Many organizations are now involved in cultivating talents and provide them with necessary skills to succeed in the fast-paced, high-tech industry. Creative people are no longer alone in their quest for the next big thing since they can always seek for advice from experts or get help handling logistics behind their creative process. I was inspired by my interview with Karl (Carlos) Rabes and Lisa Wittenzellner from the FAU Digital Tech Academy, a new FAU project that seeks and supports digital entrepreneurs.
What is Digital Tech Academy and how was it initiated?
The idea of the FAU Digital Tech Academy arose from the notion that entrepreneurship and digitalization touch everyone’s life. It is important to form a group at FAU that shares the same passion for entrepreneurship and digitization. The Digital Tech Fellows program, one part of the Digital Tech Academy, is an opportunity for all FAU students to pursue their passion for digitization, entrepreneurship, and innovation by realizing novel ideas with the help of professionals from industry. We are a small team of four people and are currently screening more than 150 applications to narrow the field down to only about 25 participants for the first batch of the Digital Tech Fellows program. This is the one-year extracurricular program, open to all enrolled students at the FAU (with a new batch starting each semester). Therein participants get to know each other and form their own group to work on innovative ideas that they are interested in.