Karlsruhe, Germany

Important areas of Design Science Research

High quality submissions in seven scientific themes

Diverse program

18 scientific sessions

DESRIST 2017 About

DESRIST 2017 - Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology

Theme: Designing the Digital Transformation
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany, May 30 - June 1, 2017

The rapid digital transformation of businesses and society creates new challenges and opportunities for Information Systems (IS) research with a strong focus on design. There has been a surge of interest in design science research in IS in the last few years, and we conclude that this is now a mature field. The goal of the design science research paradigm is to extend the boundaries of human and organizational capabilities by designing new and innovative constructs, models, methods, processes, and systems. Scholars having different backgrounds such as information systems, computer science, software engineering, energy informatics, and medical informatics are actively engaged in generating novel solutions to interesting design problems in IS.

With this year's theme, we hope to focus attention on design science research on digital transformation of businesses and society. In addition to a Best Paper Award, the conference will provide an award to the best paper addressing the conference theme.

Scientific Themes

DESRIST 2017 will feature seven selected scientific themes:



The DESRIST Proceedings will be published in LNCS - Lecture Notes in Computer Science (www.springer.com/lncs). Authors of selected papers will be invited to subsubmit revised and extended versions of their work for upcoming special issues and fast-tracked submissions in prestigious journals of our discipline:

  • AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction: fast track opportunity
  • Business & Information Systems Engineering: special issue
  • Electronic Markets: fast track opportunity
  • Information Systems and e-Business Management: fast track opportunity
  • Journal of the AIS: special issue

For further information, please contact the Proceedings Chair at submission@desrist2017.kit.edu.


An award will be allotted for the best regular Design Science Research Paper of the conference. In addition to a Best Paper Award, the conference will provide an award to the best paper addressing the conference theme.

Scientific Tracks Themes

DESRIST 2017 will feature seven selected themes in order to stimulate high quality submissions in important areas of IS research.

Business Process Management (BPM) efforts resulted in a plethora of approaches, methods and tools to support the design, analysis, improvement, enactment and management of operational business processes. The BPM discipline combines knowledge from information technology and management sciences and applies this to operational business processes. The ultimate goal of BPM is to embed the "process thinking" mindset within organizations. Design science research play a key role in BPM. To cope with the complexity of processes and to exploit the rapidly expanding opportunities provided by data science techniques, there is a need for innovative BPM approaches leading to novel constructs, models, methods, processes, and systems.


  1. Adaptive and context-aware process execution and process change management
  2. Process compliance and performance management
  3. Process architectures and value chains
  4. Business process intelligence and process mining
  5. Process and decision modeling
  6. Process maturity and innovation
  7. BPM systems and other process-aware information systems
  8. X-aware BPM (e.g. risk-aware, security-aware, cost-aware, green-aware)

Theme Chairs
Wil van der Aalst
TU Eindhoven, Netherlands
Jan Mendling
WU Vienna, Austria
Michael Rosemann
QUT Brisbane, Australia

The design, implementation, and evaluation of information systems requires a profound understanding of the physical, cognitive, and affective processes of users interacting with computerized artifacts. The interdisciplinary research area of Human-computer Interaction (HCI) is concerned with informing the design of computerized artifacts by establishing comprehensive theories of user behavior, exploring and testing models with rigorous research, providing validated evaluation methods and design guidelines, and designing and evaluating artifacts. This track aims to provide a platform for discussing the latest advances in HCI research and their implications.


  1. Affective processes in technology adoption
  2. Co-design and empathic design in HCI
  3. Designs for special needs
  4. Design of collaborative interfaces
  5. Gamification and serious games
  6. Human-centered design
  7. Innovative evaluation methods in HCI
  8. Intelligent and adaptive interfaces
  9. IS design for behavior change
  10. User experience engineering

Theme Chairs
Marc Adam
The University of Newcastle, Australia
René Riedl
University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria & Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Dov Te'eni
Tel-Aviv University, Israel

Data science and business analytics is an interdisciplinary field of methods, processes and systems used to support data-driven decision-making that adds significant value. For this track, we invite design science papers that propose novel constructs, models, methods, or instantiations based on principles in data mining, statistics, machine learning, network analysis, data management, conceptual modeling, and other computational or quantitative fields. We welcome papers examining a wide-range of contexts including healthcare, security, energy, marketing, supply-chain, technology, service, learning, transportation, fraud prevention, and the environment. Conceptual papers examining challenges and opportunities regarding the role of DSR for data science and business analytics are also welcome.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

