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What awaits you

The Corporate Campus Challenge is launched for the very first time. Be there when TOP companies from the region announce their challenges.

Test yourself as an entrepreneur. And maybe this is could be the launch of your own startup.

The winning team can look forward to a membership* in the new CAMPUS LAB of the Campus Founders as well as a follow-up program in order to support you on your way to the startup.

You will work in interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative solutions. Not only can you prove your creativity, you will also experience community and team building as well as intensive project work with innovative methods.

In our program spread over 8 weeks, you and your team will receive coaching sessions, individual mentoring, tutorials if needed and practical courses on the use of machines and equipment (3D printer, laser cutter, sensors etc.) in the MakerSpace of Experimenta.

The block sessions will take place on the Bildungscampus, Heilbronn, partly already in the new, inspiring CoCreation Space of the Campus Founders. Of course, food and drink will be provided. There will also be interesting prizes for the best teams.



Digital logistics and production processes

Challenge Objective

Development of a low-cost retrofit solution for a standard rack in the automotive industry to measure fill levels and enable automated reordering. The solution should work for different types of goods (e.g. bulk and single parts).

Company Portrait

Audi in Neckarsulm stands for the customer-specific production of premium vehicles. In addition to the R8 super sports car, which is manufactured in a small series at the Audi Boellinger Hoefe factory, the Neckarsulm plant also produces large-volume vehicles such as A4 sedan, A5 convertible, A6, A7, and A8. Perfected logistics and production processes digitally supported by intelligent IT systems enable the production of up to 2 trillion different equipment variants in one line. Together with the Production Department, new technologies and vehicle concepts for the future “Vorsprung durch Technik” are being developed at the Lightweight Design Center and Fuel Cell Competence Center of Technical Development. With products such as the “e-tron GT”, which will be manufactured at the site from 2020, Audi Neckarsulm is strengthening its position as a factory for innovative premium products within the Volkswagen Group.


Some parts in automotive production are not managed within JIS/JIT or pearl-chain systems. Here, workers check rack fill levels and reorder on demand. Late checks might trigger production stops while too frequent checks are costly.

Field of application

Fitting solutions could be beneficial not only for automotive but any logistics-intense industry and facilitate digitalization in logistics.

Use of artificial intelligence with autonomous industrial cameras

Challenge Objective

Development of a business model for the B2B market and technical implementation, using an IDS NXT rome or IDS NXT rio with neural networks. Possible application areas:  Industry (robotics, quality control in real-time, etc.), medical technology, environment, Smart City, care…

Company Portrait

IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH is an ambitious, medium-sized company with 300 employees and headquarter in Obersulm, Germany. As an owner-managed, independent, German high-tech family business, IDS is now one of the leading manufacturers of digital industrial cameras.

Introduction Technology

Image processing and image recognition are becoming more and more important in the digitized world. Robots use image processing to recognize how and where to pick up a part in a box. In medical technology, cameras for the detection of diseases are just as indispensable as in other areas for the return of bottles, the detection of faces or errors in production. IDS has been supplying industrial cameras in these areas for over 20 years and is now launching new products to meet the needs of the future.

Artificial intelligence comprises self-learning algorithms that are progressing rapidly during the past few years. In particular brain-inspired artificial neural networks (ANN) seem a promising technology to transfer human expertise into a machine. This can be achieved very similar to human learning: by providing the ANN with example images.

With the IDS NXT rio and IDS NXT rome industrial cameras, IDS launches a platform capable of running these extensive algorithms on-board in real-time. Whether the camera becomes the eyes and brains of a robot or a medical assistant only depends on the training of the uploaded ANN. Users can choose from ready-to-run applications while experts can extend the functionality by developing their own. Thanks to this app-based principle, the camera is as flexible as a smartphone.

Spectrum of detection

Read codes, characters or number plates, recognize faces, anomalies or scratches on surfaces or find, measure, count or identify objects and much more.

Fields of application

Wherever it makes sense to use neural networks with an “autonomous camera”: For boring, repetitive tasks where trained employees make decisions within seconds, industries with spatial restrictions or bandwidth bottlenecks, acquired data – which is checked but not analyzed to add value and wherever an additional computer is not desirable or possible.

For the Challenge, IDS provides

Depending on requirements, an IDS NXT rio or IDS NXT rome as a rental item during the challenge, including software. Also coaches from the AI and the IDS NXT area will support you with the necessary know-how to use such a camera.

Making business trips CO2 neutral

Challenge Objective

In 2017, traffic was the second largest cause of CO2 emissions in Germany with 170 million tons. Business travel again accounts for 23% of all travel in Germany, with an annual expenditure of around 54 billion euros. The Schwarz Group, the parent company of GreenCycle, itself owns around 25,000 vehicles, which travel around 30,000 kilometers per year/per car, and other forms of transport such as airplanes, trains, etc. are also used.  We are interested in how to make these business trips CO2 neutral.

Company Portrait:

GreenCycle is a leading global waste management company and an innovation driver for technologies, systems and processes in the areas of materials and energy management, environmental services and logistics solutions within the Schwarz Group from Neckarsulm. The company was founded in 2009 and today manages with its subsidiary PreZero Wertstoffmanagement about 4 million tons of recyclables per year. GreenCycle is a subsidiary of the Schwarz Group, the largest retailer in Europe with an annual turnover of approx. 105 billion €.


There are no limits to creativity in this challenge. Whether a digital or a hardware solution is used. In principle, however, it should look flexible, scalable and not focused on the Schwarz Group.



Fri, 25.10.19

Kick-off Challenge Fair

  • Presentation of the format
  • Getting to know the participants
  • Presentation of Challenges (short introduction)
Sat, 26.10.2019 / after Kick-Off (whole day from 9:00)

Deep Dive Workshops/Ideation/Team-Building

  • One intensive workshop/challenger
  • Details of the challenge will be developed
  • Team division

At the end of the day you have a full understanding of the challenge, established your team and outlined the first idea.

First week

Individual Team Coaching

  • Teams arrange sessions with Coaches and develop the following topics
    • Customer Needs
    • Research & Emphatic Exploration
    • Value Proposition
  • Interviews are held and problems identified
Wed, 06.11.2019 / from 16:00

First presentation of results / prototype development

  • Presentation of first results after coaching session and interviews (5-10 min/team)
  • Presentation and introduction to the MakerSpace of the Experimenta
  • Start developing prototypes, e.g. Mock-up or Clickable – depending on the problem
Sat, 23.11.2019 / whole day from 9:00


  • Teams present their current status and first prototypes
  • Feedback session
  • Exchange with partner companies
January 2020

DEMO DAY – Final Pitch

  • Now it’s your turn – at the Demo Day you can present your idea, the business case and prototypes to the jury.
  • Award ceremony – the best teams receive attractive prices.

This awaits you in the Corporate Campus Challenge:

  • Working on exciting challenges for top companies
  • Cooperation with expert coaches on topics such as team building, technology development, product design, business design, pitch trainings
  • Development / construction of a prototype in MakerSpace using the latest technology and equipment

Why to join?

After successfully completing the Corporate Campus Challenge you will be able to:

  • Understand and apply Design Thinking, Needfinding, Ideation methods to stimulate creativity and identify business opportunities.
  • Implement project-based, interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Design prototypes to demonstrate their proposed solutions and receive feedback.
  • Design a short business plan, short presentation, and teaser video to effectively communicate business value
  • To deliver own project results and to defend them before an audience of like-minded people, academics and practice partners


*Date subject to change without notice

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