Successful local cooperation
Achieving more together: Under this motto regional and national companies work together and cooperate in initiatives and Special Interest Groups (SIG). CyberForum actively supports the establishment of such initiatives and SIGs and takes part in them as well – we are convinced that the degree of excellence and lasting competitiveness of the participating businesses is particularly increased by these joint approaches.
Karlsruhe IT Security Initiative (KA-IT-Si)
“Our servers are secure” and “nothing will happen” are statements which, despite increasing network attacks and data theft, you are still frequently faced with. The Karlsruhe IT Security Initiative was established in 2001 in order to concretely and decisively improve IT security in the region and create wider awareness of the subject – for businesses as well as private individuals.
Verein der Karlsruher Software-Ingenieure (VKSI - Karlsruhe Software Engineer Association)
The Karlsruhe Software Engineer Association connects software engineers from Karlsruhe. Numerous and excellent software technology skills are brought together: at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and other universities, in public and private economy research institutes, in many medium-sized software enterprises, and with national and international market leaders, who all exchange ideas and information with each other at the VKSI. Annual highlight: the Karlsruhe Developer’s Day.
IT Bündnis (IT Association) Baden-Württemberg
Regional roots, national connections. The IT Association emerged from the national initiative "smart businessIT" and builds bridges in a unique infrastructure with 13 IT networks covering the whole state of Baden-Württemberg. Digitalization and innovation potential for small and medium-sized enterprises is developed and used by over 2500 IT cluster actors. Thus, the IT Association Baden-Württemberg provides an important basis for a promising digital transformation of the Baden-Württemberg economy.
Medienregion Karlsruhe (Media Region Karlsruhe, MEKA)
Creative communication: MEKA Media Region Karlsruhe e.V. unites the leading creative powers in the Karlsruhe region and is available to businesses and public institutions in various economic sectors as an expert contact partner for classical and the most up-to-date communication solutions. The skills of media and advertising businesses as well as professionals in film, marketing, music, design and much more are bundled in the MEKA.
Gründerallianz (Founder Alliance) Karlsruhe
The Founder Alliance unites all institutes and facilities (public and non-profit) in Karlsruhe in a unique network which cooperates closely and has the right contact for every question about founding a business. Those interested in founding a business are sent to the right place and can access high quality and supplementary consulting and information.
Offers from the Founder Alliance are for various economic sectors; the aim is to develop Karlsruhe into one of the leading regions for founders and businesses in Europe. The IHK (Chamber of Industry and Commerce), Handwerkskammer (Chamber of Crafts), CyberForum, Technology Region Karlsruhe, the universities and municipal institutes as well as actors from the financial and creative industry are united in the Founder Alliance.
Gründerallianz (Founder Alliance) Karlsruhe Website
The "Silicon Valley" of Europe stretches over the five locations of Karlsruhe, Darmstadt, Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken and Walldorf: the ‘software cluster’ based here drives the development of emerging software for digital businesses and has been promoted within the framework of the “top cluster competition” run by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. CyberForum coordinates the cluster work in the North Baden region.
Smarter City Karlsruhe
Developing the city intelligently: SmarterCity Karlsruhe is an initiative from the city of Karlsruhe and its economic and research partners. The goal is to increase the quality of life and the innovative capability of the city’s businesses by efficiently applying the newest technology. Areas of activity are, for instance, mobility, energy, smart housing and public administration. The initiative is coordinated by the Karlsruhe Economic Development Department.
CyberForum is part of the following projects together with other German and European clusters, networks and institutions.
The “BigDieMo” (Big Data Service Industry Business Models) project began on 1 October 2015 with a running time of three years and was sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research within the framework of the research programme “Innovations for the Production, Service industry and Work of Tomorrow”.
BigDieMo, in harmony with the high-tech strategy of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, pursues the long-term priority objective of increasing the innovation dynamic in the German economy. The project addresses the field of “process innovation through digitalization” by giving businesses from Germany an orientation and method of developing innovative data-based business models. BigDieMo is carried out jointly by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the University of Hamburg, the Friedrich-Alexander University in Nuremberg, Festo AG & Co. KG and CyberForum e. V., as well as various implementation partners.
URBAN INNO (utilizing innovation potential of urban ecosystems) was supported as a project by the Interreg Central Europe Programm. CyberForum is coordinating the project during its three-year running time; there are 12 project partners from eight countries involved in it.
The aim of the project is to strengthen the innovation potential of small and medium-sized urban ecosystems through the integration of so-called quadruple helix clusters. In the implementation this means, that alongside the city and the economy also regional networks and especially citizens participate in the city development and innovation processes.
In URBAN INNO, a toolbox of participative methods is further developed, improved and used in nine pilot projects in order to be available in future as a blueprint for comparable processes in urban ecosystems.
The sponsorship stage of these projects has already closed. They are, however, still being carried out and supervised here for sustainability.
SmartQuarterVision KA 2030+
The “SmartQuarterVision KA 2030+” project was Karlsruhe’s contribution to the national “Future City” competition. This competition was about how cities can meet the social, environmental and economic challenges of the future. Karlsruhe’s project, “SmartQuarterVision KA 2030+”, identified these challenges and suitable needs-oriented solution approaches by analyzing two reference city districts: Mühlburg and Knielingen.
Holistic and sustainable visions were developed within the project framework for both city districts with a time horizon of 2030+, in cooperation with citizens, scientists, local politicians, the economy and the administration. The project results were productively used within the framework of the future city development as well as for upcoming city district development projects. SmartQuarterVision KA 2030+ was a joint project of the city of Karlsruhe, CyberForum Service GmbH, the ITAS in the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and the European Institute for Energy Research.
