Bootcamp: Digitalization in Logistics

Internet of Things (IoT) and Chatbots - explore their significance!

March 21-23, 2018

Join us for the KLU Boot Camp 2018

The Internet of Things and Chatbots are the main focus for this year’s Boot Camp for Digitization in Logistics, hosted by Kühne Logistics University; logistics and transportation company, Kühne + Nagel; and IT and support company IBM!

It is the dawn of a new era in the world of business thanks to digitization. In the internet of things objects are constantly connected and able to exchange data with each other. Particularly in logistics, a field responsible for the movement of millions of goods, containers and/or palettes, this technology promises enormous advances in efficiency. Access to the most recent data allows for making data-supported decisions, helping to be better, faster and more reliable than the competition.  Simultaneously, new modes of interaction such as chatbots make it possible for customers to be part of the entire logistics process, connecting them to the internet of things itself. This enables them to make requests and place orders, follow deliveries in real time, and ensures that delivery data is adapted for each customer’s needs. 

Join us free 3-day student workshop and tackle the following questions!

  • What potential exists for the new technology to optimize processes?
  • How does one collect and analyze data in order to use supply chains?
  • How might customers benefit from the new technology?

Work on authentic case studies and exchange ideas with experts from the field! 

Representatives from Kühne + Nagel’s Business Intelligence & Analytics department will demonstrate how the new technology can be implemented. They will present case studies and, together with you, develop possible implementation tactics for which you provide initial solutions. Specialists from IBM’s department of Travel & Transport will provide you with the necessary tools to develop first prototypes. For this, you will gain access to the IBM cloud. 

Get an intro to one of the leading IoT platforms and program your own chatbot!

Key Facts

Target Group: Bachelor students (Business Management, Business Informatics, Business Mathematics, Business Engineering)

Costs: No fee, free of charge (accommodation not included)

Date: March 21 - 23, 2018

Method: Lectures, case study, group work, presentation & discussion

Equipment: Participants will need to bring their own laptop

Certificate: KLU Bachelor Workshop Certificate

Partner Companies: Kühne + Nagel, IBM


9:00 - 9:45Registration
9:45 - 10:00Welcome address
10:00 - 11:30IBM - Introduction to the Watson platform
11:30 - 13:00K+N - Presentation of cases
13:00 - 14:00Lunch break
14:00 - 15:30IBM Technical deep dive: Internet of the Things
15:30 - 16:00Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30IBM - Technical deep dive: ChatBots
17:30 - 18:00

Group assignments

  • Groups of 4-6 students will be assigned to work on one of the cases
18:00 - open end Get-together
9:00 - 12:00

Case exploration

  • Students analyse the case questions and search for relevant information
  • Students prepare questions to case presenter, technology provider and faculty
12:00 - 13:00


  • Case presenter, technology provider and faculty provide feedback to the questions
13:00 - 14:00Lunch break
14:00 - 16:00

Case work

  • Each group develops first technological approaches and investigates on relevant business cases
  • Each group prepares a short presentation about their proposed approaches and ideas for business cases
16:00 - 16:30Coffee break
16:30 - 18:00

Elevator pitches (5 minutes per group)

  • Each group presents their proposed approach and ideas for business cases for their case
  • Case presenter, technology provider, and faculty provide feedback


18:00 - open end

Hackathon and Pizza feast

  • Each group can continue working on their case
  • Pizza will be provided


09:00 - 10:30

Case work

  • Each group finalises the case work
  • Each group prepares a short presentation of the results (10-15 min)
10:30 - 11:00Coffee break
11:00 - 13:00

Final presantations

  • Each group presents their solution (10 - 15 min)
  • Case presenter and technology provider asess and evaluate the proposed solution
13:00 - 14:00Lunch break
14:00 - 15:30

Career perspectives and study programmes

  • The case presenter and technology provider inform students about job opportunities, career perspectives and respective requirements
  • KLU presents graduate study programmes (Dirk Laschke)
End of Bootcamp



We will be there

Prof. Dr. Asvin Goel

Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Kühne Logistics University - KLU

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Prof. Dr. André Ludwig

Associate Professor of Computer Science in Logistics

Kühne Logistics University - KLU

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Felix Jacubasch

Senior Manager Business Intelligence & Analytics

Kuehne + Nagel (AG & Co.) KG

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Peter Hahn

Client Manager


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Johanna Wende

Account-Manager / Client Representative: Travel and Transportation


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Oliver Weisshuhn

Business Development Executive / Account Management Travel & Transport Industry



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Sophia Rösener

Student Recruitment Manager

Tel: +49 40 328707-160
Fax: +49 40 328707-109

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