FlyingLab Factory opening

March 11, 2020

FlyingLab Factory Raunheim opening

From March 3-5, FlyingLab Factory, the new innovation facility in Raunheim, celebrated its inauguration with events and workshops that unveiled how innovation happens at Lufthansa Group.

At the opening, Senior Director Digital Innovations Dr. Joerg Liebe welcomed guests, and handed over the scissors to Lufthansa Group CIO Dr. Roland Schuetz and Lufthansa Systems CEOs Olivier Krueger and Dr. Thomas Wittmann to kick things off with the official ribbon cutting followed by a guided tour of the FlyingLab Factory.

Afterwards, a panel discussion on "Challenges and Success Factors of Corporate Innovation" took place, where Matthias Platz (VP Innovation & New Ventures, DB Systel GmbH), David Wohde (Labs Manager Germany, WeWork Germany GmbH), Nicolas Bry (Orange Innovation Centres), and Joerg Liebe,  shared thought-provoking ideas and approaches to corporate innovation.

The audience also contributed crucial questions to the discussion. Afterwards, participants had ample time to get to know each other, closing the first evening with a lively discourse in a pleasant ambience.

Over the three days, workshops and crash courses revealed the vision behind FlyingLab Factory and its corresponding services. The Factory’s premises and its carefully designed resources embody a different, modern, and innovative way of working.

From the Design Sprint Crash Course to gamification workshops, in which teamwork is the key to surmounting impediments to innovation, and agile workshops, where a team playfully creates and releases a product through scrum sprints, participants got a glimpse into the ingenuity that these working methods enable.

In addition, GFFT (gemeinnützige Gesellschaft zur Förderung des Forschungstransfers e.V.) rounded out the opening event by conducting the third semifinal of the “Deutscher Startup Pokal,” a startup competition focusing this time on “Organizational Intelligence” and providing insight into their work on topics such as automation, AI, and intelligent data use. GFFT delivered a varied program with keynotes, panel discussions, and three rounds of startup pitches.

Looking ahead, FlyingLab Factory will become a home for the creativity and bold thinking that lead to innovation. The FlyingLab team would like to thank all guests for their active participation, and is looking forward to working with everyone again in the very near future.

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