The relayr team from Berlin is the winner of this year's CODE_n award. They're taking home the prize for Best Startup of 2015, along with €30,000.
"The Internet of Things is as easy as chocolate," says Jackson Bond, one of the startup's founders, commenting on his team's CODE_n win. They impressed the judges with the WunderBar, an Internet-of-Things starter kit with WiFi and Bluetooth sensors that comes in the form of a chocolate bar. Individual pieces can be broken off and placed in separate locations. It allows even software developers with no knowledge of electrical engineering to develop smart phone apps that analyze temperature, humidity or movement data, for example. Communication between the hardware and software is done over the integrated relayr Open Sensor Cloud Platform, which gives the developers a jump-start for creating wireless apps and prototypes.
"The judges picked relayr because they perfectly embody the CODE_n15 theme, 'Into the Internet of Things'," according to Ulrich Dietz, Chairman of the GFT Group and Creator of CODE_n. "The WunderBar makes the Internet of Things extremely accessible and practical for programmers. And that's quite important – even though the IoT is ubiquitous at CeBIT, there are still many perceived hurdles standing in the way of developers. relayr removes them; a lack of hardware skills is no longer an excuse. The simplicity of the solution and what it means for the future of IoT is what won them the prize.