CODE_n16 CONTEST Cluster

“Unveiling Digital Disruption”

In 2016 the CODE_n startup CONTEST once again focused on a digital hot topic which will keep businesses of all industries busy in the coming years: digital transformation. To stay competitive, companies have to come up with and implement digital strategies and technologies – they have to be agile and disruptive. This not only affects customer relations but also requires a change of culture – and bringing enormous opportunities for new businesses.

By flexibly adopting new technologies and developing new business models, startups serve as role models and potential partners for established brands to forge new partnerships and dare to be different.

Working in collaboration with strong sponsors and partners, the CODE_n CONTEST 2016 have been looking for startups with groundbreaking business models in the following categories:

Applied FinTech – powered by the GFT GroupApplied FinTech – powered by the GFT Group

The Applied FinTechs category is about financial solutions based on new thinking and new technologies, brought together in a very smart way. It’s about the “real world” – not just an idea but a clearly defined and dedicated business case. This new approach either solves known challenges in a highly innovative way or lays a path to completely uncharted territories.
The financial sector interfaces with all parts of life – it’s basically the foundation for everything. We interact with any number of things and are engaged in uncountable activities every day, sometimes consciously, sometimes not. As this happens, a myriad of data points are collected and stored within financial systems.

Where are those assets? How can we enrich them and make them more extensive? Who will analyse them, and how, or to what end? What role do humans play now and what could their role be in the future? How can we automate the financial tasks that are carried out by humans today – and at the same time create instant output that’s of a much better quality?

Amongst other things, this cluster includes business models related to:

  • Machine learning and robotics
  • Cognitive automation
  • Predictive analytics
  • Real-time marketing
  • Next best action, service personalization
  • Social mining
  • Devices, sensors, and products interacting with financial systems
  • Shared ledgers
  • Blockchain, “consensus computing”
FinTech Finalists
Connected Mobility – powered by Hewlett Packard EnterpriseConnected Mobility – powered by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

The digitalization of our world and the intelligence moving in “everything” opens completely new possibilities - improving the way we live, we work, we consume and communicate. The world starts arranging around us, knowing our needs, taking away tasks, easing our lives and enabling us to manage even greater complexity than we ever could have managed before.

Connected Mobility specifies the mobile aspect of  this new world – and the impact on the new transportation solutions for people, goods and information required to deliver the new value propositions and all the surrounding systems involved to make these happen.

Connected Mobility is about connected cars and the new services building around it – it is about integrated  services supporting us to travel smarter, finding the optimal transportation solution, ensuring a relaxed and efficient journey, offering us individual services depending on  where we are, which situation we are in and what are our preferences.

But it is also about the automation and optimization of the supply chain often spanning across companies and continents, about the fast delivery of goods or commodities as well as the tractability of goods, based on their origin, where they are and the condition they are in.

Finding the most efficient and secure logistical solution for a logistical task to do, ensuring legal and compliance rules while delivering a new and surprising experience for the user of the service is at the core of connected mobility.

What is the “next” thing startups are accelerating with? We are looking for new exciting concepts supporting, enabling and innovating connected mobility. Amongst others these can be around personal transportation, analytics, swarm intelligence, the connected car, security and compliance, interconnectivity, autonomous driving, manufacturing logistics, supply chain optimization, goods transportation, location based services, logistical marketplaces and track & trace solutions.

Connected Mobility Finalists

Like traditional industry, the combined health and health care sectors represent one of the largest markets affected by the digital transformation. Factors with the biggest impact on markets include the price squeeze, the increasing need to come up with product innovations, and registration. This is made worse by a lack of resources (especially in terms of HR), dealing with regulatory compliance, and management. Established institutions must change the way they operate dramatically – including their way of doing business – for their own sake and for the sake of patients.

While global players struggle to keep pace, young companies are growing and responding to the ongoing ‘consumerization’ of this sector. New technologies have to be implemented to cut costs yet still improve quality. These will also help make processes more efficient and transparent, enabling organizations to react to privatization and globalization, and develop virtual value chains.

Sophisticated, available, and affordable products, services, and technologies are the way forward. It is these kinds of solutions that will set the pace.

This area includes business models in fields such as:

  • Health care integration
  • Life sciences
  • Diagnostics, prognosis, and treatment methods
  • Medical devices, electronic products
  • Data management, storage, processing
  • Data security
  • Robotics
  • Prosthetics
  • Biotech
  • Operational excellence
Finalists Connected Mobility
Photonics 4.0 – powered by TRUMPFPhotonics 4.0 – powered by TRUMPF

PHOTONICS 4.0 describes how light will transform our work and social lives in the future. Light enables new applications in our industry, society, and environment with technologies such as advanced laser systems, image processing, and optical sensors. The success of future manufacturing in the era of Industry 4.0 will be determined by the efficiency with which complex manufacturing machines are integrated to incorporate smart human machine interfaces (HMI). The creation of a human industrial environment with high productivity and flexibility will be fueled by the use of next-generation photonics devices including intelligent sensors, augmented reality, and 3D printing.

In smart and connected manufacturing, advanced photonics technologies make it possible to combine energy and data transfer, data processing, secure communication, and storage – in new and revolutionary ways. Light will not only help us to enjoy a safer and more convenient lifestyle. It will also give us a deeper understanding of the world around us, powered by optical screening and detection technology.

Photonics 4.0 relates to all applications regarding:

  • Connected production technologies (machine manufacturing, car production,…)
  • Enabling photonics technologies
  • 3D printing: light-assisted technologies or printing with metal powder
  • Advanced laser technologies
  • Optical sensor and software technologies within the context of Industry 4.0
  • Optical technologies with dual use in industry and society
  • Augmented reality and wearables
  • Data security, storage, and processing
Photonics 4.0 Finalists