The new model is ready – time to play!
The new iimt Crowd Energy model was presented during the smart living lunch on December 4th and the meeting of the steering committee of the smart living lab on December 5th. Representatives of the EPFL, the HEIA-FR, the University of Fribourg and Fribourg’s State Councils took the opportunity to be members of an energy crowd in an interactive and playful way.
The new model should not only illustrate the crowd energy concept, with up to 8 players energy can also be traded, stored, exchanged and sold. An interactive game, which demonstrates that in an energy community energy is not only consumed, but can be produced and "shared".
Further information can be found on : https://www.iimt.ch/chair-research-en/we-research
We live in a business world characterised by continuously increasing pace of change. The change of focus from a stable environment to one that is constantly changing, driven by the search for improvement opportunities, has a particular impact on the economy and our daily activities. Most companies have accepted change as something that is not inherently negative and time-consuming. On the contrary, the term "change" is being perceived in a positive light in everyday business being seen as a key to success.
Many companies realised the importance of including their employees in change processes and made the necessary arrangements, for example by establishing a formal employee suggestion system. This enables the development of so-called "grassroots innovations" – innovations from the base of an organisation. One of our projects at the iimt applied the idea of grassroots innovations to the University of Fribourg by developing and introducing a suggestion box for students and employees, called the "Change Box".
Thinking about how to foster the innovative spirit of the University of Fribourg, Laura Mustafi, junior research assistant at the iimt and responsible for ideas@iimt, aimed to find a medium, which allows expressing and sharing ideas in a simple way. As a result, a pilot project named "Change Box" was introduced in collaboration with the Innovation Club Fribourg in April 2018. Seven physical boxes were spread over Pérolles 21, Pérolles 14 and Pérolles 10. Next to the boxes, a landing page has been set up in order to enable online participation. These boxes enable students and employees to become a part of the change process of the University of Fribourg and they promote solution-oriented action of students.
From the University's perspective, this project has tremendous potential for identifying those areas with a particular need for improvement. By giving students and employees the opportunity to actively solve important problems, the University of Fribourg encourages individuals with an open mindset.
During a three-month test phase, thirty-five ideas were submitted and as of today, eleven people are working on the realization of their ideas. Those ideas are not exclusively ideas concerning campus improvements, but also two business ideas have found their way into the Change Box. A campus-wide implementation of the Change Box in every building of the University of Fribourg is planned as the project evaluation indicated a corresponding success. Please find below the detailed report of this project.
Elena Jauch will join our team as a Junior Research Assistant. She will be focusing in particular on the project “Diversity”, during which a workshop for enterprises affiliated with the Swiss confederation, focusing on the topic of diversity, should be designed and implemented. The aim of the project is to examine the challenges for companies in regards to diversity and to develop potential solutions.
Elena grew up in Freiburg (im Breisgau) and studied business administration (focusing on Banking and Asset Allocation) in cooperation with the Commerzbank AG at the Cooperative State University in Mannheim.
Thereafter she worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers WPG AG in Frankfurt on the Main in the department of Asset and Wealth Management. In 2016 she started her Master studies at the University of Fribourg in Business Administration, where she focuses on marketing, strategy and European business.
In her leisure time, Elena enjoys swimming, hiking and, depending on the season, skiing or diving. She is also passionate about getting to know various cultures during her travels through all parts of the world. Elena is looking forward to working at the iimt and hopes to get interesting insight into future-oriented research topics.
We look forward to working with Elena and we wish her a good start.
Fabienne Jungo is working as a Junior Project Assistant at the iimt since September 2018. She was born in Switzerland, growing up in Fribourg where she also finished her undergraduate studies, earning a Bachelor in Management degree in 2017. Before her studies, she attended the Handelsmittelschule (trade high school) in Fribourg and worked in a Bern-based NPO named Swisstransplant. Currently, Fabienne is studying for the Master’s degree, focusing on Accounting and Control, General Management, Business Informatics and Strategic Management.
Her first contact with the iimt and the iimt’s work was through the course Strategic Project Management, which motivated her to attend another iimt course, Digital (R)evolution, leading her to her current work. She is an open person and likes to create new contacts across cultural and linguistic boundaries, which led her to learn the French language in addition to her native Swiss German. Further interests include a love of travelling with her friends and family.
The iimt staff is looking forward to working alongside Fabienne and wishes her a good start.