One human trait that many would like to have, but few actually ever master, is to “think opportunity” at every turn. One person who can claim that he has done this all of his life is the founding director of the ZKM, Heinrich Klotz. It was in 1989 that he gave the ZKM the opportunity to think as big, active, and – perhaps most importantly – innovative as it is today. In the same year, he also set up the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG) in a former munitions factory in Karlsruhe.
© ZKM | Karlsruhe, Foto: Uli Deck
And why Karlsruhe? Because Karlsruhe is where technology is at home in Germany. It was here that Professor Werner Zorn, at that time head of the Computer Science Department at the University of Karlsruhe, and his assistant Michael Rotert received the first email through a German server in 1984 and it is here that the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is based, which is known across the world for its technical degree programs. This vibrant, young city of pioneers had no concept of such an institution in the 1980s, especially one of such magnitude, but its affinity for all things technological made it the ideal location for setting up an arts and media center. At the time, the ZKM also presented the people living in and around Karlsruhe with a major opportunity. They could now flourish – as art and science open up – on a completely new level. The ZKM also attracts a great deal of attention from the socio-political and philosophical communities and it has an important role to play in a technology region that’s active in research and development, frequently providing reminders of society’s ethical, moral, and democratic responsibilities. More…
Why do Karlsruhe and the CODE_n new.NEW Festival match so perfectly? – Mainly, because they both share the same spirit of innovation, the dedication to the new and unknown and the committed willingness to connect, support and promote extraordinary masterminds. In both cases, pioneers are provided with adequate surrounding conditions – be it the CODE_n SPACES in Stuttgart or numerous research facilities, networking possibilities and business incubators in Karlsruhe. Therefore, scientists and founders are able to focus completely on their research and on the exchange of expertise with like-minded people.
KIT Data Center – Powerwall
In Karlsruhe the tradition of innovation reaches far back into the past. Remarkable and groundbreaking novelties such as the development of the first bicycle in 1871 and the first automobile in 1885 took place in the city by the Rhine.– Given the fact that Karlsruhe calls the largest IT faculty its own, houses 25 national and international research institutes, and forms the third largest IT cluster in Europe, the creation of this non-evaluative shortlist was a not to be underestimated challenge. More…
SpinDiag enables fully automated, PCR-based screening for drug-resistant pathogens in less than 30 minutes. The system consists of a disposable lab-on-a-disk and a portable device. Hospitals can screen quickly and reliably during patient admission and isolate and treat risk patients. This significantly reduces the risk of infection to other patients and cuts hospital costs. In this interview, Mark Keller, Co-Founder of SpinDiag, tells us more about the vision for his startup and the challenges their facing in this very specific sector:
What is SpinDiag all about? How did you come up with the idea?
Mark: Hospitals have a big and increasing problem with antibiotic-resistant bacteria that are brought in by patients and that can infect other patients. Our SpinDiag one system enables the detection of these antibiotic-resistant bacteria directly from common swab samples. Therefore, when patients are admitted to a hospital they can be tested quickly and non-invasively. This allows doctors to decide right away if a patient needs to be treated in isolation to protect others from getting infected. This idea actually came to us when we were talking to clinicians and became aware that the best way to prevent an infection is to know about it directly at the hospital gate.
“Digital Disruption“ – that’s the motto of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST. What makes your solution innovative, what makes it disruptive?
Mark: Our SpinDiag one system will be the first to cover all relevant antibiotic resistances while providing this diagnostic result in a fast and affordable manner. For the first time, this will allow hospitals to consistently screen any risk patient (or even every patient) at his or her admission. Because all in all, our system will save money both for hospitals and the health care system in general, will protect staff and patients and will allow targeted treatment of infected patients, we believe that it will disruptively change our way how we fight antibiotic resistances in the near future. More…
NIMD (noninvasive medical devices) is a medical device startup focused on the treatment of cancer currently at the R&D stage. Its revolutionary technology is based on microwave and nanotechnologies. The device of our CODE_n CONTEST finalist can heat and kill cancer tumors at low microwave powers and at high precision without causing damage to the surrounding tissue. Needless to say, the team around NIMD belongs to our HealthTech cluster and aims at finding a solution to cancer and improving people’s quality of life. We talked to Founder and CEO Anan Copty to learn more about his startup:
What is NonInvasive Medical Devices all about? How did you come up with the idea?
Anan: NIMD is a medical device startup developing cancer treatment devices at the pre-clinical stage. It utilizes microwave and nano technologies to selectively and noninvasively, heat and kill cancer tumors with no damage to the surrounding tissue. The device will also noninvasively detect early stage tumors. NIMD believes it has the ultimate device for cancer thermal treatment.
NIMD‘s team consists of a diverse, passionate and innovative group of scientists and engineers. It has finished its proof of concept stage, with IP generated, animal studies performed, and the company is currently raising its Series A round. We are targeting the European market, and then, the American and Asian markets.
After seeing so many close people die or suffer from cancer, a huge research was started to figure out what can be done. Both founders were working at Intel Corporation before the creation of the company. They decided to quit their jobs and start NIMD in January, 2015. It was a big risk to leave a stable job as both founders have families to take care of. But, both founders feel that is was the best decision they made and carried through with the project. Today, NIMD is making big progress. In less than one year with funding, NIMD built its team, built is laboratory, took the concept into a working prototype, tested the device on biological phantoms mimicking the body, and started performing animal studies. More…
You want to know why your startup should settle down in Karlsruhe rather than Munich or Berlin? Who better to speak to than Matthias Hornberger – board member of our new.New Festival supporter Cyberforum and CFO of Kizoo – who knows the city better than anyone else. In this interview, we also took the opportunity to talk to Matthias about his opinion of many more aspects, like the way the tech scene has changed over the years or his advice for startups fishing for venture capital.
