Hagenberg CampusInformatics, Communications and Media

3rd International Summer Workshop on IT Education & Research 8 - 10 June 2017, Hagenberg, Austria


The International Summer Workshop on IT Education & Research is a biennial workshop series held at the Campus Hagenberg of the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, which covers a wide range of aspects related to IT education and its integration in (applied) research activities.

Rapid advances in computing technology exert an immense pressure on IT educators at universities who constantly strive to proficiently prepare their IT students best for the future labor market. A growing number of students and graduates is eager to start their own business in the IT industry. However, once an innovative idea has been found, it is still a long way to a successful market entry. The IT industry can be highly competitive, and a multitude of technical and business skills are needed to be successful. Founders have to develop their product, establish a successful business plan, find the right stakeholders, convince investors to fund their company and understand the legal issues their business may encounter, among other things.

IT universities have to respond to a growing interest of students when it comes to the set-up of their own businesses, which imposes a number of questions. To what extent should entrepreneurship be part of IT curricula? How can educators support students in developing business ideas? Which contextual conditions can a university offer to increase the number of successful start-up companies? What is the role of internationalization and globalization of the IT field in this regard? These and other questions will be subject of the 2017 International Summer Workshop on IT Education & Research. We believe that offering a competitive start-up environment is not only important for the regional economy, but also strengthens the profile of the university in order to attract top talents from around the world to study or work at the relevant institution.

After a successful 2nd International Summer Workshop on IT Education & Research 2015, whose focus was on massive open online courses (MOOCs), this year's summer workshop will concentrate on entrepreneurial skills required by IT students and graduates who intend to set up their own business. We seek to enforce the dialogue and knowledge exchange between internationally active IT universities and the industry by:

  • featuring four keynote talks with speakers from academia and industry who focus on entrepreneurship education and start-up consultation from both a more theoretical and practical perspective
  • providing room for discussions and exchange of experiences and best-practice models of IT educators and founders of IT companies
  • supporting face-to-face networking through social events


The 3rd International Summer Workshop on IT Education & Research is open for all educators, researchers, students and IT professionals. Participants are invited to attend one of two parallel workshop tracks on Thursday and Friday. The type of contribution is open (talk, demo, video, experience report, etc.), no submission is required.

Participation at the 3rd International Summer Workshop on IT Education & Research is free of charge. Participants are expected to cover their own travel and hotel costs as well as meals and activities outside the official programme. Please note that there are funding opportunities via the Erasmus+ programme; if applicable, your International Office can give you more information.

Registration Deadline

Please register online until 20 May 2017.


University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, School of Informatics, Communications and Media, Softwarepark 11, 4232 Hagenberg, Austria

Accommodation will be provided in the nearby city of Linz, the capital of Upper Austria, with a shuttle service provided to the university campus in Hagenberg.


Organisational Matters:

Ms Christina Huber-Beran and Ms Johanna Paar
International Office Hagenberg
Phone: +43 5 0804 21530 or +43 5 0804 21531
E-Mail: international@fh-hagenberg.at

Workshop Programme:

FH-Prof. Dr. Clemens Holzmann
Vice-Dean of the School of Informatics, Communications and Media
Phone: +43 5 0804 22824
E-Mail: clemens.holzmann@fh-hagenberg.at