An important part of the lively digital collaboration will be the HHN-wide open source platform “IdeaLize” (Idea + reaLize), which enables the exchange and further development of innovative ideas.

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At the HHN, many good ideas and projects are created every semester, but these cannot (or cannot) be pursued further after the end of the semester. In addition, the potential and expertise that the university has through its various departments is rarely used.

The IdeaLize platform is intended to make HHN's ideas and projects visible in order to identify potential collaborations, exchange skills and view ideas from a new perspective. Students, professors, teachers and employees have the opportunity to post projects, comment on them and cooperate with each other or support each other and offer help. 

Projects can be managed more sustainably, knowledge generated can be passed on and clearly viewed in a kind of HHN project portfolio. This creates inspiration for joint projects or start-ups and a variety of opportunities for exchange between students and teachers across location and faculty boundaries.


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Master theses

  • Cornelia Becker (2023): Matchmaking in Conversational AI Systems: A Trust-Based Approach for the Public Sector
  • Daniel Szafarski (2023): Machine Learning basierte Identifikation von unternehmerischen Chancen auf Grundlage von Projektdaten am Beispiel von IdeaLize
  • Henn F. (2023): Funktionalität einer Co-Innovationsplattform im akademischen Anwendungskontext 
  • Baas, C. (2022) Auswahl eines Cloud-Providers für eine Bildungseinrichtung anhand ausgewählter Kriterien und Anforderungen
  • Stemper, M. (2022) Design eines Lernsystems auf Basis des Nutzungskontexts Emotionen
  • März, J. (2022) Auswirkungen der verschiedenen Empfehlungsmethoden in Hinblick auf die Erklärbarkeit

Bachelor theses

  • Rahman, A. (2023): Lösungsansätze zur Datengewinnung um die Empfehlungsgüte von Empfehlungssystemen im Bildungskontext zu unterstützen
  • Cerit, B. (2023): Einsatz von gamifizierten NFTs für die Ideenplattform "IdeaLize"
  • Lacman, M. (2023) Darstellung des Projektfortschritts in einem Ideenmanagementsystem am Fallbeispiel Idealize
  • Alev, I. (2022) Einsatz von analogen und digitalen Gamification Konzepten zur Motivation der Nutzer von Ideenplattformen
  • Fischer, F. (2022) Personalisiertes Gamification zur Förderung des User Engagements am Fallbeispiel Idealize
  • Schweizer, R. (2022) Einsatz von Gamification zur Steigerung der Beteiligung von Dozierenden an Ideen-Plattformen an Hochschulen


11December 2023
Christmas Celebration IdeaLize 2023

Last Monday, the IdeaLize team celebrated its annual and traditional Christmas celebration. First, we toasted with punch and mulled wine at the Käthchen Christmas market in Heilbronn city centre.

After that we had dinner together. We were able to chat in a pleasant atmosphere over delicious food and look back on the year! The mutual exchange and the associated time together is very important to our team in order to promote and strengthen mutual appreciation and the feeling of togetherness. Thank you very much for the lovely evening. 

We wish you a pleasant rest of the Advent season!

27November 2023
Last InduKo-Workshop

We had the last InduKo project workshop of the year 2023 on Monday. 

It was nice to see how far the sub projects have been developed and how many ideas we could find to integrate the subprojects to increase the value for our target group, the students, researchers and professors of the university.

13November 2023
ICERI 2023

It was a great experience at ICERI 2023 conference on Education, Research and Innovation. We have presented our work in the field of projectbased learning in Computer Science in higher education and had great discussions. 

We also had an engaging information exchange with colleagues of other universities about AI in education and applications of ChatGPT in lectures.

11July 2023
Artificial Intelligence in academic Teaching - Stuttgart State Parliament

With the motto - "Articial Intelligence in academic teachig" - the IdeaLize team visit the event in the Stuttgart state parliament. 

It was very inspiring for us to see how great the diversity of ideas developed regarding application scenarios for using AI in university teaching has already progressed. 

We would like to thank you very much for the exchange and the opportunity to introduce ourselves at this event and the exciting exchange with the participants and visitors. 

21September 2023
Scrum Workshop "Agile Heroes"

On September 21st and 22nd, the “IdeaLize” and “Unify” teams were able to immerse themselves in the agile world of the Scrum methodology. 

The training helped us a lot to find the right mindset for more agility and to develop our Scrum skills through playful and well-founded exercises and to integrate them into our everyday project life. 

