Enter NEULAND and experience innovation at KIT up close!

On July 10, 2019, the sixth Innovation Day NEULAND took place - a meeting platform for everyone interested in the topics of technology transfer and start-ups at KIT.

The diverse offerings ranged from more than 20 varied seminars and workshops, to the innovation and startup exhibition, the panel discussion and the startup pitches, to an inspiring keynote by Wieland Holfelder, Ph.D., Vice President Engineering and Head of the Google Development Center in Munich (Google Germany GmbH).

Learn more in our follow-up report.


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About 750 visitors came to this year's Innovation Day, which focused on KIT's latest technologies and networking.

"The multi-faceted program makes Innovation Day a unique event."

Seminars and workshops, an innovation exhibition, a panel discussion and an evening keynote: The program highlights of the Innovation Day NEULAND attracted about 750 visitors to KIT South Campus. Throughout the day, there were numerous seminars with different thematic focuses, e.g. information and artificial intelligence or climate and environment, as well as an exhibition of KIT researcher and founder teams to discover. During the Guided Tour, a tour through the exhibition, there was the possibility to get to know all teams. More information on the exhibitors can be found here.

"The multi-faceted program makes Innovation Day a unique event," said Professor Thomas Hirth, KIT Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs, at the official opening together with Dr. Max Fabian Riedel, representative of Carl Zeiss AG.

Award for Outstanding Innovations and Industrial Cooperations

At the award ceremony of NEULAND Innovation Competition, things got exciting: First place in the ideas category went to Hannes Wilhelm Weinmann from the Institute of Production Technology (wbk) for his idea "Novel, automated process for continuous stack formation optimizes production for lithium-ion battery cells". Prof. Bastian Rapp, Dorothea Helmer, Ph.D. and Frederik Kotz, Ph.D. from the Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT) were honored in the transfer category for their project "Glassomer - processing glass like a plastic" in collaboration with Glassomer GmbH. An overview of all award winners of the Innovation Competition can be found here.

Panel discussion: Representatives from science and industry take a stand

Shaping the future with innovations: Expectations and contributions from industry and science" was the topic of the panel discussion. Here, Jan-Henning Fabian (ABB Group), Ph.D., Andreas Kämpfe (Witzenmann GmbH), Ph.D., Prof. Ingrid Ott (KIT) and Prof. Thomas Hirth (KIT) gave their views to the audience. Among other things, the importance of Germany as a science and business location was discussed in comparison to other European countries and the rest of the world.

Founder teams pitched confidently

After lunch, five young KIT start-ups proved themselves at the founder pitch. Aura, auvisus, Cepri, heat_it (Kamedi) and RoomPriceGenie had four minutes to present their business ideas. The pitches were evaluated by an expert jury consisting of Alexander Fauck (Technologiefabrik Karlsruhe), Andreas Sütterlin (beratergruppe:Leistungen PartGmbB), Alin Semenescu (Sparkasse Karlsruhe), Marlon Malter (First Momentum Ventures), Maurice Kügler (Hightech-Gründerfonds), Ph.D. and Marcel Vogler (Freigeist Capital). When the winners were announced, heat_it was pleased to take first place. The audience also chose winners: Cepri and heat_it were equally convincing, which is why both teams were presented with the audience award - congratulations!

Google Vice President gives keynote speech on artificial intelligence

The official conclusion of the event was the keynote by Wieland Holfelder, Ph.D., Vice President Engineering and Head of the Google Development Center in Munich. He first gave an introduction to the topics of machine learning and artificial intelligence and then presented exciting projects from Google. "The development and use of artificial intelligence is currently still in its infancy. However, AI has real opportunities to become big in all industries if enough access is generated," Holfelder said. After his presentation, Holfelder fielded questions from the audience.

After the keynote, attendees wrapped up the evening with snacks and musical accompaniment while networking in an open atmosphere.

Thanks go to the sponsors and supporters of the event Carl Zeiss AG, ABB AG, BASF SE, Robert Bosch GmbH, Daimler AG, SAP SE, Siemens AG and the Ministry of Economics, Labor and Housing Baden-Württemberg. Furthermore, we would like to thank the sponsors of the founder pitch Technologiefabrik Karlsruhe GmbH, beratergruppe:Leistungen PartGmbB, Sparkasse Karlsruhe and the Hightech-Gründerfonds as well as the sponsors of the Innovation Competition NEULAND Robert Bosch GmbH, Pilz GmbH & Co. KG, ABB AG and KIT Innovation gGmbH.

We are already looking forward to next year - make a note of Innovation Day 2020.

Save the Date: July 01, 2020!

The Innovation Day NEULAND 2019 was supported by:

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Also in 2019, visitors could get to know selected research projects of KIT students and employees as well as teams of founders.

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