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Summer semester 2021

Hacking Innovation Bias
"Shrink it and pink it" is the common formula for taking gender into account in the development of innovations. Led by a team from Fraunhofer CeRRI and the Institute for Vocational Education and Training (IBBA), students in the block seminar will examine the extent to which gender stereotypes are reproduced in research and development processes in engineering and technology 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 explore in their own group work the question of how design and engineering can make a critical and reflective contribution to overcoming gender bias in engineering and technology. In the context of a mini-hackathon, the ideas developed are physically implemented and tested in prototypes with the help of experts. For this purpose, modern rapid prototyping technologies such as 3D printing, CNC milling, microcontrollers, sensors, and simple IoT devices will be used.

A binding registration for the block seminar until 2 weeks before the start of the seminar at is necessary.

The block seminar will take place digitally in the summer semester 2021 on the following dates:

01.04., 09:00 - 15:45 hrs.
06.04., 09:00 - 15:30 hrs
07.04., 10:00 - 16:00 hrs
08.04., 09:00 - 15:00 hrs.
09.04., 10:00 - 17:30 hrs
16.04., 09:00 - 11:30 hrs.

Past Courses

Winter semester 2020/2021

Hacking Innovation Bias
"Shrink it and pink it" is the common formula for taking gender into account when developing innovations. Led by a team from Fraunhofer CeRRI and the Institute for Vocational Education and Training (IBBA), the students* in the block seminar will examine 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. Students* will be introduced to the approach of critical engineering and critical making. On this basis, they 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 the engineering and technical sciences.

In a mini-hackathon, the ideas developed are physically transformed 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 for this purpose. The blueprints and software are documented in the spirit of open source, uploaded to GitHub and made available so that the technology can be used worldwide for the common good.

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Summer semester 2020

In the summer semester 2020 there will be no courses in our department.

However, in cooperation with the Fraunhofer CeRRI, we would like to draw your attention to the courses of the Department of Machine System Design and in particular to the course Engineering for Impact - Responsible Innovations (EfI).

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Winter semester 2019/2020

Hacking Innovation Bias - in cooperation with Fraunhofer CeRRI and IBBA

"Shrink it and pink it" is the common formula for taking gender into account when developing innovations. Led by a team from Fraunhofer CeRRI and the Institute for Vocational Education and Training (IBBA), the students* in the block seminar will examine 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. Students will be introduced to the approach of critical engineering and critical making. On this basis, they 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 the engineering and technical sciences.

In a mini-hackathon, the ideas developed are physically transformed 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 for this purpose. The blueprints and software are documented in the spirit of open source, uploaded to GitHub and made available so that the technology can be used worldwide for the common good.

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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.

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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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