Among the finalists are startups from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, the UK and the US.
There is a strong international mix in the topic areas Future Mobility, Digital Life and Smart City. The eleven Smart City finalists come from ten different countries. Cities around the world are growing at breathtaking speed. Many city administrations face huge challenges with regard to mobility, energy supplies, scarce resources, environmental protection and health provision, says Mark Smith, Managing Partner at EY (Ernst & Young). Coping with the growth of these cities while maintaining or even improving the quality of life requires completely new ideas. Innovative digital technologies can help here. And Im truly impressed by the intelligent and creative ideas and solutions developed by the finalists in these future-oriented fields, stresses Smith.
Frank Riemensperger, Country Managing Director of Accenture in Germany and co-chairman of the Smart Service Welt working academy, is not overly surprised by the large number of German finalists: The reason why Germany is so strongly represented this year is clearly connected with the topic area Industry 4.0, he says. Of the 13 finalists whose innovations focus on the industrial Internet of Things, nine are from Germany this clearly shows the opportunities offered by the strong industrial core of Europes largest economy. Especially when it comes to harnessing the almost limitless possibilities of digitization to develop Internet-based service business models around intelligent products. The need for digital transformation is huge and offers excellent growth prospects, especially in the leading industrial sectors. In their various approaches, the Industry 4.0 finalists have focused on platform solutions with which companies can efficiently manage their maintenance, administration and development of machine-to-machine applications.
Salesforce Germanys CEO Joachim Schreiner is impressed by the variety of CODE_n solutions which have created a veritable ecosystem of innovations: Whether its parking space sharing, central smart home control systems, clothing sensors which precisely measure and analyze your current health, or self-learning data mining solutions for forward-thinking analyses which help companies optimize their processes all these ideas and business models are already emerging. This provides established companies with a huge reservoir of possible partners and future opportunities. And all this over five days in a unique exhibition hall this is what makes CODE_n so fascinating.
CODE_n15 is the perfect fit for CeBITs lead topic d!conomy, says Oliver Frese, Member of the Board of Deutsche Messe with responsibility for the CeBIT trade show. It gives young startups with disruptive ideas the chance to show what digitization will mean for industry and society in future. As in the years before, CODE_n15 will once again be a nucleus for digital pioneers at the CeBIT. And with this years motto, Into the Internet of Things, Im certain hall 16 will once again thrill our visitors.
CODE_n Blog: The 50 finalists at a glance
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, CULTURE, 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.