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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: evopark from Germany

evopark_logoOur CODE_n CONTEST finalist evopark is the market leader in digital off-street parking in Germany. Their app allows you to easily find off-street parking locations and check real-time availability. Parking lot tickets become obsolete as you can enter and exit lots and garages by opening barriers automatically using RFID technology (evotag). The young company, selected for the Connected Mobility cluster, also works with exclusive retail partners to offer discounts on parking fees. We talked to Sven Lackinger (Business Development) about his startup:

What is evopark all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Sven: My founder colleague Max had the ground-breaking idea to evopark. On holidays in France, he was annoyed by waiting at toll stations although he just had to pay a few coins. At the same time other drivers passed the barriers quickly by holding up a card. He remembered a similar situation in German parking garages and wondered whether there could be a solution to simplify the process. Back in Germany, we refined the idea together with our fellow students Tobias and Marik. In 2014 we founded evopark.

The leading team: Maximilian Messing (Product & IT), Marik Hermann (Sales), Tobias Weiper (Marketing) and Sven Lackinger (Business Development)

The leading team: Maximilian Messing (Product & IT), Marik Hermann (Sales), Tobias Weiper (Marketing) und Sven Lackinger (Business Development)

About 30% of all inner-city traffic results from drivers looking for a parking spot. At the same time, however, most parking garages still have unused capacity even on busy days. A major potential which evopark tackles by offering an innovative parking service. The evopark parking card replaces the usual paper ticket. No more queuing at the pay station. No more looking for change. Parking with evopark is significantly easier and more convenient. Best yet: evopark is completely free of surcharge for drivers. Customers only pay the regular parking fees. The well-proven long range UHF RFID technology on our parking card enables convenient and highly reliable entry and exit. Barriers automatically identify the
integrated chip. The system works completely seamless.

“Digital Disruption“ – that’s the motto of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST. What makes your solution innovative, what makes it disruptive?

Sven: The German parking market is fragmented and characterized by a deeply ingrained traditional thinking. It was a hard way to convince parking operators to confide in an innovative product in the first place. But we believed in the success of our concept, so that we insisted and persistently pursued our goal – with success! Being first in the market, we offer a fully integrated solution suitable for all common parking management systems. An attractive product and a sustainable business model provide benefits for all stakeholders. We believe, that is the only way a digital product can generate added value for the industry in the long-term. Drivers park more easily and comfortably. Parking garages are getting more attractive, frequencies increase. The solution to credit customers’ parking fees supports local retailers. A concept, which clearly pays off. Last but not least, again being first in the market, we gained the automobile manufacturer Porsche as investor: Its newly founded subsidiary, the Porsche Digital GmbH invested a seven-digit figure in evopark. More…

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: Blockchain Helix from Germany

It’s time for the next FinTech finalist in our blog series: let’s meet Blockchain Helix! With their innovative solution, the German startup overcomes the problem of anonymous vs. legally secure transactions. Oliver Naegele, Founder & CEO, told us more!

Blockchain_Helix_LogoWhat is Blockchain Helix all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Oliver: Blockchain Helix is a Blockchain architecture that overcomes the problem of anonymous vs. legally secure transactions. We do this, by introducing an Identity management that handles privacy. We can streamline any KYC process and manage the user accounts with our technology.

We are driven by the fact, that Web 2.0 has data leakages and loss of data self-determination. Internet nowadays is not suitable for an internet of values and transactions. That´s why we need an approach to give back trust and our long work with blockchain and portal-solutions leads to this.

“Digital Disruption“ – that’s the motto of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST. What makes your solution innovative, what makes it disruptive?

Oliver: We are working on a technology that we call Trusted Web“ or Web x.0“. Our Helix technology gives us the capabilities to have privacy and security by design. Blockchain is a true gamechanger and the way we want to introduce it for everyday and everybody use and hide the disturbing wallet-usage is disruptive.

You’re one of the 13 finalists in the Applied FinTech contest cluster. Which challenges do you think young companies have to face in this sector? How do you handle these challenges?

Oliver: FinTech Startups more than any other sector (besides biotech) have to be more serious in business and has to deal with a very slow moving industry. This is a challenge as well as an advantage. Our very special challenge is that we are exploring the capabilities on a very early stage. Every Blockchain Technology like Hyperledger, Ethereum is public beta and evolving fast. This leads to higher development demands and workarounds. To overcome the fear of a new technology we do Blockchain events at our office and run the BlockchainLAB as an open dialogue platform. More…

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: KREATIZE from Germany

The next part of our startup series is here! This time, you’ll get to know KREATIZE, one of our Connected Mobility finalists from Tübingen, Germany. KREATIZE helps companies to take advantage of the benefits of digital transformation by changing the way that custom parts are ordered and manufactured. Co-Founder & CEO Simon Tüchelmann told us more about KREATIZE.

