„EXAKT4YOU“ brings together innovative ideas from Heidenheim and Africa
Students work together within innovative short term challenges like Hackathons, Innovation Workshops or Webinars on various problems. The participants exchange experiences and work together in international and interdisciplinary teams to find solutions for the guiding questions posed. Depending on the topics, the solutions can be a software, a device or machine, a multimedia course or a training concept.
The project has entered the fourth round: In spring 2020, an Innovation Workshop in cooperation with the local NGO Foot2Afrika took place in Moshi, Tanzania. Foot2Afrika brings together local founders and small entrepreneurs each year within a summer school which aims to convey economic basics such as marketing, financial planning or process documentation. The participants of the BWS plus project participated in the Summer School and carried out smaller innovation projects together with businesses and start-ups during the “innovation week” afterwards.
The Innovation Workshop was a major success. The participants were able to make new experiences while working with the African partners. A varied programme included among other things a trip to West Kilimanjaro as well as different industry visits. The participants are now back in their home countries, happy with the results of the Innovation Workshop and full of new ideas and impressions. Although there won’t be any physical exchange within the near future due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the project won’t rest – thanks to the possibilities of virtual cooperation, the participants are able to continue working together and are right now doing follow-up work and work on new future projects.
Get more impressions and see more about the project and the cooperation between DHBW Heidenheim and its African partner universities in the short movie:
With the Baden-Württemberg-STIPENDIUM for University Students – BWS plus, the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung supports innovative joint projects between universities from Baden-Württemberg and their international partners. The programme, which is endowed with approximately 1.2 million euros annually, was announced for the first time in 2011. Since then, more than 70 BWS plus projects have been supported at universities in Baden-Württemberg.
The aim of the program is to establish and build on new relationships with foreign universities and intensify existing contacts for the long term. In a project which is part of BWS plus an option is available to grant a scholarship when an official partnership agreement does not already exist. Funding can be applied for to assist with various endeavours, such as pilot projects for joint measures, including preparatory talks, workshops, intercultural training, language courses and more. The aim of each project should be to continue the relations between universities after the project period has expired.