Nadine Korany

380 applications, 40 countries, 6 continents: The CODE_n CONTEST makes Karlsruhe go global!

Over the last three months, 380 startups from literally all over the globe submitted their application for this year’s CODE_n CONTEST “Unveiling digital disruption”. The deadline ended at midnight – sharp – and what we can tell already is that the first impression of submitted business models is quite impressive. CODE_n initiator and GFT CEO Ulrich Dietz is sure that “we’ll once again showcase this year’s highlights from the world of digital technology” – this time at our own new.New Festival in Karlsruhe.

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There, behind the doors and all around the area of the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM), 50 of the 380 applicants will get the chance to present their unique ideas revolving around the four CONTEST clusters Applied FinTechs, Connected Mobility, HealthTech and Photonics 4.0. They will get to meet our well-known partners, possible investors, potential customers, politicians, the media and research bodies.

As our new.New Festival website (which also went live today!) states: It’s the perfect place for digital pioneers, startups, lateral thinkers, experienced innovators – it might even be the perfect place for you! That is, if your into digital innovation. The CODE_n CONTEST jury, made of renowned experts from the world of business and media, will pick the 50 best candidates and make sure you will get to see 50 ideas with plenty of novelty and a high level of quality. Here’s a little sneak preview from what they get to choose from: More…

Nadine Korany

Your Startup is driving forward in Connected Mobility? Head to the finish line and apply for the CODE_n CONTEST!

Your startup in Connected Mobility is reinventing the wheel! By developing new transportation and supply chain solutions for people, goods and information you are driving the revolution of mobility. Innovations in Connected Mobility will not only have a tremendous impact on the economy by finding more efficient ways for transportation, but also improve the integrated services for information processing, data security and manufacturing. One key technology of Connected Mobility is the Internet of Things, a concept of non-living objects intelligently communicating with each other. By means of this information technology we can expect groundbreaking changes for both our society and economy.

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Nadine Korany

Leverage your startup in the field of Photonics 4.0 – Apply for the CODE_n CONTEST. Now!

We know that your startup will take digital transformation to the next level. Light and its many applications have already revolutionized our society, industry and environment. Especially the transformation into the Industry 4.0 would not be possible without the technologies provided by Photonics 4.0 – such as advanced laser systems, image processing, and optical sensors. With light applications as key enabling the technologies of the future, the 21st century will depend as much on photonic innovations as the 20th century depended on electronics. Its vital importance already manifests in the vast growth of the photonics industry between 2005 and 2011, which doubled more than that of the worldwide GDP.

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Filiz Sarah Gärtner

CODE_n Alumni | Catching up with … SQream Technologies!

SQream Technologies, based in Israel, was CODE_n Finalist in 2014, starting out with graphics processors that captured, stored and processed bid data within seconds. What was already a big deal then has since turned into a business model proving valuable for several industries, including Genome, Cyber Security, Finance and IoT. In his interview CEO and Co-Founder Ami Gal tells us in detail about the amazing things you can do with big data – from Cancer Research to defense cases and gives insight about the development of his company since CODE_n.

Following on from your time as a CODE_n Finalist, what have been Sqream Technologies’ greatest achievements?

Ami Gal, CEO and Founder, SQream Technologies

Ami Gal, CEO and Founder, SQream Technologies

Ami Gal: SQream’s greatest achievements name a few domains. For starters, SQream’s customer base is growing rapidly. The broad range of use cases SQream DB can be implemented in, has lead to an interest from organizations that have supported our product strategy, leveraging it to answer real-life needs of DBAs and researchers.

One specific use case worth mentioning is a large Genome Cancer Research Center in Israel that approached us, in need for a database being able to handle rapidly scaling large-size datasets in an ultra-fast manner. In search for mutations in specific chromosome positions, large post-sequence datasets were being manually compared to previous findings in other databases. The process was extremely time consuming with an old-school file base system. SQream provided the Research Institution with a database developed specifically for genome researchers – GenomeStack – a database with large-capacity storage enabling pre-uploading of other databases to GenomeStack, as well as uploading of the new research data. The database empowers genome researchers to perform an ultra-fast simultaneous comparison of millions of chromosome positions – with a click of a button. The outcome is an automatic, rapid way for researchers to get to their insights using a database instead of a file base, significantly shortening research timetables. We consider SQream’s contribution to Genome Research to be of great value and a huge achievement, as we are predicting the technology will impact millions of people’s lives.

There are a few other great achievements such as SQream’s geospatial analytics engine and our contribution to Defense related use cases, that is becoming a crucial – perhaps even a life-saving tool, in times when the world is experiencing unfortunate growth in terror-attacks.

What lessons have you learned or failures you’ve experienced and how have you coped with them?

Ami Gal: There are two things to be named here: At some point we understood that we can’t follow through on all customer requirements and that we have to stay focused. Another important issue is the DNA of your team. We have learned that even the slightest DNA issues shouldn’t be tolerated and definitely not compromised. More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Guest Article | EY: Cyber security and the connected car

Tim Best, EY Director, Cyber Security

Tim Best, EY Director, Cyber Security

We still refer to our mobiles as “phones,” even though making phone calls is the very least of their functions. In the same way, we are likely to continue calling connected vehicles “cars,” even though driving, as we understand it today, will soon be eclipsed by a myriad other capabilities.

