Analog and Digital


Working with others when you do not know them, their backgrounds and have never met

Today’s problems and issues are complex. To solve them we need to cross borders across professions, languages and cultures. There is no simple way. Technically this may seem easy. I agree. What many of us do not consider is that the users of technology are people. We need to work together!

Collaboration in a digital workplace requires us to learn how to work together without knowing what we understand with all our senses when we meet in person.

Developing ideas into solution requires critical thinking.

How do you tell someone that your idea, approach or solution might be a better choice without hurting this person’s feeling and then win them to build on existing ideas and knowledge together?

At the #3CityCreathon in Berlin, Bratislava and Rome participants were able to train this :

  • Selling your ideas in only 3 minutes – Elevator Pitches
  • Give feedback in a form that can be accepted
  • Digital communication between three cities

This combination between digital communication and analog collaboration developing an idea in teams is the digital workplace of the future present.

A perfect illustration for the eSkills conference in Bratislava where 200 policy makers, business leaders and experts discussed how digital technologies are transforming our lives at a pace never seen before.

Many thanks to all participants, organizers, decision makers, jury members, experts and our digital audience.

If the spark has reached you and you are eager to run a creathon or hackathon yourself, contact your local NetAcad contact.

Until next time

Inspirational Regards




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Digital transformation and skills in Europe

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#DigitalTransformation #Digitalisierung #IoT

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Keep the ideas flying

Teams and Ideas from Berlin Bratislava and Rome

wp_20150715_004The very first time a Creathon happened across borders. At the same time in 3 cities. Hard work, complex logistics and lots of minds working together before, during and after this Creathon.

All ideas are highly valued, we hope the ideas live on. We applaud all of you for your engagement.

Here are all of your ideas:



Green Sun
Raising awareness of alternative energy in a social setting
Sebastian Paul, Marcel Hentrich, Louna Al Bondakji

Improving Parent-Teacher-Student communication
Patrick Falinski, Alexander Hofmann, René Parchow, Kevin Trupp

Optimizing the amount of food on the tables of restaurants
Winner Team Germany: Florian Eichenberg, Dennis Roth, Stephan Rathmann, Thomas Mester, Marco Fuhlenriede, Philipp Lübbert

Making using public transport so much easiert
Alexander Keune, Lennart Steding, Peter Helmig, Matthias Suchi, Mohamad Rajab



Optimalization of food consumption in households
Jana Cibulková, Renáta Hrešková, Magdaléna Hisemová, Matej Tvrdoň, Jakub Maják, Roman Vápeník

Effective energy consumption
Martin Šponiar, Tomáš Štofa, Tomáš Lojka, Martin Zoričák, Jana Zausinová

Smart Pump
How to make life more comfortable for diabetes patients
Winner Team Solvakia: Martin Miškof, Norbert Ferenčík, Erik Kajáti, Elemér Kosztúr



Federico Scardina, Gaetano Mulè, Vincenzo Asta, Vito Lopriore, Davide Mancino

Blue Water
Gaetano Perna, Andrea Barletta, Justin Polidori, Giuseppe Palmieri, Massimo Esposito, Massimo Cacciapaglia

Hit the Safe Road
Gabriele Oceana, Nicola Pesce, Mirco Grillo, Carlo Gigliotti, Giorgio Morici, Gabriele Mastrapasqua

Winner Team Italy & Creathon: Antonio Secchi, Paolo Curatolo, Donato Lombardi, Alessandro Masia, Daniele Ciciani



@CiscoNetAcad #CiscoCreathon #3CityCreathon

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#DigitalTransformation #Digitalisierung #IoT

@eskills4jobs @DigitalSkillsEU @eskills4jobsDE @DIGITALEUROPE

Ideas cooking


Water of success – Cheers!

After a full day of technology introduction Internet of Everything, Businesss Model Thinking, Expert Checkpoints and timed presentations, brainstorming rounds lead by Julian from MakeSense we are now just finished the idea pitches between Berlin, Bratislava and Rome.

“Very intensive Day – fascinating”
from Rome

“Really appreciate that we were able to meet people from different backgrounds, to learn what other people think about our topics. Perfect opportunity.”
from Bratislava

“Input and Output in only a few hours, very interesting ideas. I feel connected even though we only have video cameras connecting us.”
from Berlin

Remember we started with nothing this morning and now we have ideas and solutions in our minds.

Rest well and see you tomorrow morning




@CiscoNetAcad #CiscoCreathon #3CityCreathon

@Cisco_Germany @CiscoItalia @CiscoSlovakia

#DigitalTransformation #Digitalisierung #IoT

@eskills4jobs @DigitalSkillsEU @eskills4jobsDE @DIGITALEUROPE

You have 200 volunteers

… how would you solve your problem?

whatsapp-image-2016-10-17-at-18-35-11It is not an easy task to collect ideas, from the best to the worst ideas … brainstorming is not simple.

It is really important to go for quantities of ideas first. There are about 3000 raw ideas needed to get one successful product or service.

