“Photonics 4.0” is one out of four themed clusters on the agenda at this year’s CODE_n new.New Festival. The German photonics community is taking advantage of the occasion to meet up there at the “Photonik Strategie Forum 2016“. The sector is expecting a wide selection of input on the subject of the digital transformation at the start-up festival.
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The international photonics market generates annual sales revenues of around 350 billion euro and is expected to grow to around 615 billion euro by the year 2020. But what is photonics? Photonics is derived from the word “photon”, which is the light particle, and electronics. The term photonics is used for technologies which generate light, control it or harness it for our use.
These typically include high-power lasers which can cut effortlessly through metal sheets measuring several centimetres in thickness. Or super bright LEDs in car headlights which illuminate the road in every situation perfectly using an intelligent sensor system. This also includes various types of high-precision optics which are used in lifesaving imaging techniques and microscopes, which are installed in compact smartphone cameras or which look into the depth of space as eyes of telescopes.
When we encounter the science of photonics in everyday life, it is often “visible invisible”. And yet it is essential for many aspects of life in our modern digital age. This is particularly significant in the case of the Internet. Only with an almost infinite number of short light pulses in fibre optics our gigantic volumes of data actually can be transported around the entire globe. More…
“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
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 partners – HPE, 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. More…
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!
Entrepreneuer 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.
Neuro, 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.
Hannes 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.
Executive 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. More…
Albeit most technological advancements are yet to be integrated into real world applications, uptake in the healthcare segment has been quite impressive. Newer techniques of detecting pathogens, treating diseases and preventing infections have been invented, tested and applied, and the WHO organization has a five-year increase in the global life expectancy over the past fifteen years to show for it.
The institution of smartphones close to a decade ago, evolution of health apps as a result and discovery of health-tracking devices over the last five years have been at the centre of this feat, and a projected progression in the foreseeable future may even upstage the milestone.
Perhaps the most stirring characteristic of the current state of health technology is how it has been structured to chime in perfectly with modern lifestyle and pursuits. In such a busy world, nobody would choose the stopwatch-and-calculator option when a fitness tracker can record, store and display the amount of calories burnt over a morning jog. Quick, unmonitored and effective is what the 21st century calls for and that’s what science is providing. More…
We all know the dilemma: entering your PIN and passwords thousands of times a day is for sure secure – but can be very annoying. One of our great CODE_n CONTEST finalists provides a solution for that! In the next part of our startup series, you get to know Biowatch. The FinTech from Switzerland integrates biometrics into wearables and with that assures e. g. secure payments by vein authentication. Matthias Vanoni, Co-founder and CEO told us more about Biowatch.
What is Biowatch all about? How did you come up with the idea?
Matthias: Biowatch is all about getting rid of all these authentication steps we get through everyday, thousand times a day. PINs, passwords, keys, cards, fingerprint, etc. Biowatch is all about wearing our device on your watch to replace all other means of authentication. Biowatch is all about securing our wearable with a wrist vein recognition system. Biowatch is all about the unicity of your vein pattern.
The idea comes from the Brit Joe Rice, when he first patented vein recognition in 1985. The concept of using vein pattern to activate a watch that would seamlessly further authenticate the user on his/her behalf, has been advocated by Joe for years until I – PhD student on vein biometrics – convinced Joe to partner and eventually turn the vision into a product. This was during summer 2014.
“Digital Disruption“ – that’s the motto of this year’s CODE_n CONTEST. What makes your solution innovative, what makes it disruptive? Matthias: For the first time in history, we integrate biometrics into wearables. This may not look like a disruption when compared to biometrics in mobile phones such as TouchID, but simply like an evolution. Actually, it really is a revolution, because biometrics integrated in wearables means the end of user authentication! Where TouchID asks the end-users to show their biometrics hundred times a day, Biowatch only asks the end-user to show his biometrics once while putting the wearable on. This disruption is made possible by innovation in image acquisition of a vein pattern from a wearable and overall miniaturisation-related issues. More…
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 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.
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!
Digital solutions are finding their way into all areas of life and work. With this digital transition, we are seeing disruptive technologies present the old economy with staggering challenges. Entire industries are being forced to redefine themselves from one day to the next – and traditional business strongholds are following suit. Christian Birnesser from our CODE_n new.New Festival partner Cyberforum has summed things up for us in a feature called 11 reasons why Karlsruhe is ready for the digital transition. And what kinds of things the city should focus on despite – or maybe because of – its terrific starting point:
1. Lead through IT
The “fan-shaped city” already got a head start in the race to introduce digital solutions. As a bastion of Germany’s IT industry, Karlsruhe is inherently digital: The region is home to roughly 4,200 IT companies providing 36,000 jobs. A 2014 EU study of the most important ICT hubs on the continent listed Karlsruhe as a frontrunner thanks to its strong foundation of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – right behind metropolises like Munich, London, and Paris.
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Where other locations have to start at square one, Karlsruhe already has a great footing. Now it’s important to keep up the momentum and not give out just before the finish line.
2. A new IT generation is up and coming
Karlsruhe is a college town with 43,250 students at 9 universities and schools of applied sciences. Nearly 20% of these students are enrolled in IT-related programs. The renowned faculties at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) attract talented students from all across the country. IT and informatics have never before been in such high demand: In the winter semester of 2015/2016, there were 730 first-year students enrolled in informatics courses, just at KIT alone. That’s more than were registered back in 2012/2013, when double the number of high school graduates headed off to college. So this is know-how that has come to be very important in the age of digitalization.
It might sound like a broken record but: Today’s students are the specialists and managers of tomorrow. If they can be attracted to stay put and not move away, that’s great for the local economy – for the long term.
3. Breaking ground for business
The fan-shaped city has cultivated a very attractive startup scene. There’s a good level of exchange and people meet up regularly at events like the founders’ BBQ. The support that’s on offer is also exemplary: The Center for Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship (CIE) is an ideal first port of call for business founders. It’s located directly on the KIT campus. With its CyberLab, the CyberForum runs its own incubator or accelerator especially for IT and high-tech startups. And both the city and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) are in a great position to offer consulting services. Beyond this, all key stakeholders have become involved in the network of founders in Karlsruhe. More…