Event "How Stationary Commerce works today" at the IHK Aachen

At todays event, different companies presented digital systems that offer new possibilites for stationary commerce. For example the  "Media Showcase" of Käfer as a new way of interactive product presentation, beacons from Bekupi for informing clients via their own smartphones. Also the projects "Heimat shoppen" and "meinjü", a website that connects retailers of a local area, were presented. We also participated with a presentation and a showcase to demonstrate our concepts for the future commerce.

Final Event for Project "eBusiness-Lotse Aachen"

After three years of project work with 3,500 informative events, more than 150 fairs and many publications with 330,000 downloads the funding priority "eKompetenz-Netzwerk" is finished. In this initiative of Mittelstand Digital 38 centers were funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, their target was to support small and medium-sized enterprises by transferring knowledge while every center has a different focus of knowledge. At the final event at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin, all participants got together, among them also our consortium of eBusiness-Lotse Aachen.

Crash course Usability Engineering – Closing Event of KompUEterchen4KMU

The last three years passed by quickly and our research project  >KompUEterchen4KMU is almost finished. We cordially invite you to our event „Crash course Usability Engineering – Closing Event of KompUEterchen4KMU“ on the 23th of June, 2015 in Karlsruhe.

Not only results of the project will be presented, we will also offer a free workshop for Usability Engineering.

The amount of participant is restricted, please apply via email, fax or phone at:

Phone: 0241 18905-58
Fax: 0241 18905-55
E-Mail: kontakt(at)

Deadline for registering is the 16th of June 2015. Registering and participating is for free.

See flyer for more information

Mobikon Fair 2015

We will be visiting the Mobikon fair in Frankfurt from 11th to 12th May to represent our projects >MAC4U and >KompUEterchen4KMU. You will find the booth of the >eBusiness-Lotse Aachen right there:

eBusiness-Lotse Aachen, Stand DM57 eStep, Stand DM47

We are looking forward to your visit!

Hannover Fair 13th - 17th April

After the CeBIT the next fair follows immediately: The Industriemesse Hannover takes place from 13th to 17th of April. On the booth of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy you will be able to see interesting projects in the field of Industry 4.0, our project MAC4U among them!

We are looking forward for your visit in hall 2, booth C28.

In addition, we are happy to invite you to Professor Ritz' presentation "Handel der Zukunft" ("The future of commerce") on Tuesday, 14th of April, 1:45 pm.

> Booth information

m2c-lab on CeBIT fair 2015

Next week from 16th to 20th of March you will find us again on the CeBIT fair in Hannover. This time we will show how to individualize spectacles (temples) quick and easy and how to print them with a 3D printer. You will find us on the area of the Innovationsministerium NRW in hall 9, booth D24. We are looking forward to your visit!

> Information on the FH Aachen booth

> Reserve free tickets

IHK TV visiting m2c-lab

The different installations of the "Interactive Commerce Landscape" in the m2c-lab are attracting huge interest. Recently the film crew of the IHK Aachen visited to gather information for their article > Digitale Wirtschaft - realer Wohlstand.

Event "Interactive Commerce" 6th of February 2015

The m2c-lab is hosting the event "Interactive Commerce" on 6th of February 2015. We will show perspectives of stationary commerce by due tue the integration of digital devices and E-Commerce. 

How can digital devices and intelligent information logistics create new experiences for shopping customers? Which benefits can retailers expect? Results and visions will be shown by different presentations and a walk through our interactive commerce stations. The event is part of the project  MAC4U - Mass Customization for individualized product extensions and will be supported by the optician Thomas Heiliger, who will give an impression of his current business and visions regarding the commerce of the future from his perspective.

Location: Building H, FH Aachen, Eupener Straße 70, 52066 Aachen

Time: 15-18 pm

Please send your application until 30th of January 2015 to siekmann(at)

The participation at the event is free, but the amount of participants is restricted. 

More information can be found in the flyer:

Project MAC4U finished

Today our project MAC4U ended with a visit at the Euromold fair in Frankfurt together with our project partners from CAS Software AG and CP Center for Prototyping.

Euromold presentation

Usability for Mobile – From SmartPhone To SmartWatch

You have missed the online exhibition? No problem! The keynote by Professor Ritz on "Usability for Mobile – From SmartPhone To Smart Watch" [in German] can be watched on our > YouTube Channel.

Keynote – From SmartPhone To SmartWatch

New Creativity Methods

With our "3-3-5 Creativity Method" many ideas can be generated with little effort. Today, 3 of our employees we have developed 3 ideas for new mobility services in 5 minutes.

With the self-developed dice and combined creativity an organizational system was developed which organizes the bus route to the airport for travelers, automatically recalculates and changes tickets in case of driving and flight schedule deviations. Finally, it leads the pedestrian via live view assistant to the correct bus stops and terminals. 

Virtual Usability Fair

Have you ever attended an online fair? No? Then it's time!

