Call for global start-ups to enter CODE_n14 Contest: target is big data

9 Oct 2013

It’s the final countdown: global start-ups and innovators have until 31 October to enter the CODE_n14 Contest that will run in Germany next March. The international initiative was first spawned in 2011 by the GFT Group as a way of supporting ideas from tech pioneers, innovators and start-ups that have their eye on the digital pulse.

In all, 50 start-ups will be chosen to exhibit their innovations at next year’s CODE_n14 exhibition that will take place in Hanover, Germany, between 10-14 March during CeBIT 2014.

And there will be a cash prize up for grabs for the start-up that makes the biggest impression during the event – €30,000 to be exact.

The GFT Group is a global technology partner for future digital issues. In 2011, the company set up CODE_n to be a networking platform that would support the next wave of digital business talents so as to help such ideas come to fruition faster.

Accelerating innovation via the ‘big data’ explosion

CODE_n stands for ‘Code of the New’, the DNA of innovation. Besides GFT Group, global partners are EY and CeBIT.

For this year’s contest, the overriding theme will be ‘Driving the Data Revolution’, according to Ulrich Dietz, initiator of CODE_n and CEO of the GFT Group.

Companies, he said, must start thinking about the possibilities for processing, evaluating and using vast data volumes in order to stay competitive.

“We hope CODE_n will elucidate the enormous potential for handling this valuable data resource.”

Big data – opening up a new window to tackle cyber issues?

The CeBIT contest is set to showcase application scenarios that are driving new business models to impact the future of digital business.

Issues that will come under the spotlight will include the issue of datability, and the ability to sustainably and responsibly handle large data volumes, according to Oliver Frese, CeBIT chairman at Deutsche Messe AG.

He said CODE_n and the 50 chosen start-ups will add an interesting perspective to this topic, which could have an impact on industries ranging from the energy industry, automotive industry or the telecommunications sector.

Start-ups have until 31 October to register for the contest online.

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Carmel Doyle was a long-time reporter with Silicon Republic