Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI
Hasso-Plattner-InstitutSDG am HPI

Unfortunately we don't have a timeline in English. The most important facts about HPI's history can be found below.



  • October: HPI launches intensive training program in Design Thinking targeting those who drive innovation in business
  • Founder Hasso Plattner receives the Leonardo European Corporate Learning Award in October
  • 3rd Business Plan Competition for HPI students concludes in September
  • Starting in August companies can contact students directly via the career portal HPI Connect
  • May: at the 2nd Potsdam Conference on National Cyber Security, HPI presents useful new services for Web users
  • HPI scientists name a newly developed programming language “Babelsberg“
  • At CeBIT in March, HPI presents the touchscreen innovation “Fiberio,” winner of the 2014 CeBIT Innovation Award
  • openHPI celebrates its 100,000th  enrollment in February


  • At CeBIT, HPI presents the latest research and development results from the world of Big Data for the “d!conomy” 
  • HPI professor emeritus and German Internet pioneer, Werner Zorn has been appointed by China to the high-level advisory committee of the World Internet Conference 
  • Hasso Plattner Institute’s software system CloudRAID  has become the recipient of the Innovation Award 2015 of the IT security association TeleTrust
  • In the context of the openHPI forum, the interactive learning platform of Hasso Plattner Institute has been honored as “Landmark” in the initiative “Germany—Land of Ideas”
  • In the first large-scale scientific study on the effects of Design Thinking in daily life, HPI researchers were able to demonstrate the success of the innovation methods learned at the HPI School of Design Thinking
  • openHPI, the learning platform of Hasso Plattner Institute, reached the enrollment mark of 200,000 in August 2015
  • During a visit to Hasso Plattner Institute, EU Digital Commissioner Oettinger spoke in favor of  a digital single market for Europe
  • In cooperation with the UN, Hasso Plattner Institute launched the online learning platform in China https://openune.cn
  • HPI PhD graduate Ziawasch Abedjan was honored with  the award  for the best dissertation by the Universitätsgesellschaft (University Society) of the University of Potsdam
  • HPI founder, Professor Hasso Plattner has been honored by the German American Business Association (GABA) with the Lifetime Achievement Award. With this award, GABA pays tribute to Plattner’s time-honored commitment to German-American economic relations. 


  • HPI develops a “School-Cloud,” in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the school network MINT-EC. The “School-Cloud” allows the central administration and access to digital learning and teaching content. Students and teachers can access this content from anywhere
  • The Jewish Museum Berlin awards Professor Hasso Plattner the 2016  “Award for Understanding and Tolerance,” honoring his engagement for a  peaceful and respectful co-existence
  • In cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), HPI develops new digital educational resources to support health workers in responding rapidly to humanitarian emergencies and epidemics
  • Hasso Plattner announces the expansion of HPI to a new Faculty of Digital Engineering, with approval of the plan by the University of Potsdam Senate
  • In a newly founded “Mittelstand 4.0-Kompetenzzentrums,” HPI and regional partners provide practical support for companies in helping them to meet the challenges of digitalization
  • HPI School of Design Thinking at University of Cape Town (UCT) opens
  • The Stanford Center for Professional Development and HPI begin their collaborative program for managers, "Leading Digital Transformation and Innovation"
  • During his visit to Berlin, Mark Zuckerberg talks to an HPI student about hate speech on Facebook
  • The magazine Forbes names HPI’s master graduate Daniel Taschik one of the most promising entrepreneurs under 30 years old
  • Student Franz Liedke, a Berlin native, is HPI‘s 500th master graduate


  • Headed by Prof. Erwin Böttinger, HPI starts to establish the new Digital Health Center in October. On this occasion, Nobel laureate Prof. Elizabeth Blackburn, president of the renown Salk Institute for Biological Studies, gives a lecture on precision medicine and collaboration
  • Hendrik Folkerts, originally from Wilhelmshaven, is HPI‘s 1000th bachelor graduate
  • The Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI) honors HPI director Prof. Christoph Meinel as GI Fellow. HPI Alumna Dr. Stefanie Müller is being awarded the dissertation prize 2016
  • At d.confestival, a new world record for the biggest creative class has been set
  • HPI Schul-Cloud is being honored as “Landmark” in the initiative “Germany—Land of Ideas”
  • HPI students receive the Marianne-Englert-Preis
  • In the course of HPI’s expansion, the University of Potsdam and HPI found the joint Digital Engineering Faculty on April 1st
  • The first Hasso Plattner Institute of Design Thinking in Cape Town is being inaugurated
  • The construction works for HPI’s spatial expansion begin around August-Bebel-Straße
  • At the education fair Didacta, HPI researchers present a first model of the HPI Schul-Cloud
  • The city of Potsdam confers honorary citizenship on Hasso Plattner
  • In January, Hasso Plattner opens his new Museum Barberini in Potsdam’s city center
  • HPI’s PhD student Stefanie Müller starts as a junior professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


  • The HPI Schul-Cloud is awarded the Innovation Award Berlin-Brandenburg.
  • In November, the Federal Cabinet of the Federal Government meet at HPI and discussed the new AI strategy for two days.
  • In the winter semester 2018/2019 the two new master programs “Digital Health” and “Data Engineering” will be launched
  • The new House F at August-Bebel-Straße is being inaugurated
  • HPI Schul-Cloud and Lower Saxony’s Bildungscloud start a cooperation
  • HPI and University of Potsdam announce development plans to further expand the campus Griebnitzsee. This way, HPI is supposed to establish itself as a center of excellence for Digital Engineering