Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Finalist | HUDWAY (Latvia) – Ensuring a clear view for drivers, always.

Hudqay quadratHUDWAY is an augmented-reality application for navigation when visibility is reduced to 50-60 meters and overall conditions are dangerous — heavy snow, rain, fog, dusk or darkness. The user puts the smartphone onto a dashboard, close to the windshield, and starts driving. The live visualization of the road created on the smartphone screen is reflected off the windshield, making it a HUD. Ivan Klabukov, Co-founder and CEO of HUDWAY tells us more about the origin of their idea, the rocky road until they came up with the final solution and all the great functionalities it offers now.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Ivan Klabukov (HUDWAY): The idea, just as it often happens, came from a real need. My brother – the project co-founder – is a professional rally pilot. He once came up to me and asked me to create a mobile app that would display a road line and the vehicle’s position on it — like you see in games. A rally co-pilot could use this info to get their current speed, locate their position and check if they’re lost.

We made a simple app and then had to work out how to display this info on the windshield. This would allow the pilot to see the info too. Moreover, this would support the co-pilot’s instructions, which is important, especially for junior co-pilots. We couldn’t just attach the phone or tablet in front of the pilot — it would reduce his visibility. Plus, you can’t take the pilot’s eye off the road — to imagine how focused the pilot has to be, imagine driving along a narrow, windy forest road at 150 km/h.

Then we thought about projecting the image onto the windshield. We did some research and found some guys in the USA who already manufacture head-up devices with laser projection onto a special film glued onto the windshield. This was a cool solution, but also a very expensive one. We saw no way forward and almost gave it up. More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Finalist | PTX technical expertise (Germany) – Vision for Motion

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4D MMS – “Multi Mobility Safety” enables machines and vehicles to see and recognize objects. Ferdinand Wiegelmann, the CEO of PTX technical expertise, explains how: Machines and industrial robots do not have to be in a secured area or operate within an enclosed system. Instead, they can still act independently by using a 3D laser scanner. So cars can now detect their surroundings on a much more detailed 3D level, instead of using radar or ultrasonic sound.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Ferdinand Wiegelmann (PTX technical expertise): The idea for 4D MMS based on laser scanning comes from the need to make machines, robots and vehicles more flexible and to enable them to see and recognize objects. We call this “vision for motion.”

For which kind of audience is your product or service intended and what problem is it solving?

Ferdinand Wiegelmann (PTX technical expertise): Our customers are providers of industry automation systems, industrial and forklift trucks as well as transport robots. Their aim is to increase productivity and avoid collisions. Thanks to 4D MMS, their immediate environment can be detected and motions can be predicted.


Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Finalist | parkpocket (Germany) – big data for real time parking solutions

parkpocketparkpocket is a big data company for parking. In real-time, car drivers are informed about vacant car parks, prices, e-mobility charging stations and other features, and are directly navigated there. We talked to Karoline Bader, CFO of parkpocket about their solution which can be used via its own mobile app, but also be integrated into other digital devices and services.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Karoline Bader, CFO: Stefan had the original idea when he still studied at Hohenheim University and lived close to Stuttgart Airport. Being faced with the parking problem around that area and the lack of transparency in the parking market, he started to look into different approaches for solving that problem starting with a shared parking approach. Today, however, parkpocket has become a big data company in the parking market showing car drivers in real-time where to park, how much it costs and even where to charge their electric vehicle. Particularly, through the support of several cities and municipalities, this advancement was possible.

For which kind of audience is your product or service intended and what problem is it solving?

Karoline Bader, CFO: On the one hand, parkpocket’s service is tailored to enhance transparency and reduce parking search time of car drivers in urban areas via parkpocket’s mobile application. On the other hand, B2B customers such as navigation system providers, car manufacturers or automotive suppliers integrate parkpocket’s solution into their own digital devices or services, e.g. in the context of a connected-car solution. Hence, parkpocket is able to support cities and municipalities in enhancing traffic management, reducing traffic volumes and decreasing CO2 emissions. More…

Domenique Becker

We present CODE_n15 Top 50 Finalists from 17 countries

Mission accomplished: Out of 400 startups from all over the world, 50 are now finalists of this years CODE_n CONTEST “Into the Internet of Things”. From March 16-20, those handpicked young entrepreneurs will showcase their innovative Digital Life, Future Mobility, Smart City and Industry 4.0 solutions as part of our CODE_n hall 16 at CeBIT.

