Bootcamp: Digitalization in Logistics

Using smartphones as sensor networks, chatbots and the Internet of Things (IoT) in public transportation. 

March 27-29, 2019

Bootcamp: Digitalization in Logistics

Using smartphones as sensor networks, chatbots and the Internet of Things (IoT) in public transportation. 

March 27-29, 2019

Join us for the KLU Boot Camp 2019

Using smartphones as sensor networks, chatbots and the Internet of Things (IoT) in public transportation are the main focus for this year’s Boot Camp for Digitalization in Logistics, hosted by Kühne Logistics University, Travel & Transport Sparte from IBM and the Hamburger Hochbahn AG.

Reducing the amount of private transport in urban areas is a major step in improving the quality of life in our cities. The first and last miles in movement of goods, e.g. from the shop to the logistics center or from the logistics center to the customer’s doorstep, are responsible for a large portion of the costs in goods transport. Furthermore, due to an ever-increasing volume of packages, delivery services are causing congestion in inner cities. In promoting sustainable urban logistics, new delivery concepts such as micro depots combined with local public transport, and environmentally friendly options like cargo bikes and crowd logistics have growing potential.

Realtime control and surveillance methods of goods, damages and problems will be of the utmost importance when using both public transport and innovative delivery services. Smartphones, which can be used both in one location and on the go, possess a large number of sensors and can provide a significantly higher data density via mobility infrastructures.

Join our 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 for mobility and transport chains?
  • How might customers benefit from these new technologies?

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

Over the course of the event, you will develop new models for flows of goods in urban areas. In particular, there will be a special focus placed on building chatbot showcases that will allow for new delivery concepts to be operated via chat. The Internet of Things will also have a place on stage. You will develop and demonstrate case studies on how smartphones can be used as cost-effective sensors in recognizing objects, damages or problems in the mobility chain.

The Hamburger Hochbahn AG, one of the most innovative mobility service providers in Germany, will set the cases. IBM’s Travel & Transport specialists will supply you with the necessary tools needed to develop initial prototypes for customer-oriented solutions. 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: 75 € (contribution to expenses, welcome coffee, lunch and coffee breaks, pizza fest) 

Please note: Payment only after final selection!

Date: March 27 - 29, 2019

Method: Lectures, case studies, group work, presentations & discussions

Equipment: Participants will need to bring their own laptop, their smartphone and a cable to connect them

Certificate: KLU Bachelor Workshop Certificate

Partner Companies: IBM Travel and Transport Sparte, Hamburger Hochbahn AG


9:00 - 9:45Registration and Welcome Coffee
9:45 - 10:00Welcome address (KLU)
10:00 - 10:30Introduction to the Technology (IBM) 
10:30 - 12:00Company introduction and cases overview (Hamburger Hochbahn AG)
12:00 - 12:30Bootcamp goals and expected results (KLU)
12:30 - 13:30Lunch break
13:30 - 15:00IBM Watson platform: Chatbot and Internet of Things capabilities (IBM)
15:00 - 15:30Coffee break
15:30 - 16:00Group Assignment (KLU)
16:00 - 17:30

Technical Deep Dives in parrallel sessions (IBM) 

  • Session 1: Chatbots
  • Session 2: Internet of Things
17:30 - open endGet-together
9:00 - 9:15Welcome back, Organization of Day 2
9:15 - 12:30

Case exploration

  • Students analyse the case questions and search for relevant information
  • Students prepare questions to case presenter, technology provider and faculty
  • Case presenter, technology provider and faculty provide feedback to the questions
12:30 - 13:30Lunch break
13:30 - 15:30

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
15:30 - 17:00

Elevator pitches (5 minutes per group) incl. coffee break

  • Each group presents their proposed approach and ideas for business cases for their case
  • Case presenter, technology provider, and faculty provide feedback 
17:00 - open end

Case work and Hackathon

  • Each group continues working on their case
 19:00 - open end

Pizza feast

  • Pizza will be provided


09:00 - 10:00

Case work

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

Final presentations

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

Career perspectives and study programs

  • The case presenter and technology provider inform students about job opportunities, career perspectives and respective requirements
  • KLU presents Master study programs (Sophia Rösener)
15:15 - 15:30Closure, hand out of Certificates
15:30End of Bootcamp

We will be there

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Prof. Dr. Asvin Goel

Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Kühne Logistics University - KLU

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Prof. Dr. André Ludwig

Professor of Computer Science in Logistics

Kühne Logistics University - KLU

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Peter Hahn

Client Manager


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Oliver Weisshuhn

Business Development Executive / Account Management Travel & Transport Industry


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Sascha Westermann

Business Development Digital Transformation Unit (DXU)

Fujitsu Technology Solutions GmbH