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Lake Constance Innovation Cluster Digital Change (BIC)

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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) and Lukas Törner (second from left). They are supported by 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:

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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:

Implications of artificial intelligence for business models and society

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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.

Lifelong learning and technology acceptance

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Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Ut commodo pretium nisl.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.

Cyber security

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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. The security guarantee for the storage of customer data in the cloud and compliance with data protection regulations for customers and employees is also a challenge. At the same time, many companies are currently investigating the opportunities offered by data analysis and usage in order to develop new business models.

Digital sustainability management

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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.


The BIC constitutes an extended network of research institutions, companies and other relevant stakeholders in the Lake Constance region which, in addition to the joint development of knowledge, also permits synergies and considerations of best practice. In this way, digital transformation in the Lake Constance region can be shaped jointly. 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. The content and operational set-up of the innovation laboratory and the associated innovation circles will be based directly on the trends presented in this report and thus closely on the identified needs of regional companies.


As a network-based cluster, BIC serves as a platform for companies wishing to exploit synergies in order to understand and shape the opportunities afforded by digital change. The general direction of the innovation cluster is determined by a board of trustees, which consists of representatives of the supporting companies from various industries as well as other stakeholders in the region. A first meeting of the Board of Trustees will take place towards the end of the year.


If you are interested in becoming a founding member, please contact our Managing Director, Dr Lennart Brand.

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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


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


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