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The coordination of the innovation labs has expired

The 2nd Demo Day of the bidt innovation labs marked the end of coordinating the funding programme. 92 participants were able to view 18 outstanding projects from nine labs, five of which were awarded a prize: FAU Erlangen (Dungineers), Augsburg University of Applied Sciences (IMTsys), Uni Bayreuth (Trial of Two), LMU Munich (Climex) and Uni Augsburg (Augmented Robots) were awarded. Afterwards, the visitors met in the virtual exhibition rooms of Mozilla Hubs for networking.

The bidt innovation labs offer students at Bavarian universities the opportunity to work on innovative and application-oriented digitalisation issues. 18 projects and prototypes from the student innovation labs were presented at the 2nd Demo Day on 12 October.

There were exciting video presentations with projects in Data Science, Digital Health, Play and Leisure, Work and Learning, Sustainability, Environment and Climate. These ranged from working on practical digital issues in the form of consulting services and feasibility studies, application and prototype developments and development of start-up ideas to developing research projects.

The funding for the innovation labs ended on 30 September 2021. The programme is very successful, as all innovation labs were perpetuated at the universities and will continue. These are:

  • Robotics (collaborative robotics, UI, interaction possibilities, behaviour (AI, ML), capabilities
    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Reif – University of Augsburg
  • Games, innovative game projects, modern technologies (VR, AR, biofeedback, wearables)
    Prof. Dr. Jochen Koubek – University of Bayreuth
  • Wearables and Ubiquitous Computing (Focus on Sport)
    Prof. Dr. Björn Eskofier – Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Big Data Science, Linking Statistics with Computer Science
    Prof. Dr. Thomas Seidl – Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich
  • Didactic preparation of industry requirements, agile prototyping
    Prof. Dr. Matthias Kranz – University of Passau
  • Digital embodiment (capture, representation and animation/simulation of the human physique)
    Prof. Dr Marc Erich Latoschik – Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
  • Application development, web development, mobile apps
    Prof. Dr. Alexandra Teynor – HAW Augsburg
  • Workshop for the Internet of Things
    Prof. Dr. Abdelmajid Khelil – HAW Landshut
  • On the Way to Becoming a Software Engineer
    Prof. Dr. Gerd Beneken – HAW Rosenheim
  • Living Lab Bamberg
    Prof. Dr. Daniela Nicklas – University of Bamberg

Virtual live event

In cooperation with XR HUB Bavaria, this year’s Demo Day was a virtual live event. The event started with pitches and demo sessions of the student teams. Afterwards, the best projects were awarded prizes by a jury of high-ranking research and transfer representatives. Finally, bidt board member Prof. Dr. Felix Freiling (FAU) bid farewell to the innovation labs.

In addition, all participants could learn more about the projects of the individual innovation labs in the virtual exhibition rooms of XR Hub Bavaria, ask questions about the funding line or seek contact with the project leaders. The heads and coaches of the innovation labs could be found in the virtual beach bar or the space bar. In the end, all participants met in the virtual bidt beer garden.

New call for bids

The concept for the call for follow-up projects is awaiting final approval by the Ministry of Science and is a further development of the “Innovation Labs” format. It is expected to be published on 15 November 2021. This is about strengthening students’ digital competencies in the social sciences, humanities and technology in the form of interdisciplinary work, through which students acquire a fundamental understanding of digitalisation and its interactions with society. Individual projects are developed semester by semester in which students develop interdisciplinary solutions to questions of digital transformation.

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