01.08.2018

Karlsruhe is the Venue for the Regional Conference “Regionalkonferenz of the Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Centre Stuttgart”

Under the motto "Digitalisieren – aber sicher" (Digitalising – but in a secure way) the two-day regional conference “Regionalkonferenz of the Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Centre Stuttgart” took place in Karlsruhe. On the first day of the event at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media companies, the craft sector, organisations and institutes were able to inform themselves about digitalisation issues and discuss them together. The second day was dedicated to the exchange within the 23 Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Centres and the four Mittelstand 4.0 Agencies in Germany.

Evening event at the ZKM with two lectures about IT security

Two days full of information around digitalisation and IT security in the form of free lectures, workshops or working groups and plenty of room for exchanging and networking. “The Regionalkonferenz was a great success, the feedback of the participants was very positive”, states Frauke Goll, Vice Manager of the Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Centre Stuttgart.

The concept of a two-day Regionalkonferenz: an external event day for the public, an internal event day for the exchange of the currently 23 Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Centres in Germany.

Digitalisation – but in a secure way

On June 19, the public event day took place at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media. The impressive location was the right place to shed light on the subject of “Digitalisation – but in a secure way” from a diverse range of perspectives.

After the opening of Evelyn Graß from the "VIB3 Mittelstand – Digital" department of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and a presentation of the Competence Centre Stuttgart by Jörg Castor, Manager of the Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Centre Stuttgart, there were two practical event slots for all participants: A workshop session on the subjects of production, mobility, health, building and business model development. Impressive insights into the practice of the particular subject fields were provided and the opportunity to exchange and discussion was given. In the second slot, the participants were able to visit the exhibition "Open Codes – Living in Digital Worlds" at the ZKM and approach the subject of digitalisation in an artistic manner.

In the framework of the evening event, light was shed in different ways on the subject of IT security during two interesting lectures: “How I learned to love blockchain as a cryptographer” by Dr. Dirk Achenbach from the FZI Research Center for Information Technology and “Why we are standing in our own way – or: About the psychology of IT security” by Dirk Fox, Founder and Manager of the Secorvo Security Consulting GmbH in Karlsruhe.

The event was closed with an excellent meal at the ZKM, a joint dinner with plenty of room to exchange ideas and make new contacts.

Exchange of the Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Centres

The second event one June 20 was dedicated to the exchange of the Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Centres and the Mittelstand 4.0 Agencies in Germany, the project sponsor and the accompanying research, DIN e.V. as well as the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). With the attendance of the Dutch delegation, the internal day also served as a platform for the international exchange and for setting the course for further transnational cooperation.

After the welcoming by Jörg Castor and Frauke Goll, Head of Section Dr. Andreas Goerdeler, Manager of the subdivision “Nationale und europäische Digitale Agenda” (national and European digital agenda) at the BMWi, spoke a greeting word. Besides the discussion of the status quo of the funding priority “Mittelstand – Digital” and current activities in individual Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Centres he also drew attention on the future and the great potential of digitalisation that can be made further accessible especially to small and medium-sized companies through the support of key personnel.

This was followed by the interactive part of the Regionalkonferenz: Representatives of the competence centres were able to deal intensively with a range of topics and exchange views about public relations, IT security, Law 4.0, information-demonstration and implementation dialogue, in working groups.

In the afternoon, Dr. Michael Stephan, Member of the Executive Board at the German Institute for Standardization (DIN), held a lecture. He spoke of the role of DIN e.V. as a partner of business, research and society as well as the diverse cooperation opportunities between Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Centres and DIN e.V.

Guided tours at the FZI House of Living Labs and Fraunhofer IOSB

There was also an opportunity to gain insight into practical research projects: On both days, many participants took the opportunity to get to know current research projects in guided tours. Projects of the business area of automation were presented at the Fraunhofer IOSB and at the living and working environment of the future was demonstrated by means of vivid demonstrators at the FZI House of Living Labs (HoLL). Persons who were not able to attend on this day are welcome to take part in a monthly guided tour. The registration for the free guided tour at the HoLL is via the website of the Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Centre Stuttgart.

Successful event, successful format

"The diverse programme was praised especially by the companies as well as by the multipliers and public institutions present. After the numerous feedbacks we received, the knowledge gain was very comprehensive in theory and practice, the workshops were also able to focus on specific topics," says Jörg Castor. What this event thus showed again: How important the transfer into practice is, especially when it comes to digitalisation. This includes the knowledge of what digitalisation means for an individual company in concrete terms and what added value digitalisation can bring to one's own company.

Background

The Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Centre Stuttgart supports small to medium-sized companies and craft businesses on their way into digitalisation: through information events, demonstration centres, training, a digitalisation check or the support in implementation projects.

The FZI is a partner of the Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Centre Stuttgart and coordinates the second site in Karlsruhe. Since the subject of IT security is of high importance in Karlsruhe, it was advisable to choose Karlsruhe as the venue for this Regionalkonferenz: Karlsruhe is the site of the Competence Center for Applied Security Technology (KASTEL), the Competence Center for IT Security at the FZI and the Fraunhofer IOSB.

 

Contact person

Jörg Castor
Manager of the Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Centre Stuttgart
Fraunhofer IAO
Nobelstraße 12
70569 Stuttgart, Germany
Phone: +49 711 970-5477


Frauke Goll
Vice Manager of the Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Centre Stuttgart
FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik
Haid-und-Neu-Straße 10-14
76131 Karlsruhe, Germany
Phone: +49 721 9654-908

Web: https://digitales-kompetenzzentrum-stuttgart.de/

Evening event at the ZKM with two lectures about IT security
One of five workshops in the exhibition area of the ZKM on the subject of buildings.
Exchange within the Mittelstand 4.0 Competence Centres in Germany on the second event day.
Open gallery