iRegion Karlsruhe - creating the net economy

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Information doc: 

Dr. Bernhard Kölmel, +49 721 9638-647,

David Hermanns, +49-721 / 6183-330,

CyberForum e.V., Haid-und-Neu-Straße 18, 76131 Karlsruhe, Germany

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The iRegion Karlsruhe - creating the net economy has been launched in Karlsruhe with the support of the following major research representatives and local partners: Forschungszentrum Informatik FZI, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Center for Art and Media (ZKM) and over 100 hundred SMEs and large companies  within the net-economy domain. The target users are users and providers of solutions for the net-economy: An increasing use of the Internet worldwide and its penetration to virtually all spheres of life leads to a new form of society and of economy: the Net Society and Net Economy, which exploit all possibilities of a networked world for the society and the economy. Today, billions of networked people can actively participate to innovation, value creation and social development in a new way.

Description of Concept

The iRegion Karlsruhe addresses all phases of product/service development, from needs finding or conceptualization to validation or diffusion. However it centers its activities around the use of three dedicated areas. Their approach in terms of methodologies departs from participatory design and revolves around the participation of medium – large groups of users in concept validation and prototype validation in real environments using extensively logging and the tools provided by the mobile platform in addition the usual qualitative methodologies like focus groups, etc… Example - Living Lab within the ZKM: As a cultural institution, the Center for Art and Media (ZKM) in Karlsruhe holds a unique position in the world. It responds to the rapid developments in information technology and today's changing social structures. Its work combines production and research, exhibitions and events, coordination and documentation. For the development of interdisciplinary projects and promotion of international collaborations, the Center for Art and Media has manifold resources at its disposal: the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Media Museum, the Institute for Visual Media, the Institute for Music and Acoustics and the new departments - the Institute for Media, Education, and Economics, and the Filminstitute. More than 250.000 visitors have the chance to act as Living Lab for the above identified three leading edge domains.


References and Track Record


Karlsruhe is one of the most prominent European ICT clusters according to the European Cluster Observatory. Leading edge projects are projects of international scientific and technical standard that contributed to the development of the technologies that will shape the future of the Internet and mobile services. Projects addressing successfully those trends enableed the clusters to gain global visibility and make easier the access to new markets for their companies. The following areas for leading edge projects are the core at this stage:

1. Security of the Internet and mobile services;

2. Internet-based and mobile delivery of services;

3. Internet-based and mobile knowledge management;