The Software Campus trains master's and doctoral students in computer science and prepares them for leadership positions. During the program duration of one to two years, they build up broad management and leadership skills. A total of 21 universities, research institutions and companies cooperate in the program (https://softwarecampus.de/partner/).
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) funds the program. Prof. Wolfgang Wahlster and the DFKI were key actors in its creation and founding in the course of the IT summits in 2010 and 2011.
Program participants lead their own IT research project and manage the entire process independently with the support of their research and industry partner. Each project is funded by the BMBF with up to 100,000 euros over a maximum project duration of two years.
To ensure that the IT research project can be successfully led, the industry partners provide support for the further training of individual skills. Each participant attends in six training sessions over one to two days in the areas of leadership, methods and social and personal skills.
Experienced leaders accompany the participants personally within the framework of mentoring. On the one hand, this gives them a direct insight into the daily working world of IT executives, and on the other hand, they have a high-ranking contact person for questions or advice on the project.