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Innovation Lab: Innovation competencies for students

In the industrial work environment, problem-solving skills and innovation competencies are becoming increasingly important as future skills. In order to remain competitive, companies must harness the digital transformation, become climate-neutral, and find answers to resource scarcity and demographic changes. For this, they rely on employees who can develop creative problem-solving ideas and translate them into practical measures. The InnoLab offers students the opportunity to enhance the competencies necessary for these challenges.

What is InnoLab?

A new teaching format where students experience the transfer of theory into real-life applications from the Berlin industry and economy.
A real innovation process where students develop user-centered solutions. The focus is on Advanced Materials and Artificial Intelligence.
Students earn 5 ECTS credits ungraded in ÜWP. Future skills and methodological competencies are built.

Who is the course for?

The Innovation Lab is aimed at all master's students, especially those in the fields of computer science, economics, chemistry, physics, and students with a strong interest in digital technologies.

What is the format of the event?

The course takes place in the form of "labs" where HU students work in small groups to develop application-oriented solution approaches for use cases from corporate practice and immediately apply learned methods in this way. Specific case studies are developed in cooperation with three Berlin industrial companies. The seminars take place in person at various locations, such as the HU Startup Incubator Mitte, leap Adlershof, as well as at the companies, and digitally.

Anett Lommatzsch InnoLabs

Anett Lommatzsch,  course leader of InnoLabs. (c) Andrea Hansen.

Anett Lommatzsch as an experienced process facilitator 

Anett Lommatzsch conducts the Innovation Labs at Humboldt University in Berlin. She works as a process facilitator in sustainably oriented organizational and strategic development, focusing on change management and business innovation. Through her training in result-oriented coaching (abf e.V.) and as a Train-the-Trainer (IHK Berlin), as well as in management (TÜV Nord Akademie) and agile methodologies such as Design Thinking and Lego® Serious® Play, she combines various approaches tailored to the process. For several years, she has been offering entrepreneurship courses at various universities and accompanies startups as a coach in founding processes.

What are the requirements?

To receive credits, regular active participation, working on the project task as a team, a written reflection on the learning process (individual performance), and a project report (team performance) depicting the process and solution of the challenge are required. The latter is also provided to the companies.

The course receives funding as part of the MPI Master Plan Industrial City Berlin 2022-2026.
Register now by email, stating your field of study, semester, and B.A. specialization:
We wish you success and enjoyment!
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