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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…

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Raising expectations: CODE_n Hall 16 at CeBIT ’15

This morning, doors opened at the world’s largest trade fair for IT & Digital Business: CeBIT 2015 in Hanover. For CODE_n, the week began on Sunday already and it started quite promising: the press conference with the CODE_n partners Trumpf, Accenture, EY and Salesforce was very well-attended; the ROBOCHOP installation got lots of attention even before the doors officially opened. This morning, the last of the CODE_n finalists arrived and adorned their boots. First impression? The next five days are set out to be quite spectacular! Let’s have a look at what is yet to come.

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To start with an overall proposition: Digitization is everywhere, not just in hall 16. During the opening event, China – the partner country of this year’s CeBIT – presented itself as IT-site. Alibaba founder Jack Ma, for example, introduced a system for online payment. The main topics throughout the whole exhibition are Big Data & Cloud, Digital Transformation, IoT, Mobile, Security and Social Business.

GFT as initiator and CODE_n as innovative platform for startups and established corporations have identified where the trend is headed: Going back to hall 16, it can be said that the pivot of the digital avant-garde is here and it’s massively impressive. The 50 finalists, the partners, the hall design itself – it all revolves around one topic: Into the Internet of Things.
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Finalist |KIWI.KI (Germany) – Connecting cities by making the physical key obsolte

KIWI is a handsfree access-as-a-service infrastructure for apartment buildings providing efficiency gains for the real estate industry and true convenience for residents. KIWI makes the physical key obsolete and connects cities by connecting every front door. We talked to Dr.-Ing. Christian Bogatu, Managing Director Product, Sales & Marketing of KIWI about his solution.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Christian Bogatu (KIWI.KI): The idea for KIWI actually came from our co-founder Claudia Nagel. Standing in front of her door one day, hands full of shopping and the kids at her side, she was wondering why she still has to use physical keys these days. When she then spotted mail men and garbage collectors with their huge key chains, she realized that a more intelligent solution to deal with all the key hassle could actually be quite successful. That’s how the idea for KIWI was born.

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

Christian Bogatu (KIWI.KI): KIWI.KI builds a citywide IoT infrastructure based on KIWI – secure, hands-free access-as-a-service for apartment buildings. For our business customers, access is at the core of their daily activities. Package delivery, waste management, and other service providers need to gain entry in order to do their jobs. This necessitates a huge headache of physical key management. With KIWI installed, it’s simple: A single “Ki” opens all authorized doors and management is done centrally and securely. The private residents, on their part, enjoy the safety and convenience of hands-free access with KIWI. But there are even more potential user groups like rescue services or in the field of ambient assisted living. For example, the Berlin fire brigade has already been using KIWI in a pilot project since December 2014. More…

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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…

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Finalist | PipesBox (Germany) – “Benefits of smart devices are still hidden to the masses”

PipesBox is a hub for the smart home. Users are given an opportunity to identify their own unique use cases for their personal digital life. PipesBox includes Web services (e.g., Dropbox, Twitter) and wearables (e.g., Jawbone UP) as well as hardware devices so that users can create powerful applications by combining solutions. It is open to all smart home technologies. Jan Krog, CEO of PipesBox answered some questions for our short interview.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Jan Krog (PipesBox): Prior to starting the company, Elmar (CTO and co-founder) did lots of research in the field of the Internet of Things. That was years ago, when IoT was an abstract idea that only the experts knew about. The question was: how could devices and Web services be connected in an easy way to create additional value for the user. And thus the idea of PipesBox was born.

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

Jan Krog (PipesBox): PipesBox is a product for the end user. Smart Home is on the edge of the mass market. But there are several problems in the way: walled gardens (technology lock-ins), usability, attractive solutions, …
But most important: people just don’t know what they can do with all their smart devices. The benefits are still hidden to the masses.
PipesMarket solves this problem by making all kinds of device combinations searchable and visible to the user. More…

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Finalist | iTiZZiMO (Germany) – pioneers in simplifying IT

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iTiZZiMO is a German Industry 4.0 startup. Their “simplifier” is a platform that can standardize the development of business processes and connect backend systems with mobile and wearable devices using context-aware technologies.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

iTiZZiMO: Lots of companies use very complex systems based on enterprise software. Isolated solutions are often added to deal with a special problem that the established system can’t map properly. Using many systems consequently results in high maintenance for the IT department and difficult workflows for employees. There is double data administration which means that companies waste a lot of time. Furthermore, more and more companies are now finding it important to retrieve data independent of their current location. So our founders, Reza Etemadian (CEO) and Christian Kleinschroth (CTO), came up with the idea to start a business that addresses these problems: how can employees be provided with the right business data and how can IT landscapes and workflows be simplified.

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

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We primary target is CIOs and IT specialists at companies. This is because they are the people who get to decide on new software and hardware integration. Our secondary focus is the users in the company. They are the important ones to watch if you want to get reasonable feedback on process optimization or innovative business solutions. More…

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Finalist | ComThings (France) – digital key for parking space sharing

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Our Finalist ComThings from France offers a digital key for sharing parking spaces and home deliveries. Access is managed via smartphone and granted via the cloud without physical modification to entry mechanisms. We talked to Djamil Elaidi, the CEO of ComThings, about his solution.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

Djamil Elaidi (ComThings): Today, almost everything can be shared via apps or Web services: cars, apartments, tools, clothes… We believe the next big thing after home and car sharing will be sharing parking spaces. But what’s the best way to share a parking spot securely and simply? There are currently no ways for people to do this effectively. Our technology allows the owners of parking spaces to rent out their parking spot for a number of hours or even days. Users benefit from the large offer provided by private individuals. Owners of parking spaces and users manage access by using their smartphone and an accessory that acts as a generic pass.

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

Djamil Elaidi (ComThings): Our audience is all people looking for an alternative, cheaper and widely available solution to the lack of parking spaces. We offer users the capability to park on spaces belonging to other private individuals. These spaces are generally much more numerous than regular parking lots. Owners of parking spaces digitize their standard remote control and create a digital key using their smartphone and our “appcessory.” This digital key is a secure clone of the original remote control. The process has been simplified to enhance the user experience and it only takes a few seconds. No modification to the garage door mechanism is needed. Users book and pay online. They access the system with the same appcessory which acts as a generic pass. Owners of parking spaces can revoke access at any time via the cloud. Since everything is managed with a smartphone, owners of parking spaces and users do not even need to meet. Our technology is perfect for buildings in joint ownership, where dealing with the management agency can be time-consuming. We also allow the operators of shared parking spaces or specialized market places to increase their offer by accessing spaces owned by private individuals. More…

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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…