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Lake Constance Innovation Cluster Digital Change (BIC)

Events in 2020

Unfortunately the ongoing developments surrounding the COVID-19 virus force us to temporarily carry out all events online. 

25th of June 2021
Innovation Circle Cybersecurity
16th of July 2021
Innovation Circle Digital Sustainability Management
16th of July 2021
Innovation Circle Artificial Intelligence
16th of July 2021
Innovation Circle Digital Leadership and Knowledge Management
24th of September 2021
Annual Conference Digital Leadership and Knowledge Management
27th of September 2021
Co-Creation as an Enabler for Digital Innovation

Profile

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.



The innovation laboratory is headed by Sabine Wiesmüller (second from right). She gets supported by Lukas Törner (second from left), Alexander Shevelov (first from left) and Maximilian Heisterkamp (first from right).

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. The study was presented at a conference hosted by ZU and SAP (Markdorf site) on September 21, 2018. Four main topics were derived from the results of the study, which will be dealt with in innovation circles of the BIC:

Current Innovation Circles

  • Artificial Intelligence

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.


Corporate Partner

KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft


Contact Persons

Sabine Wiesmüller,

Magnus Kurz, m.kurz@zeppelin-university.net


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Previous Innovation Circles

1. Responsibility in the Introduction of Artificial Intelligence

  • Dr. Mathias Bauer, Partner, Lighthouse, KPMG AG
  • Konrad Krafft, Managing Director doubleslash Net-Business GmbH

2. Development of a Deep Learning System

  • Patrick Haller, Lead Software Architect, SAP SE
  • Dr. Mathias Bauer, Partner, Lighthouse, KPMG AG
  • Ansgar Kuswik, Global Account Manager, Kontron AG

3. Data Pooling for Machine Learning Projects

  • Anton Steurer, Member of the Board, Platform V
  • Dr. Paul Wälti, Chief Executive Officer, InfoCodex AG
  • Markus Fleisch, Chief Procurement Officer, Walser Group
  • Volker Loch, Director Strategic Partner Delivery, Verisk3E

4. AI Collaboration Framework: Patterns and processes intended to guide in AI practices

  • Tobias Oberrauch, Deputy Director, KI Bundesverband Baden-Württemberg
5. AI Product Thinking – A collaborative approach to AI applications
  • Georg Gabelmann, Manager Data Science/AI, ZF Group


Upcoming Events

  • 16th of July 2021 Innovation Circle
  • 17th of September 2021 Innovation Circle
 
  • Digital Sustainability Management 

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.


Corporate Partner

SAP SE


Contact Person

Lukas Törner,

Dr. Christopher Köhler,


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Previous Innovation Circles

Kick-off event

  • Carlo Bevoli, SAP
  • Dr. Alois Flatz, formerly Dow Jones Sustainability Index

1st Innovation Circle: Balancing the Future

  • Carlo Bevoli & Torsten Graf, SAP

2nd Innovation Circle: Blockchain and the Circular Economy

  • Christian Polivka, SAP
  • Ann-Kristin von Flotow, Vaude

3rd Innovation Circle: Tracing in Supply Chains

  • Julius Palm, Follow Food

4th Innovation Circle: Hub Approaches for Sustainability Data

  • Marco Möhrer, international controller association
  • Tanja Reilly, Ecovadis
  • Ralf Coenning, SAP

5th Innovation Circle: Non-financial Internal Control Systems

  • Armin Hipper, DFGE
  • Marcus Ehrenberger & Frieder Frasch, KPMG

6th Innovation Circle: Reporting of Sustainability Data

  • Rainer Bildmayr, SAP
  • Dr. Janine von Wolfersdorff, Stb.

7th Innovation Circle: Use of Non-financial Indicators

  • Dr. Daniel Chatterjee, Rolls Royce Power Systems
  • Wolfgang Bock, SAP 

8th Innovation Circle: Digital and Sustainability Strategy

  • Ramona Wallner, Zeppelin & Tomas Zelic, Z LAB
  • Nichola Hutson & Sven Edgren, DNV GL


Upcoming Events

  • 16th of July 2021 Innovation Circle  


 
  • Cybersecurity

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.


Corporate Partner

KPMG AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft


Contact Persons

Sabine Wiesmüller,

Lilly Schröder,


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Previous Innovation Cirlces

Kick-off event

  • Dr Christian Bühring, German Armed Forces
  • Dr Helmut Mahler, Code White GmbH
  • Bodo Meseke, Ernst & Young GmbH
  • Prof. Dr Martin Schulz, German Graduate School of Management and Law gGmbH

1st Innovation Circle: Cybersecurity Standards

  • Ralph Schröder, KPMG AG

2nd Innovation Circle: Cybersecurity Tools - Overview, Selection Criteria and Procedure

