Digital Round Table
Digital Round Table was yesterday - now the DIGIT.RoundTable is at the start!
Since May 2022, the new DIGIT.RoundTable will take place every second Wednesday of the month at GoTec Goslar. With a new name and revised concept, we invite all interested parties to exchange ideas with us on topics of digitization, circular economy as well as project and start-up ideas under the motto "Beer, Snacks and Digitization" in a relaxed after-work atmosphere.
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"Sufficiency & Cognitive Dissonance"
The DIGIT.RoundTable #4/2022 on September 14, 2022
Hello friends of sustainability and sensible digitalization, of low-alcohol barley malt spritzer, of cultivated exchange and good taste.
We are very pleased that we could again organize an impulse-rich evening for you on two of the most relevant topics of our time: "Sufficiency and cognitive dissonance" "Huh?! What is that supposed to be?!", some of us will probably say now! "No problem!", say Elisa Nestmann and Benjamin Leiding, "Come by and let's find out. You won't regret it!"
Following the two keynote presentations, we will all move into a joint discussion and from there into casual informal conversations.
- Elisa Nestmann, Climate Protection Manager County District of Goslar.
- Dr. Benjamin Leiding, Professor for Software Services for the Circular Economy (Institute for Software and Systems Engineering, TU Clausthal)
Snacks will be provided - We would be so happy about a small donation, that we will spring for a drink in return!
And this is where the DIGIT.RoundTable will take place:
- When? Wednesday, 14.09.2022 from 18:30 clock
- Where? GoTec, Am Stollen 19c, 38640 Goslar, Germany
For better planning, we ask for prior registration until 12.09.2022 via hellodigit-researchde.
We are looking forward to seeing you and having a great evening!
Be there - or be square!
Your team of the DIGIT.RoundTable
After the second DIGIT.RoundTable unfortunately had to be cancelled due to too few registrations, the DRT #3/2022 took place on July 13, 2022. Just under 20 interested parties found their way to GoTec Goslar and spent a convivial evening in summery temperatures. Two exciting presentations were on the program that evening.
AGIMUS GmbH presented its digital climate protection tool, with which it supports and accompanies companies on their way to climate neutrality. AGIMUS has been an established full-service consultant based in Braunschweig since 1991. AGIMUS' areas of work include environmental consulting, sustainability, energy efficiency, quality, occupational health and safety.
As further speakers for the evening, the makers of the independent game "Imagine Earth", from Berlin, provided exciting insights into the world of independent game developers. Imagine Earth is a strategic building game that deals with the conflict between economic growth and sustainability in a way that is critical of capitalism. The game has since won a number of awards. For example, the Intel Level Up Award as "Best Simulation Game" and the German Computer Game Award 2022 as "Best Expert Game".
Between and after the exciting presentations, the attendees got to talk about topics of digitization and sustainability while enjoying a cool DIGIT.Community Beer from the TU Brewery.
Digitization, sustainability and start-up projects at the end of the day.
After a longer break, the new DIGIT.RoundTable of the Center for Digital Technologies (DIGIT) took place at GoTec Goslar on May 11, 2022. Around 20 interested people found their way to the rooms at the energy campus to exchange ideas with like-minded people on topics of digitization and sustainability.
The DIGIT team revised the concept of the RoundTable during the pandemic-related break and presented it to the guests present. It will take place every second Wednesday of the month under the motto "Beer, Snacks and Digitization" at GoTec Goslar starting at 6:30 pm. Everyone who wants to exchange ideas on the core topics of DIGIT - digitization and sustainability - and network with like-minded people is invited. Furthermore, the establishment of a DIGIT Community is also one of the innovations of DIGIT, for which the DIGIT.RoundTable is to be a place of coming together in the future.
Norman Schlüter, DIGIT's research associate, presented what members of the DIGIT Community can expect in the future. "We want to establish DIGIT as a think tank for digital and sustainable innovations in the region. The technical infrastructure in our planned DCE.Lab will soon offer the best conditions for developing prototypes. In addition, we would like to exchange ideas with our community at barbecues and get active with our members at the DIGIT.Runclub or joint hikes. We are also planning offerings such as workshops and excursions where we can grow ideas for a sustainable future."
Dominique Briechle, who presented the Digitized Circular Economy reallab in the evening, is also looking forward to a growing DIGIT community. "In the sub-projects of our DCE reallab, we want to raise awareness for the sustainable use of resources and whet people's appetites for reusing and recycling defective or old electrical appliances. Our DCE.Lab will provide an excellent infrastructure for this in the future. In it, we would like to develop and test sustainable usage concepts by jointly repairing, redesigning and repurposing electrical appliances."