Many thanks to “Agile Heroes” for the great training.

20September 2023
Team Offsite-Event

According to the motto: "Teamwork makes the dream work!" The IdeaLize team moved everyday office life to Experimenta Heilbronn last Wednesday. 

Here we were able to experience science and technology virtually in the combination of planetarium, theater and science cathedral. We also ended the beautiful day with lunch together in the nearby Maker Space.

Team Offsite
31May 2023
EUCEN Conference 2023 Utrecht

On the topic of “Sustainable Management of Project Work Results in Computer Science”, the team, represented by Prof. Dr. Mahsa Fischer, Svenja Rößler and Daniel Szafarski present our current results at the EUCEN Conference in Utrecht.

It was very exciting for us to learn from the community that many other universities are also dealing with the topic of “reusability” of student results. The concept of “IdeaLize” was received with interest by many participants. We were very happy about this positive feedback and are taking many thoughts and ideas home with us. 

15May 2023
InduKo Workshop

On May 15, 2023, we had the pleasure of holding our internal project workshop, where we regularly exchanged information about the progress of our sub-projects. The aim was to get an overview of current progress and current challenges and to develop solutions together.

It was great to see the team members in person and exchange ideas in an inspiring atmosphere. The direct personal contact made the workshop a special experience and strengthened our collaboration. The workshop gave us the opportunity to learn from and inspire each other.

26April 2023
University:Future Fesitval

Three days focused on the future of higher education: Under the motto “Heads Up!” The University:Future Festival (U:FF) will take place from April 26th to 28th, 2023 in person and in digital space.

The following applies: Digital first! The festival in all its diversity and the supporting program can only be experienced in its entirety online. At the same time, physical stages in various locations in Germany enable face-to-face encounters and networking. The festival is bilingual in German and English.

Strengthening interdisciplinary work by building a hybrid project platform.

April 28, 2023, 13:30 pm – 14:30 pm 
Track Knowledge Transfer & Communities
Room Digital 7
  18 November 2022
Opening of the innovation rooms 

#makeithappen – Nicht immer ist das Ergebnis das Ziel, manchmal ist es der Weg dahin .

Initiated by the STARTKLAR start-up center and donated by the Arnfried and Hannelore Meyer Foundation, Heilbronn University now offers 2 new rooms for innovative ideas: the Makerspace and the DigiLab. 

With a total of 300m² of versatile prototyping world, students now have space for AI, virtual reality, 3D modulation and gaming, among other things.

The newly created platform is intended to encourage students, researchers and cooperation partners from the regional ecosystem to jointly develop projects, start-up projects and formats that bring new things into the world and accelerate the transfer of innovation to the region.

Of course, the Induko team was also represented with a stand. Prof. Dr. Mahsa Fischer gave a lecture on the topic of “Ideas and innovation platforms” and presented our research project Idealize.

  28 September 2022
Gartenschau Eppingen

Under the motto "AI based recommendation systems - explainable AI to increase the traceability of recommendations", many curious visitors visited us at our stand at the garden show in Eppingen. We were able to have many insightful and interesting conversations. We were also able to introduce our “InduKo” project and the topic of “AI” with the use cases and demonstrations we brought with us. It was a lot of fun to find out about the different views and opinions on the topic of “AI” and to be able to take them away as important insights for us.

Twitter & LinkedIn Articel
  05 August 2022
StartPlay Conference Koblenz

On August 5th and 6th, 2022, the StartPlay conference took place for the first time as an interdisciplinary gathering of science and practice on the topic of gamification and entrepreneurship at the University of Koblenz-Landau.

16July 2022

The first AI festival in Heilbronn was a complete success. The HHN InduKo team was also there and spoke to the visitors about the possible uses of AI in an educational context.

Twitter Articel
26June 2022
Science Night

At the Night of Science, young and old have the opportunity to visit the Heilbronn educational campus to see what is being taught, learned and researched at the HHN.

Further sub-projects from InduKo

IdeaLize is part of the InduKo Heilbronn research project. Information about the other sub-projects can be found here.


Prof. Dr. Mahsa Fischer
Prof. Dr. Mahsa Fischer
Overall project management InduKo and sub-project management IdeaLize

Your collaboration

We are always looking for student and research assistants for the following areas:

Frontend and backend development, requirements analysis, UI design, online marketing and social media management. We are also always open to your own research suggestions.