include: companies founded in 2010 or later and whose business model leverages the Internet of Things. Deadline is November 30, 2014.

The 50 finalists will receive a free exhibition space in Hall 16 as well as a permanent presence on the digital platform CODE_n CONNECT. The winner will receive the CODE_n Award and a grand prize of €30,000.

For more information, please visit: www.code-n.org

Click here for the full press release.

Laura-Marie Schneider

Audio Interview with CODE_n finalist Alexander Zosel (E-Volo)

Have you ever heard of an electrically powered aircraft that can take off and land vertically like a helicopter? Well, if you haven’t, you don’t know the volocopter.

The e-volo volocopter is a completely novel, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) manned aircraft, which cannot be classified in any existing category. In his interview, Alexander Zosel, one of the three inventors, introduces the volocopter and explains what makes it unique.


Laura-Marie Schneider

Audio Interview with CODE_n finalist Alix Bowman (Organic Transit)


If you’re interested in alternative transportation, the ELF is a must-see at CeBIT. It’s a solar/pedal hybrid vehicle designed by the US startup Organic Transit, which allows users to get around urban centers in an environmentally friendly way.

In our interview, taken at CeBIT, Alix Bowman introduces the solar/ pedal hybrid vehicle and gives valuable advice for future CODE_n participants.

Janina Benz

Audio Interview with Max Pohl from DeinBus.de

 

DeinBus.de Booth @CeBIT 2013

DeinBus.de Booth @CeBIT 2013

DeinBus.de is an online bu- pooling service that organizes long-distance coach travels for groups of people with the same destination at the same time. Here at CeBIT 2013, we got the chance to interview Max Pohl to get a closer look at the concept behind DeinBus.de and the team working on it. Find our Soundcloud interview with Max below.

Janina Benz

mytaxi: “The media coverage was particularly impressive. Days after CODE_n, people were still blogging, tweeting and posting about myTaxi.”

Now that a month has passed since CeBIT took place, we were curious about the CODE_n12 Award winner, and asked the team at myTaxi what they’ve been up to since the trade show. MyTaxi’s marketing manager, Mareike Bruns, and location manager for Hamburg, Fabian Mellin, are no doubt familiar to most of our readers because they accepted the prize at the CODE_n Award Show. We interviewed the two of them and asked about their personal impressions of CeBIT.

 

Gerhard Müller (E&Y), Ulrich Dietz (GFT), Mareike Bruns & Fabian Melling (myTaxi)

Janina Benz: CODE_n took place about a month ago. The press coverage of the finalists and visitor interest in CODE_n exceeded all expectations. What hopes and ambitions did you bring along to CeBIT four weeks ago?

myTaxi (MB): The CODE_n Award offers startups the unique opportunity to present themselves to professionals and specialists on an international stage. We wanted to use this innovative framework to effectively position our young business venture in the media limelight and establish important contacts. Of course, our ultimate goal was to take home the prize, but none of us seriously thought we would.

JB: Looking back, how would you describe the 5 days spent at CeBIT?

myTaxi (FM): myTaxi attracted overwhelming attention. Interested end users, bloggers, journalists, investors, even politicians came by our stall to find out more about the app. This not only met our expectations but exceeded them by far. The week in Hanover was simply amazing! Not to mention the fantastic atmosphere in Hall 16 and the amazing support of the CODE_n team.

JB: Having won the CODE_n contest, we’re dying to know what you’ve done with the trophy?

myTaxi (MB): The trophy survived the move to our new location and has been given a place of honor in the office with a view of the Elbe.

JB: What happened after CODE_n? Were any of the contacts or stimuli immediately fruitful? Have any of your plans progressed faster as a result?

myTaxi (FM): Definitely! The many interesting discussions we had allowed us to exchange ideas that have directly affected our day-to-day work. The media coverage was particularly impressive. Days after the trade show, people were still blogging, tweeting and posting about myTaxi.

JB: A Facebook group has been established for the CODE_n Community, allowing members to continue the exchange of ideas among participants. How important do you consider this networking within the startup scene?

myTaxi (MB): The startup market moves ahead at breakneck speeds. At myTaxi, we don’t intend to miss the boat on new opportunities. Successful exchange and networking among startups is essential for this. CODE_n offers just the right platform to ensure this takes place, allowing startups to keep their finger on the pulse of fast-paced innovation.

JB: Apropos startups: A few days ago, we heard reports that the Berlin-based company Taxi Pay is working with the Viennese software firm FMS/Austrosoft to release an app. What do you make of this new competitor? Are they producing a very different type of product or is it an obvious copycat?

myTaxi (FM): We haven’t tested the app yet, so we can’t really make an assessment. myTaxi was the first app to hit the market, making it the pioneer of taxi apps. Actually, we’re pleased that myTaxi has been so well-received and even inspired other service providers. What makes us so different is the fact that we don’t have a control center. myTaxi is independent, transparent and distinctly individual. We establish a direct connection between driver and passenger that allows both parties to get in touch with each other. Passengers can view the driver’s profile details, complete with a picture, and review the ride in the end. The evaluation at Taxi.eu does not affect the order process when calling for a taxi, so good performance reviews do not directly affect the individual drivers.

JB: Time is really marching on for you guys. What kinds of things can we expect from you in the coming months?

myTaxi (MB): All kinds of things! We plan to relaunch the myTaxi app at the beginning of May. You can look forward to great new features combined with a new design, new functionality, and a whole new user experience. Internationalization is also at the top of our priorities list, but we can’t reveal which cities are next in line for our service – that’s top secret. 🙂

JB: Thanks for the interview. We wish you continued success and the best of luck

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