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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.

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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

  • Hasso Plattner Institute
    HPI´s mission is to educate future leaders in IT and set new standards in computer science research related to real-life problems. HPI’s objective is to foster innovation at the intersection between excellent teaching and research in the field of IT, user-centricity with the Design Thinking approach and to encourage entrepreneurship. Education and research at HPI are conducted hands-on and with strong partners from public administration and industry. Various research projects have already had a tremendous impact on innovation around the globe, e. g.
    • Development of the innovative Design Thinking approach, which is now taught in countless places worldwide
    • “In-Memory-Database”-Technology, which enables companies and researchers to conduct real-time Big Data analysis for the first time in human history. This enabling technology has led to many innovations in fields like digital health, cybersecurity, energy management, retail and public services.
  • HPI School of Design Thinking
    The HPI D-School offers a supplementary study program for students in all fields of expertise and from all universities and all countries to gain knowledge in the internationally successful Design Thinking approach.The first academic programm was created by HPI in Stanford and Potsdam. Students learn to approach “wicked” global problems in diverse teams, open spaces and an iterative process to find new solutions for the world of tomorrow. The goal is to foster an open and innovative mindset to address societal challenges for a better future. The study program is free of charge for HPI students. Every semester student teams work on challenges provided by various NGO´s and other organisations to create innovativ solutions for a better world.
    • The Annual Global Design Thinking Week offers a series of short programs focussing on five topics: Inspiration, Prototyping, Global Impact, Team(ed) Leadership and Strategic Futures. Students from all around the world tackle global societal issues, e. g. in March 2019 targeting unemployment for young generations in Mexico together with BDI and different institutions from the government of Mexico (specifically the Bajío area).
    • Cooperation with Montessori School in Potsdam - "The School of the Future": The aim of the project is to empower pupils and educators to co-design their educational concept and learning environment. This makes schools more innovative and able to integrate all stakeholders involved in the learning process.
  • HPI School for Entrepreneurship
    • HPI start-up Auratikum is a SaaS solution that enables scientists funnel thoughts into intellectual innovation by providing a structured and repeatable end-to-end process for academic writing, which is influenced by Niklas Luhmanns ‘Zettelkasten’ method. Thereby making the use of different tools for reference management, note taking, writing etc. obsolete. The product guides inexperienced undergraduate students through the process of writing their first scientific papers.It also provides powerful tools for professional researchers to capture their knowledge in one central location which allows them to publish their research more efficiently. 
  • openHPI
    Free of charge MOOCs offer ubiquitous education for everybody on information technologies, health, entrepreneurship (currently over 300 available MOOCs in English, German, French, Chinese, more than 5 million learners worldwide on the various instances of openHPI).
  • Research Group Human Computer Interaction
    • Kyub: The 3D Editor Kyub is an interactive editing system for laser cutting. It allows users to create 3D models, which are then unfolded into the 2D plates by laser cutters. This enables rapid prototyping in education processes.
  • HPI School-Cloud
    HPI develops a cloud-based education platform, which can easily be used in the context of school education to include digital media at a low threshold in regular school teaching settings via web-based applications. The HPI school cloud is currently rolled-out in more than 200 schools Germany-wide as well as in a number of international schools in many countries worldwide. The HPI school cloud is highly scalable and is fit to revolutionize education in any global education context. 
  • HPI Youth Academy
    Every year HPI offers free-of-charge activities related to coding and IT education for high school students and helps to build a bridge between high school education and academic computer science. It also supports raising interest in future digital technologies particularly for female students in the male-dominated area of IT.

Gender Equality

  • HPI FQ-Lounge
    The HPI “Female Quotient” Lounge was established to include female HPI students in the global FQ-movement, which aims at including more women in relevant societal discussions at major conferences and committees. With its various activities, it supports women at HPI to advance their career opportunities in the field of IT.
  • Grace Hopper Scholarship
    HPI supports female students with scholarships to take part in the international Grace Hopper conference in the US to foster female engagement in future technologies. Women are thus helped to enter promising careers in IT and encouraged to shape a diverse digital future.
  • European Women in Tech
    HPI supports its female students with scholarships for the European Women in Tech conference in Amsterdam to foster female engagement in future technologies. Women are thus helped to enter promising careers in IT and encouraged to shape a diverse digital future.
  • Women in Tech-Talks at HPI
    HPI offers the Women in Tech-Talks, where successful women in IT and HPI alumnae talk about their professional experience and the prospects of a career in IT and inspire HPI students as female role models. 
  • HPI Girls` Day
    HPI opens its doors to female high school students to take part in coding workshops at HPI and to learn more about the study and career opportunities in computer science at HPI. 

