24. November 2023
Innovationcircle Digital Sustainability Management
26. January 2024
Many thanks to all participants, speakers, panel guests and workshop leaders of the last anniversary conference of the Bodensee Innovation Cluster!
It was a great day with great guests and lots of opportunities for exchange, networking and exciting keynotes on "Shaping the Future in the Age of AI" by Jasvin Bhasin, Founder & Director of bridge.the.NEXT( ), Dr. Thomas Fischer, Director of BIEC - Business Innovation Engineering Center and Founder and Strategic Corporate Advisors Maks Giordano.
A special highlight was the panel discussion on the Future of Work, where Arife Baltaci, Chief Digital Information Officer (CDIO) at Zeppelin Group, Bernd Schmid, Programme Manager Sustainable Change and Transformation at Airbus Defence and Space, Dr. Michael Wolff, HR Project Manager at ZF Group and Prof. Dr. Josef Wieland, Director of the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin | LEIZ and Chair of Institutional Economics, Organisational Governance, Integrity Management & Transcultural Leadership, shared their views and insights on the changes in the world of work. Overall, the panel discussion was an enriching experience that got us all thinking about the future of the world of work.
The interactive workshops on ChatGPT, newwork and "Corporate Startup Matchmaking vs. Nearshoring" by Tobias Oberrauch, Head of KI-Landesverband Baden-Württemberg, Nick Traenkle, New Work Coach and Founder of tenkile, Dr. Sabine Wiesmüller, Director Europe AI Competence Center German Entrepreneurship and Anton Steurer, Board Member Plattform V, met with great interest. We would like to thank all workshop leaders and participants for their exciting contributions and active participation in lively discussions.
Another aim of the conference was to provide all participants with unparalleled networking opportunities. We are delighted with the fantastic contacts made during the event. It was inspiring to see academic and business professionals from diverse backgrounds come together to share ideas, knowledge and experiences.
The idea behind founding the Lake Constance Innovation Cluster Digital Change (BIC) is based on the fundamental conviction that the Lake Constance region, as one of the most innovative technology regions in Europe, has extensive explicit and implicit knowledge of the framework conditions, consequences and, above all, opportunities in the context of digital transformation in industry and society.
Against this background, the Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin
| LEIZ of Zeppelin University | ZU is pursuing the goal of promoting
the future viability of highly industrialised and highly innovative
locations such as the Lake Constance region by establishing the BIC. The
BIC is guided by an interest in the global challenges of progressive digitalisation and in securing ecologically and economically sustainable development
in the region. The BIC brings together research institutions,
technology companies and other relevant stakeholders in the region so
that relevant expertise is systematically and continuously identified,
focused on and made available for both regional and supra-regional
economic and social benefit. The BIC complements existing formats in the region, which concentrate primarily on the technical side of digital change. We are primarily interested in the consequences of digital change for business models as well as for society and the region.
The work of the BIC is based on the extensive results of a study on the status, challenges and opportunities of digital transformation in the Lake Constance region. Four main topics were derived from the results of the study, which will be dealt with in innovation circles of the BIC:
The BIC constitutes a network of research institutions, companies and
other relevant stakeholders of the Lake Constance region, which allows
for the joint development of knowledge, synergy effects and "best
The implementation of a scientific evaluation study every two years on cross-sectoral and specific trends within the Lake Constance region constitutes the framework of the work of the Lake Constance Innovation Cluster for the following two years.
The BIC's conferences are the prelude to the development of thematic priorities in working groups. Together with about 100 experts, entrepreneurs, scientists and other stakeholders, a first insight on the topic is offered in keynote and workshop formats.
The topic-specific innovation circles offer space for the continuous exchange with about 20 participants over the course of a year and serve to develop a topic by the companies themselves - with the support of external experts in order to derive comprehensive recommendations for action from the holistic coverage of the field.
The overall goal of the cluster is, firstly, to establish a thematically
oriented network for its members, and secondly, to jointly shape the
digital transformation in the Lake Constance region. The cluster works
completely demand-oriented and is thematically oriented towards the
results of the biennial surveys on the implications of digital
transformation for the region.
Cooperation and networking are becoming core competencies in times of digital transformation.
Prof Dr Josef Wieland, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the BIC
After the publication of the results, the topic areas to which the companies attribute the highest relevance form the thematic basis for the work of the following two years with regard to the organisation of conferences and innovation circles. The content and operational set-up of the Innovation Laboratory and the associated Innovation Circles is thus always based on the verified needs of the regional companies.
