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Summer semester 2019

Hacking Gender Bias - in cooperation with Fraunhofer CeRRI and IBBA

"Shrink it and pink it" is the common formula for considering gender in the development of innovations. Led by a team from the Fraunhofer CeRRI and the Institute for Vocational Education and Training (IBBA), the students* will take a closer look at the extent to which gender stereotypes are reproduced in research and development processes in engineering and technical sciences and what this means for the end products of these processes. The students receive an introduction to the approach of Critical Engineering and Critical Making. On this basis, they will work in their own group on the question of how design and technology can make a critical and reflective contribution to overcoming gender bias in engineering and technical sciences.

Within the framework of a mini hackathon, the developed ideas are physically converted into prototypes and tested with the help of experts. Modern rapid prototyping technologies such as 3D printing, CNC milling, microcontrollers, sensors and simple IoT devices are used. The blueprints and software are documented in terms of open source, uploaded to GitHub open source and made available so that the technology can be used worldwide for the common good.

Registration is by e-mail until 5 May 2019 to . For the successfully passed seminar 6 ECTS will be awarded. The examination includes the oral presentation of a seminar paper (approx. 30 min) and a final report on the developed prototype (approx. 10 pages). The block seminar will take place on the following dates in the premises of Fraunhofer CeRRI, Hardenbergstraße 20, 10623 Berlin:

Block Gendered Innovations & Critical Making
Friday, May 24, 2019, 9:00 - 15:30 hrs;
Friday, 7 June 2018, 9.00 - 17.30 hrs;
Friday, 14 June 2018, 9.00 - 15.30 hrs

Block Mini-Hackathon
Friday, 21 June 2018, 9.00 - 16.00 hours;
Friday, 28 June 2018, 9.00 - 12.00 hours

Lecturers: Dr. Clemens Striebing, Ronja Ullrich, Regina Sipos

Past Courses

Winter semester 2018/2019

Using technology for the common good - Using Tech for Good

The innovation is there - and then? Together with the team of the Fraunhofer CeRRI, you are dealing with the question of how to identify and realize economic and social recycling paths for technologies. In several small projects, solutions for the DRK Steglitz-Zehlendorf are being developed for the publicity-oriented and revenue-oriented use of an age simulation suit. Possible projects are the development of a series of events for pupils or the workforce of different organizations for the challenges of the age (eg for police, care services or transport companies), the conduct of market studies or the development of business plans.


Summer semester 2018

Demand-oriented innovation development

"Shrink it and pink it" is the common formula to consider gender when developing innovations. Instead of reproducing stereotypes, we look at the actual needs of users in the seminar. The module first sensitises people to the relevance and added value of gender and diversity in the innovation process and familiarizes the participants with basic techniques for integrating the user perspective, such as gender analysis or design thinking. As part of a project work included in the block seminar, the participants collect the personal demand perspectives of different interviewees for the public transport and sharing offers on the basis of prefabricated interview guidelines. Based on the interviews, a persona will be developed and their specific needs will be elaborated and substantiated. The project groups visualize the needs identified by them and / or the proposed solutions based on speculative prototypes. The prototype will be discussed in a final report and theoretically substantiated.

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