Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Hasso Plattner

Trends and Concepts II

General Information

  • Lecturer: Prof. Dr. h.c. Hasso Plattner
  • Teaching support: Franziska Dobrigkeit, Martin Boissier, Christopher Schmidt, Stefan Klauck
  • 6 ECTS (graded)
  • Initial seminar introduction: Oct 19, 2016 at 1.30 PM (House V, 2.16)
  • Enrollment until Oct 24, 2016. The contents of this lecture are new to a large extent, so students who have participated in earlier versions of this lecture may participate again.
  • Schedule:
    • Design thinking workshop: Nov 2/3, 2016 nine-to-five (D-School House D 1st Floor)
                 with presentation of fact finding results
    • 1st (hands-on) exercise: Nov 8, 2016 at 3.15 PM (House D, E-9/10)
    • Presentation 1st exercise / introduction to 2nd exercise: Dec 6, 2016 at 3.15 PM (House D, E-9/10)
    • Presentation 2st exercise: Jan 17, 2017 at 3.15 PM (House D, E-9/10)
    • Intermediate presentations: Feb 7, 2017 at 3.15 PM (House D, E-9/10)
    • Block seminar: a week in the end of February  Feb 27 - Mar 3, 2017 (D-School, HPI main building)
    • Documentation deadline: tbd

Cloud-based Apps for Digital Healthcare

The topic of this year's trends and concept seminar is "Cloud-based Apps for Digital Healthcare". The main task for you will be to find promising use cases and develop application concepts for the health cloud platform.  This platform connects patients with medical institutions such as doctors or research institutes and helps them manage their private and public medical data. Ultimately the platform aims to improve healing rates by providing access to better treatment options and reducing unnecessary and risky medical procedures.

Three main things will support you in your task, an introduction to and the use of Design Thinking, contact to domain experts and an exercise which will use machine learning / data mining on real data in order to gain new insights.

About The Course

This lecture will be held in a Stanford-like teaching approach. The course is composed of three interwoven parts: Technological discussions and exercises and a design thinking project. The idea is to look into immutable concepts illustrated by real world examples. Topics related to the contents of Prof. Plattner's lecture "Trends and Concepts in the Software Industry I" will be taken up and reflected upon. The participation in "Trends and Concepts in the Software Industry I" is recommended as a preparation for this lecture, but not mandatory. From the design perspective, topics include the design thinking process, innovation and prototyping methodologies, need finding, human factors, and team dynamics. Participants experience a design thinking project embedded in the technological topics of this course. The seminar schedule consists of the following:

  • We start with the first hands-on exercise in the beginning of November.
  • Following is a 2-day design thinking workshop at the end of November where the basics of the design thinking methodology will be taught and applied in the context of our challenge. Students will experience a fast forward move through the design thinking process thereby establishing confidence in this process to go out to real company contacts and conduct interviews.
  • The above mentioned interviews and following brainstorming, need finding and prototyping sessions will be scheduled individually per team and compose the second part of the seminar.
  • Another hands-on exercise as well as an intermediate presentation will take place between the workshop and the seminar.
  • The next part of the seminar comprises the block lecture with Hasso Plattner where ideas and prototypes will be tested and finalized through more interview sessions. The lecture concludes with the documentation of the prototype.

Learning Experience

Participants will

  • Enhance their creativity while working in teams
  • Get insights into and apply the design thinking methodology
  • Improve their presentation skills
  • Get in contact with companies and establish interview skills
  • Apply the technical concepts presented (In-Memory Database technology) to real world use cases


Knowledge of in-memory database technology, either through:


During the block lecture, several team presentations and discussions will be held. The grade of the seminar will be determined by

  • Engagement to discussions, the project and team work, intermediate presentations (30%),
  • Viability, feasibility, and desirability of project results in the final presentation (40%),
  • Documentation of the results (a written report per team - 20 pages LNCS, 30%).

Reading Material

Please familiarize yourself with the general material:

  • A Course in In-Memory Data Management: The Inner Mechanics of In-Memory Databases by Hasso Plattner (please contact Marilena Davis in order to borrow the book for seminar preparation).
  • Book Chapter: Design Thinking by Plattner, H., Meinel, C., Weinberg, U., design THINKING – Innovation lernen, Ideenwelten öffnen. Pages 101-135 (please contact Andrea Lange in order to borrow the book for seminar preparation).
  • David Schwalb, Martin Faust, Jens Krüger, Hasso Plattner: Leveraging In-Memory Technology for Interactive Analyses of Point-of-Sales Data, BDCA in conjunction with ICDE 2014, 2014


Have a look into our gallery to get an impression of the course.