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HPI supports SDGs and Launches clean-IT-initiative

On 25 September 2015, the 193 countries of the UN General Assembly adopted the 2030 Development Agenda and outlined the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to indicate action areas for a sustainable future of mankind. In an era of the omnipresent effects of globalization and digitization joint measures need to be taken to support human rights, prosperity, ecologically driven development and peace for all. Hasso Plattner Institute as the leading Digital Lab of Germany commits to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and takes its part to build a better future for humanity.

UN Sustainable Development Goals ©UNDP


clean-IT-initiative - HPI's Sustainable Development Goals

As one of the leading research and educational institutions in Germany, the HPI is committed to the realization of SDGs and bundles its research and teaching activities in the clean-IT-initiative. clean-IT-initiative stands for first-class educational opportunities on campus and on the Internet, sustainable and energy-efficient use of all IT systems, research contributions to the development of climate-friendly digital solutions and AI applications for all areas of social and economic life, especially in the field of health, sustainable mobility on campus, and the promotion of gender equality. With its focus on excellent research in digital engineering and the design-thinking approach, the HPI promotes the sustainable design of digital transformation.

Neuland Podcast Special: "Role of the SDGs in Digital Transformation"

During the launch of our clean-IT-initiative in Davos, a special of our podcast Neuland was created. HPI Director Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel and Ann Rosenberg, Senior Vice President and Global Head of SAP Next-Gen, discussed the "Role of the SDGs in Digital Transformation". Listen now!

HPI Supports:

Good Health and Well-being

  • HPI Digital Health Center
    The HPI Digital Health Center (DHC) brings together individuals from health sciences, human sciences, data sciences, digital engineering and society with a shared goal to improve health and wellbeing.
    In March 2019 the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Health at Mount Sinai in New York City became part of the HPI Digital Health family. The new institute was launched as the result of a merger of  the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) and the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI).  With world-class expertise and complementary resources in health care, data sciences and biomedical and digital engineeting, the new Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Health at Mount Sinai will conduct patient-engaged and data driven research.
  • Research Group Digital Health - Machine Learning
    The Machine Learning group (Prof. Dr. Christoph Lippert) at the HPI Digital Health Center (DHC) is a collaborator of the Africa Health Research Institute in South Africa, which leads the innovative population health screening program Vukuzazi to gain insights into fundamental interactions between HIV, tuberculosis (TB), environmental exposures and non-communicable diseases. The AHRI-HPI collaboration focuses on applying and evaluating AI-tools to infer new insights about TB.
  • HPI School of Design Thinking
    • Cooperation with the Global Engineering Teams (GET) on a project targeting the lower limb replacement experience for people in developing countries who have limited access to existing solutions. The project became a social business named AMPARO with a clear goal: Empowering amputees worldwide by revolutionizing prosthetics. Using human-centered design, Amparo developed an innovative and adjustable prosthetic socket that is much simpler and faster to use than other existing options.
  • HPI School of Entrepreneurship
    • HPI start-up ThinkSono have created the world's first software to diagnose 'deep vein thrombosis' (DVT) at the point of care. DVT is caused by a blood clot in the leg and is responsible for 800,000 deaths in Europe and USA. It's the number one preventable cause of death in hospitals and costs Europe €3 Billion and the US $15.5 Billion.
    • HPI start-up Gemedico GmbH develops the first teleradiology software as a service. The entire process and the associated documentation are covered. The aim is to eliminate the currently used analog technology and the associated additional effort. Gemedico GmbH relies on a high-security data center for its services and would like to achieve high availability through its modular infrastructure. The teleradiologists are supported by artificial intelligence in the preparation of their findings in order to achieve a high level of precision even at night.
  • EU-Project: Smart4Health
    Developing international standards and APIs for machine-readable and transferable patient records across hospitals and countries.
  • Cooperation: Data4life
    Collaboration with the Digital Health startup “data4life” to establish a citizen-centered, secure cloud infrastructure in which everybody can upload and manage their personal medical health records. This improves citizen sovereignty, makes data donation for medical research and the development of new treatment schemes feasible. 
  • Cooperation: openWHO
    A cooperation between HPI and WHO on delivering medical information in crisis/epidemic areas instantly to contain diseases and to educate the broad public on health topics (over 70 MOOCs available on openWHO in English and French).

Quality Education

Gender Equality

Affordable and Clean Energy

Decent Work and Economic Growth / Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Reducing Inequality

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Responsible Consumption and Production

Climate Action

Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

Partnerships for the Goals


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