Axel Schulz

Who are you and what do you do? Who are your partners?

I am a business information scientist and PhD student at the Chair of Telecooperation at TU Darmstadt. I work on my Software Campus project in cooperation with SAP SE.

When did you join Software Campus?

I was accepted into the program in 2013.

What do you expect from Software Campus?

I am interested in the contacts to like-minded nerds as well as the industry experience. And of course – the implementation of my own project.

What is the content of your IT project and how could it be applied in the future?

Thematically the project tries to make social media usable for decision-making in crisis management. Valuable information from social networks has the potential to save lives in the future.

What is it that fascinates you about computer science?

It helps to solve problems in all life situations: be it in medicine, in soccer, or as in my project – in crisis management.

What did you like most about Software Campus so far?

I find the mentoring by my industrial partner very exciting, which gives me completely new insights into the company.

What’s your passion – besides your job and Software Campus?

My wife and soccer in general – in that order!

In your opinion, what skills do top executives need to have in order to be successful today?

I find knowledge of human nature and technical understanding indispensable in this context. Executives should know how things work at all hierarchical levels. The Software Campus helps to bridge this gap.

Do you have an idol – if so, who is it?

I’m not a fan of idealizing a particular person. Everyone is the way they are and have good and bad sides – and that’s a good thing.