International innovation contest gives sneak peek at startups and unveils physical and interactive display ROBOCHOP at the CODE_n exhibition at CeBIT
Stuttgart, 5th March 2015 – CODE_n CONTEST, the global innovation platform and competition for technology startups reveals the latest designs for its ROBOCHOP installation in Hall 16 at Hannover tech show CeBIT, representing this year’s theme of “Into the Internet of Things”.
CODE_n’s physical representation of the Internet of Things is already a key talking point in the lead up to the show. GFT have commissioned the internationally acclaimed design duo Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram to design a piece that captures the potential of a connected industry 4.0. The robotic interactive installation ROBOCHOP heralds The Internet of Things – using pioneering technology to connect anyone in the world with heavy industrial fabrication technology. It allows internet users worldwide to remotely control four giant industrial robots to manufacture customised objects – the pieces will be mailed to their designers anywhere in the world upon completion – free of charge.
See how it will work at www.robochop.com
This year, the contest has welcomed startups with innovations in the areas of Smart Cities, Digital Life and tech wearables, Smart Car technology and Industry 4.0/manufacturing. Chosen by the judges the 50 IoT pioneering finalistsfrom around the globe will be showcasing their technology to investors, the media and large corporates at CeBIT. The winning startup will receive international attention and EUR 30,000 to drive their IoT business forward and develop their winning concept further.
“CODE_n stands for code of the new and as an innovation platform it practices what it preaches, constantly growing, innovating and evolving. The contest itself was a quest to find the greatest innovators within the startup community and its finale in CeBIT over the years has built to a grand and breathtaking scale. The Internet of Things is creating the opportunities for today and shaping the future of what is possible for our lives and our communities on local, national and ultimately global scale. At CODE_n you will meet the startups leading that innovation.” says Ulrich Dietz, CEO of the GFT Group and initiator of CODE_n.
For 2015 UK finalist ODEN Technologies, CODE_n is proving an invaluable opportunity. Willem Sundblad, CEO and Founder said “We at ODEN Technologies are thrilled to take part in this year’s CODE_n competition. Being seen as one of the leaders of Industry 4.0 has been an appreciated stamp of approval to customers and investors and the opportunity to exhibit at CeBIT gives us a fantastic platform to meet new customers and tell our story about the journey to smarter factories.”
Odera Ume-Ezeoke, CEO and Founder of the CODE_n14 winner, UK big data startup Viewsy shares the impact of winning for his team: “Across all these events we’ve attended to promote our work at Viewsy to the startup community, none has impacted our international profile as much as CODE_n. The amount of awareness and attention we received went through the roof, putting us in touch with partners and prospects across the world. It was well worth the trip as our deal pipeline now owes a lot to CODE_n.”
Since its inception in 2011, CODE_n has indeed come a long way. Financial technology consultancy and initiator of CODE_n GFT, created the platform to nurture new and exciting technologies and provide opportunities such as exposure to investors and large corporate partners. CODE_n now also comprises CODE_n CONNECT, an online matchmaking platform connecting startups with potential investors and partners in large corporates and the soon to be unveiledCODE_n SPACES an innovation campus for startups and digital pioneers.
// About the UK&I 2015 CODE_n startup finalists
Oden Technologies (London, UK) www.odentechnologies.net
Oden Technologies makes Smart Factories. Using Oden’s hardware and software solution manufacturers can connect their existing machinery, QA equipment or sensors to get data to the cloud-based analytics platform. The software then visualizes process flows and problem while user-chosen- and machine-learning-generated alerts turns the analytics into quantifiable results.
Other UK&I startups
Evercam (Dublin, Ireland) www.evercam.io
Evercam is a developer platform for cameras that makes it easy to integrate IP cameras with any other software application or Internet of Things platform for visual inspection and verification of events. Evercam uses security cameras for non-security functions, e.g. Sales & Marketing by applying the open principles of IoT to the world of Closed Circuit Television.
Insulin Angel (Oxfordshire, UK) www.insulinangel.com
Insulin Angel is an Internet of Things device that is connected via Bluetooth to an app. It helps diabetics keep their Insulin in the safe temperature and never forget it.
Nwave (London, UK) www.nwavetec.com
The Nwave platform allows long range, low power, low cost Machine to Machine communications, that enables the penetration of the Internet of Things into areas poorly served by traditional cellular or short range technologies, and is opening up new horizons in everything from smart agriculture and advanced metering infrastructure, to smart parking, smart health and asset tracking.
// About the 2014 CODE_n winner
Viewsy (London, UK) www.viewsy.com
Viewsy is a performance management and location analytics company, focused on helping retailers modernise in-store reporting, cut customer waiting times and support decision making through the use of new age sensor technology, big data and analytics.
The 2015 finalists look forward to showcasing their technologies at the CODE_n exhibition in Hall 16 at CeBIT, Hannover, between 16-20th March. Keep up to date with CODE_n and ROBOCHOP at CeBIT by following @CODE_n.
// Notes to Editors
The ROBOCHOP web app is now live. Visit http://www.robochop.com/chop to create your objet d’art.
Further information about ROBOCHOP please visit: www.robochop.com
// The CODE_n link to HMS President
The striking dazzle design on World War 1 battleship, HMS President, was created by Tobias Rehberger. Rehberger also designed the first CODE_n experience at CeBIT in 2012 and is also helping the CODE_n team to create CODE_n SPACES – an innovation campus for startups and digital pioneers.
// About CODE_n
Initiated by the GFT Group in 2011, CODE_n is a global innovation platform for ambitious founders and leading companies. Featuring elements such as the CODE_n CONTEST, EVENTS, CONNECT and SPACES, the overall CODE_n initiative offers an ecosystem designed to network digital pioneers and support the development of new, digital business models. CODE_n stands for “Code of the New,” the DNA of innovation.
CODE_n will present the CODE_n Award for the fourth time in 2015, this time on the theme of “Into the Internet of Things.” Global partners of CODE_n are CeBIT, EY and Salesforce; conference partner is Accenture (in cooperation with Smart Service Welt); strategic partners are TRUMPF and EnBW.
// About the GFT Group
The GFT Group is a global technology partner for future digital issues – covering everything from discovering innovation to developing and implementing sustainable business models.
Within the GFT Group, GFT stands for competent consulting and reliable development, implementation and maintenance of customised IT solutions. The company is one of the world’s leading IT solutions providers in the banking sector.
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Headquartered in Germany, the GFT Group has stood for technological expertise, innovative strength and outstanding quality for over 25 years. Founded in 1987, the GFT Group is represented in eleven countries with a global team spanning 3,100 employees. The GFT Group is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Prime Standard).
// About CeBIT
Staged annually in Hannover, Germany, CeBIT is the digital industry’s leading event. Global enterprises, SMEs, startups and other companies and organizations take part in this unique blend of trade fair and convention to showcase all the relevant IT and digitalization topics like Big Data, Cloud Applications, Mobile Solutions, Social Business, IT Security and Internet of Things.
The CeBIT Global Conferences consist of keynotes and forums spotlighting the digital industry’s core markets. For CeBIT 2015, the lead theme is “d!conomy” and the official Partner Country is the People’s Republic of China. Further information is available at www.cebit.com.