Ulrich Dietz, the CODE_n initiator, states: “There are already a number of really exciting business ideas. The CeBIT is an ideal location for companies in the Digital Economy to present their concepts and business ideas to a global audience”. The CEO of IT company GFT Technologies AG, was himself recently named “Entrepreneur of the Year” in Germany. Dietz plans to open a unique “Hall of Innovation” in Hanover – a lively, open meeting place for innovators to discuss new mobile solutions for the future. CODE_n12 is being sponsored by Deutsche Messe AG, Ernst&Young, Fujitsu, ZKM and BITKOM.
Managing Director of GFT UK, Christopher Ortiz commented “the UK, and London in particular, is a hotbed of technology start-ups driving innovation and developing new ideas. Mobile, especially in the banking sector, is shaping the way we do business and live our lives, so we’re very interested to see how UK star-ups are responding to the challenge of a mobile life. We’re also sponsoring the travel costs to CeBIT for the top ranked UK finalist company”.
The market for mobile devices and solutions is currently booming. Analysts expect that by 2013 every third company employee – or over 1.14 billion people – will be using smartphones to receive e-mails and access business information via the Internet. The consumerisation of business applications will add further momentum to the digital mobility trend, especially with regard to security and real-time applications. The pace of development in the field of mobile solutions for end consumers is already fast – particularly with regard to sport, health and public administration apps. New York, for example, was recently the first council to present its strategy for a digital city.
But there are still “plenty of unsolved problems and undiscovered applications,”
Lars Hinrichs, founder of the XING network and one of the CODE_n12 jury members. The competition offers a wide field for innovations:
Deutsche Messe AG, one of the competition’
Start-ups with creative IT-based solutions on the topic of “Shaping Mobile Life” have until 30 November 2011 to submit their applications for one of the 50 places at the CeBIT 2012 and for the CODE_n12 Award worth €25,000. Documents can be submitted online at www.code-n.org.
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CODE_n is an international initiative for fresh ideas in the field of IT and the internet. The network aims to bring together the sector’s brightest minds and smartest ideas, to provide ongoing support and to harness this force field for the seeding and fast breeding of new innovations. CODE_n stands for “Code of the New”, the DNA of innovation. The initiator is GFT Technologies, an international supplier of IT solutions and services. The partners include Deutsche Messe, Ernst & Young, Fujitsu Technologies Solutions, BITKOM and the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe (ZKM). In 2012, CODE_n will be presenting the first CODE_n Award to a highly innovative IT-based solution for mobile life. The winner will receive prize money of €25,000 as well as coaching from the initiative’s Strategic Partner over a two-year period. Further information is available on the Internet at www.code-n.org.