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…

Dirk Baranek

Finalist | ivips Fleet Management (Belgium) – manage car fleets better

ivips fleet management quadratManaging corporate car fleets is time consuming and costly. The belgian startup ivips is offering corporations a solution which aims to optimize the organisation of fleets, but also to motivate drivers for better driving behaviours through a special bonus systems. We asked the CODE_n finalist some questions about his business model.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Fleet managers lack information about their vehicles to efficiently manage them, the related costs and the driving behaviour of those using them. Other software only offers partial solutions for an isolated aspect of a business without fulfilling crucial requirements specific to a sector. The idea was to offer fully integrated solutions tailored to a business’s needs aimed at cost savings, automation and efficiency by incorporating real-time vehicle communication with the rest of the business’s information.


Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Finalist | (Austria) – modern charging infrastructures is a cloud-based service provider from Austria with two applications: (1) be.ENERGISED, which enables anybody to operate a modern charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. The application controls stations, plans service operations and enables the billing of charging processes. (2) be.ORGANISED, which is a complete CRM and project management suite for small companies, including contact, project and document management, invoicing and billing. We talked to Martin Klässner, managing partner of our CODE_n finalist.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Martin Klässner ( Both founders have been working in several similar sectors in recent years. I was responsible for the service management of the charging infrastructure of a charging station manufacturer and figured out the need for a centralized, easy-to-use service management system for connected charging stations. Further developments also resulted in billing capabilities and a lot of additional functions, so that we now own a cloud-based software application that nearly fits all the needs of charge point operators.

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

Martin Klässner ( Our software is focused on the B2B sector. Our software services allows us to provide a turnkey solution, not only for charge point operators but also for companies that provide their own charging infrastructure, e.g., for their employees. Our software enables anybody to operate their own charging infrastructure – we answer all their technical requirements, except the charging station itself. With our services, we solve the “operation problem“ for our customers. Our software focuses on the technical operating process. Furthermore, it has extensions with customer relationship features. In the future, we plan to integrate smart grid functionality and we’re currently in production/development with a turnkey solution, also for targeted at utility companies, for later this year. 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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Dirk Baranek

Future mobility: the transport solutions of the future are already here with us today. A progress report.

People working on the transport solutions of the future need to base their ideas on the premise that cars – in the way they’re driven by the masses today – will be just one of a number of transport building blocks, not the crux of transport systems. They will be replaced by a network of completely different modes of transport, ways for humans to satisfy a basic need and travel as quickly and conveniently as possible from A to B. At least that’s the theory. And what will it look like in practice? Not bad actually. As we discover in this personal review.

Of luxury – and the luxury of not owning a car
I live such a life of luxury: since the beginning of the millennium, I’ve no longer owned a car. Hang on, isn’t owning a car what a life of affluence is all about? Free access to everything – a given right? Well until now, yes. But times change. The role of cars as status symbols is gradually becoming passé. Younger people in particular gravitate towards different status symbols like smartphones. But coming back to my travel habits, of course I do drive a car, in fact I love driving. But using a car to satisfy my travel needs is just one part of the jigsaw puzzle. Admittedly, it really helps living in a place like Stuttgart, a city regarded by many as pioneering when it comes to transport solutions. This role goes back to the early 20th century. It was here that the first Mercedes was engineered, ringing in the era of the automobile. It is also here that not only Daimler and Porsche now have their HQs, but also companies that furnish and fuel the global automotive industry like Bosch, Mahle, Eberspächer and the CODE_n partner Trumpf.

Stuttgart is the heart and lungs of the German carmaking industry, which makes it all the more interesting to find people here already shaping an alternative future for travel solutions. It sometimes feels like a huge laboratory. So as a contemporary of the car-less generation, what does my day travelling around this area look like? To answer that question, we need to assess the things I have on my to-do lists.

Local travel: horses for courses
carsharing StuttgartIf my destination is fairly near – ie, within 20km – the first question is whether the pretty efficient local transport network can get me there. In my case I have the underground, suburban trains and trams to choose from. I can work out the best way to get there by consulting an app offered by the local transport company. While doing this, I can also buy a ticket on my smartphone.


