Celebrating 20 Years of Hasso Plattner Institute

Hasso PIattner Institute (HPI) is celebrating its 20th anniversary! From October 28 - 30, the HPI campus will be transformed into a big birthday party venue. In addition to our anniversary, we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Internet and the 10th anniversary of the HPI Academy.


20 Years Hasso Plattner Institute


On this occasion, numerous events will take place on the Potsdam-Babelsberg campus from the 28 - 30 October, 2019. Kicking off the event series is the opening ceremony on October 28, 2019, with eminent personalities from the fields of politics, science, and culture, who have accompanied the HPI over the past 20 years.

The development of the institute in two decades is remarkable. We will also celebrate our anniversary with colleagues from our research branches in, for example, the US, China, and South Africa. Together, we will not only take a look back at the past but also into the future. The current expansion of the institute's content will be reflected in the ceremony as well as in the exhibit and conference that accompany the event.

Conference: Designing Digital Transformation

29 - 30 October 2019

Fifty years ago, four computers at the universities of Stanford, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Utah in the USA were connected to form the ARPANET. This event marked the birth of the Internet, which has since spread rapidly across the globe. The anniversary year of the Internet is reason enough to engage in discussions with the pioneers of the Internet, successful digital entrepreneurs, representatives of the digital society, and scientists. We will talk about how the Internet came about, what lessons can be learned for further developments and what values an "Internet society" should follow.

First speakers for the conference: 

•   Warren East, CEO Rolls Royce PLC
•   Dr. Jürgen Müller, CTO SAP SE
•   Dr. Mathias Döpfner, CEO Axel Springer SE
•   Prof. Dr. Christiane Woopen, Chairman of the European Ethics Council

Full agenda (German only) 

The conference will be an opportunity to discuss the risks and new challenges that accompany the digital transformation and the values that an “Internet society” should seek to follow.

On the second day of the conference, we would like to show you what HPI is all about. Teams from 14 different IT research groups will inform you about their current projects and give insight into 20 years of excellence in research and teaching. Successful HPI alumni will give inspiring insights into their career paths at Paypal, Facebook, and SAP and share their experiences as serial entrepreneurs of innovative startups.

Discover the potential of innovation methods with our Design Thinking experts from the HPI School of Design Thinking and the HPI Academy. Talk with us about the chances, challenges and risks of the digital transformation. In an interactive World Café session on “Creating the future with Design Thinking”, the HPI D-School will showcase a variety of projects and initiatives addressing the future of learning and working.


Please register via theregistration form.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Potsdam in October!

Celebrating 10 Years of HPI Academy

In the early years, companies involved in student projects on the HPI campus quickly discovered the excitement of the topics, which are researched and taught at the Hasso Plattner Institute. The wish soon grew among them to not only accompany student projects but to drive innovation processes in their own companies. This customer wish was the initial spark for the foundation of the Hasso-Plattner-Institute Academy (HPI Academy) on March 20, 2009.

The HPI Academy has a broad portfolio in the areas of design thinking, IT, and digitization. Every year, around 3,000 professionals come to the HPI Academy for further training and to be inspired by the atmosphere on campus.

You can find more information on the program on the HPI anniversary website.

Photo: Toni Mattis / Hasso Plattner Institute