  • Ralph Schröder, KPMG AG

3rd Innovation Circle: Cybersecurity Crisis Management

  • Ralph Schröder & Robert Welter, KPMG AG

4th Innovation Circle: Cybersecurity Recovery Management

  • Ralph Schröder, KPMG AG

5th Innovation Cirlcle: Cloud Security

  • Dr. Henrik Loeser, IBM
  • Sven Merk, SAP SE

6th Innovation Circle: Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence

  • Dr. Helmut Mahler & Thomas Fischer, Code White GmbH

7th Innovation Circle: The Corona Pandemic and Topic Identification for the Second Year of Innovation Circles
8th Innovation Circle: Modern IT Security Management

  • Jan Stölting, KPMG
  • Moritz Huber, Head of the Central Contact Point Cybercrime of the LKA BaWü

9th Innovation Circle: Cloud Security

  • Dr. Henrik Loeser, IBM
  • Jens Griesbach, KPMG

10th Innovation Circle: Cloud Transformation and SecDevOps

  • Christian Nordlohne (KPMG)
  • Sven Merk (SAP)

11th Innovation Circle: Third-Party Risk Management

  • Ralph Schröder, KPMG AG
  • Jan Stölting, KPMG AG

12th Innovation Circle: Encryption in the Cloud

  • Dr. Henrik Loeser, IBM
  • Florian Kohlar, KPMG AG

13th Innovation Circle: Information Security Strategy & Cyber-Defense

  • Ralph Schröder, KPMG AG
  • Jan Stölting, KPMG AG


Upcoming Events 

  • 25th of June 2021 Innovation Circle 
 
  • Digital Leadership and Knowledge Management

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 Persons
Sabine Wiesmüller, sabine.wiesmueller@zu.de

Dr. Christopher Köhler,
Christina Schwarz,c.schwarz@zeppelin-university.net


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Contact Person 

Wolfgang Hahnenberg, Managing Director Zeppelin Lab , CDO Zeppelin Group

Previous Innovation Circles


Digital Skills: From Manager to Leader


  • Wolfgang Hahnenberg, CDO Zeppelin Group & CEO Zeppelin Lab GmbH
  • Maria Kaindl, Head of HR z/digit, Zeppelin Group


Upcoming Events 

  • 16th of July 2021 Innovation Circle
  • 17th of September 2021 Innovation Circle
  • 12th of November 2021 Innovation Circle 
  • 14th of January 2022 Innovation Circle 
  • 11th of March 2022 Innovation Circle
 
  • Lifelong Learning & Technology Acceptance

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.

Corporate Partner
SAP SE


Contact Persons

Sabine Wiesmüller,

sap


Upcoming Events 

  • The Innovation Circle has been closed 
 

Structure of the Lake Constance Innovation Cluster (BIC)

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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 practice" considerations. The core of the innovation cluster is the innovation laboratory, which performs a coordinating function and is headed by a team of experts from Zeppelin University.

Three Dimensions


  • Publication of the Survey

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.


  • Conference

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.


  • Innovation Circles

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. 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.

Board of Trustees of the BIC

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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.


If you are also considering becoming a founding member, please contact our Managing Director, Dr Lennart Brand: or Ms Sabine Wiesmüller, Head of the Innovation Laboratory:

Sponsoren

Cooperations

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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.

SKala- CAMPUS


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.

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SKala-CAMPUS

Wirkung Hoch 100


On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Stifterverband, 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 and together with the other initiatives we are financially supported and coached in a multi-stage process. In the process, we exchange information with the other 99 initiatives in regular community calls about our current plans and challenges and receive valuable input from experts and coaches. This creates a large network that supports each other and enables great synergy effects. Together, we bring the diverse projects forward, creating sustainable change across the board. For its anniversary initiative, the Stifterverband is working with ProjectTogether.


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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

Lake Constance as a model region

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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.

Publications and Events

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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

Team

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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.


Wieland, Josef Prof Dr
Director Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin | LEIZ
Endowed Chair of Institutional Economics & Transcultural Leadership
Phone:+49 7541 6009-2261
Fax:+49 7541 6009-1299
Room:FAB 3 | 1.55
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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 the BIC.


Brand, Lennart Dr
Managing Director | Head of International Strategy
Leadership Excellence Institute Zeppelin | LEIZ
Phone:+49 7541 6009-1144
Fax:+49 7541 6009-1149
Room:FAB 3 | 1.69


Ms. Wiesmüller studied International Business with a focus on Compliance Management and Intercultural Management in her Master in Germany, Indonesia and Mexico. During and after her studies she worked in various management consultancies before she started her doctoral studies in 2016 in the field of business ethics and AI Governance in cooperation with the Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics. Since 2018, she has been head of the BIC's Innovation Laboratory and, as a founding member, has accompanied the project from the very beginning.

As head of the Innovation Laboratory, she coordinates the internal processes of the project, the development of the content of the cluster and the innovation circles, as well as the publication of the biennial surveys.

Wiesmüller, Sabine
Phone:+49 7541 6009-2266
Room:FAB 3 | 1.63


Mr. Köhler studied a master's degree in political and administrative sciences with a focus on management and quantitative methods in Konstanz and Bern. He then worked as a data scientist in the field of process mining. Since 2017, he has been working on the digitisation of SMEs as part of his doctorate. In addition, he has already led several research projects on digitisation and innovation issues.
Within the BIC, Mr. Köhler is responsible for the deputy operational management of the Innovation Laboratory. Furthermore, he is the contact person for its national and international networking and the preparation of scientific studies.