Awareness of cybersecurity is growing in the companies around Lake Constance. Companies are dealing with security issues in order to be able to effectively protect customers and their organisation from the abuse of data. Data security is a central task in view of the increasing networking of systems, machines and products. One challenge is the security guarantee for the storage of customer data in the cloud and compliance with data protection regulations for customers and employees. At the same time, many companies are currently investigating the opportunities offered by data analysis and usage in order to develop new business models.
1st Innovation Circle: Cybersecurity Standards
2nd Innovation Circle: Cybersecurity Tools - Overview, Selection Criteria and Procedure
3rd Innovation Circle: Cybersecurity Crisis Management
4th Innovation Circle: Cybersecurity Recovery Management
5th Innovation Cirlcle: Cloud Security
6th Innovation Circle: Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence
7th Innovation Circle: The Corona Pandemic and Topic Identification for the Second Year of Innovation Circles
8th Innovation Circle: Modern IT Security Management
9th Innovation Circle: Cloud Security
10th Innovation Circle: Cloud Transformation and SecDevOps
11th Innovation Circle: Third-Party Risk Management
12th Innovation Circle: Encryption in the Cloud
13th Innovation Circle: Information Security Strategy & Cyber-Defense
Several companies are increasingly supporting their CSR and environmental management digitally. They use solutions that, for example, ensure compliance with environmental regulations, manage the evaluation of suppliers' social performance or collect non-financial information for their own reporting. Other examples cited by the companies include carbon-neutral mobility of employees, group-wide virtual coordination on social commitment and digital evaluation of product design in the life cycle concept.
1st Innovation Circle: Balancing the Future
2nd Innovation Circle: Blockchain and the Circular Economy
3rd Innovation Circle: Tracing in Supply Chains
4th Innovation Circle: Hub Approaches for Sustainability Data
5th Innovation Circle: Non-financial Internal Control Systems
6th Innovation Circle: Reporting of Sustainability Data
7th Innovation Circle: Use of Non-financial Indicators
8th Innovation Circle: Digital and Sustainability Strategy
9th Innovation Circle: Digital LCAs: Product Life Cycle Analytics
10th Innovation Circle: Production: Digital Sustainability Management
11th Innovation Circle: Digital Qualification Programme
Artificial intelligence is a cross-industry issue that has aroused great
interest among companies in the region and is regarded as the most
relevant technology for digital change. However, there are very few
companies in the Lake Constance region implementing and using AI at
present. The consequences of using artificial intelligence for industry
and society in the region are still unclear. It is therefore important
to work on this topic in a targeted manner, to discuss its implications
with companies and to develop scenarios for successful implementation.
1st Innovation Circle: Responsibility in the Introduction of Artificial Intelligence
2nd Innovation Circle: Development of a Deep Learning System
3rd Innovation Circle: Data Pooling for Machine Learning Projects
4th Innovation Circle: AI Collaboration Framework: Patterns and processes intended to guide in AI practices
5th Innovation Circle: AI implementation from an HR & change perspective
6th Innovation Circle: Compliance and Risk Assessment in the Implementation and Use of AI
7th Innovation Circle: Interface Artificial Intelligence and Production Manufacturing Quality - Analyze, Predict, Improve
In a volatile, uncertain world characterized by change, it is important for companies to deal with the changes in the world of work. The fundamental question here is how change should be shaped in the companies in order to successfully manage this disruptive process. Due to the implications arising from this disruption, responsible managers in companies in particular are faced with new, extended challenges: They find themselves in a decision-making environment characterized by additional uncertainty and complexity which necessitates constant adaptation to new circumstances and the participation of employees. Therefore, the innovation circle, amongst others, covers the following aspects of Digital Leadership:
1. Digital Strategy: Clear objectives and strategy
2. Digital Culture: Changing the corporate culture
3. Digital Skills: Developing digital competencies
4. Digital Stakeholder Management: Leadership and (self-)organization of network players
Contact Person: Wolfgang Hahnenberg, Managing Director Zeppelin Lab , CDO Zeppelin Group
1st Innovation Circle: Digital Skills: From Manager to Leader
2nd Innovation Circle: Digital Culture: New Culture and Different Environments
3rd Innovation Circle: Digital Strategy: Shaping the future today
The digital economy is generally characterized by fast-moving and dynamic competitive developments. Through the integration of digital solutions, business models, process flows and products can be designed to be more customer-specific and the potential of digital transformation can be used as a competitive advantage in one's own organization. Due to the implications arising from customer centricity, responsible managers in companies in particular are faced with new extended challenges: They are exploring how digitization and Big Data are being used to design sustainable, customer-centric business models and what new demands this places on the organization and culture . The innovation circle will address the following aspects of customer-centric business models, among others:
1st Innovation Circle: Customer-Centric Organization:
Adaptation of the organizational form to the requirements of
As a network-oriented cluster, the BIC serves as a neutral platform
for companies in the region to discover and use synergy effects among
themselves and to understand and jointly work on the opportunities and
challenges of digital change. The basic strategy of the innovation
cluster is determined on the one hand by the board of trustees, which
consists of representatives of the supporting companies from various
industries and other players in the region, and on the other hand is
derived thematically from the results of the surveys. The Board of
Trustees meets twice a year in order to be able to adapt the strategic
orientation to current circumstances.
