Summer school in Münsterland, Germany

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»Design, Technology & Innovation in Münsterland«

In the Summer of 2023, Prof. Felix Hardmood Beck, in collaboration with Dr. Sue Rossano Rivero, will host an exciting summer school at the University of Applied Sciences Münster: A two-week course packed with learnings on design, technology, and innovation. A roving course, designed to be flexible and held at different locations throughout its duration from August 21 to September 01, 2023.

The course underscores societal challenges and driving sustainable development, preparing students for a technology-driven world. By understanding the process and impact of innovation, students will be equipped to become change-makers in the future.

Through hands-on workshops, interesting lectures, demonstrations and presentations, as well as excursions to several relating sites, students will gain practical skills and deep insights into the intricate relationships between design, technology, and innovation. The course explores current trends and potential future trajectories, emphasizing the interconnectedness, and to highlight the synergy between these fields, offering a comprehensive learning experience throughout multiple sites in the beautiful Münsterland (North Rhine-Westfalia, Germany).

Part of the summer school is also a three day sustainability camp, called CampX.

Part of the DTI’23 summer school will be a three day sustainability camp, called CampX, which will take place from August 26.–28, 2023. Check out the above YouTube video, or download this PDF (14,4 MB) to get an overview. By the way, CampX’22 was part of the 2022 Summer School on the topic of Sustainability being organised by the Münster School of Business, Claudia Graciela Umanzor Zelaya M.Sc. (MSB).

What to expect during DTI’23?

The following content is covered in the DTI’23 course:

The DTI’23 summer school takes place at multiple locations, and with the support of various companies based in the beautiful Münsterland. An intensive and enriching knowledge transfer with agricultural and craft businesses will take place, such as the exchange, for example, with an innovative software and AI-robotics company, or a social water filter start-up. A workshop in the Makerspace on the Steinfurt campus is also planned. Check out the below overview to all planned activities.

Please note that the schedule provided for the course is tentative and subject to change. This is to allow for adjustments based on the needs of the participants, availability of resources, or unforeseen circumstances. We advise all participants to check for updates regularly and appreciate your understanding and flexibility in this regard.

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The course is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Digitale Hochschule NRW initiative, and is funded with 50.000,00 Euro (2022–2024) by the Wandelwerk Center for Quality Assurance and Enhancement (Münster University of Applied Sciences). The application for funding was written by Prof. Felix Beck (MSD Münster School of Design) together with Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sue Rossano-Rivero (MSB Münster School of Business) in January 2022, and received the approval in May 2022.

As described above, this Summer School fosters a multifaceted understanding of the interconnected disciplines of design, technology and innovation, laying a robust foundation for those aspiring to excel in an increasingly interconnected and technology-centric world. This comprehensive approach ensures that students are well-prepared to navigate and contribute to their evolving landscapes.
The course specifically covers the field of 'Entrepreneurial Education' and will give the students an overview of various innovative fields of work and a wide range of opportunities in rural areas, thereby contributing to the long-term preservation of the economic structure of the Münsterland.

Design is presented as a crucial element that bridges the gap between technology and human interaction. The course offers students a comprehensive understanding of several design principles, their current applications, and future trends. Students will study how design has evolved alongside technology, incorporating Dieter Rams' principles for good design. They will learn how to create products that are innovative, useful, aestheticly pleasant, understandable, unobtrusive, honest, long-lasting, thorough down to the last detail, environmentally friendly, and involve as little design as possible. The course will explore how these principles can be applied to create sustainable products that serve their intended purpose and enhance user experience.
Keywords: Rules for good design, Materials, design-tools, User Experience, CAD (3D scanning, 3d-modelling, CNC milling), CAM (3D-printing), Rapid Prototyping, Cradle to Cradle, plastic recycling, etc. …

Past, present, and future technologies form the cornerstone of this course, providing students with a comprehensive understanding of their evolution and practical applications. The course takes students on a journey through the history of technology, highlighting key inventions and breakthroughs that have defined different eras. It then brings students into the present, exploring the workings of current technologies, their societal impact, and their role across various industries. As the course looks towards the future, it introduces students to emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, discussing their potential applications and implications.
Keywords: Transformative Technologies, Artificial Intelligence, introduction to Electronics Robotics and Automation (Arduino), introduction to programming (P5.JS), Internet of Things, …

Innovation is a key focus of the course, guiding students through the stages of idea generation, prototyping, testing, and implementation. It's not just about creating new ideas, but also about effectively implementing these ideas to create new technologies, applications, and markets. Students will explore different types of innovation, from incremental improvements that enhance existing technologies to disruptive innovations that can redefine an entire industry.
Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Design Thinking, Innovative Processes, Product Development, Sustainable Innovation, Digital Transformation, Rural Innovation, Interdisciplinary Innovation, Technological Advancement, Start-Up Ecosystem, …

Information on Credit points: The Summer School offers 4 ECTS and it can be taken as the following course offered within the Specialization Modules International Marketing and Strategic Marketing.