Matthias, you are CyberForum’s Chairman of the Board, and CFO of Kizoo Technology Capital, an investment company with a focus on digital startups. Which advice do you give a startup fishing for venture capital?
Matthias: Build a great product disrupting a large addressable market with a clear focus and a strong, tech-oriented team. Swing for the fences! The business model of venture capitalist does not allow for investments into small target markets or products far away from having true customer impact. (A solo entrepreneur also does not fit the ideal profile. Especially in tech startups, teamwork and complementary skills are absolutely necessary).
Matthias Hornberger, CFO, Kizoo Technology Capital GmbH | Fotograf: Christian Ernst
Talking process, preparation is key. Create an equity story convincing enough not only for the upcoming round, prepare a crisp pitch deck and then strive to get `warm` introductions. This significantly increases the chance to earn a shot at the can, a date to present personally. Know your counterpart before you enter the ring and – if you lose the bout – hang in there. Stamina is the most important character property of entrepreneurs – young or old. More…
“Photonics 4.0” is one out of four themed clusters on the agenda at this year’s CODE_n new.New Festival. The German photonics community is taking advantage of the occasion to meet up there at the “Photonik Strategie Forum 2016“. The sector is expecting a wide selection of input on the subject of the digital transformation at the start-up festival.
(Quelle: VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH)
The international photonics market generates annual sales revenues of around 350 billion euro and is expected to grow to around 615 billion euro by the year 2020. But what is photonics? Photonics is derived from the word “photon”, which is the light particle, and electronics. The term photonics is used for technologies which generate light, control it or harness it for our use.
These typically include high-power lasers which can cut effortlessly through metal sheets measuring several centimetres in thickness. Or super bright LEDs in car headlights which illuminate the road in every situation perfectly using an intelligent sensor system. This also includes various types of high-precision optics which are used in lifesaving imaging techniques and microscopes, which are installed in compact smartphone cameras or which look into the depth of space as eyes of telescopes.
When we encounter the science of photonics in everyday life, it is often “visible invisible”. And yet it is essential for many aspects of life in our modern digital age. This is particularly significant in the case of the Internet. Only with an almost infinite number of short light pulses in fibre optics our gigantic volumes of data actually can be transported around the entire globe. More…
“It’ll be a thrilling mix,” says Ulrich Dietz, initiator of CODE_n and CEO of GFT Technologies SE, mysteriously. And if you’re still wondering what he’s referring to, it’s really time you check out the CODE_n new.New Festival, which you can easily do by reading this blog post. We’re proud to officially announce some of the highlights, ranging from our up-to-the-minute pitches and keynotes from our high-class speakers to networking and side events like workshops, exit games, concerts, after work and pub crawls. But let’s start out with what the CODE_n partners have on display:
The innovators’ area
GFT will be portraying the innovation process for the financial world on 2×5-meter LED floor, enabling visitors to playfully walk through the five phases. The Holocube installation by Accenture, which is only one of their highlights, has been created especially for the festival, challenging three-dimensional imagination and design skills in the context of a virtual reality experience.
With the electric Streetscooter, four of our CODE_n partners – HPE, GFT, TRUMPF and Vector Informatik – will be showcasing cross-industry future scenarios for convenient processing. At the same time, EnBW will be providing a glimpse of the networked city of tomorrow with its multi-functional streetlamp. The virtual operating theatre at the B.Braun booth will put the present and the future of the HealthTech world on display. Painting in 3D? No problem, thanks to virtual reality: Google is presenting digitalization formats such as the brand new Tiltbrush VR Experience.
The Conference Program
For three days, CODE_n will bring together selected pioneers, digital visionaries, innovation teams from established companies, scientists, and of course inquisitive visitors. So far we are proud to say that 65 speakers and more than 100 sessions are already ligned up! Needless to say, a conference program lives and dies with the quality of speakers, which is why we made sure that – on three stages (Main, Innovation and Side), we bring you the best of the best. We’ve collected some highlight examples, which we’ve already announced through our social media channels. To get even more information on them and find out all about our 65 speakers, visit our special Speaker Blog Post.
Needless to say, a conference program lives and dies with the quality of speakers, which is why we made sure to bring you the best of the best. We proudly present our inspiring thought leaders! Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting some of our 65 experts from various fields, starting now!
Entrepreneuer Armin Pohl, who has already won an Emmy Award for his company’s visual effects in Game of Thrones, usually counts creating digital worlds for Mercedes Benz to his every day work tasks as CEO of Mackevision. During his keynote, he will take you into the colourful world of 3D-visualizations and digital effects and explain how these pictures that are being created change our perception of reality.
Neuro, Science, Entertainment – no one knows better how to link these three elements, than Dr. Henning Beck. As experienced neuroscientist and published author he usually supports business to use brain-based approaches in order to develop innovative and efficient workflows. Interested in how to “Brain the information”? Come join Henning’s session and find out more about deep understanding vs. deep learning.
Hannes Sjoblad is co-founder of the Sweden-based biohacker network Bionyfiken – and as a bodyhacker himself, he does not step back from experimenting with technology on his own body. That’s why we’re very excited to bring him live on stage to talk about the connected body and how to make humans a part of the Internet of Things.
Executive Vice President of Axel Springer – Christoph Keese – is leading one of Europe’s largest publishing group and knows that transforming a traditional publishing company into a digital one is not an easy task. Yet, Axel Springer is industry leader in digitalization. Exploring investment opportunities, Christoph Keese has spent 6 months in Palo Alto and will bring us a Report from Silicon Valley to Karlsruhe.