The BIC is of the opinion that the ever more complex economic and social processes must be shaped by the expertise and knowledge of various actors in order to create synergies and successfully shape the digital transformation. Thus, the BIC sees itself as an independent knowledge and transfer platform, which would like to provide the neutral venue for this exchange. As a network, the BIC promotes the bundling of already existing expertise and the development of new knowledge in the field of digital transformation in cooperation with other actors and experts from business, science, politics, intermediaries and civil society.
The BIC together with the SKala-CAMPUS as a learning & exchange platform for the civil society of PHINEO has been developing a customer/learning journey within the topic area of intrapreneurship in non-profit organizations since last year.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Stifterverbandes, the project „Wirkung Hoch 100" was launched to network Germany's pioneers and help their ideas achieve a breakthrough. The mission: Together instead of side by side. The Lake Constance Innovation Cluster is part of it. For its anniversary initiative, the Stifterverband is working with ProjectTogether.
The Lake Constance region is a four-country region consisting of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Lake Constance thus separates and unites political, social and economic areas. From a political perspective, the Lake Constance region offers diverse opportunities for cross-border cooperation and networks across political systems: the border region thus becomes a real laboratory for multinational cooperation.
In addition, the Lake Constance region as a knowledge region is home
to a total of 29 higher education and research institutions, which are
linked together under the umbrella of the International University of
Lake Constance (IBH). This largest European university association
enables intensive transnational research and transfer projects, which
will also benefit the companies in the region. After all, it is these
companies within the Lake Constance economic area that have been
responsible for the enormous innovative power of the region for years.
Here, too, the relevance of the cross-border and often intensive
interlinkages and cooperations is evident: On the one hand between
companies themselves, on the other hand between companies and their
environment such as scientific or intermediary institutions.
This innovation system of the region is also supported by a broad corporate structure and industry structure. In addition to a large number of small and medium-sized companies, some of which are undoubtedly hidden champions, the Lake Constance region is also home to an impressive number of major international corporations. This economic ecosystem with its enormous innovative power is unique in this form and must be further strengthened in the future.
When implementing new technologies, it is a challenge for companies to take their employees with them and train them further. Although the simplification of work processes is noticeable, there is increased demand for technology-related skilled workers. These far-reaching developments mean that companies see a need for education at all levels of the organization. It is therefore of particular relevance to train employees further, to recruit new employees and to promote awareness and participation by means of adapted, less hierarchical leadership in order to create confidence in these innovations.
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Prof Dr Wieland is Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He also advises
the management of the Cluster and the Innovation Laboratory as
scientific mentor of the project.
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Dr Brand is responsible for managing the Innovation Cluster. Please
contact Dr Brand if you are interested in becoming a founding member of
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As a founding member, Ms. Wiesmüller led the BIC from 2018 to 2022 and will be available to the cluster as executive director and contact person for strategic issues from 2023.
Ms Lindt has been in charge of the BIC's internal processes since the beginning of 2023 and is responsible for the planning and implementation of events as well as the coordination of the BIC team.
A retrospective report of the opening event of the Innovation Circle Cybersecurity on the 25th of January 2020 may be found here
The archive of the LEIZ may be found on our Resources Website
ManagerSeminar Regional portrayed the Lake Constance Innovation Cluster in January 2019: Download