On June 18 Siemens participated on a nationwide Digital Day. With various workshops, seminars, lectures employees, students, pupils, and everyone who is interested in digitalization, could explore the topic from different perspectives and understand the way it shifts the world.
Digitalization is a trend that influence industries, economies and societies on a scale and speed like never before. There is no area in our lives which has not be affected by it and the value technologies bring to us is obvious. That is why for businesses, politicians, social organizations digitalization is one of the top priorities.
One of the initiatives that aims to bring people and technologies closer is Digital Day. In Germany it is a nationwide activity. During this day across Germany various activities, like workshops, lectures, seminars, conversations and open discussions related to digital topics take place. The main goal is to discuss digitalization in a way that makes it more understandable, tangible and accessible to people. The initiative has been firstly launched in 2019 and since then different companies, public institutions and private individuals participate in it and contribute to the topic of digitalization.
Digital Day at Siemens
Technology with purpose is one of the four strategic pillars for 2021 at Siemens. That is why Digital Day is another way to show how Siemens leads its employees and partners into a sustainable digital future.
Rainer Karcher (IT STG TC) and Selina Schroeter (HR IE SPE BO OS R WST) were behind its organization. Their roles at IT and HR gave the idea to make a sustainable contribution to the topic of digitalization. In the frames of nationwide Digital Day they saw an opportunity to make Siemens AG visible with different items of virtual program.
Their mission during this day was to show how we all can shape digitalization together, how we can move confidently and self-determinedly in the digital world. Digital Day at Siemens was supposed to break stereotypes and show digitalization from its diverse perspectives.
The preparations began in the beginning of May. Together with colleagues from different departments and support from many external partners such as Dirk Rossmann GmbH, Code IT, NGOs Hacker School, foundation YesWeHelp! and LMU Munich university it has become possible to convert an idea into a day with a diverse agenda.
“Digitalization for all!”- this is how Rainer describes the initiative.
To understand more about it let’s have a short flashback and see what the highlights of Digital Day 2021 (June 18) were.
Agenda of the day
First of all, the whole initiative received very good feedback from the participants. They appreciated the diverse agenda full of interesting insights about digitalization and interactivity of the sessions. During the day participants could choose several activities based on their area of interests.
Area of interest: Education
With Thomas Leubner, head of Siemens Professional Education, participants could learn more about the importance of education and inform themselves about dual study programs that are available at Siemens.
Area of interest: Presentation and presenting skills
Alina Bianca Popa, Competence and Network manager, organized a workshop on how to make a perfect presentation. During the workshop Alina shared tips & tricks on how to reduce stress during the speech, which question techniques exist and how to make a good first impression with a successful presentation.
Another lecture that contributed to this area was made by Selina Schröter. As HR Specialist she shared her recommendations on how to make good job application and how to find your right career path in particular in the digital world.
Area of interest: Innovation and innovative solutions
Current world poses challenges that require innovative solutions and approaches. Design-thinking is one of these approaches. Anne Mages (SFS RC CRI EMEA-CAM) and Magdalena Milde (SFS IT AIA) in their workshop “Design Thinking- Mindset, Myths and More” talked about the concept of the design thinking and showed the way it can be applied on practice. Participants positively evaluated this session due to its high interactivity.
Another innovative workshop was dedicated to the work at innovations laboratory. Lisa Breucker (SHS CS FI CRM), Nicolas Butterwegge (SHS IT DEI DS) and Lukas Rubner (SHS DIG DCO DL) shared insights on the working methods of the DigiLab and OpenIT Studio (two innovation labs at Siemens Healthineers).
The topic of innovations was continued by Constantin Liepert, Max Müller and Sebastian Schleser (DI SW GS&CS EU DACH PRS LCS) who talked about such innovations as: 3D printing, augmented reality (AR) and the digital twin. During the workshop participants could see how these innovations are applied on practice. The highlight of the session was that in Live-stream participants could observe how these technologies are applied.
Martin Skrodzki from FU Berlin also contributed to the topic of digitalization and innovation by explaining the role of artificial intelligence. He explained the basics of artificial intelligence and in which areas it can be implemented.
Area of interest: IT
Of course, in the spotlight of the day was all around IT.
CIO Hanna Hennig raised the topic of role of the woman in tech- #SheTransformsIT. In her Instagram Live- Talk she shared her IT career story followed by 500 viewers. She pointed out that it is never too late to try out new things and that career cross-entry in IT is possible. She encouraged to review role of the women at IT sector as with more women at IT and their creative thinking it is possible to bring this sector to a new level. During her talk Hanna as well expressed her ideas about opportunities for development at digital jobs.
New technologies allow us not only to solve complex problems, but also have a sustainable influence on the future. Rainer Karcher (IT STG TC), Isabella Fritz (IT STG TC), and David Kaiser (IT STG TC) talked how IT can be aligned with ideas of sustainability and can bring positive impact.
Apart from the IT lectures and seminars, the agenda contained different IT courses. During the
whole day the partner of Siemens IT -Hacker School- offered various programming courses. With the help of IT experts, it was possible to learn skills of web-design or make a carbon footprint calculator or choose any other course from a wide range of options.
CodeIT also offered their programs. With their participations, interested people could gain a basic knowledge of programming and develop their own computer game or even a smartphone app.
Area of Interest: Social issues
During the day social topics were also raised. Anne Scherfenberg from “Schule im Aufbruch gGmbH” for instance, raised the topic of how children deal with the issues of social and ecological problems, like climate change, fair distribution of resources or equal rights. How they develop their own solutions and try to bring changes into the world. Participants highly rated the moderation of the session. Some of the participants were teachers, who after the session were inspired to review their way of making lectures.
Marco Smolla from LMU Munich continued the social topic, in particular the topic of climate change. He talked about potential consequences and pointed out the relevance of local school initiatives that deal with this topic.
During the day participants had a chance not only to satisfy their thirst for knowledge, but also combine it with such activities as an online Yoga break by Anna Mehlitz and an online live music stream with DJ Meiko rounding an event. The online live music stream was joined by 140 participants.
Digital Day raised the topics of innovation, sustainability, social changes, artificial intelligence, but the most important what has happened according to the participants’ feedback- “it helped to learn more about the digital world and to understand its value”.
The main mission of bringing technologies and people closer was accomplished.
Karcher, Rainer (IT STG TC)
Schröter, Selina (HR IE SPE BO OS R WST)