Effective collaboration also includes the possibility of uncomplicated and direct communication. Students and many teachers regularly use messenger services for this purpose. However, the messenger services available on the market are not optimized for teaching/learning environments and in some cases also do not meet the required data privacy requirements.

To meet students where they are in direct communication, "Unify", a privacy-compliant messenger (iOS, Android, Web) optimized for teaching/learning environments, is being developed. This creates new opportunities to promote collaboration, interaction and cross-organizational networking in teaching. In addition to a planned connection to learning platforms, such as the Ilias used at HHN, the seamless integration into the innovation platform IdeaLize is planned.

Unify is also very well suited for supporting alumni work and the integration of external partners, beyond communication in the direct university environment.

In the context of communication in research projects or the exchange of innovative ideas on IdeaLize, know-how protection also plays an important role. This is because, as part of the collaboration on innovative ideas, information is usually exchanged that is intended to be unknown or inaccessible to the general public and often has a commercial value. If the protection of this information is not observed, there is a risk that the ideas, concepts and research results cannot be used or are used by third parties. Legally, the implementation and proof of "appropriate confidentiality measures" is required.

To ensure this, contracts or the exchange of confidential information is stored in a tamper-proof manner using distributed ledger technology. This provides transparent documentation at all times of which information was disclosed at which time. Conversations as well as shared data can thus be effectively subjected to secrecy.

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