Example Use Cases


Early alerts for emergencies

Usage of AI natural language processing and data from social media, blogs and other sources to early recognise conflicts and other man-made disasters leading to the need of humanitarian assistance.

Automated landscape change detection via VHR satellite image analysis

Detect change in objects, patterns and phenomena between time steps. For example, increase or decrease in structures and/or land cover change from week to week to date population movements.

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Supply chain optimization

Several aspects of the supply chain can be optimized using AI, like the demand and supply forecasting, distribution route optimization, smart warehouses management, optimization of existing WFP and external resources usage, based on availability and prices, smart selection of the suppliers and assessment of their reliability.

Plant vigilance

Use satellite and/or drone imagery recognition for crop stress and diseases detection, prediction of harvest for insurances and loans as well as for early predictions of droughts and potential famines.

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Map and predict population movement

Food insecurity has direct link with the migration across borders. Several mapping attempts has been done in the past mainly using statistical analysis of the Call Record Data. Usage of AI and alternative data sources (e.g. anonymized aggregated google search data, google map timeline) can provide more accurate and timely information of potential large population movements.

Chatbot to communicate with beneficiaries

It is in the immediate aftermath of an emergency that information needs are the most critical. A chatbot allows 2-way communication with affected populations over no-predefined time length and the ability to ask new questions on the fly. The experience to date suggests that chat apps are not only a convenient, quick and cheap method that augments WFP’s capacities to monitor food security, but have the fundamental ability to transform it.

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Recommendation system for farmers

Build a robot agronomist that is capable of estimating the needs of farmers based on their demographics, predicting the demand and prices on the market for farmers produce in the next season and recommending a package of the products available to farms including loans, inputs, post harvest losses management tools, insurance that would maximize their ROI.

Our TMS Partner

World Food Programme (WFP) Innovation Accelerator

Assisting 80 million people in around 80 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

The WFP Innovation Accelerator identifies, nurtures and scales bold solutions to hunger globally. We support WFP innovators and external start-ups and companies through financial support, access to a network of experts and a global field reach.

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We provide you with cutting-edge AI hardware from our technology partners even before it is on the market


The TUM faculties of architecture, electrical engineering and information technology, computer science, civil and environmental engineering, resource/energie-efficient and sustainable building, mechanical engineering, economics and sports are organizing a practice-oriented, interdisciplinary and competitive teaching format in cooperation with the Unternehmertum [x] : Think.Make.Start.

Do you want to “hack” the latest technologies and develop new unique products to solve relevant problems? Think.Make.Start. is a course that offers you the necessary infrastructure, appropriate support and like-minded students to implement YOUR idea in an interdisciplinary team! Together with other motivated master students, you will develop innovative products in just 10 days. Students of ALL faculties can participate. 

THINK. In the first days you will get together in interdisciplinary teams from various disciplines, which will be supervised by experienced mentors. You identify problems, try to verify them through interviews or data and develop first solutions. Experts from industry and science support you with the necessary knowledge. In short input sessions you will learn agile approaches and methodological basics for the successful development of mechatronic products before they are applied in a team to the current phase of the development process. 

MAKE. The focus of the internship is the iterative realization of ideas in the form of various prototypes. The iterative prototype approach is supported by broad expertise with numerous technologies and the mechatronic development approach TAF Agile Framework . You will also have access to fully equipped workshops (main campus: Technical Centre + Digital Design Lab, Garching: MakerSpace +[x]Bio.Kitchen).

START. Finally, you will learn basic aspects of business design to develop and present a suitable business concept for the product idea. On the last day, the DemoDay, all teams present their projects to a jury and present the prototypically implemented product ideas to guests from industry, the start-up scene and university.

