2020 has been an incredibly turbulent year for everyone. For various scientific disciplines, it has also been a very challenging but also inspiring year in many respects. Apart from the obvious medical challenges, work research was also put to the test: How can work structures be modernized and efficiently and appealingly moved out of crisis mode and into the 21st century? It's a question FutureWork360 has been tackling since mid-2019, and one that has been further inspired by the year that is now almost over. We would now like to briefly look back at some project milestones and also take the opportunity to thank some important players.
In March of this year, we successfully launched the virtual lab tour, which now enables interested parties worldwide to experience Industry 4.0 in our Future Work Lab - completely independent of location and time. Through two successful web sessions in the summer, we were able to explain the benefits of the project to participants and at the same time get their feedback on aspects we need to improve or embark on. This also allowed us to expand the lab tour and next year we will be able to present more exhibits on the future of work to you virtually.
In addition, we were given a platform at various events to present our project and our findings to a broad audience. For example, in our own session and a live Q&A at the first virtual edition of the re:publica or at web sessions at the Digital Festival and the Industry Days. In December, we ended the year with a keynote speech at visitBerlin, where we presented our approach to the crisis to the event industry.
We look back on an exciting and successful year full of opportunities. Our special thanks go to all participants of our web sessions, the people interested in our project and our lab tour, those who offered us their platform as well as the scientists who presented their exhibits in elaborate short videos. Special thanks also go to the company Hemminger Ingenieurbüro GmbH und Co. KG, which provided the technological basis and created the digital twins of the laboratory environments with its 360° laser scanner. In addition, the implementation would not have been possible without the Munich-based startup Baro Pfannenstein GmbH, which programmed the interface of the virtual lab tour, incorporated the content and designed an editorial front end.
We always focus on the future and therefore we cannot help but face the next year with confidence. We look forward to seeing old and new faces and wish all interested parties, project partners and participants of all kinds good health, happy holidays and a happy new year.