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Phone:+49 7541 6009-1337
Room:FAB 3 | 2.61


Lukas Törner is doing his doctorate at the interface of his fields of study - environmental sciences, e-business and management - on software systems in sustainability management as a scholarship holder of the German Federal Environmental Foundation.

At the BIC, he was initially involved in the 2018 survey on digital change in the mechanical engineering, automotive and IT industries and headed the cooperation management. Since the scholarship, he has headed the Innovation Circle Digital Sustainability Management. Lukas Törner is doing his doctorate at the interface of his fields of study - environmental sciences, e-business and management - with software systems in sustainability management as a scholarship holder of the German Federal Environmental Foundation. He heads the innovation Circle Digital Sustainability Management.

Törner, Lukas
Research Fellow
Phone:+49 7541 6009-2266
Room:FAB 3 | 1.63


Christina Schwarz is studying for a Master's degree in General Management at Zeppelin University and, as an Innovation Manager within the BIC, is responsible for supervising the Digital Leadership Innovation Circle. After completing her Bachelor's degree in European Studies at the University of Passau, Ms. Schwarz gained professional experience in various corporations with a technical focus in the area of interorganizational change management.


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Christina Schwarz B.A.

Innovation Manager
Lake Constance Innovation Cluster | BIC

+49 163 1952983

 

Bianca Orels is in her second Master's semester of General Management. Through various internships, Ms. Orels gained extensive knowledge with regard to the areas of digital transformation as well as in the creation of concepts for management development. She also worked on a research project on the effects of digitalization on the automotive industry. As Innovation Manager at the BIC, Ms. Orels is responsible for the development of digital training concepts and the management of the BIC's social media channels.

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Bianca Orels B.A.

Innovation Manager
Lake Constance Innovation Cluster | BIC

+49 157 74023572

 

Ms. Schröder is in her fourth semester of a Bachelor's degree in Sociology, Politics & Economics at Zeppelin University. As an intern, she worked for a strategic communications consultancy where she focused on the topic of cybersecurity. Based on this interest, Ms. Schröder is responsible for the operational management of the Cybersecurity Innovation Circle within the BIC.

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Lilly Schröder B.A.

Innovation Manager
Lake Constance Innovation Cluster | BIC

+49 176 40459387

 

Ann-Christin Vorbeck is enrolled in the two-year master's program in Corporate Management & Economics. During internships at internal and external consultancies and through various projects in her bachelor's degree program, she has gained in-depth experience in digitisation and transformation. Within the BIC she is an Innovation Manager for Digital Sustainability Management.

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Ann-Christin Vorbeck B.A.

Innovation Manager
Lake Constance Innovation Cluster | BIC

+49 160 6579627

 

Ms. Höfer is in her second bachelor semester of Politics, Administration and International Relations at Zeppelin University. Due to two stays abroad in other European countries, she has international knowledge competences with regard to economic, social and political interdependencies within the Eurozone. With her employment at the BIC, she therefore combines research approaches relevant to political science with the real economic practical activities within the BIC. Ms. Höfer is in charge of a cooperation project regarding intrapreneurship mechanisms in NPOs and is also responsible for the area of communication and design.

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Lara Höfer B.A.

Innovation Manager
Lake Constance Innovation Cluster | BIC

+49 160 95179374

 

Mr. Magnus Kurz is studying Corporate Management & Economics with a focus on Leadership & Relational Societies and Family Business at Zeppelin University. Prior to his master studies, Mr. Kurz earned a bachelor's degree in Economics at the Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg and completed a vocational training as a financial assistant. As part of an international scholarship, he also had the opportunity to work in a German/Israeli team on an innovation challenge in the areas of digitalization and Industry 4.0. Mr. Kurz is also the founder of his own start-up in the field of E-health and was thus also part of the BadenCampus Start-up Accelerator. Within the BIC, as Innovation Manager, Mr. Kurz is responsible for the supervision of the Innovation Circle Artificial Intelligence.

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Magnus Kurz B.A.

Innovation Manager
Lake Constance Innovation Cluster | BIC

+49 162 1393730

 

Paik Hemprich is studying Corporate Management & Economics in his sixth semester at Zeppelin University. With his own start-up experience as well as professional experience in business design, Mr. Hemprich has numerous competencies with regard to the main topics of business model innovation and entrepreneurship.


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Paik Hemprich B.A.

Innovation Manager
Lake Constance Innovation Cluster | BIC

+49 176 63757716

 

Stella Sak is within the last year of her bachelor studies in Politics, Administration and International Relations at Zeppelin University. Besides her studies, she is voluntarily active within the board of an internationally operating NGO and therefore has diverse experiences in working together in international and intercultural teams. Furthermore, Ms. Sak has diverse competencies in the further development of innovation and education management within companies and NPOs.




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Stella Sak B.A.

Innovation Manager
Lake Constance Innovation Cluster | BIC

+49 178 3425553