After an exciting as well as inspiring day at the CODE_n new.New Festival, Karlsruhe offers the festival’s participants and visitors a versatile nightlife. Check out the following tips to plan your perfect night out in Karlsruhe:
For everyone who likes good food, Karlsruhe offers various places to eat. These culinary offerings vary from down-to-earth places that offer regional specialties such as “Käsespätzle” (“Spätzle” noodles with cheese and roasted onions), “Maultaschen” (pasta squares filled with meat and/or vegetables) or “Schupfnudeln” (finger-shaped potato dumplings) to upscale cuisine and star restaurants. By the way: Vegans also have plenty of choice in Karlsruhe. There are many different vegan and vegan friendly restaurants, such as “My Heart Beats Vegan” or “Veg Veg”, which is why the city was just labelled as the most vegan friendly city with more than 250,000 citizens by Germany’s biggest animal rights organization PETA.
Moreover, Karlsruhe has a unique beer culture, with six breweries producing refreshingly delicious beer according to the German purity law. One of them is Hoepfner, one of the biggest breweries in Karlsruhe, which is located in a castle in the heart of the city center. If you don’t like beer, don’t worry: Karlsruhe has many cozy bars and pubs with cocktail happy hours and other special offers for every taste – for a fun night out with friends and new acquaintances. And in case you plan on spending all night drinking cocktails: At “Mauritius Karlsruhe”, which is right next to the city’s main station, there is always happy hour.
Aside from eating and drinking, Karlsruhe has to offer lots of other recreational activities: You can visit one of the city’s 22 theaters, watch a blockbuster or independent film at one of Karlsruhe’s four movie theaters (among which is the “Filmpalast am ZKM”, one of only four IMAX cinemas in Germany) or marvel at the “Schlosslichtspiele”, the spectacular light shows on the façade of Karlsruhe Palace. If you’re interested in a little more action, 3D black-light miniature golf, laser tag arenas and live escape games provide variety late into the evening.
Still don’t want to go to bed? Off you go into one of the city’s night clubs. Almost every day, they play all kinds of music – a perfect way to end your night out in Karlsruhe by dancing through the night. After that, just be sure to get back safely to your room – and to drink lots of water to be fit in the morning (for your next day at the CODE_n festival).
Karlsruhe is an important centre of IT. With over 4,200 companies, a diverse landscape of science and research, and circa 30,000 people employed in the ICT sector, Karlsruhe and its surrounding region comprise Europe’s fourth-largest IT cluster. This is also clearly reflected in the portfolio of Karlsruher Messe- und Kongress-GmbH (KMK). KMK is very favourably positioned in this future-oriented industry with well-established events about digitization in the fields of education, healthcare, and the mobility and financial sectors, which number among the core themes of the Code_n new.New Festival.
Picture: Behrendt & Rausch Fotografie
A few examples are: LEARNTEC, IT-TRANS – International Conference and Exhibition on Intelligent Urban Transport Systems –, the Congress on Ambient Asissted Living (AAL), SAP DKOM, and the COM trade fair for IT and banking. These and other events with a focus on IT annually attract thousands of experts from around the world to Karlsruhe. LEARNTEC and IT-TRANS also number among the exhibitors at CODE_n. More…
Walking around with information brochures is so 2015. And browsing a website on your smartphone can be annoying, too. But at new.New Festival you should feel totally comfortable and well informed. That’s why we got you covered with the new.New Festival App! Here you have everything easily at hand: from a map with all locations to information about the speakers, it’s all there. And yes, you can download it for free! So believe us, you will want this App to fully enjoy your visit at the new.New Festival. Are you curious? Then let’s talk about the features and benefits of the new.New Festival App! Oh, but if you cannot wait any longer, you can also get the free new.New Festival App here.
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…