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04/13/2018 | Campus-Meldung

Department of Information Systems organizes conference "Cloud & Crowd: Successfully shaping the digital working worlds of the future

On April 25, 2018, the central transfer conference of the "Challenge Cloud and Crowd" project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will take place in Frankfurt am Main. The focus is on the question of how the effects on the world of work and society resulting from digitalization can be shaped. The event is coordinated by the Department of Information Systems at the University of Kassel in cooperation with IG Metall and Ver.di. A special focus will be on crowdworking platforms.

"Digitization is currently changing the way we work, live and communicate with each other," said Prof. Dr. Jan Marco Leimeister, Head of the Department of Information Systems and Director at the Scientific Center for IT Design (ITeG) at the University of Kassel. "Germany, as the largest economy in Europe and the fourth largest economy in the world, must ensure that it does not lose out in this area compared to economies such as the U.S., China or Japan," Leimeister said. "Crowd mechanisms are increasingly finding their way into internal company processes and are playing a significant role in shaping new forms of digital work," said Dr. Christoph Peters, research group and project leader at the Department of Information Systems at the University of Kassel.

The project "Challenge Cloud and Crowd - Sustainably Designing New Organizational Concepts for Services", funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), is intensively examining the effects of this digitalization on business and society. One focus is on the new organization of work via crowdworking platforms. These are intermediaries on which organizations such as companies can advertise work via an open call to a larger number of potential workers. The project consortium includes the Institute for Social Science Research Munich, the University of Kassel, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, IG Metall, ver.di and andrena objects AG.

Which key digital trends are currently influencing the economy & society? What conditions are necessary for Germany to remain 'fit' for the digital age? How can we ensure that people continue to have 'good jobs' in the future? And what will the working world of the future look like? These and other questions will be discussed with the following speakers, among others:

-     Christiane Benner, Second Chairwoman of IG Metall
-     Monika Brandl, Chairwoman of the Trade Union Council Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft ver.di
-     Anna Kopp, Head of IT Microsoft Germany and Regional Office Lead Munich HQ
-     Mirjam Pütz, Managing Director, Chief Digital Office Deutsche Bank
-     Bastian Unterberg, Chief Executive Officer Crowdworking platform Jovoto
-     Prof. Melissa Valentine, PhD, Co-Director of the Center for Work, Technology, and Organization (WTO), Stanford University

There will also be an opportunity for participants to engage in three workshops focusing on the enterprise, platform, and crowdworker perspectives. This event is embedded in the Science Year 2018 of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and will take place on

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 9 am - 5 pm 
In Frankfurt am Main, IG Metall, Wilhelm-Leuschner-Straße 79

The program can be found at

Volkmar Mrass
University of Kassel 
Department of Information Systems
(Prof. Dr. Jan Marco Leimeister)
Tel.: +49 561 804 - 6066
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