Karlsruhe at the "CODE_n new.New Festival"

Karlsruhe at the "CODE_n new.New Festival"

At the first independent new.New Festival 2016, Karlsruhe was the ideal choice with the ZKM hosting the event, whose exhibits and productions unite art, technology, science and research. In 2018, the CODE_n.New Festival will take place in Stuttgart from 8 to 10 October. Karlsruhe will be on site with numerous partners. As “digital explorer” under the umbrella brand karlsruhe.digital, various exhibits stand symbolically for the diversity, creativity and expertise of Karlsruhe. This involves art, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, the Internet of Things or IT security.

Karlsruhe is already one of the most important IT locations of Europe. Nine renowned universities attract students from all over the world. Karlsruhe is regarded as the start-up stronghold in the field of IT and high-tech. Currently, 30.000 employees work in approximately 4.400 companies of the digital sector in the region – and exclusively 41 percent of the city's trade tax revenues are tributes to this sector.

CyberForum, the largest, regional active higtech.business.network in Europe, plays an important role in this development. The Test Area Autonomous Driving Baden-Württemberg, the “Schlosslichtspiele”, a nightly series of light shows, which illuminate the entire southern facade of the Karlsruhe Palace with lavish projections accompanied by sound installations and which is organised by the ZKM | Karlsruhe and the Karlsruhe Marketing und Event GmbH, as well as numerous networking events and interactive exhibitions, make digitalisation in Karlsruhe visible and tangible for everyone.

Karlsruhe presents itself at the new.New Festival with the initiative karlsruhe.digital, by which the “Fächerstadt” wants to develop into the motor of digitisation and position itself supra-regionally. For this purpose, experts from economy, science and municipality work hand in hand.

The ZKM is represented at the capital city with four exhibits of the exhibition experiment “Open Codes”, which is currently in progress. Besides two chatbots, which are able to chat in various languages in real time and an industrial robot that writes a man-machine manifesto, visitors can “translate” – based on various ethical values – their own image into code and run through different scenarios that would encounter autonomous systems, at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle in early October.

The mixed reality installation “Super Nubibus” of the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA), in cooperation with students of the Furtwangen University (HFU), takes their passengers up high and opens a new access to the history of Karlsruhe. Standing in a real balloon basket and equipped with VR glasses, you will be able to explore a digital equivalent of the real basket as well as the only virtually existing Karlsruhe of 1834.

The demonstration on self-service analytics of the FZI Research Center for Information Technology promises added value in the field of production and logistics. With the concept of cognitive data analyses with StreamPipes, data streams from the Internet of Things can be analysed in real-time. 

The Energy Accelerator AXEL and the IT accelerator CyberLab, which is operated by the CyberForum, present themselves on a joint booth; they are part of the seven Baden-Wurttemberg accelerators, which are funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing in the framework of the initiative Start-up BW. Representative for Karlsruhe’s start-up scene, eleven start-ups are going to present their innovative business models from the fields of energy, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, and IT security, spread over three festival days. Resulting from the recently intensified collaboration of the CyberForum with the initiative La French Tech, a French start-up presents itself at the booth of the Karlsruhe accelerators for the first time.

The DIZ | Digital Innovation Centre, which is based in Karlsruhe, is also represented on the booth of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing. At the new.New Festival, the DIZ connects the ten regional Baden-Württemberg digital hubs and the three de:hubs Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Stuttgart and Karlsruhe among and with each other. Through cooperation, networking and exchange, the hubs are supposed to forward digital innovations throughout the country. The de:hub Karlsruhe for artificial intelligence (AI) is represented under the umbrella of the digital-hub initiative.

LEA Partners, a venture capital and private equity investor with its headquarters in Karlsruhe, is listed as a pacesetter at the CODE_nFestival. Besides the support of the CODE_n CONTEST, the company is organising  an investors’ lounge at the new.New Festival. This provides start-ups with the opportunity to directly come into contact with venture capital investors and to receive feedback on their idea.

The CODE_n Startup Contest can also serve with two participants from Karlsruhe: Both renumics, recent winner of the CyberChampions Award 2018 and thingsTHINKING have made it into the top 50 from over 300 applications. The winner of the contest will be awarded on 9 October at 6 p.m. on the main stage.