Trend Report Fall 2015
Entrepreneurship in Bavaria
Entrepreneurship plays a crucial role in modern knowledge societies. Startup companies enter the market with novel products, services and business models, fostering innovation and economic development. A vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem can be a major source of employment and contributes to the competitiveness of one’s economy. Acknowledging the importance of entrepreneurship, policy makers become increasingly involved in creating entrepreneurship-friendly environments. However, identifying suitable concepts for entrepreneurship support requires a thorough understanding of entrepreneurs’ requirements and recent trends in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. This study identifies recent trends in entrepreneurship and applies entrepreneurial means to come up with novel concepts for the creation of a more entrepreneurial-friendly ecosystem in Bavaria.
Trend Report Spring 2015
The Future of Education
Education is undergoing radical changes. While education used to be mainly frontally held lectures, digital technologies today allow for a wide range of new possibilities. Given the impact of education on society and considering recent developments and open questions, the importance of shedding some light on the future of education becomes obvious. This can be done by addressing three key questions: What are recent developments and key trends that shape the future of education? What could the educational world look like in the future? What are new educational products and services that can be introduced in the future, both in a commercial or non-profit context? The three sections of this report address these questions.
Trend Report Fall 2014
Numerous authentications take place in our everyday lives: From the use of passwords to access an email account, fingerprint scans to grant access to buildings to the confirmation of a product’s origin to prevent counterfeits. Sensor technology at the same time has advanced tremendously over the last decades. Not only are sensors making things increasingly smart (e.g. smart homes, smart cars), sensors are also increasingly included in consumer products, such as cell phones or digital cameras.
The balance between security and convenience, however, is hard to find. This represents a huge business opportunity for new business models. This report analyzes how sensor-based authentication may look like in the future, describes future scenarios and potential business ideas.
Trend Report 2013/2014
Data Marketplaces in Smart Cities
Devices and infrastructure are increasingly interconnected and exchange their data. The evaluation of the data allows for higher automatization and for improved centralized and decentralized decision-making based on an overall picture. In Smart Cities of the future, many agents will communicate: facilities, street infrastructure (e.g. parking spaces, road signs, traffic lights), vehicles, weather stations, energy providers – just to mention some of them. There is a huge business opportunity for those that are able to collect the relevant data and interpret it. This gives rise to completely new products, services and business models. This report analyzes how data marketplaces in Smart Cities may look like in the future, describes future scenarios and potential business ideas.
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