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i.ku - Innovationsplattform Kufstein / Innovation Hub Kufstein, Tyrol i.ku - Innovationsplattform Kufstein

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Contact Data

Coordinator (University)

Fachhochschule Kufstein Tirol Bildungs GmbH / FH Kufstein

Coordinator website

https://www.fh-kufstein.ac.at/Forschen/i.ku-Innovationsplattform-Kufstein

Year Established

2017

Location

Andreas Hofer-Straße 7, A-6330, Kufstein (Austria)

Website

https://www.iku.tirol/

Social Media

Contact information

Dipl.-Kfm. Karin Steiner
Karin.Steiner@fh-kufstein.ac.at
+43 5372 71819 1

Contact information

Prof. (FH) PD Dr. Mario Döller
Mario.Doeller@fh-kufstein.ac.at

Description

Description

The digitalization of (business) processes and digital technologies impact economies and society and, in consequence, our life and work in unprecedented ways. In order to maintain the attractiveness of the business location, the Kufstein chamber of commerce initiated together with the Kufstein University of Applied Sciences the Innovation Hub “i.ku – Innovationsplattform Kufstein“. Partners from the regional economic ecosystem and additional organisations have expressed heightened interest in the project, which is co-financed by LEADER funds.

i.ku - Innovation Hub Kufstein provides formats in a variety of shapes such as meetups for topical discussions between scientific & corporate experts, innovation challenges for students & researchers, dialogues with partners from the regional economy and children’s summer camps. In close collaboration with the Kufstein University of Applied Sciences, i.ku assists with the matching of corporate and academic ideas as a complementary precursor for R&D project proposal development.

i.ku - Innovation Hub Kufstein thus provides numerous offers for different stakeholders in the (supra-)regional educational and organizational landscape with focus on the augmentation of technology awareness and the heightening of the capacity for technology absorption.

Durch den Prozess und die Technologien der Digitalisierung verändern sich Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft mit signifikanten Auswirkungen auf die Art und Weise zu Arbeiten und zu Leben. Um den regionalen Wirtschaftsstandort attraktiv zu halten, hat Wirtschaftskammer Kufstein zusammen mit der Fachhochschule Kufstein Tirol das Projekt „i.ku - Innovationsplattform Kufstein" initiiert. Partner aus der Wirtschaft und weitere Organisationen zeigen sich ebenfalls stark am Projekt interessiert, welches über eine LEADER-Förderung ko-finanziert wird.

Nach der i.ku-Kick Off-Veranstaltung im April 2017 fanden bereits zahlreiche Veranstaltungen rund um die 3 Themenschwerpunkte statt: regelmäßige Meetups stellen interessante technologische Anwendungen und/oder Gründungsvorhaben in den Fokus: das von i.ku unterstützte AI-Start-Up SWARM Analytics (vormals Slothy) zählt zu den vielversprechendsten Gründungsvorhaben in Österreich. Gemeinsam mit ExpertInnen der Fachhochschule Kufstein Tirol wurden u.a. Blockchain, Digitalisierung, Crowdfunding sowie ICO als relevant identifiziert und in Meetups aufgenommen. i.ku-Themendialoge umfassten Veranstaltungen zu u.a. Augmented und Virtual Reality, Blockchain Use Cases, Smart Products & Solutions, Datenüberlassung und Datensicherheit und dienten zum Erfahrungsaustausch und Vernetzung der regionalen Unternehmen. 2018 fand bereits das zweite i.ku-INNoCamp statt, ein Open-Innovation Ideenwettbewerb mit Herausforderungen regionaler Unternehmenspartner. Der FIT4BUSINESS-Geschäftsideenwettbewerb richtet sich an potentielle Gründer aus der Region. Das Thema Bildung und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit wird u.a. durch Bildungsreisen, Firmenbesuche und Kooperationen mit anderen Bildungsträgern und Schulen geprägt. Dazu zählen z.B. Schulwettbewerbe, eine Unterstützung des Global Goals Design Jam und von i.ku - Innovationsplattform Kufstein initiierte Coding4Kids-Summercamps. Follow-Up Aktivitäten und der Ausbau des Netzwerkes werden laufend konzeptioniert und implementiert.

Seit Anfang Mai 2017 ist die FH Kufstein Tirol zudem Mitglied im Berufsverband „Stellwerk 18 e.V. Digitale Wirtschaft Südostoberbayern“ zur Förderung von Start-Ups und Kooperationsprojekten mit Partnern aus Rosenheim. In enger Zusammenarbeit mit der Fachhochschule Kufstein Tirol unterstützt i.ku - Innovationsplattform Kufstein somit auch die Zusammenführung unternehmerischer und akademischer Impulse als komplementäre Vorläufer von Forschungs- und Entwicklungsanträgen.

i.ku - Innovationsplattform Kufstein bietet damit zahlreiche Formate für unterschiedliche Zielgruppen der (über-)regionalen Bildungs- und Organisationslandschaft mit Fokus auf der Erweiterung der Technology Awareness und der Erhöhung der Fähigkeit zur Technology Absorption.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

The activities of the hub are well aligned with the Austrian national initiatives for digitising industry, Industrie 4.0 Oesterreich and the Digital Roadmap.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Agriculture, hunting and forestry
  • Electricity, gas and water supply
  • Construction
  • Wholesale and retail trade
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Transport, storage and communication
  • Real estate, renting and business activities
  • Public administration and defence
  • Education
  • Other community, social and personal service activities (media, entertainment, etc.)