The connected car will be able to drive itself, performing tasks such as dropping you at the airport before taking your children to school and collecting your shopping. During the day, while you are at work, you may be able to rent it to a taxi service provider. At weekends, you might choose to take the wheel again – for purely recreational reasons. The rest of the time, you can hand over responsibility to the car’s automated systems while you surf the net, watch a movie, work or sleep.

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To take on all these new functions, the connected car has to “live” in multiple networks, interacting with systems including power grids, car manufacturers, traffic control, vehicle-to-vehicle communications, road tolls, home networks, technical services and government. “The connected car is a network of networks,” explained Tim Best, EY Director, Cyber Security, speaking at CODE_n. “That means it is only as secure as the networks in which it operates. All of these present possible ‘attack vectors’ for hackers.” More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Guest article | Accenture: Germany’s future lies in digital services – Part 2

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Frank Riemensperger, Chairman of the Board of Accenture Germany & Board Member of BITKOM

Part 1 of the guest article by Frank Riemensperger highlighted a number of issues for many industry sectors, which lead to one conclusion: companies that remain purely product manufacturers will sooner or later be pushed backwards in the performance chain and ousted by a better supplier. Companies that want to grow against this not only need to simply use (more) IT, but also develop business models that cover a product’s entire lifecycle. This follow up article will reveal even more insights on the Accenture study.

The Internet of Things illustrates that the digital caravan is heading clearly in this direction. As soon as our intelligent products leave the factory, they connect to the Internet and are then reachable to many via digital means. Just how enormous and in particular how quick this digital revolution can be for the business models of established manufacturers in Germany is often still under-estimated.

Ultimately, for patients it’s not about the best X-ray machine, but rather the best evaluation of the X-ray image. A diagnosis based on millions of digitally collected reference images can be a crucial support for radiologists.

Now, medical equipment manufacturers can offer such a service in future as an additional service to their product. Otherwise a third-party provider will supply the service. One thing is for sure: only companies that keep (long-term) patients tethered to the digital umbilical cord will be able, with all likelihood, to take charge of their all-round care too. More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

CODE_n Award Show: A hall filled with anticipation

Missed out on the award show in CODE_n hall 16 last night? No problem – we have a wrap up ready for you revealing all of yesterday’s highlights including a few hints on what is yet to come. Needless to say, last nights award show was by far the most exciting event for all parties involved: the finalists were all nervous, but so were the hosts and partners. There wasn’t just one award to be given out, but four and so one highlight was followed by the next.

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But let’s start from the beginning: Presenter of the show Annica Hansen welcomed a full hall and a hall full of anticipation. GFT CEO and CODE_n initiator Ulrich Dietz was asked on stage and thanked all partners and team members for making this year’s CODE_n CONTEST possible and once again spectacular. Oliver Frese, CEO of CeBIT said later on, that he remembered the moment when Ulrich Dietz presented his idea for CODE_n for the first time and Accenture CEO Frank Riemensperger encapsulated: you have to live your dream! In CODE_n hall 16, he went on, established players look out for the young players: exactly the spirit we all were looking for. More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

CODE_n Hall 16 at CeBIT: Smart ideas and high spirits on day two

The second day in CODE_n hall 16 at CeBIT, the international tradefair in Hanover, Germany, started out with an upbeat mood: 50 finalists from all around the globe, partners, politicans and CODE_n alumnis had been celebrating at the pioneer’s dinner the night before, letting the opening day of the exhibition come to a bright and relaxing end. It’s not everday you dine in a specially designed hall – in front of robots – together with good company and there was reason to celebrate, too: antendances at the fair, especially in hall 16, were good; quite a few startups were surprised by the amount of contacts they were able to count even on day one.

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So the positive spirit was brought to day two, which revolves around all of the four CODE_n 15 Internet of Things topics Digital Life, Smart Cities, Future Mobility and Industry 4.0, with an emphasis on the last of the four themes. The conference program, for example, started out with a stage dialog with CODE_n partner Trumpf, Engel Austria and finalists Oden Technologies from the United Kingdom, looking at machine building going cloud. The conclusion, by the way, was that machine building companies seem to be waking up. In the afternoon, Accenture presented the Industry 4.0 topic from a different point of view, tapping the full potential of future manufacturing, iniviting the following speakers on stage: Frank Riemensperger, Senior Managing Director, Accenture DACH, Prof. Dr. Henning Kagermann, President of acatech, Klaus Helmrich, Member of the Board of Siemens AG, Dirk Hoke of CEO Business Unit Large Drives of Siemens AG, Marten Schirge, Head of Sales of Device Insight, Harald Zapp, CEO of relayr.

Get Started by BITKOM brought in Felix Bauer, CEO of aircloak, to talk about the security and privacy in the Internet of Things, Nick Sohnemann, Founder and Managing Director of FUTURECANDY talked about the next technology wave. Marten Schirge, Head of Sales of Device Insight invited his listenors to think big, even if starting small and explained how business can benefit from smart remote services within industry 4.0. More…