Good News from the EXIST Program (in German)

The EXIST Gründerstipendium is a highly successful grant program for university-created startups. It just got better. Please see below for a summary of the main improvements coming to founders in 2015:

  • Studierende, die mindestens die Hälfte ihres Studiums absolviert haben: 1.000 € pro Monat
  • Technischer Mitarbeiter/Technische Mitarbeiterin mit qualifizierter Berufsausbildung: 2.000 € pro Monat
  • Absolventinnen/Absolventen mit mindestens einem Hochschulabschluss: 2.500 € pro Monat
  • Promovierte Gründerinnen und Gründer: 3.000 € pro Monat
  • Für Teamgründungen können bis zu 30.000 Euro [Sachmittel] beantragt werden

We’ll make sure to keep utilizing it for our Startupinformatik program!

Letter to Stakeholders (Year-end 2014)

1. Summary

2014 marks the fifth year of the Professorship for Open Source Software at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg. Revenues increased slightly, we added more members to the group, and student numbers are up as well. Publication output dipped with many submissions in the queue for 2015. Teaching continues to be strong, with continued interest and support for our project-based teaching model by industry. We welcomed Maximilian Capraro and Andreas Kaufmann to the group and are expecting great things of them. Gottfried Hofmann left his part-time job with the group to focus on his startup.

2. Research

Our research goal is to understand how “open collaboration” works, see and and apply our learnings to software systems engineering.

2.1 Research Focus Areas

Our focus areas resp. projects shifted slightly:

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If you liked MAD for your Bachelor, you’ll love AMOS for your Master’s Degree

Students: Several students asked us whether they could take AMOS in their Master program even though they had taken MAD for their Bachelor degree. Of course you can take AMOS! They are different courses. Expect AMOS to be the same fun and then some more! AMOS differs from MAD in a couple of key dimensions:

  1. We work with industry partners who bring real-world expertise to the classroom
  2. While projects are provided by industry, you will keep the rights to your work
  3. AMOS is taught in English (your team may choose their own language, e.g. German)

and most importantly:

  1. We choose industry projects and partners with the goal of creating startups!

If you are interested in taking AMOS with the goal of creating your own company after you finish your degree, please let us know in advance. We actively support and guide student startups through our structured Startupinformatik program.

Aufruf zur Teilnahme und Präsentationen: Startup-Programm Software Engineering auf der SE 2015

Die deutsche Software-Engineering-Konferenz (SE 2015) wirft ihren Hut in den Ring, jungen Start-ups einen Pitch vor Investoren zu ermöglichen. Bitte finden Sie weiter unten alle relevante Information von Andreas Zeller, dem Leiter dieses Tracks. Submit your pitch! –Dirk Riehle

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Startup-Programm Software Engineering

Ihre Forschung war erfolgreich. Jetzt könnten Sie was draus machen. Aber wie? Das Startup-Programm der SE 2015 | Software Engineering, der großen Software-Engineering-Konferenz vom 17. bis 20. März in Dresden, bietet allen Firmengründern und solchen, die es werden wollen, die Gelegenheit zum Austausch mit Gründern, Forschern, und Startup-Beratern. Hochkarätige Redner zu Startup-Gründung, Finanzierung, und Innovationsmanagement aus der Hochschule heraus bieten wertvolle Hinweise und weitere Möglichkeiten der Vernetzung.

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FAU Raises Overhead (Infrastrukturbeitrag) to 20%

Starting 2015-01-01, FAU is raising the overhead percentage for industry projects to 20%, up from 10%, to be included in any project offer made to industry. Overhead is used to pay for common costs (heating, electricity, machinery, etc.) at the university; those are typically not covered by specific project costs. Actual overhead costs remain in the 30-50% range; thus, the state of Bavaria (and FAU) will effectively keep subsidizing industry projects.

Vortrag zu Open-Source-Geschäftsmodellen auf dem 10ten OSE Symposium, München, 2015-01-23

Prof. Riehle wird am 23.01.15 um 16:00 Uhr auf dem 10ten OSE Symposium im Haus der Bayrischen Wirtschaft in München einen Vortrag zu Open-Source-Geschäftsmodellen halten (in Deutsch) und danach an einer die Tagung abschliessenden Diskussions­runde teilnehmen. Weitere Teilnehmer der Diskussionsrunde sind Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger (ehemalige Bundesjustizministerin) und Jimmy Schulz (ehemaliges MdB). Hier die Rahmendaten:

Veranstaltung: 10. OSE Symposium
Termin: Am Freitag, den 23. Januar 2015 von 8:30 Uhr bis ca. 17:30 Uhr
Ort: Im Haus der Bayerischen Wirtschaft in München
Tagungsthema: Escrow und Nachhaltigkeit von IT-Geschäftsmodellen
Tagungsleitung: RA Prof. Dr. Jochen Schneider, Kanzlei Schneider Schiffer Weihermüller (SSW)
Agenda/Sprecher: Siehe PDF oder oder
Kostenbeteiligung: EUR 230,- zzgl. MwSt. (Reduzierung für OSE-, davit und DGRI-Mitglieder).

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Final Thesis: Specifying ‘Wow!’ – How to Define and Prioritize a Feature

Abstract: This thesis takes a closer look on feature definition and prioritization in an established company dealing with challenges in the global market. When presented with the current demo version of EB Guide, a product to design and support human-machine interfaces for automotive infotainment solutions, customers of Elektrobit were initially unimpressed. To ensure the ongoing success of EB Guide, the product manager Thomas Fleischmann and his team had to come up with a new feature to enhance the product’s appeal. They came up with Multitouch controls and gesture recognition. The thesis is designed as a teaching case, meaning we will observe closely how the process of defining and prioritizing the feature takes place at Elektrobit. In addition this thesis provides exercises and corresponding techniques and literature to gain a more sophisticated approach on what a product manager’s responsibilities are. Hence you will be able to understand how software development is handled on a major project.

Keywords: Teaching case, feature definition, feature prioritization, PM by case

PDFs: Bachelor Thesis, Work Description

Reference: Hendrik Koch. Specifying ‘Wow!’ – How to Define and Prioritize a Feature. Bachelor Thesis, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg: 2014.

Internships at Siemens Healthcare (in German)

Siemens Healthcare, a long-time industry partner of our group, is looking for student interns (“Werkstudenten”). Please see this PDF for more information (in German). Feel free to approach Prof. Riehle for an introduction.

Final Thesis: A Platform Approach to Productive Games

Abstract: The Master thesis describes a potential start-up called MyProductiveApp which includes three productive games for mobile devices and its future potential application for corporate customers. The first one is a task-navigation related application, the second one is a health related application and the third one is a knowledge related application. The Master thesis covers their definition of the MRD (marketing requirements document) including an executive summary, a business idea description, a market analysis and a corporate plan. Secondly, it covers the PRD (product requirements document), where a functional specification is described. A part of thesis could be later used as an application for the EXIST Founders Scholarship and therefore the outline and its sub-chapters has been accordingly divided.

Keywords: Productive games, platform strategies, Startupinformatik, The AMOS Project

PDFs: Master Thesis, Work Description

Reference: Radek Cervenka. A Platform Approach to Productive Games. Master Thesis, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg: 2014.