How you will benefit

  • Surround yourself with TUM‘s best makers, designers, hackers and innovators from all faculties and work in interdisziplinary teams
  • Become experienced in hard- and software prototyping, agile ways of working, design thinking and lean start-up by attending workshops, mentoring, and expert consultations
  • Find your startup co-founders and build your first product or service based on your own ideas
  • Get free access to an extensive tech-library with sensors, microcontrollers, actuators, AR/VR glasses, drones, and latest TU research technologies, e.g. Roboy, eDVS cameras
  • Get free access to state-of-the-art prototyping facilities:


  • Get an official Think.Make.Start. Certificate
  • Receive up to 6 ECTS depending on your studies:
    • Architecture: Freies Wahlfach im TUM-Wahlkatalog
    • Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering: Freies Wahlfach/Cross-Cutting Methods
    • Resource-/Energy-efficient and Sustainable Building: Vertiefung Nachhaltigkeit in Architektur, Stadt und Landschaft
    • Computer Science: Überfachliche Grundlagen
    • Electrical Engineering: Außerfachliche Ergänzung
    • Mechanical Engineering: Hochschulpraktikum
    • Politics: Cognate Areas
    • School of Management: Wahlfach/Teil des Moduls Global Entrepreneurship
    • Sport and Health Sciences: Complementary Subject or Soft Skill
    • Others: We are in the process of integrating TMS into all curricula at TUM. So don’t worry, just apply! We are on it!

Upcoming Think.Make.Start.

03 APR – 17 APR 2019 @GarchingForschungszentrum

11 SEP – 24 SEP 2019 @GarchingForschungszentrum

…more dates and locations coming



“The best lecture you can choose at TUM. The combination of profound university knowledge, entrepreneurship, and immediate access to a huge high-tech workshop enables manifold possibilities. I encourage every student to participate in this lab course.”

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Success Stories

Richard Haymerle, Hagen Schmidtchen, Britta Waldbauer, Lucas Weidner, Sarah Zahran-Aufseß of Open up!

Key sharing is often needed but only possible with a lot of effort. Especially in cases when you want to share the access to your apartment with other people, a key sharing device is needed. The start-up delivers a box where keys can be put in and which can be opened and closed via app. The box-owner is able to give different people individual access to the box as well as to remove their access ability.

The 14 days were very intensive, but we have made considerable progress. There were always many experts around who supported us and helped us move forward – as student one isn’t accustomed to that much support.”

Nico Bentenrieder, Johannes Gloßner, Marlene Ott, Michael Simet, Lucas Spreiter of Solemove

Tumbling and falling is a common problem among the elderly. Many affected persons are even scared of going out alone. The start-up’s mission is to provide these people with a constant feeling of safety again. Their smart inlay sole detects human falling and thereupon sends an emergency alert to arrange for immediate help. The device is invisible, can be put into any shoe and offers maximum convenience thanks to an integrated wireless charging system.

 Our team members found each other 2015 during THINK.MAKE.START. and since then we keep on spending our spare time to let our device become reality.


Felix Harteneck, Jakob Sturm, Clemens Techmer von ParkHere

Parking traffic makes up 30 to 40 percent of the overall traffic in inner-cities, pollutes the air and increases noise load. Based on the latest research ParkHere offers innovative hardware solutions for smart parking. The start-up devoloped the world’s first self-powering sensor system for smart parking solutions. Their sensor-based real-time data about free parking places does not only save the urban environment, but also the nerves of car drivers and inhabitants.

 THINK.MAKE.START. has taken us from the idea to the first prototype. Because we had so much fun we just continued with the make-a-thon for nine months. At present, we have a solid financing, over ten student employees, numerous renowned pilot clients and won several awards.


David Austing, Stephan Förtsch, Raphael Haase of HEAVN

Research shows that due to false lighting inside enclosed spaces many people cannot reach their fullest potential. People are at their most productive when they get enough sunlight. The start-up HEAVN imitates the spectrum of sunlight dynamically in the course of the day. It offers the first full spectrum desk lamp that brings daylight into offices. The lamp is specifically tailored to productivity increase and health as well as to the demands of a modern office environment.

 In the course of THINK.MAKE.START. we had the opportunity to realize our idea through to a first prototype within a very short period of time. This was a very important step in our product development and helped us not only with our application for the EXIST grant.

About The Zeidler Mint Maker Scholarship Programme

Every year the Zeidler MINT Maker Scholarship Programme enables 300 selected students of the Technical University of Munich to access the high-tech workshop UnternehmerTUM MakerSpace . In practical and project-based modules of selected teaching programmes and on freely-based projects the students can apply and deepen their academic knowledge. Using industrial machinery and tools and the latest software, the scholarship holders work on their own projects and products. In this way the students themselves become design-aware and creative and discover their own abilities and interests. 

More information about the Zeidler MINT Maker Scholarship Programme: www.unternehmertum.de/mint-maker-scholarship.html

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