Affordable and Clean Energy

  • Hasso Plattner Institute
    • 100 % electricity from renewable sources

Decent Work and Economic Growth / Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

  • Hasso Plattner Institute
    HPI´s mission is to educate future leaders in IT and set new standards in computer science research related to real-life problems. HPI’s objective is to foster innovation at the intersection between excellent teaching and research in the field of IT, user-centricity with the Design Thinking approach and to encourage entrepreneurship. Education and research at HPI are conducted hands-on and with strong partners from public administration and industry. Various research projects have already had a tremendous impact on innovation around the globe, e. g.
    • Development of the innovative Design Thinking approach, which is now taught in countless places worldwide
    • “In-Memory-Database”-Technology, which enables companies and researchers to conduct real-time Big Data analysis for the first time in human history. This enabling technology has led to many innovations in fields like digital health, cybersecurity, energy management, retail and public services.
  • FutureSOC-Lab:
    HPI hosts a supercomputer lab with latest computing hardware for academic and industry research. Biannually, research teams can apply with their research proposals to use top-notch hardware and the latest software to conduct experiments, which require high computing power. Participation is open to all researchers worldwide and free of charge. Research results are publicly disseminated. 
  • HPI School of Entrepreneurship
    • HPI start-up Synfioo is a cloud service that predicts and visualizes disturbances in supply chains in real-time. In logistics, small disruptions in the supply chain can cost millions.  Synfioo makes it possible to warn shippers, drivers, and transport planners at an early stage about any disturbance and their consequences. Complementing any existing systems, Synfioo accordingly enables automated transport planning. This result means significant savings for any logistic company
    • HPI start-up Industrial Analytics is an industrial IoT B2B vertical company with the aim to support the German industry and machine operators with digitalization. The core product are cross-linked machines and new data driven services in order to increase availability and reduce OPEX. The benefit of improved machine monitoring is not only a reduced maintenance cost through predictive maintenance but also through improved efficiency and increased flexibility as well as the prevention of unplanned downtime.
    • HPI start-up NeXenio GmbH offers IT services as well as product development and the operation of IT applications and services in the area of cloud storage, real-time collaboration, social media analytics, and data mining. NeXenio presents a cloud solution with nexboard that combines design thinking with global collaboration and provides a unique opportunity for a shared work experience. From what started with simple post-its and went on to become integrated video transmission, neXboard facilitates the smooth interaction between, for example, product development and consulting.

Reducing Inequality

  • Hasso Plattner Institute
    • Despite being a completely privately financed education and research facility, studying at HPI is free of charge. Admission is granted for all applicants on the basis of excellence, independent of social status.
    • Additionally, about 20 % of annual admissions are granted based on social criteria. Therefore, people with disabilities, young parents, family caregivers and refugees have access to a top-notch education in the field of computer science at HPI.
  • Research Group Human Computer Interaction
    • DualPanto Is a haptic device that enables blind users to continuously interact with virtual worlds.
  • HPI School of Entrepreneurship
    • The HPI start-ups Chevalier and Hopkins are legal technology companie with the vision to make justice more accessible and affordable for consumers. Enabled by their software and advanced analytics solutions, lawyers can provide more accurate case assessment, more effective negotiation tactics and overall superior results to their clients.  

Sustainable Cities and Communities

  • Hasso Plattner Institute
    • Half of the company cars are electric
    • Free-of-charge employee bicycles on campus available
  • Research Group  Algorithm Engineering
    • Computing Strategic Routes
      With over 50 million cars registered in Germany, traffic is an everyday challenge for millions of travellers. However, if everybody is driving the same route, traffic congestion leads to longer travel times for everyone involved. HPI helps to develop new smart traffic and navigation services. By analyzing real-time traffic data and predicting the traffic situation, we can avoid that road users get stuck regularly in traffic through real-time coordinated traffic management and navigation advice.
  • Research Group Computer Graphic Systems
    • AI for Geospatial Digital Twins
      This Research Project focusses on enhancing the capabilities of creating efficient digital geospatial digital twins with the use of AI. By creating efficient digital representations of the real world, environmental analysis can be done more efficiently (how many trees has a city? E. g.), communities can be planned more sustainable and many interactions which required travel may become obsolete.

