InnovationHub: Learning and Change

The University of Vienna invites you to discover InnovationHub, an initiative of the WTZ-Ost.

Do you have an idea that you want to bring to life, but your're not sure how?
Do you feel isolated with your idea, and want to benefit from working with others and a team of experienced innovation experts?
Are you thinking about launching a start-up, and are now searching for support?

We invite you to participate in the InnovationHub, a 4-month innovation program allowing you to bring your ideas to life. Students from Bachelor to PhD level, young scientists, as well as alumni (with a focus on social sciences and the humanities) are welcome!

Call for applications – deadline: 7.10.2016


What is the InnovationHub?

The InnovationHub is an “Enabling Space” that will guide you through your innovation project – from finding and refining your very first idea(s), to a functional prototype that is ready to be implemented. Three experienced innovation experts will coach you and the development of your ideas and projects in a workshop/atelier-like setting by offering both theoretical foundations and practical advice. They will lead you through a structured and well proven state-of-the-art innovation process in which you will learn to “learn from the future, as it emerges”. The InnovationHub provides an inspiring environment in which your ideas can flourish, and you can benefit from exchanging your ideas with others also working on their projects. After the InnovationHub has ended we offer support by identifying the next useful steps into further realization of your ideas.

What is this year’s topic for the InnovationHub?

The topic of this year’s  InnovationHub is “Learning and Change”.
We live in times of change. (Radical or disruptive) change and learning have become one of the leading drivers and paradigms in today’s society. Certainly, the most dramatic changes have taken place in the technological domain (WWW, social media, mobile technologies, digital revolution, etc.). But innovation is more than technological advances, and goes far beyond economic issues.  
The possible contribution of “Soft Sciences” is often overlooked in innovation contexts. Social Science, Philosophy, and the Humanities are always involved in innovation-driven change and learning. They lay the foundation for understanding change, and direct and lead to such change. The program looks for strong and surprising ideas ranging from the relationship between these (not only technological) changes and learning, the way society understands and (re-)frames learning and change, as well as their implications.

What are your ideas?

With this InnovationHub we call for novel ideas that dare to challenge, question, and rethink the concept and understanding of learning and change, and aim to find new areas of application for learning and change in a wide variety of contexts. Ideas concerning all aspects of learning and change in society and industry are welcome. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Alternative approaches to university teaching, learning, and academic knowledge
  • New ways of learning with technology
  • Lifelong learning
  • Innovation in (early) childhood education
  • (Un)learning, age, and ageing
  • Change management and organisational learning
  • Game-based learning
  • Embodied and motor learning
  • Cultural and social learning
  • etc.
Who is eligible and how to apply?

You have:

  • A solution for a social or economic question/issue/problem
  • An invention that fulfills a particular need of a special target group for the proposed topic
  • A concept that makes life easier/healthier/more interesting and inspiring for all of us

Conditions & application

  • The InnovationHub is open to students of all universities in Vienna, and all academic levels, from Bachelor to Alumni
  • Projects and ideas must be persuasive and have a strong relation to the Social Sciences, Humanities, or Philosophy
  • You have to apply as a team (team size: 3-5 people)
  • Interdisciplinary/inter-university groups are welcome/beneficial, but not obligatory
  • Participants have to be available for all of the 4 workshop dates and be willing to spend time to develop their project in the periods between these dates


Your applications will be reviewed and selected according to the following criteria:

  • Originality of your concept/idea/project
  • Feasibility
  • Level of interdisciplinarity
  • Future-orientedness & disruption

Application Deadline: 07.10.2016, 00h

Applications that do not conform to the application modalities, or forms containing incomplete information will not be considered for selection.

Questions? Come to our info event!

Are you interested in the InnovationHub and would like further information? Do you have an idea for a project, but are still looking for team members? Or would you like to participate, but are unsure about a specific topic or idea you would like to work on? Would you like to pitch your idea to others?

Please come to our info event on 23.09.2016, 16h @ Alte Kapelle, “Altes AKH” Campus Universität Wien.
We are looking forward to meeting you!

For organisational purposes, please register for the info event by e-mail: until Fri 21.09.2016, 00h.

If you have questions, please contact:

Course/workshop dates






Introduction, theoretical foundations, and
uncovering assumptions and identifying (personal) motivations/interests

Fri 28.10.2016, 13.30-19.30h

DLE Forschungsservice
Berggasse 7, 1090 Wien
Seminarraum 1 (Hof)


Observation and innovation, gaining a deeper understanding of your field

Sat 17.12.2016, 10.30-17.30h

DLE Forschungsservice
Berggasse 7, 1090 Wien
Seminarraum 1 (Hof)


Iterative prototyping, design thinking, and developing your project

Fri 27.1.2017, 13.30-19.30h

DLE Forschungsservice
Berggasse 7, 1090 Wien
Seminarraum 1 (Hof)


Presenting your prototypes, post-prototyping analysis, and next steps

Fri 17.02.2017, 13.30-19.30h

DLE Forschungsservice
Berggasse 7, 1090 Wien
Seminarraum 1 (Hof)

Who is teaching this course?

Markus F. Peschl is professor of Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Science at the Dept. of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Austria. Currently, he is working in the field of radical innovation, where he developed the concepts of Emergent Innovation and Enabling Spaces. For further information see:

Gloria Bottaro is a PhD student in communication sciences at the University of Vienna, Austria. Since 2011 she is teaching and researching in the field of innovation at the department of Philosophy. Additionally, she is project member of several interdisciplinary research teams.

Katharina Roetzer is a master student in cognitive science and teaching assistant at the department of Philosophy, University of Vienna. She is a member of an interdisciplinary teaching and research team on innovation and learning at the department of Philosophy, and freelancing as a scientific consultant in the field of innovation.