Selected by looking at criteria such as degree of innovation, quality of business case, quality of presentation or technological innovation, all 50 finalists have five days to connect with one another and to showcase their idea and business models to visitors, potential partners, investors and customers.

“In some cases you actually find yourself saying ‘I should have thought of that myself’. But in every single case, the dedication, technical expertise and vision displayed by our finalists to implement their ideas is truly impressive.”

says Ulrich Dietz, CEO of the GFT Group and Initiator of CODE_n

Curtain up for the 50 CODE_n15 finalists from 17 countries:

Digital Life


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aisoy builds a revolutionary emotional robotic mentor for kids. Friendly, helpful, intelligent and connected, aisoy enhances creativity through discovery combined with a new class of personal robotic platform for an innovative educational concept.

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ambiotex produces a smart sensor shirt for health conscious individuals, who have the desire to analyze their vital data and to improve their performance. The shirt combines fitness monitoring technology with state of the art textiles to obtain an innovative high-tech shirt which measures data such as heart rate variability (HRV), respiration rate, training performance and stress levels.

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Connected Health builds a secure connection between doctors and patients.
Our product LifeTime allows patients to transfer health data be it medical history or data acquired by wearable tech devices in the doctor’s office locally & securely from and to their smartphones.

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Cozify Oy

Cozify is an easy and intelligent service to simplify the use of smart devices at home. The goal is to bring home automation to everyone. Cozify hub easily automates smart devices across different manufacturer specific silos.

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Lena Gaede

CODE_n14 finalist Graphmasters: “We make individual decisions for every driver”

The team behind Graphmasters, a young German company, has developed an internet-based traffic management solution for navigation devices that helps drivers avoid traffic jams. They claim to be the first company providing individual routes and decisions for every driver. Christian Brüggemann, one of the founders, explains what sets his company apart from the competitors.

CODE_n @ CeBIT took place at the beginning of March – several weeks have now passed. How did you experience your time at CeBIT and especially the weeks after?

The Graphmasters Team

The Graphmasters Team

CeBIT was a great opportunity to meet potential new customers. I was really surprised by the quality of the discussions we had at the booth. The week was packed but nonetheless fun, and it certainly helped us a lot in the long run. After CeBIT, we have had many follow-up meetings and have now started projects with some of our new customers.

You have developed a traffic management solution. How do you gather the necessary data? And how do you use it for your business model?

At Graphmasters, we believe that the only way to optimize traffic flow is to prevent traffic data from being broadcast. Whenever traffic data is broadcast through a channel over the internet or radio, navigation systems use it to recalculate alternative routes, so decisions are made on those individual devices. But with all devices making decisions based on the same data, this has an impact on further traffic jams. Ultimately, one could argue that live traffic data becomes worthless as soon as it is broadcast. That’s why we gather anonymous data from client devices using our service and do not broadcast it anywhere. Instead, we make individual decisions for every driver based on the data we’ve collected. More…

Janina Benz

Let the next generation of car sharing begin.

Antonia Schulte -  Marketing & Community Manager @ carzapp

Antonia Schulte – Marketing & Community Manager @ carzapp

As mentioned in the past days, two of our CODE_n13 finalists – Codeatelier and carzapp – were invited to join Continental at the IAA. Today we interviewed Antonia Schulte, Marketing and Community Manager at carzapp, about the latest developments and their expectations for the IAA.

Janina Benz: Hello, Antonia. What’s new at carzapp?

Antonia Schulte: carzapp started beta testing at the IFA on September 6. Anyone can now apply to become a beta tester, and with a little luck, they will be given access to the portal. 100 car owners will be selected, and the ZappKit will be installed in their cars free of charge. The ZappKit counter at shows how many ZappKits are still available for free installation. We plan to start fitting the first cars with our hardware as early as October. Let the next generation of car sharing begin. More…

Lena Gaede

Trouble for the Electric Car Industry?

Although the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, and Tesla Model S have been released to great fanfare, the electric car industry has had mixed results as of late. The Volt hasn’t made money—GM may even be losing money on each sale—and Nissan has sold fewer than 5,000 (out of an expected 25,000) Nissan Leafs. On the other hand, Tesla has over 10,000 orders for the Model S sedan, and delivered its first cars in June of this year. While electric cars are still in their infancy, if consumer interest doesn’t start to pick up, government support will waver. Read more at DailyFinance.