Kreatize_logoWhat is KREATIZE all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Simon: KREATIZE is about revolutionizing the way companies order and manufacture technical parts, exploring manufacturing possibilities for given geometries and the way businesses interact with each other, through outstanding digital tools, machine learning algorithms and intuitive design. KREATIZE is about empowering every engineer to realize great products, it is about converting high tech prototypes into mainstream products, ultimately making custom manufacturing so competitive that high quality prosthesis, green cars or fast and safe travelling options are widely available due to the decreased development costs.

I faced the challenge of high transactions costs when trying to realize high quality custom parts. I noticed that the search for the right production process, materials and reliable suppliers was very cumbersome for both parties: customers and suppliers. I knew something needed to be done in order to drastically reduce the transactions costs. Therefore, I engaged Daniel Garcia Rodriguez to look for ways to create a digital solution which would ease the pain. After looking at the multiple components of the manufacturing process, from prototype to delivery, we came up with the idea of the smart project realizer which led to the basis of what KREATIZE is now.

“Digital Disruption“ – that’s the motto of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST. What makes your solution innovative, what makes it disruptive?

Simon: KREATIZE is an agent for digital transformation in the manufacturing world, we are the supply chain management and procurement solution for the 21st century. Before KREATIZE, most of the processes were analog, from costing and pricing, to order placement. Phone calls, fax, emails and spreadsheets were the common tools. More…

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: Augmensys from Austria

Augmented Reality is one of the hottest topics these days – of course it’s also one, our CODE_n CONTEST finalists are experts in. The Austrian startup Augmensys is one of our finalists in the cluster “Connected Mobility” and provides and develops the leading Augmented Reality software for professional use in industrial environments. In our interview, CEO Helmut Guggenbichler tells more about Augmensys.

Blog_quWhat is Augmensys all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Helmut: Augmensys provides and develops the leading Augmented Reality software UBIK® for professional use in industrial environments. Since 2011, our company is the pioneer for efficient data management without frictional losses throughout the industry.

We, the initiators, pursued an ambitious idea with the founding of the company – the injection of Augmented Reality into industrial processes, to overcome significant usability obstacles (such as the complexity of expert systems) that are preventing today’s users to benefit from the value of existing data. The intelligent, location- and role-based software UBIK® is the core product of our company. But customers can also benefit from the domain expertise of the Augmensys team, either in consulting, when improving existing solutions, or in a straight forward implementation of a new industrial software project.

Only two years after its founding, Augmensys is already represented at four locations in Austria, Germany and Brazil, with a total of 25 employees, and counts various leading industrial companies to its customers – Augmensys is the pioneer and leader in productive Augmented Reality applications for industrial environments and enterprise scenarios. More…

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: twip optical solutions from Germany

“The innovation of our product is a combination of many details,” states Dr. David Fleischle, Managing Director of twip optical solutions. The German startup is a supplier for 3D measurement solutions and one of our finalists in the “Photonics 4.0” contest cluster. Find out more about twip in the latest part of our finalists blog series!

twip_logo_picWhat is twip all about? How did you come up with the idea?

David: twip is a supplier for 3D measurement solutions that can be used for automation process in manufacturing. We developed the idea while we were working at the University of Stuttgart. As members of the institute staff, we received a lot of requests for measurement solutions that can be implemented into fabrication and manufacturing.

“Digital Disruption“ – that’s the motto of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST. What makes your solution innovative, what makes it disruptive?

David: The innovation of our product is a combination of many details. Nevertheless, the biggest and most outstanding is the small size and low weight. We were able to realize the compact design due to the implementation of a new measurement approach: The use of a microlens disc in our special setup. With the reduction of size and weight of 3D measurement systems, the cornerstone for the movement from these measurements technique out of the lab into production is set. And with this aim in mind, a complete change of quality assurance is possible! More…

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: R3 – Reliable Realtime Radio Communication GmbH from Germany

Wireless communication as safe and secure as cable-based communication – but cheaper, lighter and more flexible in usage. That’s what R3, one of our CODE_n CONTEST finalists in the “Connected Mobility” cluster, is offering with their invention called EchoRing™. Dr. Mathias Bohge, Founder & Managing Director, told us more about R3.

R3_Logo_pic_1What is R3 all about?

Mathias: R3Coms develops and commercializes ultra-reliable real-time enabled wireless communication infrastructure – currently focusing on industrial applications where robustness, safety and security are a primary concern. Generally, our technology applies to the area of IoT where in the future wireless communication with deterministic, robustness, low latency and safety features are required as more and more communication between embedded systems (M2M) will arise.

With our products we reduce the costs imposed by today’s cable-based communication as cables are not an economical feasible option for the increasing connectivity and mobility demand in the future. In such case, cables are not flexible, impose high planning and execution complexity and increase ultimately cost. Our technology is a scalable software that is implemented on standard off-the-shelf radio chips and we offer two performance categories of our software according to the need of the higher layer application.