The project Be Wiser (Building Enterprises – Wireless and Internet Security in European Regions) was aimed to inform the population about the dangers of cybercrime. Be Wiser investigates the organisation and technical research challenges in some of the best-known European RTD regions. The technological focus is on wireless internet security.
The necessity of a complete, secure system cannot be emphasized enough when balancing the users’ trust and the needs of citizens, the government and companies in relation to their privacy and safety. If this is disregarded, Europe takes the risk of not being able to fully develop new opportunities and remaining behind on a global level considering technology rollouts, innovation and the creation of work places.
UPSIDE, User-driven Participatory Solutions for Innovation in Digitally-centred Ecosystems, aims to generate economic and social benefits through promoting the creation and development of user-oriented solutions when innovating in the field of digitally-oriented ecosystems.
Based on the priorities of the cities participating in the EU project and the estimated market potential, the UPSIDE partners concentrate on activities in the fields of health, traffic systems, eGovernment, mGovernment and energy to develop user-oriented solutions from a shared position which can then be implemented in all partner regions.
The partners define a joint strategy and measures within these areas to develop and promote innovation systems which are capable of speeding up the cycle of research, innovation and acceptance in real-life surroundings.
CentraLab – Central European Living Lab for Territorial Innovation
Results from research and development are put into a practical context to facilitate an active contribution from users.
The main aim of the project is to convert Central Europe into an open sector laboratory for innovations which considers social, organizational and technological aspects.
Ten partners from eight countries have united to pursue this objective together. CentraLab would like to illustrate the competitive advantages of these new innovation applications in order to promote territorial cohesion, integration, the sharing of experience and the development of partnerships between the countries.
The Interreg IVC project “ClusteriX” aims to enable regional authorities the identification, analysis and opening of potential of future strategic cluster developments through sharing experiences and proven practices between nine partners from eight different countries.
The priority aim of ClusteriX is to raise the competitiveness of the European regions and their innovation potential to create a so-called “Smart Specialization” (intelligent specialization) through improvement and the strategic realignment of cluster politics.
ClusteriX is further concerned with the financing of cluster support, the driving of newly created industries through cluster development and the creation of a framework for networked cluster cooperation between the partner regions.
CyberForum e.V. is involved in the project via the Karlsruhe Economic Development Department.
The Upper-Rhine is growing together: with every project. Under this motto the project IT2RHINE 2020 E-commerce has the aim of facing the challenges of cross-border electronic business traffic in the Upper Rhine region and finding suitable solutions.
The initial project aim is to determine through specific investigations and a practice-oriented approach in the border area why the electronic business traffic is stagnating and not developing further, although in general it shows a two-figure increase. The project thus fulfils one of the aims of the EU Commission’s Digital Agenda (2010).
In a second stage the project partners will sensitize a large part of the e-commerce players in the Upper-Rhine area to regional on site e-commerce, and provide encouragement and support.
The Mobile Region of Karlsruhe provides the ideal platform for mobile solutions players from the TechnologyRegion. It has the aim of positioning the region as a leading center of excellence for mobile internet solutions. Over 50 businesses, research institutes, communities and universities are currently engaged in this community of interests.
Members have initiated, for example, their own “Living Lab for mobile end devices” in order to develop prototypes more cost-effective, faster and create them considerably simpler, and make new products marketable in a shorter time. Other members are engaged with their own project ideas in the transformation of the city of Karlsruhe as a “Smarter City”.
In the open network “SaaS4KMU” 15 companies and 2 research and science partners have joined forces to bundle their competences for the field “software as a service” and offer flexible and consistent solutions to SMEs.
CyberForum founded the subnetwork “Saas4KMU” in order to reach these goals in a timely manner and above all suitable for the requirements and to support the technology transfer between research and practice.
iRegions is a European project that is supported within the seventh research framework programme of the European Commission. The project has linked the following three IT clusters: CyberForum e.V., Kista Science City (Sweden) and the Baltic Innovation Agency (Estonia) for three years and is concerned with the new needs and challenges for IT businesses in their innovation process, which demands a strong interaction between research and businesses.
Other regional partners on the part of CyberForum e.V. are the CAS Software AG and the Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI - IT Research Institute). The iRegions project partners take on these challenges by developing a strategy to promote the benefits of research infrastructures for regional economic development in the cluster regions.
The Upper Rhine is further expanding its leadership position in the IT industry under the name “IT2Rhine”. The long-term cooperation in the border triangle between France, Germany and Switzerland highlights the particular strength of this economic area. The existing cross-border IT cluster activities are additionally supported by IT2Rhine. Over 15 institutions and IT networks in all three nations began the joint project in January 2009; they represent over 2,000 businesses in the IT sector in the Upper Rhine. Exchange and coordinating joint projects and events in the respective partner regions takes place in regular meetings.
DIZ | Digital Innovation Centre
The DIZ | Digital Innovation Centre is an initiative of the IT Research Institute and CyberForum e.V. Its aim is to sustainably support the economy of the State of Baden-Württemberg, and its small and medium-sized enterprises in particular, in their digitalization efforts and thus further the digital revolution and digital transformation in the state.
As a virtual competence center, DIZ bundles the existing resources of both partners, FZI Research Center for Information Technology and CyberForum e.V., while implementing one of the fundamental principles of digital transformation: cross-cutting networking. Together with various partners cross-sectoral, sustainable and lasting solutions will be developed within the framework of the Digital Innovation Center while enhancing the future competitiveness of the state.
You cand find further information at the website of the DIZ | Digital Innovation Centre