Lisa Flieg

“HealthTech is going to change our society” | Former CODE_n residents from monikit talk about their high-tech wearable for epileptics

Today we’re psyched for a special reunion! Our former residents from HealthTech startup monikit are visiting us again at CODE_n SPACES and have a lot to share. Founding duo Florian Lutz and Kevin Klett and their team were located on the Innovation Campus until November 2016, pouring their passion into a project to develop a wearable device that will help epileptics prevent seizures and manage their condition more effectively. When they were ready to take the next step in product development several months ago, the ambitious team moved to the University Hospital in Tuebingen, where they can test the system on patients suffering from epilepsy. Their aim is to finalize product development and launch their device as a smartwatch in the near future. In this exclusive interview, the co-founders brought us up to speed on when their smartwatch will hit the market, the hurdles that can crop up when developing medical devices, and why their small startup took the leap despite these difficulties. As always, we’ll ask the founders to give us some insights into the ups and downs on their startup rollercoaster, the challenges they face, and their top three tips for anyone who’s thinking about starting their own business.

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Lisa Flieg

degree° – the new high-tech wearable. CODE_n Alumnus cosinuss° launches next-generation fever thermometer

Founded in 2011 by Johannes and Greta Kreuzer, the Munich HealthTech startup cosinuss° has grown into a successful company. After pitching the idea at the CODE_n startup CONTEST at CeBIT in 2014, the enterprise has become well established following the development of cosinuss° One. This unique fitness tracker for professional athletes features a convenient and highly accurate heart-rate monitor and also measures the user’s body temperature.

Now the time has come for the startup to break new ground with the latest stellar product in its portfolio: degree°. Launching a Kickstarter campaign in March 2017, Greta and Johannes are turning their vision into reality – to help parents whose children are in danger of suffering a febrile seizure. Learn more about the new high-tech device, the story behind it and the Kickstarter campaign in this blog post, which also features an interview with the founding team.

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Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: WearHealth from Germany

wearhealth_logoThe wearables market is set to grow exponentially and has the potential to transform how healthcare services are provided. Wearable devices will soon generate large volumes of medical grade data, but without analysis and insight from health experts, they won’t reach their full potential. That is why our CODE_n CONTEST finalist WearHealth is on a mission to enable personalized mobile preventive health care by bringing together medical wearable technology, artificial intelligence, and health experts. Co-founder and CEO Esteban Bayro Kaiser tells us how this can be achieved:

What is WearHealth all about? How did you come up with the idea?

Esteban: WearHealth is the AI-driven platform that learns from health experts and data from wearables to empower Personal Health Assistance.

We are a research spin-off from the Institute for Artificial Intelligence at the University Bremen and have years of experience in dealing with data from wearables and machine learning. Due to the increasing shortage in global health workforce and avoidable healthcare costs that are attributed to non-adherence, there is a high demand for new solutions in the area of mobile health. At WearHealth we are building a context-aware personal health assistant (PHA) that is able to learn from health experts and data from wearables.

The first version of the PHA is able to recognize gestures such as pill-intake, eating and smoking with the help of commercially available wearables to support patients with medication adherence. We are working together with our customers the re- and health insurances and pharmaceutical industry to bring this solution to the market. More…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

Meet our CODE_n CONTEST Finalists 2016: Biowatch from Switzerland

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.

Biowatch_LogoWhat 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…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

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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Filiz Sarah Gärtner

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…

Filiz Sarah Gärtner

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?

iTiZZiMO:

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…

Dirk Baranek

Finalist | Glagla (France) – Footwear gets interactive with Digitsole

A shoe which tracks your activity, is connected to your smartphone and can even warm your feet – this tech vision will be realized by the French startup Glagla. We asked the founder Karim Oumnia – who worked for a number of years as an engineer in the footwear industry – how he came up with this idea and where this will lead to.

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Where did your idea for the company come from?

The idea came from a hunting company. The first time I thought about the Digitsole was when an old French company specialized in hunting products (guns) asked me to help them create a shoe collection, as an engineer. They wanted an innovation that would help them create a marketing buzz to launch their hunting shoes; but after a whole day of brainstorming at their office, nothing came up.  More…