Presentations also continue to be part of the DIGIT.RoundTable concept. Two start-up projects were presented in exciting pitches at the new DRT. Lukas Bartenstein showed how digital technologies can generate innovations in the healthcare sector. Together with Arend Nienaber and Cedrik Mernberger, who unfortunately could not be present at the presentation, Lukas Bartenstein is developing an intelligent forearm crutch that provides patients with feedback on the load and possible incorrect loads during its use and is thus intended to support the work of nursing and therapy staff. The founding team is currently in the development phase of a prototype, which will provide the basis for the production of ready-to-use test crutches. Lukas Bartenstein is a master's student in the DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES program, Arend Nienaber studied mechanical engineering for his master's degree, and Cedrik Mernberger is a registered nurse.
The second founding team is also no stranger to DIGIT - with "Hydroguard", the three students of the DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES study program Mara de Armas-Klein, Lorenzo Puglisi and Tobias Apenzeller have already founded a start-up and presented it in their pitch. The prototype they brought along shows the swimming unit of the smart water sensor. By continuously monitoring water, it will be used to observe and analyze lakes in terms of acidity and nutrient content in order to make predictions about the emergence of health-threatening organisms such as blue-green algae. The team began working on the topic within their digitization project in the summer semester of 2021, and has now advanced it to startup maturity.
Over DIGIT Community beer from TU Clausthal's research brewery and snacks, all participants ended the evening talking about the projects presented.
The DIGIT Community can network virtually in the Discord channel "DIGIT Community": https://discord.gg/TVApw7md5s
"Smart Digital Garden - Urban Farming" (DRT #3/2021 dated 07/15/2021).
Benjamin Willenbrock, Protohaus gGmbH
The Smart Digital Garden, presented by Benjamin Hansen, is an open project at the Protohaus in Braunschweig that offers urban farming for makers and those who want to become one.
Basically, there are two forms of digital gardening - urban farming and urban gardening. In urban farming, the commercial benefit, i.e. the yield, is in the foreground. Possible variants are rooftop farming, indoor farming and vertical framing. In contrast to this is Urban Gardening, in which the social aspect is in the foreground.
In the Protohaus in Braunschweig, systems for microcontrollers and hydroponics are being developed. Plants are also grown using hydroponics, a process without soil in which used nutrients are added individually.
The aim of the ongoing research projects is to develop IOT, AI etc. to improve urban farming.
"Protohaus - Makerspace, open workshop for makers" (DRT #3/2021 dated 07/15/2021).
Chris Töppe, Protohaus gGmbH
Protohaus gGmbH from Braunschweig is an open workshop for makers and was founded by Chris Töppe. There are over 200 Makerspaces with different focuses throughout Germany. The goal of Protohaus Braunschweig, founded in 2016, is to share knowledge and machines and make them accessible to everyone. The focus is on digital education and urban farming. The 19 employees of the Protohaus offer general assistance as well as training, courses, projects, children's camps and teambuilding workshops.
The makerAcademy is the educational program of the Protohaus and works in the fields of tech, green and design.
All offerings take place in a relaxed and casual format. For example, there are also regulars' table formats as well as discussions and cooking events that foster community.
"WEEE Resin - Sustainable Handling of Electrical Equipment" (DRT #2/2021 dated 05/20/2021).
Dr. Asja Mrotzek-Blöß, IFAD der TU Clausthal
WEEE Harz is a project of the ISSE (TU Clausthal) in cooperation with the Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences and the REWIMET e.V., which pursues the goal of stimulating the economy of structurally weak regions under the motto "Change through innovation in the region! The project was presented by Asja Mrotzek-Blöß from the Institute for Processing, Landfill Technology and Geomechanics (TU Clausthal).
"Circles - a digital ecosystem for sustainable use of electrical appliances" (DRT #2/2021 dated Mai 20, 2021).
Robert Werner, Sense4Future GmbH
The project "Circles - a digital ecosystem for sustainable use of electrical appliances" was presented by Robert Werner from Sense4Future GmbH. The project focuses on the often improper recycling of electrical appliances in Germany. The aim of Sense4Future GmbH is to repair and reuse products as often as possible and only recycle them in the very last step.
In order to gain an overview of the various possible uses, the project team developed an app with which devices, including their shelf life, can be tracked across multiple users. Users can use the app to find out about the Linear Economy and the Circular Economy and expand their knowledge. Furthermore, qualified repair shops are to be mediated via the app and a leasing offer is to be listed in order to extend the usage cycle of the individual devices.
The aim of the project is to create awareness and a community in the field of Circular Economy and thus to increase the lifespan and recycling rate of electrical appliances at the same time.
In a first test run at the TU Clausthal more than 1000 devices have already been registered and thus the first step towards recycling of old devices has been made.
All dates at a glance:
- Wednesday, September 14, 2022