For those that aren’t aware of the Fraunhofer Society, they are a research organization consisting of 67 institutes in Germany and several others across the world. March 6th saw the opening of the Berlin Centre for Digital Transformation. Located next to Hackescher Markt, the Fraunhofer centre, supported by the city of Berlin, represents the merging of four key Institutes; Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS), Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications (HHI), Fraunhofer Institute for Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK) and Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration (IZM).
The intention of the centre is to integrate comprehensive research and implementation expertise from four key institutes to create a hub of knowledge and facilities easily accessible to startups, medium sized businesses and larger corporations. The centre envisions itself facilitating a thriving tech ecosystem for Germany by bringing together people from technology, politics, research and startups to initiate exciting new projects.
For the launch event, Fraunhofer hosted a panel discussion of industry experts to represent all aspects of the industry. Political figures, universities and research institutes, Fraunhofer institutes and startups and industry leaders shared their thoughts on the plan and what it could mean for Berlin as a tech hub for Europe.
Our CTO, Jasmin Skenderi was asked to speak at the event representing German startups to discuss the current startup climate and the potential benefits of the Centre. Here’s what he had to say about it...
“NBT gets a direct connection to the research results, the knowledge, the testbeds and the technologies developed and researched by Fraunhofer Institute's enormous innovational power with the power centre for digital transformation and, in general, the centres of excellence in Germany.”