The 10th IT Summit in Saarbrücken on 16 and 17 November 2016 focused on digital education. The corresponding platform “Digitalization in Education and Science” is headed by Federal Minister Prof. Johanna Wanka and Prof. August-Wilhelm Scheer. Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the summit with a number of cabinet members and underlined her support for Minister Wanka’s DigitalPakt#D in her keynote speech. Detailed information on the IT Summit and the results can be found here.
The partners of the Software Campus also met at the summit. In preparation for the new edition, the existing partners welcomed the new partners into their ranks. A group picture was taken with some of the new partners, represented by Mario Paoli (Rohde & Schwarz), Ammar Alkassar (Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity), Dr. Götz Brasche (Huawei Düsseldorf Technologies) and Prof. Uwe Aßmann (TU Dresden).
As in previous years, Software Campus was present with an information stand. This is always a great opportunity for participants and graduates to experience the IT Summit and exchange ideas with visitors and exhibitors. Also present: Vethiga Srikanthan, master’s student at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, has been a participant of the Software Campus since this year and has just started her IT research project. Fabian Bendun is currently doing his doctorate at Saarland University, but took over the management of Backes SRT, a company of his industrial partner Scheer Holding, a year ago. Dr. Quan Nguyen received his doctorate at DFKI and recently founded a start-up together with another Software Campus graduate: Privalino. The startup protects children during online chatting using speech analysis. Following the approval of the EXIST application, the software is now to be further developed to market maturity.
Starting in 2017, the IT Summit will be held as the Digital Summit, with the first edition planned for Rhineland-Palatinate.