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Blockchain Technologies: Deutsche Telekom and CODE University of Applied Sciences establish new Professorship

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  • New Professorship for Software Engineering specializes in Blockchain Technologies in Berlin
  • Dr. Peter Ruppel will join the CODE’s faculty as of today
  • T-Labs and CODE jointly drive development of future technology applications 
Riccardo Pascotto, T-Labs, Peter Ruppel, professor for Software Engineering, Thomas Bachem, founder of CODE. © Ludwig Järger

Riccardo Pascotto of T-Labs, Peter Ruppel, the new professor for Software Engineering, and Thomas Bachem, founder of CODE, in conversation at the CODE Campus. © Ludwig Järger

T-Labs, Deutsche Telekom’s central research and innovation unit, establishes the Group’s first professorship for Software Engineering with a specialization in Blockchain at CODE University of Applied Sciences (CODE). CODE is a private state accredited university of applied sciences in Berlin. The newly established professorship is part of the cooperation which T-Labs and CODE announced earlier this year. 

The professorship’s activity starts today with the beginning of the academic year. It will bring in research results focused on exploring and developing further distributed ledger technologies, the token economy, and the decentralized web. Dr. Peter Ruppel will be the holding the position of Professor for Software Engineering. He is specialized in distributed systems, decentralized applications, and data science. Peter's aim is to further explore distributed ledger technologies as well as to co-shape CODE's vision of a curiosity-driven education for future software engineers: “I am very much looking forward to the collaboration with CODE and T-Labs, and to join this extraordinary nexus between pioneering curricula and bleeding-edge innovation projects.”

“My congratulations to Prof. Ruppel, a distinguished researcher in the field of distributed ledger technologies, taking on his new position. The cooperation of T-Labs and CODE will be even stronger and is another element of our growing academic partner network which drives impactful innovation for Deutsche Telekom,” adds Riccardo Pascotto, Head of Infrastructure & University Cooperation at T-Labs.

This cooperation is an additional step towards defining and driving further the “Academia-as-a Service” initiative of T-Labs, which aims to generate a stable flow of knowledge exchanges between academic partners and various departments of Deutsche Telekom. The main focus is on one side focused on constant and sustained exploration of new technologies and secondly, on acquiring and involving young talents in projects of Deutsche Telekom.

The initiative is driven by T-Labs’ Blockchain Group, established in June 2017. The Blockchain Group drives and coordinates all the blockchain initiatives carried out in Deutsche Telekom and works to research and develop solutions, dedicated both for internal Deutsche Telekom system‘s optimization and for business customers from various industries.

This partnership with CODE adds on to academic cooperations concluded over time by T-Labs with prestigious partners from Germany and internationally.

About Code
CODE is a state-accredited private University of Applied Sciences in Berlin that offers three Bachelor’s Degree programs: Software Engineering, Interaction Design and Product Management. As an international and inclusive learning environment, CODE aims to attract digital pioneers from all over the world and empower them to live up to their full potential. CODE stimulates transformative innovation by fostering creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and curiosity-driven learning in a community setting. Personal development is an essential part of CODE’s educational approach. Through the Science, Technology & Society department, the digital pioneers of tomorrow are equipped with the tools they need to perform to their highest potential. Developing interpersonal skills allows CODE students to bring not just technical know-how and social awareness to their work, but also thoughtful self-expression, mindful team interactions, and professional behaviors. 

About Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs) 
Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs) is located in Berlin, the heart of modern, digital, innovative Germany. T-Labs sits amongst a world-class host of universities, startups, investors, research institutes and corporate innovation hubs. Here, at T-Labs, the passion for innovation and technology drives 300+ international experts and scientists to work together on blockchain technology, smart city concepts, artificial intelligence methods and new media experiences. 
In close cooperation with it‘s academic partners from Germany - Technische Universität Berlin & Berlin University of the Arts and with international academic partners from  Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Be’er Sheva (Israel), Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest (Hungary) and Technische Universität Wien (Austria), T-Labs shapes the future of communications services.
Website: laboratories.telekom.com/
Twitter: @T_Labs
LinkedIn: Telekom Innovation Laboratories
Instagram: www.instagram.com/telekominnovationlaboratories 

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