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From Google and Cyborgs to Game of Thrones: new.New Festival guarantees unbridled excitement for everybody

“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

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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 partnersHPE, 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.
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CODE_n new.New Festival: Meet our inspiring speakers!

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!
 

13891869_1277581888926116_3830363214716681425_nEntrepreneuer 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.

13906788_1286804218003883_3521143008399265468_nNeuro, 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.

13924810_1285939741423664_4015528905281743244_nHannes 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.

13892139_1280428458641459_2338026545172668346_nExecutive 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.
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Guest feature | 15 Reasons to Choose Karlsruhe

What many people associate with Karlsruhe are the Federal Court of Justice, the Federal Constitutional Court as well as the city’s soccer team, the Karlsruher SC. Being a young and innovative city, Karlsruhe has so much more to offer to its inhabitants and visitors, though. Check out the following 15 reasons (there are many more, of course) why Karlsruhe is the perfect location to visit or settle down:

1. Karlsruhe offers 3,240 square kilometres of space for ideas.

Karlsruhe is one of Europe’s most prosperous technological centres. And if you happen to have a good idea yourself, more than 10 advisory centres for startups can help you transform your idea into a viable business with a sustainable future.

22. We prove every day how well this actually works.

Karlsruhe is Baden-Württemberg’s strongest economic region and ranks among the top ten economic centres on a national basis. And that is of course great for the people of Karlsruhe, too, because at 4.7 %, the unemployment rate is among the lowest in Germany.

Illustration Bundesverfassungsgericht3. What makes Karlsruhe a “secret capital”?

Everyone in Germany knows that Karlsruhe is home to the Federal Constitutional Court and the Federal Court of Justice. But how many people realise that there are other key national institutions here, such as the Max Rubner Federal Research Institute for Nutrition and Food, or the Federal Waterways Engineering and Research Institute?

4. So you like swimming?

Then why not take a dip in one of Karlsruhe’s twelve indoor or outdoor swimming pools, or one of more than 20 recreational lakes in the region? Or do you prefer to keep your feet firmly on dry land when it comes to sport? Then you could take advantage of our excellent network of cycle tracks or simply go jogging. No less than 60 % of the city area is green and the Hardt Forest begins just beyond the market square.

5. The fan-shaped layout of the “Fächerstadt” makes for a beautiful cityscape.

And you will need a fan yourself, because Karlsruhe enjoys warm, Mediterranean-like summers! With 1691 hours of sunshine, it is the fifth sunniest city in Germany. The balmy summer evenings will tempt you to linger at one of the many restaurants, cafés or bars that give the city its southern flair. More…

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Guest feature | Karlsruhe – here is where the tech startups are

Karlsruhe is excited to welcome the CODE_n new.New Festival including this year’s 52 finalists of the startup contest. The whole city is known for influencing the industrial history of the German southwest – not only by inventing bicycles and cars some decades ago, but also by shaping today’s digital transition. The universities located in Karlsruhe combined with one of Europe’s highest density of ICT-SMEs involved in research and development and quite a few renowned research institutes produce a unique number of interesting emerging startups, especially in the field of hightech and ICT. Unsurprisingly, two of the 52 CODE_n finalists are from Karlsruhe.

We would like to introduce some of the most promising young companies based in the “Fächerstadt” to you:

CODE_n finalist otego – revolutionizing the sensor market

otego is poised to be the first manufacturer of low-cost thermoelectric generators (TEGs) that are suitable for mass use. By avoiding batteries in IoT devices, otego TEGs are a sustainable solution for harvesting energy using wireless sensors and actuators. otego aims to sell its generators directly to sensor manufacturers and smart home OEMs. To achieve this, the team is setting up its own production line (capacity 1 million TEGs per year) and is already in regular contact with many potential customers.

CODE_n finalist Kinemic – gesture control at a new level

Kinemic develops software to control and interact with digital devices – from smart watches, to smartphones, AR glasses, and PCs. All it takes is a few hand and arm motions. Kinemic is currently developing its first finished products with major German enterprises. Later, the plan is to license the patented technology to OEMs and other software developers.

ArtiMinds Robotics – redefining the way of robot programming

ArtiMinds fills the gap between autonomous and self-learning robots and classical industrial robots by providing software that is widely applicable and specialized in extremely fast and intuitive generations of complex, sensor-adaptive motion programs for robot arms, grippers and tools. This allows the industrial use and application of robotics even for varying processes and products and small production lots.

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: Bodle Technologies from United Kingdom

Another meeting with one of our finalists is on the agenda! In the third part of our series, we talked with Peiman Hosseini, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Bodle Technologies, who told us all there is to know about the UK based startup. Bodle provides advanced optoelectronic solutions for revolutionary displays and smart windows.

