The final countdown is on for young companies wishing to secure a space in the finals of CODE_n, an international enterprise startup awards competition that will culminate at CeBIT 2014.
Budding ventures have until November 15, 2013 to prepare and submit their applications via the CODE_n website, after which 50 finalists will be selected to duke it out over in Hanover in March 2014.
As part of CeBIT 2014, CODE_n will take over Hall 16 at the city's Deutsche Messe exhibition centre.
This year's CODE_n theme is big data, so participating startups will be expected to have business ideas based on the processing, analysis, and use of large data volumes.
According to the event's organisers, early-stage companies from more than 50 countries have already applied for one of the coveted finalist spaces, smashing a CODE_n record.
"We are amazed by the response we've gotten. We received inquiries on a daily basis, asking us to extend the application deadline," commented Mark Smith, CEO of CODE_n partner EY. "We were glad to meet that request."
To mark the culmination of the application process and potentially entice a final surge of entrants, CODE_n has revealed details of the stunning art installation that will dominate Hall 16 at CeBIT.
Designers Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram were handpicked by the CEO of the GFT Group to design the unique exhibition space (pictured, top) and are considered digital art pioneers. Their work can be found at the likes of Paris' Centre Georges Pompidou and New York's Museum of Modern Art.
"Anyone who visits Hall 16 at CeBIT definitely won't encounter a conventional trade show setup. At CODE_n, we aim to break through traditional models and create a space for big ideas, a place where forward-thinkers can exchange solutions," said Ulrich Dietz, CODE_n initiator.