TRL Focus

  • TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported

Services provided

  • Awareness creation
  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Education and skills development

Service Examples

i.ku-Meetup Crowdfunding & ICO

Crowdfunding orICO's as alternative forms of finance for fast growing startups

More details: https://www.meetup.com/de-DE/iku-Kufstein/events/248059652/

i.ku-Dialogue "Smart Products & Solutions" (July 2017)

Experts from renowned regional companies were invited to learn more about the educational and research portfolio of the study program industrial engineering and smart products & solutions, and to share their experience with set thematic priorities. The meeting was established to reach a shared understanding of common corporate and scientific interests in developmental projects, internships or research initiatives.

The implemention of developmental processes of smart products and solutions is at the core of R&D activities at Kufstein University of Applied Sciences and is being continuously perfected as "Kufstein Methodology" (KuMet). As academic partner, the Kufstein University of Applied Sciences can assist in the development, testing and evaluation of new strategies and prototypes in collaboration with companies. Corporate partners may profit from the encompassing Know-How of Kufstein University of Applied Sciences to tackle the complex transformation process in a digital world. The Kufstein University of Applied Sciences aspires at being Companion and Coach for a regional industry to co-design a digital future.

https://www.facebook.com/i.kuInnovationsplattform/photos/a.149194638957739.1073741828.148030585740811/163589697518233/?type=3&notif_t=like&notif_id=1499852946482691


Coding4Kids Summercamps 2018

Second year of Coding4Kids-Camps in Wörgl and Kufstein. 5 days of interactive learning and experiances in coding and robotics (Scratch, Lego Mindstorms) for children.

More details: http://newsroom.ofp-kommunikation.at/newsroom/Kleine-VordenkerInnen-von-morgen

i.ku-Meetup Blockchain-Technology

i.ku-Meetup Blockchain-Technology

More details: https://www.meetup.com/de-DE/iku-Kufstein/events/244244473/

FIT4BUSINESS Business Idea Competition

FIT4BUSINESS Business Idea Competition

More details: https://www.fh-kufstein.ac.at/News/i.ku-Geschaeftsideenwettbewerb-FIT4BUSINESS-2017-praemiert-innovative-Geschaeftsideen

First INNoCamp Kufstein - presented by i.ku (May 2017)

From May 15h, 2017 on all Students, Alumni and Scientific Employees of Kufstein University of Applied Sciences were invited to compete for the best, most creative and/or easiest convertible solution for real challenges of three selected company partners. The gains to be taken home were experience, enjoyment and potential monetary awards. After the challenges were presented on May 15h 2017, the participants were left with 10 days to build teams of 4-6 colleagues and to collaboratively develop ideas in a moderated creativity and problem solution process.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8aZZK0DYbc


Zweites i.ku-INNoCamp 2018

Open Innovation Price Challenge aiming at developing new ideas to digitalisation challenges of regional partners. 56 participants in 11 interdisciplinary teams.

https://www.fh-kufstein.ac.at/News/Junge-Vordenker-praesentieren-innovative-Ideen

More details: https://www.fh-kufstein.ac.at/News/Junge-Vordenker-praesentieren-innovative-Ideen

Success Story: App Development "Slothy" (January-May 2017)

Students of "Web Business & Technology" (Kufstein University of Applied Sciences) developed an App called "Slothy" to connect local needs with local help (i.e. platform for user exchange & support), bringing people together via smart products and social networking. The idea generation started in January 2017 and in May 2017 the App was ready to go live. The ideation and developmental process was presented in the format of a "Meetup" at the Kufgem GmbH (34 participants) to build and raise awareness for velocity and collaborative team spirit in product & service development.

https://www.meetup.com/de-DE/iku-Kufstein/events/239483795/
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=io.slothy.app

Organization

Organizational form

Networked organization, without formal structure

Turnover

0-250.000

Number of employees

1-9

Evolutionary Stage

In preparation

Geographical Scope

Regional

Funding

  • European Regional Development Fund

Partners

Stadt Kufstein

Partner Type

Regional government

Website

https://www.kufstein.gv.at/


Wirtschaftskammer Kufstein

Partner Type

Chamber of Commerce

Website

https://www.wko.at/service/t/bezirksstellen/kufstein.html


Fachhochschule Kufstein Tirol Bildungs GmbH

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.fh-kufstein.ac.at/


Stadtwerke Kufstein

Partner Type

Large enterprise

Website

https://www.stwk.at/


Kufgem

Partner Type

SME

Website

https://www.kufgem.at/


FH Kufstein Privatstiftung

Partner Type

University

Website

https://www.fh-kufstein.ac.at/Ueber-uns/Organisationsstruktur


TVB Kufsteinerland

Partner Type

Economic development agency

Website

https://www.kufstein.com/


Standortagentur Tirol

Partner Type

Economic development agency

Website

https://www.standort-tirol.at/

Technological competences

  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • ICT management, logistics and business systems
  • New Media technologies
Last updated: 10/12/18 17:59