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Outdoor Office Armadillo Desk bauen

Our Armadillo OutdoorOffice concept is still in an early stage… or as we would say in UX Professional Lingo: it is still in the product discovery phase. In this phase, we want to use different prototypes and product variants to gradually find out which solutions for open air work really work and which do not.

The first outdoor hackathon by Centigrade

To accelerate our journey of discovery, we at Centigrade will therefore be hosting an outdoor hackathon around the topic of “NewWork”. For two days, we want to throw our many different skills into one pot and build both digital and analog prototypes together. We will upload our results to GitHub as an open source repository.

We believe: Whether at home on the terrace, alone in the forest or together on the company campus – digital screen work is also possible in the open air, if you have the right equipment!

Teilnahme

For the Hackathon, we decided to do a Family and Friends version in a small circle, limited to 20 participants. Unfortunately, all seats are already taken. Registration for the following hackathons is possible via our Meetup group “The Armadillo Outdoor Office Settlers”.

Online Event IT und KI im Saarland

How can the future be shaped by the influence of information technologies and artificial intelligence? The Saarland Ministry of Economics, Labor, Energy and Transport is hosting an online event with Economics Minister Anke Rehlinger on Wednesday, July 14, from 6 to 7 p.m., in which this question will be examined with the participants. Peter Grendel from abat+, Dr. Sandra Strohbach from the Helmholtz Center for Information Security, Anna Lawera from the East-Side-Fab and Thomas Immich from Centigrade will be taking part.

The event is part of the “Zukunftsschmiede Saarland” campaign, in which forward-looking projects in Saarland were presented. Participation is possible directly via LinkedIn.

The UX-DAY Online Training is a series of seminars for all digital minds who want to acquire in-depth knowledge about UX, design, marketing and business in a short time. Selected experts share their knowledge live in intensive sessions, present current cases and best practices and provide practical insights. On July 8, a webinar with Thomas Immich will take place on Player Types and other modern methods for designing motivating user experiences in the healthcare sector.

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Global change in the economy often leads to extensive structural change. This was also the case in Saarland. The decline of the coal and steel industry in the 1960s and 1970s resulted in the loss of more than 60,000 jobs. However, the campaign of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor, Energy and Transport shows that Saarland is made up of more than just coal and steel.

Zukunftsschmiede Saarland

Zukunftsschmiede Kampagne Plakat Thomas Immich

In the “Zukunftsschmiede Saarland” campaign of the Saarland Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor, Energy and Transport, the Saarland was examined from completely different angles. A state that is a strong and modern industrial state. An industrial state 4.0 – more sustainable, more innovative and more broadly based. To this end, four forward-looking projects were considered: One of them was the IOT Assist project by Centigrade.

 

Centigrade – IoT Assist – Inner pig meets final opponent

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Digitalization presents us with major health challenges. More and more jobs are becoming desk jobs, and balanced exercise or work in the fresh air is becoming less and less of a requirement – with negative consequences for the musculature and psyche. But digitalization also brings great opportunities: The IoT Assist project motivates people to integrate a healthier lifestyle into their everyday working lives – thanks to a combination of IoT technologies and gamification concepts.

The announced goal of the IoT Assist project is the development of a platform that enables communication between devices and services in the IoT and wearable area. This platform offers the possibility to implement intelligent assistance systems for health promotion in a simple and intuitive way. Here, particular focus is placed on the integration of existing device ecosystems in everyday and home environments to address the growing problem of isolated solutions. To ensure that the different technologies can be easily integrated, we provide a technology-neutral interface including various AI modules. In user-centered workshops, individual assistance systems tailored to the user are built and tested in daily professional life.

The motivation concepts developed in the IoTAssist project rely on “gamification”. Gamification is the “application of game-typical elements in a non-game context”. Gamification is by no means the same as conventional incentive or reward systems. A reward is merely an “external trigger”, i.e. a manual impulse that is intended to get someone to perform an action. For example, a health insurance company pays a premium if the client exercises more frequently. However, if this external trigger falls away, the person is also very likely to stop taking the action – i.e., the health-seeking behavior. The person was merely “extrinsically motivated.”

Gamification, on the other hand, is about awakening the “intrinsic motivation” of each person. To do this, a rational action (e.g., “I need to move to get the insurance premium.”), should become an emotional action (“I want to move because it makes me feel better.”). Instead of focusing on the reward, the focus becomes personal progress.

In the project, Centigrade designs and analyzes various IoT prototypes, conducts user studies, and optimally adapts the motivational design in the software modules to the psychological needs of the users.

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In addition to Centigrade, the research panel consists of other Saarland-based companies, including DFKI, DHfPG, and Eyeled. Other partners are the Stuttgart-based company ThingOS, the Technical University of Munich, and the University of Duisburg-Essen.

In the first year of the project, a promising partnership has already been formed between Centigrade and the Munich-based startup Walkolution, which is revolutionizing office work “while walking”.

In addition, Centigrade is launching Germany’s first “Digital Outdoor Office” this summer as part of the IoTAssist project in response to colleagues’ “home office fatigue”. For this purpose, Centigrade has developed a desk that enables outdoor screen work even in intense sunlight.

Thomas Immich, Owner & Managing Director Centigrade

 

„In this forward-looking project, we are getting to the bottom of a highly explosive question: What really motivates people, especially in the long term, to behave more healthily in their daily working lives?“

 

We are proud to offer user-centric solutions not only for clients, but also for our employees. At Centigrade, we all now have the ability to leave the four walls from time to time and be just as productive outdoors as we are in the office. At the same time, we also see each other completely real and yet safe again. We are really looking forward to it 🙂

 

Providing a good working environment is one of the most important goals at Centigrade. An environment that allows all employees to come to creative life.

Corona hasn’t made that any easier.

Of course, we’ve all been in the home office since April 2020, and of course, working in the home office has also made a lot of things easier.
But after a year in the home office, we’ve noticed that we’re missing something crucial:

The human interaction. The creative, colorful activity in a shared place.

That’s why, even before there were any vaccination plans in sight, we started thinking about what the working world of tomorrow might look like as an alternative.

After all, we are UX professionals! We translate human needs into innovative solutions every day! Why not do the same here?

In countless remote meetings and Miro Board sessions, we finally came up with the one crucial idea. We want to redefine collaboration and workspaces.

Energiemanagement UI

Customer loyalty is more important than ever. But how can UX and gamification be used to really bind customers to a product or a company? Thomas Immich will answer this exciting question in his presentation “The user in flow with his energy – Why UX & Gamification know neither tariff nor service boundaries” on Tuesday, March 9 at the “User Group Product Management and Sales” event organized by Energieforen. The presentation will be supported by current project examples from practice. read more…

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