They are the driving force and guarantee of a future-oriented cluster. They translate creative services into digital solutions:
Those involved in information and communication technology are the driving forces behind digital change and are the trailblazers of industry 4.0.
Companies in Leipzig's IT sector digitise information of all kinds, and technical communications service providers have set up one of Germany's most modern telecommunications networks in the city. Both sectors profit from the market-oriented education at Leipzig's universities, they prove their international competitiveness and are dedicated "local hosts" to the success of Leipzig's industry.
Leipzig's lively university landscape with its strong technical character is providing companies in the sector with the skilled workers of the future.
ICT companies are ubiquitous in Leipzig. Information and communication technology is the driving force behind the IT, media and creative industries. Exciting start-ups and an above-average development in employee and turnover figures make the ICT industry the cluster's No. 1 growth sector. Leipzig thrives on its modern and efficient telecommunications system. This is probably one of the reasons why the "Who's who" of Leipzig's market leaders in telecommunications are drawn here and are continuously expanding their business activities and locations. Numerous Leipzig companies have entered the market, while international companies such as Trivago or TomTom are successfully operating in their Leipzig locations.
Coordinating the activities of the Central German IT sector and increasing their visibility - is the main concern of Cluster IT Mitteldeutschland e. V. The industry network based in Leipzig was founded in 2009 by seven regional IT companies and represents the interests of the IT industry in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. More than 50 members and partners now belong to the IT cluster. The association includes both large, well-known companies and smaller, new companies. Institutions and universities are also part of this industry network.
The association works to recruit and safeguard the skilled labour potential in Central Germany. To this end, the Cluster IT Mitteldeutschland works closely with universities in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia to identify employment potential in the Central German IT sector.
In April 2017, the City of Leipzig successfully asserted itself in a national competition in the context of the Digital Hub Initiative with a focus on "Smart Infrastructure". Together with Dresden, it is now one of the twelve national digital hub locations selected by the Federal Ministry of Economics.
Leipzig will position itself under this umbrella brand both nationally and internationally as a relevant location for digitisation in the fields of energy, Smart City and EHealth = "Smart Infrastructure Hub Leipzig" as well as for further development.
The main task is to strengthen existing projects/potentials in the above-mentioned subject areas and to launch new supplementary projects.
The "hub" is synonymous with the integration of research, start-ups and established businesses.
Leipzig, is already firmly established as an energy metropolis. The operation of virtual power plants and energy trading are the foundations for successful national and international business models. The lessons drawn from the structural change will be incorporated into the Smart Infrastructure Hub. One important task involves networking established companies with new ones in order to conduct pilot projects.
Cutting-edge research in Leipzig in the fields of energy management, energy technology, urban planning and environmental research will be supplemented using digital skills and better networked by a cross-university competence centre for digital energy management and Smart City.
Their innovative effects are not only revolutionary in the entertainment sector: The broad term "APITs - Applied Interactive Technologies" describes the interactive, technology and method-based potential of games for the industrial revolution 4.0., which includes technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed and extended reality, artificial intelligence (AI) and the methods of gamification.
In the Central German region, highly qualified academic specialists are being trained and qualified research is being carried out in the games sector at numerous universities and educational institutions.
The association "Games & XR Mitteldeutschland e.V." supports these developments in Leipzig and central Germany. Its aim is to actively participate in the structural design of the Central German region in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia by offering networking and further education opportunities, to create a transfer of knowledge to other industries far removed from games and to strengthen the economic and cultural significance of games, virtual technologies and narrative methods.
The "Studie zur Medien- und Kreativwirtschaft in Leipzig 2017" (Study on the Media and Creative Industries in Leipzig 2017) presents new figures and location factors for the industry. The study analyses the situation of Leipzig companies in the media and creative industries, and their seven sub-sectors, including, for the first time, a special focus on information and communications technology.
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HTWK - Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur
The Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur Leipzig was founded in 1992 as a university of applied sciences. It thus continues the long tradition of engineering educational institutions and teaching facilities for librarians, booksellers and museologists in Leipzig. With around 6,200 students, it is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in Germany.
With 14 faculties and 155 courses of study, the Alma Mater Lipsiensis is a classic full university with a wide range of subjects: more than 30,000 students are taught by 436 professors. From biotechnology to digital humanities, the university conducts research and teaching at the highest level - without interruption since its foundation in 1409.
Staatliche Studienakademie Leipzig
The Studienakademie Leipzig is one of seven locations of the Berufsakademie Sachsen. Half of each semester is spent at the academy and half in a company. The dual courses offered in the fields of economics and technology include numerous bachelor courses. The aim is to train specialists for the regional economy.
FOM Hochschule Leipzig
The private university offers part-time study opportunities in the fields of economics and management. Students are required to attend classes in the evening or at weekends. With a special program abroad, the FOM offers professionals the opportunity to gain experience abroad in so-called summer or winter schools in addition to their job.
Vitruvius Hochschule Leipzig
Creativity is the magic word at this school - and a little craziness is allowed. In the fields of communication design, game design, fashion design and more, Vitruvius University offers places to study. Strong practical orientation in small seminar groups promises maximum learning success. Even the brave little tailor can still learn something here!