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Introducing the Advisory Board with high-ranking representatives from business, politics and research

Berlin/Leipzig, 09.03.2023 – High-ranking personalities have been appointed to the advisory board for the “Toolbox Datenkompetenz (TBDK)” (Data Literacy Toolbox) funding project of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project partners, the Institute for Applied Informatics (InfAI) e.V. and StackFuel GmbH, were able to recruit renowned representatives from politics, business and civil society. The advisory board supports the project partners in the implementation of the Toolbox Data Literacy and provides feedback on ongoing developments.

The constituent meeting of the advisory board is planned for the first half of 2023.

Advisory Board

  • Mohanna Azarmandi – Chief Learning Officer, Cariad SE
  • Nicole Büttner – Co-Founder & Chier Executive Officer, Merantix Momentum GmbH
  • Dr. Julia Freudenberg – Chief Executive Officer, Hacker School gGmbH
  • Nicole Gerhardt – Chief Human Resources Officer, Telefónica Germany GmbH & Co. OHG
  • Daniel Krupka – Chief Executive Officer, Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI)
  • Dr. Michael Müller-Wunsch – Chief Information Officer, Otto GmbH & Co KG
  • Claudia Pohlink – Chief Expert Data, Deutsche Bahn AG
  • Jonas Rashedi – Chief Data Officer, FUNKE Mediengruppe GmbH & Co. KGaA
  • Kristian Schalter – Director Strategy & Digital Transformation, Bundesvereinigung der Deutschen Arbeitgeberverbände e.V.
  • Carsten Trappe – Department Head of Division, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

The current ten members of the advisory board will be supplemented with others as the project progresses.

The research project “Toolbox Datenkompetenz” is developing a Germany-wide digital tool and training platform dedicated to building basic and advanced data literacy skills. With the project, which started in December 2021, the project partners Institut für Angewandte Informatik (InfAI) e.V. from Leipzig and StackFuel GmbH from Berlin will build an infrastructure with the help of which the data strategy and the digitisation project of the Federal Government will be sustainably supported across society in order to be able to look to the future safely and well prepared.

By 2024, the project partners from Leipzig and Berlin will jointly develop a digital learning world around the topic of data that includes easy-to-understand learning materials and interactive practical tasks. The TBDK will support people in independently setting and expanding learning priorities and goals. In this way, a broad, digital learning and tool offer will be established that will contribute to the development of data literacy in Germany in a comprehensive and sustainable manner.


Recap Offline Project Meeting

Most of our work on the Toolbox Data Literacy is done remotely. Not only because many of the people involved work from home, but also because StackFuel and InfAI have their offices in different cities (Berlin and Leipzig). Finally, the Toolbox Data Literacy itself will be a learning platform that will enable data literacy learning from anywhere.

Nevertheless: it is simply nice to meet from person to person every now and then. Therefore, the joy at StackFuel’s Berlin headquarters was particularly great to meet many familiar faces from Leipzig for once “in real”, at the extensive exchange between the research and development teams.

At the beginning of the meeting, the individual groups from research, development and science communication presented their project results to date. Afterwards, the goals for the coming period were discussed and set so that the team and the TBDK can start successfully into the new year 2023. Future milestones in the development of the platform, first publications and planned networking events were discussed.

The exchange was intensive, the discussion lively. In the end, we realised that we are already on a very good path and that the result will be great. In an illustrious round, there was still the pleasure of lunch together after work. The teams are already looking forward to the next meeting!