How did you come up with the idea?

Mathias: We are the worldwide expert in ultra-reliable real-time wireless communications. Basis for our experience and knowledge is a long period of analytical research by Prof. James Gross from the KTH in Sweden. In 2012 he filed the first related patent application and in 2015 a first demonstrator/prototype was ready. There was a lot of positive response when it was first presented to a public audience, so Prof. Gross and Christian Dombrowski, a PhD student of his, decided to found a company to commercialize their invention: EchoRing™.

Once upon a time, Prof. Gross and Dr. Bohge did their PhD together at the Berlin Institute of Technology (TUB). While Prof. Gross became an award winning scientist, Dr. Bohge made his way as a strategic consultant at a top management consultancy. Here, he met Florian Bonanati, expert in business development and in the field of restructuring for more than eight years. As they both became dads at the turn of the year 2014/2015 (independently), they decided to leave consulting behind. By chance, Dr. Bohge met Prof. Gross again.

We first sat together in May 2015 to discuss prospective opportunities and challenges, founded our company in July 2015, had our first industry cooperation with BMW in September 2015 and won first prices in December 2015: Our EchoRing™ technology and respective communication system was awarded a VDE/ITG Software Award and the Deep Tech Award of the city of Berlin. More…

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: 8tree from Germany

Here we are with the next part of our CODE_n CONTEST finalists series! This time we talked to Erik Klaas, Co-founder and CTO of 8tree. Based in Germany, 8tree develops 3D surface inspection tools that solve specifically defined chronic problems. Let’s find out more about the Photonics 4.0 finalist!

8tree_LogosWhat is 8tree all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Erik: 8tree makes 3D surface inspection tools that empower users to solve specific chronic problems, with the click of a single button. Zero-learning curve product design and instantly actionable ‘go/no-go’ results empower users to improve workflow efficiency on the line, thereby breaking through traditional manufacturing bottlenecks.

The 8tree team brings more than two decades of successful product development experience from the optical metrology industry. Over the years, we noticed that traditional optical metrology tools were designed for use by highly skilled engineers. We decided to create a company focused on precision 3D optical measurement tools for the semi-skilled worker on the line. Our hypothesis was that this focus would help boost manufacturing/maintenance efficiency, by empowering the worker on the line. Rapid adoption of 8tree products across different industries continues to serve as a strong validation of our early hypothesis.

“Digital Disruption“ – that’s the motto of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST. What makes your solution innovative, what makes it disruptive?

Erik: At 8tree, we live by the words of Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief of the MIT Technology Review – “Don’t bend to technology, make technology bend to your needs”. 8tree products, although technically complex, are designed with an immense thrust on ‘usability engineering’ methods. This results in a simple, elegant and powerful user-experience – 1-button operation, zero-learning curve, instantly actionable ‘go/no-go’ answers that apply the principles of Augmented Reality. This innovative product design, allows us to empower the average line-worker with industrial-grade precision measurement performance. More…

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: Biowatch from Switzerland

We all know the dilemma: entering your PIN and passwords thousands of times a day is for sure secure – but can be very annoying. One of our great CODE_n CONTEST finalists provides a solution for that! In the next part of our startup series, you get to know Biowatch. The FinTech from Switzerland integrates biometrics into wearables and with that assures e. g. secure payments by vein authentication. Matthias Vanoni, Co-founder and CEO told us more about Biowatch.

Biowatch_LogoWhat is Biowatch all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Matthias: Biowatch is all about getting rid of all these authentication steps we get through everyday, thousand times a day. PINs, passwords, keys, cards, fingerprint, etc. Biowatch is all about wearing our device on your watch to replace all other means of authentication. Biowatch is all about securing our wearable with a wrist vein recognition system. Biowatch is all about the unicity of your vein pattern.

The idea comes from the Brit Joe Rice, when he first patented vein recognition in 1985. The concept of using vein pattern to activate a watch that would seamlessly further authenticate the user on his/her behalf, has been advocated by Joe for years until I  – PhD student on vein biometrics – convinced Joe to partner and eventually turn the vision into a product. This was during summer 2014.

“Digital Disruption“ – that’s the motto of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST. What makes your solution innovative, what makes it disruptive?
Matthias:  For the first time in history, we integrate biometrics into wearables. This may not look like a disruption when compared to biometrics in mobile phones such as TouchID, but simply like an evolution. Actually, it really is a revolution, because biometrics integrated in wearables means the end of user authentication! Where TouchID asks the end-users to show their biometrics hundred times a day, Biowatch only asks the end-user to show his biometrics once while putting the wearable on. This disruption is made possible by innovation in image acquisition of a vein pattern from a wearable and overall miniaturisation-related issues. More…