About us

What we are all about

What drives us?

At inno.space, we work with partners from large corporate organisations and small and medium enterprises to develop projects that address real-world challenges. We support various educational concepts that foster complex problem-solving, innovation and entrepreneurship. Our goal is to unleash the creative potential of our students and educate them to become creative future-makers as well as leaders in entrepreneurial settings and to be well prepared for the responsibilities and challenges in their professional life which we cannot foresee today.

Together, we build the future!

What do we do?

Our educational programs focus on passion-based learning & learning by doing. They offer the possibility to work in international and multidisciplinary teams, mixing engineering, design, business, computer science and more. Students from HS Mannheim from all faculties work on innovation challenges proposed by national and international business partners. Students undergo an intensive and iterative process to create and develop new product or service ideas, materialized into proof of concept prototypes. Projects come from large and small companies, and from a variety of industries including consumer electronics, automotive, telecommunications, healthcare, aeronautics, software, household products, transportation, and government.

For the companies this is a low risk opportunity to get introduced to the innovation approach in the business context of their own company, to identify new business opportunities and to get introduced to a systematic way to bring innovation into their company. The methodology we apply in our programs is, in general, strongly inspired by the Stanford Design Innovation Process.

How did we get here?

Our Ideals

Empowerment

We empower students to be responsible for their own education and go beyond what they think is possible.

People

We put people in the center of everything.

Hands on

We encourage teams to learn by doing and stop overthinking!

Impact

We go for real impact.

Passion

We are passionated about our work.

Fun

We believe having fun is key to unleash creativity and drive innovation.

Our Process

How do we do it?

With the increasing technical possibilities and the growing competition of globally operating companies, the importance of innovation also grows in order to stay in the game. Design Thinking is a promising approach to be in the front line of innovation. This method can be applied to design products, services and processes. It is based on collaborative creativity in multidisciplinary teams and has its core in the user and continuous iteration. This means that process is driven by the people, real humans with pains and needs.

Teams go through several stages of the process: user and market reasearch, ideation, prototyping and testing and have the freedom to adapt these phases to better suit their challenge. By building and learning from people's needs as well as testing with real users, the concepts represent a holistic integration of the three main pillars for sustainable innovation, desirability, viability and feasability.

Our Teaching Team

Prof. Kirstin Kohler

inno.space coordinator | Teaching Team Member

Prof. Dr. Peter Kaiser

Teaching Team Member

Prof. Thomas Smits

Teaching Team Member

Catarina Batista

Teaching Team Member

Our Space

Equipment

Appliances

  • Laser Cutter Epilog Helix 60W
  • 3D-Printer Ultimaker 2 extended+

Prototyping

  • Craft stuff
  • Different kinds of material like wood or acrylic plates
  • Tools like drill, hammer, screwdrivers
  • Electronic parts
  • Soldering iron

Furniture

  • Prototyping Wagen
  • Workbench

Kitchen

  • Fridge
  • Microwave