The 6th global CODE_n startup competition was looking for groundbreaking business models and use cases based on pioneering technologies. This year’s CONTEST, “Intelligence X.0 – AI 4 industry and humans”, spotlights the 50 most progressive startups and industry disruptors worldwide at the new.New Festival 2018 in the fields of Machine Intelligence, Cryptographic Trust and Beyond Reality.
CONTEST WINNER 2018
Drum rolls for… Airfox! The USA-based company left 300 competitors from 42 countries behind and secured the grand prize of €15,000! Airfox is on a mission to provide more than two billion unbanked people in emerging markets with mobile access to financial services. Their proposal? Creating new banking solutions for undeserved low-income consumers using blockchain technology. They have developed a new mobile financial ecosystem and ultimately, a revolutionary microloan program, giving millions of people unprecedented access to affordable financial services.
A big round of applause to all of our winners:
Founder & Managing Director, Birds on Mars
Klaas Bollhoefer is founder/CEO of Birds on Mars, which develops strategies, structures, teams, and applications at the interface between AI and human intelligence. He was Chief Data Scientist & Evangelist at The unbelievable Machine Company for six years and did pioneering work on data science and engineering in Germany and elsewhere. Always sandwiched between business, IT, AI, and design, he calls himself a bridge-builder, a forward and lateral thinker. He is a certified Scrum Master, design thinker, mediator, and coach, and will never tame his curiosity.
A born entrepreneur, Ulrich Dietz set up his first company at the age of 19. In 1987 he founded the company GFT, which he actively managed for over 30 years. In 2017 he took over the position of Chairman of the Administrative Board at GFT to focus on the global strategy of the company. As the founder of CODE_n, Ulrich Dietz brings in his vision and network to foster digital innovation. Furthermore, he is an active member of several committees that lend support to startups and promote Germany as a prime location for IT innovation. In 2011, he was named German Entrepreneur of the Year.
Managing Director, CODE_n
As the CEO of CODE_n, Moritz Gräter fosters innovation by bringing together digital pioneers, thought leaders, and frontrunners with the aim of promoting new and sustainable business cases in the long term. This involves providing a vehicle for dialog between startups and established companies by drawing on a variety of tools, acting as a catalyst of innovation in this powerful area of the economy. CODE_n is short for Code of the New, the DNA of innovation. The goal: to drive new thinking and courageous ideas hand in hand with digital advancement.
Head of Lab1886
Since March 2016 Susanne Hahn is the Head of Lab1886 – Daimlers’ internal innovation lab including an own incubator. It is where new business ideas, including outside the core business, are identified, incubated and brought to market maturity.
Ms. Hahn was born on May 14th 1976 in Esslingen (Neckar) and joined the Daimler AG in 2001 as part of the Trainee program. After multiple assignments and managerial functions in engineering, production and supply chain management related areas, being executive assistant to a member of the board and leading Daimlers corporate organization division. She is now responsible for the Lab1886 with offices in Stuttgart, Berlin, Atlanta and Beijing.
Prof. Philipp Hennig
Professor for Methods of Machine Learning, University of Tübingen
Philipp Hennig is Professor for the Methods of Machine Learning at the University of Tübingen. He has developed a number of machine learning algorithms, some of which are in use at well-known AI companies. He is interested in the notion of uncertainty in algorithms, and is a co-founder of the area of probabilistic numerical computation.
Editor-in-Chief for Digital Products, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Carsten Knop is the editor-in-chief for all digital products of the German daily “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (FAZ.net). Until the end of 2017 he served as senior business editor for the same paper, based in the Frankfurt headquarters and in charge of the companies section. He contributes editorials and feature stories. He was born in Dortmund, and educated at the University of Münster, Germany. He was a business correspondent for FAZ in New York and San Francisco. Carsten Knop was already involved in CODE_n as a juror from the very first year of its inception.
Partner, dynamics (MHP)
Tanja Kufner is Partner at dynamics, the investor and startup accelerator spun off from the Porsche subsidiary MHP in 2018. With more than 20 years of experience in the startup and venture capital space, and having invested in over 100 companies to date, she was named one of the 50 most influential women in the startup and venture capital sector by EU-Startups in 2017. Before founding dynamics, she was Managing Director of Startupbootcamp Berlin with a focus on Smart Transportation & Energy, where she guided companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Airbus, here, EnBW, and DB on their innovation journey. Tanja Kufner holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.
CEO, GFT Technologies SE
Since June 2017, Marika Lulay is the CEO of GFT Technologies. In her former role as COO she assumed responsibility for the GFT core business and the key operational areas for 15 years. Before her career at GFT, she held a variety of management positions at Cambridge Technology Partners and Software AG. After her graduation, Marika Lulay was Co-founding a software developing company for the building industry.
Managing Partner, LEA Partners GmbH
Christian is a tech entrepreneur and investor from Karlsruhe, Germany. In 2016 Christian joined LEA Partners, a multi-stage private equity firm supporting founders and management teams in various development stages to achieve growth and market leadership. Prior to LEA, Christian founded BEONTRA, an Enterprise SaaS company focusing on supporting airport operators in optimizing their operations efficiency and retail activities and exited the company to Lockheed Martin in 2014.