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Developing new products and handling disruption with Hamburg’s universities – Hamburg News has examples

“The future of Hamburg lies in research and innovation, along with co-operation between science and business,” according to Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research and Equal Opportunities. Knowledge gained in universities drives the development of new products, processes and services. Academic expertise can also provide valuable assistance in dealing with digitalisation and disruptive change.

NIT: “Digital Survival Training”

Buzzwords such as the internet of things, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) will be decoded at the Northern Institute of Technology Management at Hamburg Technical University (NIT) and put into business context during a two-day workshop for decision-takers under the heading Digital Survival Training from September 14-15, 2018.

HSBA: Scrum or Design Thinking in the DI Lab

Do we really have to master digital strategies in order to survive? This is in fact the case for an increasing number of companies, said Uve Samuels, Director of the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA). “A company’s ability to innovate is increasingly the key to remaining competitive.” This was the reason behind opening the DI Lab in 2016, where the HSBA furnishes mid-sized enterprises with the opportunity to push through innovative ideas with their own project teams away from the everyday grind. Using creative and innovative methods, like Scrum and Design Thinking, new ideas are developed, rejected and rethought until they have reached prototype stage – for later use in the companies concerned.

HAW: shaping the future in CSTI

The Creative Space for Technical Innovations (CSTI) at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) sees itself as an interface between research, development and knowledge transfer for small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs). This innovative experimental zone for the digital systems of the future is intended as an incubator for creativity and innovation, with a view to solving problems in digitalization, Industry 4.0 and Smart Cities. Andreas Rieckhof, State Counsellor, said at the opening in 2017: “Experimental laboratories like Creative Space are major elements in giving shape to new ideas, putting them into practice and at best to make them market-ready.”

Providing a digital toolkit during study courses

In its teaching as well, HAW has set itself the goal of actively shaping digital change, initiating a guidance process on developing the curriculum in all courses right across the university against the backdrop of digital change. “By these means, HAW will be able to adapt more effectively to rapidly changing needs, meet in full the demand for competence in our graduates from the digital jobs market and give them the appropriate toolkit,” Professor Olga Burkova, HAW Digitization Vice President said.

3D space and virtual welding laboratory

Since late May, students at HAW have been able to make use of two newly opened high-tech laboratories. Traditional welding can be practised in a virtual laboratory, saving time and materials. Here, (virtual) welding seams are created without hazardous gases, noise or sparking. 3D space allows 3D printing to be observed – from the abstract idea to finished prototype. The 3D space is also to be opened up to start-ups and businesses in the future.

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