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

Bodle_LogoPeiman: It all started from a breakthrough in optoelectronics published by our founders in Nature. Our unprecedented technology can filter, steer or dim light at a flick of a switch and most importantly, without consuming any power after the switching is completed. The research has received broth popular and scientific press coverage across the world from India and Australia to Europe and the US such as the MIT Technology review, New Scientist, The Economist, Fortune, BBC news and many others. More recently, we managed to acquire a considerable amount of venture capital funding and spun out Bodle Technologies, a startup company that aims to commercialize various applications based on our invention.

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

Peiman: Bodle’s entirely solid state technology could enable a new generation of flexible, ultra-thin, reflective displays, with thicknesses in the range of nanometre and ultra-high resolution. Several features distinguish this technology from what is currently available: such displays will be naturally ultra-high in resolution with pixels in the nanometre region. As a comparison, the latest generation LCD / OLED displays have pixels more than 600 times bigger than Bodle’s proof of concept. Bright colours are created by interference without using filters, dyes or organic materials. This feature allows the creation of deeply saturated colours with a gamut larger than that of LCD and even OLED displays. The switching time is also amazingly short; the average switching speed of current LCD display is in the µs range, 100 to a 1000 times slower than our proof of concept. Because of the reflective nature of Bodle’s display technology, no back illumination is necessary in order to clearly perceive an image and power consumption is drastically reduced. Such displays would be readable even in bright sunlight – something that the current colour displays are not capable of. More…

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Don’t miss out! 5 reasons why you need to come to the CODE_n new.New Festival on Sep 20-22

In times of digital transformation, it is more important than ever for companies to keep up with trends and stay proactive. Don’t you sometimes wish you had a crystal ball to see what’s going to be the next big thing for your industry? Visiting our new.New Festival can almost feel like having that power: the festival is all about innovation and will uncover current and future developments of digital transformation. Here are 5 reasons you won’t want to miss the event!  

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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: INS Insider Navigation from Austria

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Part two of our startup series! This time we would like to introduce Insider Navigation (INS), the first company that offers augmented reality based indoor navigation without the use of additional hardware. INS, belonging to our Connected Mobility cluster of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST, offers complete indoor experience concepts creating benefits for visitors, tentants and operators. We talked to Clemens Kirner, founder of Insider Navigation, about his startup based in Austria.

What is INS Insider Navigation all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Clemens: We are the first supplier to offer a hardware free indoor navigation from the process of initialising a venue till the actual usage from users. No need for Wifi, beacons or whatever. It merges real and digital world and so brings end user a total new indoor experience and business clients have an efficient way to merge their data with its buildings.

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

Clemens: Our solution is easy scalable and so enables everybody around the world to map and augment their buildings. This will change how people work and interact with buildings.

You’re one of the 13 finalists in the Connected Mobility contest cluster. Which challenges do you think young companies have to face in this sector? How do you handle these challenges?
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Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: BuchhaltungsButler from Germany

52 CODE_n CONTEST finalists – that means 52 amazing teams, 52 innovative business models – and – also, 52 exciting interviews: Over the next weeks, we will present each finalist with a short Q&A, giving you a first impression and some valuable insights before you can get to know them yourself during our new.New Festival in September. We are happy to start off this series with BuchhaltungsButler – a Berlin-based startup belonging in our Applied FinTech cluster. Read on to find out all about their “out of the box accounting” tool!

Logo für BlogWhat is BuchhaltungsButler all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Maximilian:
BuchhaltungsButler is all about automatizing the financial accounting process. It is designed for the needs of SMEs and automatically turns transactions and invoices into accounting records.

The user just has to connect the bank accounts and upload the invoices. Instead of manually doing the sorting (invoice to transaction) and accounting work, the user only has to validate the automatically generated data.

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

Maximilian: We tried to design an accounting tool out of the box, that not only meets the requirements of freelancers and solo entrepreneurs but still meets the requirements of SMEs, currently working with Lexware or DATEV. Our main focus is automation. We do not want to over engineer our product and might never have all features DATEV has, but we aim to automatize 80%+ of the accounting work through AI, that is currently done manually.

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?

Maximilian: I believe that the FinTech industry is still behind other industries when it comes to digitalization. It is a sector that is mostly dominated by bigger players with larger resources, who are slowly getting aware of the challenges of digitalization. Although there is huge potential for Startups in disrupting this industry, there is also a big risk of being pushed out of the market by existing players, once they use their resources to build something innovative. So speed is absolutely crucial to succeed in this industry! More…