In recent weeks, there have been several opportunities to exchange ideas with other competence centres, including the joint projects Coco and WIN:A, beyond the competence centre.

In addition to regular formats such as the Coco Coffee Lecture and the Coco Coordination Meeting, the WIN:A Transfer Day in Frankfurt was a special highlight. On 28 September, the HUMAINE team gained an exciting insight into the work of the collaborative projects and the other competence centres. In a separate session, Dr Valentin Langholf, Niklas Obermann, Jan-Torge Daus and Sandra Schaffarczik presented HUMAINE’s transfer strategy as part of the island hopping and provided insights into the interaction between the various established transfer events, such as the AI Developer Working Group, the Idea Lab and the Spring Fair.

The day before, the Coco project invited representatives of the competence centres to Darmstadt to present the further development and implementation of the concept for the CoCo platform and to discuss it with the participants. In several groups, those in attendance gathered various ideas for further development. The tour concluded with a visit to the TECH-Lab industrial research centre.

Following visits to Darmstadt and Frankfurt, HUMAINE welcomed Dr. Anne-Sophie Tombeil to ZESS on 31 October. In a joint meeting with the project coordinator, Dr. Tombeil presented Coco’s current approach to support the competence centres in business model development. This led to a lively exchange in which Dr. Antonia Weirich and Niklas Obermann raised current issues related to business model development at HUMAINE and jointly identified challenges. This visit was the start of a further exchange on business model development in the competence centres.