Lena Gaede

Trends and disruptive business models of FoodTech: changing the game in the food industry and our lives

While smart factories and smart homes are slowly becoming everyday life, technology has also entered the food industry. But what’s awaiting us? How will the restaurant industry look like in the near future and how will technology affect our nutrition? Take a look at the food trends 2017 – and discover how this industry and restaurants will be transformed by digitization!

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Filiz Sarah Gärtner

How to successfully incubate startups – a guide for corporations hungry for innovation

Yes, we know the road to innovation can be tough. But it’s more important than ever to rescue businesses and bring them safely to the path of digital transformation. There sure are several ways to reach this goal. But examples of money pouring into R&D that left the companies empty-handed show that business incubation of startups is the better way for corporations to develop new technology and business solutions. Startups have the disruptive power and lateral thinking ability that are often missing in established companies. And they already come with the advanced, game-changing innovation that might be the solution to your problems! But in order to achieve a fruitful co-operation, a fertile ground is necessary. So better read on and learn how to successfully incubate startups in our quick guide for incubators!

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Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Digital transformation is changing our working life – Get prepared for these 3 trends!

Digital transformation is currently hitting our working and everyday life with great revolutionary power. It rolls over all industries and challenges companies of all kinds and sizes – from now on nothing will ever be the same. Digital transformation is also the main topic of this year’s new.New Festival, where we will explore innovative solutions of digital pioneers. But let`s start at the very beginning and see what the digital transformation looks like: how can it change our daily work? We have identified 3 trends of digital transformation in your working life.

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Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Best creative thinking techniques – 3 tips to generate great ideas and how to put them into a business model

An innovative idea is the starting point of every new business. The new product solves an existing problem or brings a whole new world of possibilities for the industry. However, we all have experienced that identifying the problem is only the first step on the long road to an innovative solution. This road called ‘generating a great idea’ is paved with many creative and strategic challenges. But no worries – there are also as many techniques for creative thinking and business model development to guide you through this road. Whether you are about to launch a startup or update your existing business model, we’ve got you covered with a selection of the best three creative thinking techniques. Get inspired by them!

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Filiz Sarah Gärtner

How can startups and corporates successfully collaborate? Best practices with business incubators, accelerators and partnerships

Many reasons why startups and corporates seek collaboration are clear: startups benefit from funding, expertise as well as from a business and sales network, while large corporates profit from startups’ innovative power, operational speed and creativity.  A large percentage of corporates stated that they require startups to enable innovation for their business. In an equal collaboration, the vital effect of startups for the innovation process of big companies meets the need of startups for a powerful patron. But when new and established businesses come together, they most likely face challenges like a culture clash or the struggle of control and independence. However, equal and successful collaboration is possible! Find out how with the best practices in incubations, accelerations and partnerships.

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Dirk Baranek

Industry 4.0: When factories get smart

The Internet of Things (IoT) is branching out rapidly into different areas, and this development will not pass by modern industrial manufacturing unnoticed – in fact, it has the potential to significantly improve efficiency. As products become evermore “made to measure,” systems and processes will need revamping. This general trend is being referred to as Industry 4.0. In this post, we’d like to take a look at what people mean by the term applied to the “fourth industrial revolution.”

The idea of Industry 4.0 has not been around all that long. It first appeared on the radar in 2011 at an annual industrial trade show in Hanover, Germany. To get a feel for the scale of the fourth industrial revolution this set underway, it would be useful to look again at the three revolutions we’ve already experienced and examine how much they’ve shaped our lives and work.

  • The 1st industrial revolution raised the curtain on mechanical production using the power of water and steam, simultaneously lowering the curtain on a world solely shaped by agriculture and manual trades. Using fossil fuels to produce goods opened the door to unimaginable advancements in manufacturing and this raised the standard of living for millions of people.
  • The 2nd industrial revolution was a time of optimization in industrial manufacturing and continuing advancements in the distribution of work. Production lines and 8-hour shifts are symbolic reminders of these developments. Hand in hand with these changes came the expansion of electricity and the ascendance of the chemical industry, which opened up completely new fields of industrial manufacturing.
  • The 3rd industrial revolution is a child of our times, most poignantly symbolized by the computer. The digitalization of many work processes and communication channels has shot the industrial manufacturing of goods into the fast lane, simultaneously facilitating global work distribution.
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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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Dirk Baranek

Smart cities – how urban areas master new challenges through the Internet of Things (IoT)

The current round of the CODE_n CONTEST is running under the motto: ‘Into the Internet of Things’. This leitmotiv for the startup competition spans four categories: Digital Life, Future Mobility, Industry 4.0 and Smart City. In this article, we explore our take on the latter.

A success model inherited from history
Cities have lured people with their magnetic appeal for centuries – promising work, better living standards and social mobility. Cities are simply brimming with temptation so people flock to them by the millions, by the billions. This is also because cities deliver on their promise – not for all, but for many. Yet on the other side of the coin, the way in which cities fling so many people together into confined spaces varies greatly from city to city. In the mega-metropolises of the Second and Third World, big cities seem to be held back by hopeless energy shortages, infrastructures bursting at the seams, shocking environmental conditions, social conflict, anonymity, crime, and more…

Smart cities solve problems with the IoT
But let’s focus on the brighter side of the equation: cities are more than capable of coping with problems, and even finding solutions for them. It’s an intrinsic part of their recipe of success. In our times, this means cities will get smart, and smarten up. Smart cities – galvanised by a clever world of opportunity through the World Wide Web.
A smart city has the wits to spot hitches and their causes – with sensors and big data
A smart city wants connections – through the Internet of Things
A smart city enjoys digital coordination – through e-gov solutions and startups

Well these things happen for the most part in theory. Although we’re now seeing more and more examples of them also happening in practice – examples of modern cities not only digitalising their services, infrastructures and organisations, but also getting smarter in a physical sense. Let’s look at just three examples of this.

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