Tomorrow at about 11:00 the idea pitching to the jury sitting in our three locations Berlin, Bratislava and Rome is on the agenda.

We are inviting everyone to join us in this connect moment and share their thoughts, ideas and questions you might have.

Feel free to forward the invitation to your network – your neighbour, your family, your friends, your colleagues … and of course, your mailman.

We support the cultural change digital transformation is driving and want to make sure that sustainability and social benefit for all parts of our society are always part of the plan.

Join us online



@CiscoNetAcad #CiscoCreathon #3CityCreathon

@Cisco_Germany @CiscoItalia @CiscoSlovakia

#DigitalTransformation #Digitalisierung #IoT

@eskills4jobs @DigitalSkillsEU @eskills4jobsDE @DIGITALEUROPE

Breaking physical realities

chain_sBeyond the physical borders of a room in Berlin, Bratislava and Rome

On Monday a group of young people will start working together to create ideas for issues and problems of our society using technology.

In three rooms in Bratislava, Berlin and Rome – they will have 2 days to brainstorm, research, check into the innovation degree, the feasibility, … and much more of their idea to be a potential winner in the race from thousands of ideas to one successful product on the market.

I am building the bridge between the teams in the 3 cities and the digital Community – all of you -who want to contribute their ideas, thoughts, experiences and learning.

VERY FIRST TIME: Participate in the #3CityCreathon online

Join our discussion online.

17.10.2016 – 9.00
Internet of Things – ask Cisco Expert Marc Khayat

18.10.2016 – 11.00
Idea & Project pitches – share and contribute

It is free – we are happy if you share this invitation with others.

Join in: share their thoughts and experiences – contribute

Simply register

session1      session2

Everyone is welcome –  no matter what education, profession, age or background.

I am looking forward to meeting you inside.

Inspirational regards




@CiscoNetAcad #CiscoCreathon #3CityCreathon

@Cisco_Germany @CiscoItalia @CiscoSlovakia

#DigitalTransformation #Digitalisierung #IoT

@eskills4jobs @DigitalSkillsEU @eskills4jobsDE @DIGITALEUROPE

Digital Transformation and Skills in Europe

Joining forces is the only way to approach this challenge

skills-you-need-netacadOur daily lives become more digital every day. The global marketplace requires all countries, cities and companies to make use of the technology and digital tools we have at our fingertips to improve the systems we use to run our economies, business and lives for more societal benefit for everyone.

This does not only sound difficult, it is difficult and complex.

The only way we can start to understand this challenge is by separating the different levels of society affected and looking at the details of each dimension and the related problems:

  • Country
  • City
  • Company
  • Citizen

Drilling down to the details allows us to understand that these changes affect all levels of our society. This is involving all of us: all professions, all citizens from the youngest to the oldest, for all cultures and all backgrounds. We need the competences, skills and abilities of every single one of us to go through these challenges.

hands-and-brainThe key to mastering lies in our education and continued education systems. The key to get through (every type of) change is learning new skills.

Digital Skills

The European Union and the OECD define the key competences for life-long learning:

  • Critical thinking
  • Communication
  • Problem solving
  • Collaboration

Creating learning spaces where those skills can be developed are on top of the mind of leaders. Innovative Educators engage and learn together with their students, business partners, tech experts and public stakeholders. It involves

  • collaboration of education, businesses and public institutions,/li>
  • bridges and spaces to connect ideas and work together,
  • openness and respect for each other with all our experiences.

Europe in the Digital era
where skills are making the difference

On 17th and 18th October 2016, more than 200 policy makers, business leaders and experts meet to exchange thoughts on how Europe will handle the challenges transforming our lives at a pace never seen before.

In parallel to the conference Cisco Networking Academy offers a unique interactive opportunity and concrete illustration of how technology can make a positive impact by organizing a two-day Multi-country Digitization Creathon for Social Innovation in Bratislava, Berlin and Rome in partnership with MakeSense.

In this Creathon Students come together in 3 cities and work in teams to create solution concepts with strong social and/or environmental impact.

For the 1st time this #3CityCreathon is open to the public 

17.10.2016 – 09.00 am
Join the IoT Introduction Session with Cisco Expert Marc Khayat
Register Session 1

18.10.2016 – 11.00 am
Join the Idea & Project pitches to share your thoughts
Register Session 2

We hope that many of you from different parts of society will follow our invitation and join the discussion online.

Stay tuned … and join in

Looking forward to meeting you

Inspirational regards




@Cisco_Germany @CiscoItalia @CiscoSlovakia

#DigitalTransformation #Digitalisierung #IoT



#EduHackthon, #CiscoCreathon #3CityCreathon

@eskills4jobs @DigitalSkillsEU @eskills4jobsDE @DIGITALEUROPE

EU Digital Scoreboard 2016: Strengthening the Digital Economy and Society
Is the EU is progressing towards a digital economy and society?
• How do Europeans fare in terms of digital skills?
• Is our workforce ready for a digital economy?