Responsible Consumption and Production

  • Hasso Plattner Institute
    • HPI is committed to waste separation in all of its facilities. To enable recycling plastics, paper, batteries are separated in every HPI department.
    • Changeover to latest generation of batteries (AA/AAA)
    • 100% recycled printing paper
    • 100 % electricity from renewable sources
  • Research Group Human Computer Interaction
    • TrussFab is an integrated end-to-end system that allows users to fabricate large scale structures that are sturdy enough to carry human weight. TrussFab achieves the large scale by complementing 3D print with plastic bottles and therefore saves significant amount of materials from recycled plastics.

Climate Action

  • clean-IT-initiative
    • Energy consumption of latest digital technologies like cloud computing, artificial intelligence, blockchain and big data is heavily increasing, posing a threat to the global climate. HPI is committed to focusing its research on developing innovations in the field of energy-saving methodologies in computing, hardware infrastructure and software development.
    • Use of latest energy saving standard in lighting (LED)
    • Heat recovery systems from data centers and ventilation systems
    • CO2-sensors for efficient use of air conditioning systems
    • HPI facilities are equipped with movement sensors for lighting. This reduces the energy consumption of lighting in the entire facility by 30 % resulting in lower carbon emissions.
    • Triple glazing on new buildings
    • 100 % electricity from renewable sources for the HPI data center
  • Research Group Internet Technologies and Systems
    • Binary Neural Networks: An outstanding example of Clean IT at HPI is the development of new training schemes for AI algorithms which are using binary neural networks, which consume 95% less energy and therefore CO2 emissions.

Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

  • HPI - Potsdam Conference on National Cybersecurity
    • HPI conducts the annual international “Potsdam Conference on National Cybersecurity” in Potsdam Germany where stakeholders in the field of IT-security, diplomats, industry and policy leaders convene to discuss the latest developments in cybersecurity. The event contributes to SDG 16 because it offers a neutral forum where delegates from opposing institutions and countries find a platform to engage in discussions, which otherwise would not take place. At the latest HPI security conference, leaders from the US, Russia, China and Israel came together to explain their interests in cyberspace and their future activities. This builds trust among nations and contributes to peace and strengthening of international institutions.
  • Research Group Information Systems
    • Hate-Speech-Detection: In context of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16 "Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies", we analyze online user comments and — among other tasks — detect hate speech, insults, and threats. With our approaches for the semi-automated moderation of online discussions, we support news platforms in keeping their comment sections open despite an ever-increasing moderation workload. We ensure that people can exercise their right to freedom of speech online and strengthen one of the four pillars of democracy: the media. Also visit our free-of-charge Massive Open Online Course "Hate and Fake" on openHPI.
  • HPI School of Design Thinking
    • Cooperation with Melton Foundation: Promotion of global citizenship as a way for individuals and organizations to work together across boundaries of place and identity to address global challenges. In this program, students experience Design Thinking especially focus on Gender Equality, Climate Action, Good Health

       

Partnerships for the Goals

  • HPI School of Design Thinking
    The HPI School of Design Thinking operates with many international (for/non-profit) private and public institutions to work on innovations in the sphere of digital technologies and digital transformation. It fosters collaboration between globally active institutions in various aspects of its educational process, by including NGOs, companies and public administration into the innovation process of Design Thinking working on the solutions of the world of tomorrow. 
    • An extraordinary example of this partnership is the establishment of the Global Design Thinking Alliance (GDTA) with 16 partners on every continent, currently directed by Genovasi d.school in Malaysia.
  • Cooperation: "Charter of Trust”
    HPI is an associated partner in the “Charter of Trust” movement, which consists of more than 20 international companies and academic institutions and public security organizations like the German Federal Office for Information Security, which jointly formulate international IT security standards for global supply chains and free education in the field of cybersecurity and privacy. IT-security is a global phenomenon and an issue that can only be dealt with if national states, global companies, academia and international institutions work closely together. No one alone can make a significant impact on security in a global network.

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