IoT Platforms for Industry 4.0

IoT Platforms for Industry 4.0


July 28 - August 10, 2019

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical devices with embedded software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity. IoT technology is one of the pillars of Industry 4.0 - a new industrial business logic where self-organising, smart factories are capable of (mass-) producing highly customised products.

Within the field of IT, one of the major challenges, besides the integration of IoT devices into existing production lines and products, is to identify valuable use cases and sustainable business models. Exploring concrete and tangible use cases could demonstrate how companies can connect their products, manufacturing processes and product development to obtain more customer-centric products and services.

During this Summer School, participants will learn how companies make use of IoT platforms for enhanced value creation in the fields of product design, manufacturing, and customer integration. The participants will gain hands-on experience in prototyping with IoT technology and will be able to evaluate the economic benefits of IoT applications as well as opportunities for new business models.

In this programme you will learn:

  • to understand the foundations of the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0
  • learn how companies make use of IoT platforms for enhanced value creation in the fields of product design, manufacturing, and customer integration
  • insights into state-of-the-art challenges when implementing IoT technology 
  • prototyping with IoT technology
  • evaluate the economic benefits of IoT applications and their opportunities for new business models
  • to apply state of the art techniques for concept development (Design Thinking and Lean Service Design) to come up with innovative solutions and pitch ideas
  • to develop and evaluate business models, perform an ecosystem analysis, and calculate a business case for real cases of our industry partners.

Summer 2020 application period!
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What happened at this location in the previous year

  • Visits to the MakerSpace, Accenture IIOT Innovation Center and Friesing Hofbräuhaus familiarized participants with IoT platforms, deep-diving into 3D printing machinery, smart manufacturing and the use of sensors to improve efficiency.
  • 34 students from diverse expertise in 6 teams worked on cases involving tracking tools in big construction sites, enhancing children's toys for better playing experience, and digitalising of table football through sensors and software.
  • Workshops, talks and coaching by industry professionals from Siemens, Futurice, Reply and Vemcon helped participants be fully-immersed in IoT concepts and development.

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