Reasons and consequences of apparent qualification mismatch

Prototyping in wonderful sunshine

Day 2 #Netacad Instructor prototyping at the #openBerlin Innovation Center


At the instructor hackathon in Berlin, we have the most wonderful weather you can imagine. Still we have 3 project groups whereas each team consists of 5-6 people.

Today is the prototyping day and here are the problems and the proposed solutions selected during the initial phases the teams will design intelligent IoT solutions for.

Very curious about how the prototyps will look like …

traffic light

Problem: The green phase of a traffic light is not long enough for older people or for people with limited mobility.

Solution: A Sensor / App-Solution can influence the control in such a way that everyone has the required time to cross the street.



Problem: Lots of food is thrown out because too much was bought and they seem to be spoilt or are spoilt.

Solution: A sharing platform, where user can offer food available for pickup in the neighbourhood. With a link to a food blog or „Thermomix“ recipes with ideas on how to cook the food.



Problem: People searching for parking spaces create a considerable part of inner city traffic.

Solution: a sensor / app soluton showing free parking spaces. People can reserve their parking spot before they get there for a fee.

Thanks to everyone investing their time, contributing their products and knowledge in this educator hackathon.

To be continued tomorrow … pitching day.

The Hackathon Team

Carsten, Jutta and Tobias


#openberlin #DigitalTransformation #digitalskills
@Cisco_Germany @CiscoNetAcad

Reduced to the Max

Day 1 #Netacad Instructor Hackathon at the#openBerlin IoT center

IMG-20160506-WA0015The key qualifications for starting your career are not so easily defined any more as it used to be.
Sounds like a platitude. If you take the time to think, how our life today looks like compared to 20 years ago … it becomes quite clear that our society faces a huge unprecedented challenge.

Our reality changes to fast, affecting all generations. It has become almost impossible to stay on top of the information tsunami.

It is the task of our education systems, to prepare the future generations to enter their work life, for a future that we do not fully know yet.

How do you do this?


A Hackathon … a teaching and learning format that opens the door for understanding digital value creation processes, showcases the technology behind it and inspires everyone to be part of the solution.

Organizing and running a hackathon is quite complex and extensive. The best way to  learn how is always to experience it yourself.

Today the FIRST #hackathon for teachers / professors / instructors/ #educators started in Berlin.

This very condensed day took us through 3 (of the 5) hackathon phases:

Inspiration phase – Ideation phase – Consolidation Phase

It is not so easy to decide and choose which idea to work on or problem to solve.
We argued, discussed, asked experts, looked at our ideas from all different angles and viewpoints … do we have a project now?


The NetAcad Hackathon Team

Carsten, Jutta, Nico and Tobias


#openberlin #DigitalTransformation
@Cisco_Germany @CiscoNetAcad

The Art of Learning from Mistakes


We live in an unprecedented time of transformation. Digital Technologies are impacting not only companies but the society as a whole: Industry 4.0, Virtual Reality, gamification, Smart Cities, wearable clothes … are just some of the buzz words. This is driving organizational change, with it a cultural revolution.

Innovation requires a mindset accepting setbacks, adjustments, mistakes, errors as part of the development path.

When innovation happens at this incredible rapid pace, the art of learning from mistakes becomes crucial.

A movement where stories of failed businesses and projects are shared, discussed and embraced is growing globally – FuckUp Nights.

It started in 2012 in Mexico City and is now the most active creator’s movement on the planet – it means that every month more than 10.000 people make time to go to FuckUp Nights –short FUN – and listen to

3 people who share their stories in 7 minutes and 10 images

  • What was the project?
  • What went wrong?
  • What did you learn?
  • What would you do differently?

Today there are 143 active cities in 53 countries where people listen to three stories about failure each lasting 7 minutes on a regular basis.

So GO OUT and find a FuckUp Night near you.

If it is not in your city yet, move to a city where it is🙂 … or ORGANIZE one in your city.

Happy to support you in it.
Because I am just in the middle of doing this myself and it is my “must” to share my experiences with others. Thanks to everyone sharing their experience with me: The FuckUpNight international community, Salomé Wagner from FUN Vienna, Claudius Krucker from FUN St.Gallen and Réginald Bien-Aimé and Fanny Bauer organizing FUN in Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich.

We are putting Basel – Switzerland’s most dynamic and innovative economic area – on the Map:

Putting Basel on the Map

The First Ever FuckUp Night in Basel will happen on May 12, 2016 at 19 pm at the Lohnhof, Im Lohnhof 8, 4051 Basel.

Weil Fehler zum Erfolg führen
Because errors are on your way to success
Parce que l’erreur est source de succès

Get FUN Basel tickets

The specialty: Basel is located shoulder to shoulder to Germany and France – actually a stone throw distance from almost all corners of the city – with globally present companies. Therefore the event is trilingual (English, Deutsch, Francais).

What is the specialty of your city?


@FUN_Basel, @FUN_Vienna, #fuckupnights #geneva #lausanne #stgallen #basel #zurich #switzerland


What is the FuckUp Nights Movement
Register for May 12, in Basel

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