Promoting IT Innovation between Companies and Students in Ruhr Metropolis and Israel

The Ruhr-Israel Cyber Activator is a unique promoting open innovation through tailored solutions to the challenges facing established companies in the Ruhr Metropolis.

Companies from the Ruhr Metropolis present actual cyber challenges for the teams –  comprising German and Israeli students from the eld IT-security. The challenges come from companies in  areas such as healthcare / Medtech, media, smart city, logistics, or Industry 4.0.


4 challenges
in the field of IT security

16 students
from Germany and Israel

4 companies
from the Ruhr Metropolis



Businesspeople and students from the Ruhr Metropolis and Israel participate in virtual program, consisting of a kick-o workshop, a co-operation stage, and a pitch session to the companies. The teams are supported throughout the program by highly-qualied mentors, in order to nd tailored solutions for the challenges proposed by the companies.

Part I. Virtual Kick-off workshop 9-10 November 2020 

The four companies and 16 students participating in the RICA programme come together for an intensive virtual kick-off workshop, at which the four challenges are introduced and the individual binational teams formed.

Part II. 1. Virtual co-operation stage (eight weeks)

The teams develop custom solutions for the challenges of the companies and are supported in this by virtual mentoring and online tools for ideal co-operation.

Part III. Virtual Pitch session  11 January 2021

In a virtual session, all those involved in the RICA program come together and the student teams present their innovative solutions to the companies.


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Innovation Challenge of  Funke Medien Gruppe

Successful attack of our video platform  without getting recognized

Innovation Challenge of Hans Soldan GmbH

LawFirm IT-Security Check Application  development

Innovation Challenge of Vonovia SE

Holistic and Secure Communication Interface for Buildings

Innovation Challenge of University Medicine Essen

Harm or Charm: a campus wide Bluetooth low energy network


•Integration of innovative, tailored solutions into the product/service portfolio of the  company

•Examination of business models and ideas by a team of motivated students and  companies

•Potential foundation stone laying for an innovative start-up

•Intercultural exchange with the innovative specialists of tomorrow

•Reviews and feedback from experienced mentors and start-up specialists from Israel and Germany

•Growing Network of Innovation Bridge Israel


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