Project International Marketing (MSB.1.0167.0.V.4), Project Strategic Marketing (MSB. 1.0368.0.V.2b).

For participating students of the MSD, the course is counted as an equivalent to the technology course "Techniques 3" with 4.5 LP. As described in the module manual, students of the first and second semester are unfortunately excluded, since the successful participation in technical courses 1 and 2 are mentioned as a prerequisite for technology course 3.
MSD students note: If you are a first year student (first or second semester), and you still want to participate in this summer school, you are very welcome, but you will sadly not receive the corresponding course credits. But nobody can take the experience from you!  ;-)

No Costs / No Fees

As this is a funded project, there are no general costs/participation fees for taking part in the course in 2023. However, participants must arrange their own accommodation and transport, as well as pay on their own for exhibition tickets, workshop materials, food and drinks, etc.. These costs will not be more than approx. 120-150 EUR. Please note that participants will have to pay  20 EUR to take part in CampX. This amount is to cover general costs at the campsite.

The success and enrichment of the DTI'23 Summer School is greatly attributed to our partners institutions and supporters. The partners include established companies, innovative startups, and local businesses in the Münsterland region, all contributing their expertise and resources to provide a diverse learning experience. Potential sponsors play an equally crucial role. Their financial and material support allows us to enhance the course content, provide state-of-the-art technology for hands-on experience, and secure the best possible locations for our roving course. We are always open to further partnerships and sponsorships, fostering a collaborative and symbiotic relationship for the promotion of education in design, technology, and innovation in the Münsterland region.

The team of organisers:

Prof. Felix Hardmood Beck
MSD Münster School of Design

Vertr. Prof. Dr. Sue Rossano Rivero
MSB Münster School of Business

Agata Trojanowska
MSD Münster School of Design

Katrin Uude M.A.
Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre

Course partner:

Adriaan Bernstein
Delft University of Technology

Prof. Zlatan Filipovic
American University of Sharjah

Prof. Dr. phil. Lars Grabbe
MSD Münster School of Design

Gaurav Mehta
Dharma Life (CEO)

Seth Rossano-Rivero

Árni Rúnar Hrólfsson
AR/VR Productions Iceland

Prof. Dr. Patrick Stalljohann
Lab for Softwarearchitecture

Rodja Trappe
Zauberzeug GmbH (CEO)

Dipl.-Ing. Lasse Trappe
What a Bird (CTO)

Dipl.-Ing. Sascha Wagner
MakerSpace Campus Steinfurt

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sven Bodenburg

Robotik und Regelungstechnik

Fachbereich Elektrotechnik und Informatik

And last but not least….    :-)

We would like to express that we are looking forward to create an outstanding learning experience at FH Münster University of Applied Sciences. At the Summer School, we strongly believe in fostering an inclusive and diverse learning environment. Our commitment extends to providing equal opportunities and support for all participants to thrive academically and socially. We aim to create a safe space where individuals can freely express their ideas and engage in open discussions, respecting different perspectives and backgrounds.

Our curriculum is thoughtfully designed to be accessible and engaging for all students, regardless of their previous knowledge or experience. We encourage collaboration and teamwork, promoting the exchange of ideas and knowledge between participants. Moreover, we actively seek to break down any potential language barriers by offering multilingual support and resources.

We celebrate the uniqueness of each participant, as we firmly believe that diversity enriches the learning experience. Embracing different cultural perspectives allows us to develop a more profound understanding of various global challenges and provides us with innovative solutions to tackle them collectively.

To ensure an inclusive experience, we continuously seek feedback from our participants and strive to implement necessary improvements. We welcome suggestions for better accommodation, accessibility, and any other aspect that could enhance the overall experience of our diverse community.

In conclusion, the Summer School at the University of Applied Sciences Münster is dedicated to providing an enriching, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all participants. We believe that by embracing diversity, we create a stronger and more compassionate community, fostering learning, personal growth, and global collaboration. Join us on this exciting journey of discovery and exploration, where everyone is valued, respected, and cherished.

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