Lena Gaede

CODE_n delves ‘Into the Internet of Things’

Robotic Media Installation at CeBIT makes manifest Industry 4.0

The theme of this year’s CODE_n Contest is the Internet of Things (IoT), a nascent, future-facing development of the Internet wherein objects and systems are embedded with computing power and are able to communicate with each other. The contest seeks the most exciting founders and companies whose endeavors are leading the charge of this global, technological phenomenon. The 50 finalists will exhibit their leading-edge business cases in the 5,000 square meter space of Hall 16 during the CeBIT fair in Hanover, Germany.

The Internet of Things describes the ever-increasing networking capabilities of machines of all scales – from quotidian objects and wearable devices to vehicles, entire factories and cityscapes. Organized around the respective sub-themes DIGITAL LIFE, SMART CITY, FUTURE MOBILITY and INDUSTRY 4.0, both the CODE_n competition and subsequent exhibition at the CeBIT Fair will address this widespread digitalization of the physical world.While recent data suggests that 17% of the world’s software developers are working on IoT projects, the competition is set to showcase the most exciting and important proposals for maximizing the potential of the Internet of Things.

“We pick up where Big Data left off: with a globally relevant theme that is massively shifting the fields of economics and science,” proclaims Ulrich Dietz, initiator of CODE_n and CEO of the GFT Group.

“The Internet of Things is pushing companies to fundamentally rethink the way they do business. Groundbreaking ideas from the highly energetic startup scene are essential to take this vast, interconnected network to the next level and unlock possibilities yet unseen in the Internet of Things.”

Internationally renowned designers Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram have been commissioned to design the CODE_n exhibition, housed in the monumental space of CeBIT’s Hall 16. For the Hall’s design, the Internet of Things will be materialized as a series of interconnected objects and booths suspended in a web of scaffolding. Visitors will be able to traverse floating hallways and platforms populated with the latest and most innovative developments in the IoT.

The exhibition space will be anchored with an interactive robotic media installation entitled ROBOCHOP which invites internet users from across the world as well as fair attendees to design and fabricate a piece of furniture in real time. Weisshaar and Kram will develop an app that allows the global community to engage with the giant robotic arms sculpt material in situ.

“With ROBOCHOP, we are actualizing and personalizing the Industrial Internet. The often intangible web of technology becomes a concrete, interactive experience that nonetheless remains a taste of a not-so-distant future,”

proclaims Weisshaar. “The exhibition architecture parallels this condition by galvanizing the dialogue between new-guard company founders and industry titans.”

This very approach finds its digital counterpart in form of CODE_n CONNECT, a platform dedicated to creating a sustainable exchange between entrepreneurs, SMEs, established industrial powerhouses and investors.

Oliver Frese, Head of CeBIT at Deutsche Messe AG, says,

“the home of CODE_n, Hall 16, will once again be the center of fresh, exciting business cases at CeBIT.”


Call for Entries for the Innovation Contest starts in September

Startups that want to participate in the CODE_n Contest can register via as of early September 2014. Eligibility standards include: companies founded in 2010 or later and whose business model leverages the Internet of Things. Deadline is November 30, 2014.

The 50 finalists will receive a free exhibition space in Hall 16 as well as a permanent presence on the digital platform CODE_n CONNECT. The winner will receive the CODE_n Award and a grand prize of €30,000.

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Laura-Marie Schneider

Audio Interview with CODE_n finalist Alexander Zosel (E-Volo)

Have you ever heard of an electrically powered aircraft that can take off and land vertically like a helicopter? Well, if you haven’t, you don’t know the volocopter.

The e-volo volocopter is a completely novel, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) manned aircraft, which cannot be classified in any existing category. In his interview, Alexander Zosel, one of the three inventors, introduces the volocopter and explains what makes it unique.

Laura-Marie Schneider

Audio Interview with CODE_n finalist Alix Bowman (Organic Transit)

If you’re interested in alternative transportation, the ELF is a must-see at CeBIT. It’s a solar/pedal hybrid vehicle designed by the US startup Organic Transit, which allows users to get around urban centers in an environmentally friendly way.

In our interview, taken at CeBIT, Alix Bowman introduces the solar/ pedal hybrid vehicle and gives valuable advice for future CODE_n participants.