The Spanish company of the ITQ Group has outgrown its infancy. Founded in 2016, Dr. Stetter ITQ S.L.U. celebrated its 5th anniversary on Gran Canaria on September 28, 2021. On the occasion of this anniversary, the Dr. Stetter ITQ website now shines in new splendour. The relaunch at convinces with its modern audio-visual presentation and provides visitors with all information about Dr. Stetter ITQ and the core topic of Sustainability in Digital Transformation briefly. Thanks to the optimized menu design, the diverse projects for the implementation of the vision of a SMART GREEN ISLAND, such as the SMART GREEN ISLAND MAKEATHON, the Solar Golf Car, the Bamboo Solar Car or PlastiX, are presented in a user-friendly way.

Dr. Stetter ITQ S.L.U. as a nearshore partner in software and systems engineering projects acts as an extension for customer projects of the German ITQ GmbH. Through this intelligent combination of technical expertise plus highly motivated specialists from abroad, Software Development Projects can be realized professionally, easily scalable, and cost-efficient. In the past five years, the company in Las Palmas has grown from originally two to today around 27 national and international software and systems engineers, consultants, and students. Despite the Covid19 pandemic, the start-up has developed into a versatile and competent digitalization partner, with annual revenue growth of around 130 percent.

Impressions of Dr. Stetter ITQ S.L.U. Education 4.0 Projects 

The company’s success is also due to its training activities, following the so-called Education 4.0 approach. Dr. Stetter ITQ supports young students and gives them the opportunity to work on sustainable projects and technological innovations around the topics of Smart Farming, Smart Mobility und Smart Home on Gran Canaria. More than 40 students were able to develop and implement first concepts and prototypes, e.g., for a Solar Golf Car or a Bamboo Solar Car, which use solar energy, as well as PlastiX, a project to avoid plastic pollution. With the international SMART GREEN ISLAND MAKEATHON, which took place for the fifth time in 2020, ITQ GmbH and Dr. Stetter ITQ were able to gather more than 1,000 participants from over 30 countries and 100 universities and companies to work on innovative Smart and Green Technologies.

Lars Bornecke is the Branch Manager of Dr. Stetter ITQ and has already successfully built up a large network with international companies and universities. “We work closely with local as well as many German and English universities for internships and seminars. For many students we are very interesting as an employer. At SMART GREEN ISLAND they can implement innovative and sustainable projects, under the Spanish sun!”, says Bornecke.

Companies such as Beckhoff, B&R and igus have been supporting the Education 4.0 approach of Dr. Stetter ITQ for several years with the latest technologies and expertise. The partners and sponsors can work with the young innovative minds on industry challenges and see for themselves the talent of the students during the projects. This creates a completely new type of Recruiting 4.0, in which new, sustainable business models emerge.

However, the Corona pandemic initially restricted the onsite activities of Dr. Stetter ITQ S.L.U. and thus numerous events had to be cancelled or carried out with a modified concept. Dr. Stetter ITQ S.L.U. used the months of the lockdown to develop new and innovative concepts. Together with the Rhein-Waal University of Applied Sciences and ITQ GmbH, a “Green Innovation Lab” is to be set up on the island. Here, Young Talents will be given their own location to work on their Smart Green Projects. The starting shot was fired in the summer of 2021 with the interdisciplinary student project “Future Technologies for Smart Green Islands” at Rhein-Waal University of Applied Sciences. Students develop first innovative and sustainable projects during a seminar, which are to be continued on Gran Canaria. “In order to advance our vision of a SMART GREEN ISLAND, we would like to offer our students a professional working environment on Gran Canaria. Therefore, we are currently looking for a suitable location on the island and are trying to apply for the appropriate funding,” says Lars Bornecke.

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