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Can big data be art? A closer look at CODE_n and CeBIT 2014

We're thrilled to be back at CeBIT, not least because the event's 2014 iteration prominently features the exciting CODE_n startup competition.

Standing for "Code of the New," this year's contest is themed around big data innovation, with 50 of the world's best young enterprise IT companies being showcased in Hall 16 of the Hannover Messe exhibition centre.

Among the startups vying for glory are six finalists from the UK, including television analytics platform TVbeat, which recently hit the headlines when it secured a $2 million (£1.2m) funding round.

Read more: TVbeat nabs $2 million investment ahead of CeBIT 2014

As well as getting to know some great early-stage ventures, we're also stoked to soak up the CODE_n surroundings, which feature avant-garde art installations that creatively visualise big data, courtesy of internationally renowned designer Clemens Weisshaar.

We sat down with Weisshaar at CODE_n's exclusive London preview event to learn more about how big data can be translated into art - watch the video above to hear his insights.

Related: CODE_n preview event takes place in London

CODE_n was founded in 2011 by the GFT Group with the aim of stimulating and accelerating innovation in key enterprise technology fields through the discovery of new talent.

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