The d!conomy urgently needs highly trained and creative IT specialists. CeBIT exhibitor, Hasso Plattner Institute (Hall 9, Stand D44) is intensively engaged in attracting talented high school students to the field of computer science. The famous Potsdam training center for IT engineers, in collaboration with the high-tech association BITKOM, is making it possible for approx. 3,000 interested young people from German-speaking areas to experience a special, exclusive program at CeBIT free of charge. The only conditions for the Hasso Plattner Institute event day: participants must attend a “Gymnasium” or “Realschule,” be over 16 and be interested in computer science. At CeBIT Adventure Days the pupils are divided into groups of 15 members maximum.
Guided by a computer science student they are led to specially chosen stands of well-known exhibitors. There, they have the opportunity to speak to specialists in junior staff training programs and product development. BITKOM is accepting group registrations for CeBIT Adventure Days from teachers and their computer science classes at www.erlebe-it.de/cebit2015. These group tours take place every day of the fair and last half a day. The HPI offer addresses individual students and is offered on 18, 19 and 20 March between 9:30 am and 5:00 pm. Further information as well as an online application form is found at www.hpi.de/cebit-erlebnistag. Travel expenses must be borne by participants.
Under the umbrella of the HPI Youth Academy, the top CHE-ranked Potsdam Institute (https://hpi.de) offers customized events for all wishing to get informed about the IT Systems Engineering program at HPI or for those generally interested in math and computer science. For example, HPI runs a Youth College for girls and boys, in grades 7 through 12, who want to reach beyond their school curriculum and discover the excitement of IT subject matter in practical activities. In advising sessions held during university information fairs or Girls Days it’s possible to get acquainted with the study program through one-on-one contact. For teachers wishing to give their pupils a taste of how creative an IT major can be, HPI offers workshops and project days that are specifically designed for the target group. IT camps in Potsdam are among the offerings in HPI’s program. HPI is a partner of the German National Computer Science Competition, the high school network MINT-EC and the initiative “Komm, mach MINT” (Come on, do MINT!). HPI “student ambassadors” are available for speaking engagements at schools, where they bring their own “mobile campus” with them in the form of a colorfully painted Mercedes Viano. More at http://hpi.de/open-campus/schuelerakademie.html.
Rosina Geiger, PR and Marketing Manager
Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI)
Tel.: 0049 331 5509-175