Joint project "Data Club Lüneburg" receives BMBF funding


Under the motto "When it comes to IT, we are all learners", the Data Club Lüneburg (DCL) will in future bring together existing regional IT players with the aim of giving our young people digital skills.

Computer skills play a central role in the economic and social development of a region, and the Data Club Lüneburg (DCL) will help to make our region future-oriented in this respect.

To this end, the DCL will network IT actors with young people in the region over the next 3 years by integrating them into numerous offers and gradually create an extra-curricular framework for getting started in IT. This will create opportunities to develop fun in programming, to deepen computer science knowledge and to open up individual career opportunities in an informal and attractive learning environment, e.g. in the companies of the region or the university.

Supported by a shared vision of modern and motivating computer science education, the network partners beWirken, the Hacker School and the Institute for Business Informatics at Leuphana University are pursuing an inclusive and collaborative approach with the DCL, which will prepare young people - especially girls and young women - but also the region for the digital challenges of today and tomorrow.

The Leuphana University of Lüneburg, which will coordinate the joint project, has already distinguished itself in recent years in the field of inclusive computer science education through the DATAx project and the interdisciplinary teaching of basic computer science skills to all first-year students and has taken on a pioneering position within Germany. The Data Club Lüneburg will not only be able to benefit from these experiences, but also from the large group of interdisciplinary students who will work together with the young people as learning coaches. In cooperation with the two partners - a multiple award-winning regional expert for empowering youth work - and the Hacker School, which has for years been distinguished by its inspiring IT education for young people, an inclusive and lively community of learning from and with each other around IT in DCL will be built up in the coming months and years.

They are supported by Werum IT Solutions and Accenture as well as numerous other supporters among companies, educational institutions and schools in the Lueneburg region.

After the Federal Ministry of Research and Education recently promised funding, the kick-off meeting of the alliance partners beWirken, Hacker School and Leuphana University took place on 7 December 2020 under the credo "Let us write stories that we will gladly tell later" and the Data Club Lüneburg journey began. Stay tuned.

For questions about Data Club Lüneburg please contact Johannes van Deest (coordination) or Prof. Dr. Burkhardt Funk (scientific management).