Register now for free online exhibition " Einfach intuitiv – Usability für den Mittelstand" on 30th October 2014 at:

At the fair you can watch not only exciting lectures on usability (Professor Ritz is also presenting a keynote!), but you can also exchange with experts and other participants and get information material.

The fair is organized by the Bundesverband IT-Mittelstand e.V. in the context of our research project > KompUEterchen4KMU.

Final Presentation Multimedia Project 2014

Today, our 5 student groups presented their multimedia projects and transformed our floor in a retail landscape of the future.

MMP 2014 - Presentation
MMP 2014 - Presentation
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Multimedia Project 2014

The preparations for the presentation of the multimedia projects of the CMD students are in full swing! We are looking forward to the performances on Monday and wish all groups much success!

MMP 2014 - Preparations
MMP 2014 - Preparations
MMP 2014 - Preparations
MMP 2014 - Preparations

Delivery of the new Ultimaker!

Today the 3D printer for the multimedia project of our CMD Students was delivered. After successful installation we are doing first test prints. The Ultimaker will be part of an interactive showroom for individualizing spectacles which are 3D-printable.

m²c-lab at the ICE-B 2014 in Vienna

This week Thomas Ritz und Britta Fuchs participated at the > International Conference on e-Business from 28th to 30th of August and presented the paper  "Usability for Blended Shopping – Solving Major Flaws by Applying Usability Engineering and Proven Integration Technologies".

Prototyping Workshop in Karlsruhe

From the 2nd to 3rd of June we provided the second workshop for "Prototyping for interactive Systems" – in relation to our project > KompUEterchen4KMU. The participating software developers and designers were offered theoretical information as well as hands-on experiences. The workshop was focused on mobile applications and the specific conditions that have to be taken into consideration in contrast to the development of desktop applications. After the theory lessons, the participants worked on applying the information on prototyping- and design methods.

M-Days Fair 2014

After two days on the M-Days fair, we can speak of a successful performance. On the fair for mobile business visitors were informed about our projects > KompUEterchen4KMU and > eBusiness-Lotse Aachen and they could test our prototypic software for individualizing 3D-printable products as a result of our project  > MAC4U.

More information about the fair:

> Pressemitteilung FH Aachen 

> Pressemitteilung des BMWi

Touchable Usability – Workshop in Karlsruhe

On the 28th of April we offered a workshop for "Usability Engineering" in relation to our project > KompUEterchen4KMU.

On two days developers, designers and product managers met to extend their knowledge about Usability Engineering. Besides the theoretical input from Prof. Thomas Ritz about the importance of usability aspects and usability methods during the process of software development, the participants also performed own test sessions.

With examplaric scenarios the participants applied the learned methods, developed prototypes of an application and tested its usability. This way, theory was directly put into practice. Also, own experiences with usability issues during software development could be exchanged.

The m²c-lab attended the DDMC

This week Ramona Wallenborn and Kirsten Siekmann attended the > Direct Digital Manufacturing Conference in Berlin to present their scientific paper "Additive Manufacturing Businesses in the Process Chain of individualized Mass Products".

They presented research results from the project > MAC4U, in which a concept for the integration of service providers in the field of B2C additive manufacturing was acquired. In this context an automated process chain and an application for mass customization were developed.

m²c-lab auf der CeBIT 2014

This year the m²c-lab will again be on the > CeBIT fair in Hannover. This time presenting our project  > KompUEterchen4KMU together with our partner CAS Software AG. We are looking forward to informing you about the specific requirements regarding mobile software development and to provide a practical view on best practices.

Come visit us from 10th to 14th of März in hall 6, both C16!

Round Table – Multiplattform Development

An the 25th of february the second round table during the project > KompUEterchen4KMU took place. The topic was "Multiplatform Development for mobile Information Systems".

Same as on the first round table "Usability Engineering for mobile Development" in January, representatives of SMEs were given the opportunity to exchange information about the focus topic with the consortium of the KompUEterchen4KMU project.

Speakers were Prof. Ritz and Rafael Pisarczyk from the m²c-lab, who gave a view on strategic issues as well as practical approaches for developing multiplatform applications. In the following discussion past experiences regarding tools and strategies could be exchanged.

The event was hosted by CyberForum e.V. in Karlsruhe.

Round Table – Usability Engineering for mobile Software

On the 30th of January the first of eight workshops in relation to the > KompUEterchen4KMU project took place. It was part of the round table "Usability Engineering for mobile development" in Karlsruhe. 

Prof. Ritz gave a short introduction into the topic of usability for mobile software and the participants were invited to exchange their experiences made during their development work. Different possibilities to focus on context and user during the development process were discussed. Host of the after work event was the project partner CAS Software AG.

Multiplatform Development

A succesful event with many visitors: Our information event offered informative speeches, insight into theory and practical applicability as well as open discussions regarding the development of multiplatform applications. Aside the speakers Thomas Ritz and Rafael Pisarczyk of the m²c-lab, Tim Becker presented best practices of work examples from his agency WESTWERK. The event was connected to the initiative eBusiness-Lotse Aachen and was organized by the m²c-lab of the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences and the IHK Aachen.