  1. Novel IT artifacts for predictive, descriptive, or prescriptive analytics
  2. Novel IT artifacts to support data-driven decision-making
  3. Privacy-preserving IT artifacts
  4. Modeling formalisms to support Big Data analytics
  5. Integration artifacts for heterogeneous data sources in data science and business analytics
  6. Action design research in Big Data environments
  7. Analytics-driven business process automation
  8. Constructs and methods for evaluating the value of IT artifacts related to data science and business analytics
  9. Information systems design theories in data science and business analytics contexts
  10. Conceptual explorations regarding the role of DSR in data science and business analytics

Theme Chairs
Wolfgang Ketter
Erasmus University Rotterdam, Belgium
Sudha Ram
The University of Arizona, USA
Ahmed Abbasi
University of Virginia, USA

Design Science Research in Service Science focuses on developing theories and IT artifacts for value co-creation in service systems. Service systems are dynamic configurations of resources, including people, organizations, shared information, and technology, all connected internally and externally to other service systems by value propositions (Spohrer et al. 2007, Maglio et al. 2009).

The proliferation of IT into all areas of modern life has enabled companies and local administrations to offer new value propositions, while at the same time increasing the efficiency of their operations. However, despite substantial efforts within the field and large governmental funding initiatives, researchers and practitioners still suffer from a lack of robust (theory-based) knowledge for engineering and managing services, and to leverage Information Systems for service innovation. Whereas service, a concept that can be considered the foundation of all economic exchange (e.g. Vargo and Lusch, 2004), now challenges previously established concepts in the IS discipline, many IT artifacts still lack the maturity and applicability that is required to make a difference in the industrial application of service systems (Becker et al. 2011). New IT artifacts are particularly required for developing service architectures, designing interactions, and mobilizing resources in service systems (Böhmann, Leimeister and Möslein 2014).

We encourage researchers and practitioners to submit high quality papers that deal with designing and evaluating innovative constructs, models, methods, and software instantiations for service systems. Successful papers are expected to provide innovative concepts or IT artifacts that can be used for the design and/or management of service systems. Likewise, we look for insightful applications of IT artifacts in industrial practice.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  1. Smart Service Systems, based on Smart Products and Smart Data
  2. Service Innovation
  3. Service Systems Engineering
  4. Information Modeling of Service Systems
  5. Business Process Management in Service Systems and Service Networks
  6. Value Co-Creation and Customer Orientation in Service Systems
  7. Value Creation and Value Capturing Concepts for Service Systems
  8. Online Communities and Crowdsourcing in Service Systems
  9. Person-Oriented IT-Enriched Service Systems
  10. Design of Information Systems for Service Systems
  11. Digital Transformation of Service Systems
  12. Digital Customer Experience
  13. Smart Self-Service Technologies

Theme Chairs
Daniel Beverungen
University of Paderborn, Germany
Jan Marco Leimeister
University of St.Gallen, Switzerland
Jim Spohrer

First attempts of creating a methodical approach to DSR can be traced back to the early 1990s. Since then we have come a long way. A 2004 MISQ paper defined a set of principles for canonical design research and paved the path for evaluating DSR results and for publishing the results in journal. In the following years, a number of methods, processes and perspectives have been proposed for performing DSR as well as evaluating outputs. These include broad characterizations of the activity as well as details about the conduct of design science projects. They have included suggestions to combine DSR with action research, case studies, formative and summative evaluation and other traditional research method approaches. Although the methodological choices for DSR are not as varied as traditional research approaches, the scholarly community has proposed several methods for doing design research. We seek contributions that either:

  1. Develop the available methods further
  2. Report on applications of the methods in practice
  3. Refute current approaches or
  4. Propose extensions to these methods

Theme Chairs
Jan Pries-Heje
Roskilde Universitet, Denmark
Sandeep Purao
Bentley University, USA
Matti Rossi
Aalto University, Finland

Besides cross-domain topics that are in focus of information systems research (e.g., business process management, social media, big data etc.), specific domains (e.g. manufacturing industry, financial industry, healthcare, energy, tourism, retail, e-government etc.) often exhibit problems that are special to the respective domain. Consequently, common problem solving means are not sufficiently appropriate to address these problems as they require individually adjusted specifications. Thus, this theme of domain-specific DSR applications is aimed to present DSR-based solutions that provide a specific approach to a particular domain-specific problem by combining relevance and rigor. Here, all types of domain-specific DSR-outcomes, such as constructs, models, methods or algorithms, prototypes, as well as design theories are welcome to be submitted.


  1. Domain-specific (reference) models
  2. Domain-specific (software) systems
  3. Domain-specific methods/approaches
  4. Domain-specific process improvement
  5. Domain-specific socio-technical adjustments
  6. Evaluation of domain solutions
  7. Potentiality analyses of domains
  8. Opportunities, challenges & best practices in domain-specific DSR
  9. Domain-specific comparisons of classical and DSR approaches to a problem
  10. Specific DSR guidelines for particular domains
  11. Domain-specific DSR dissemination & teaching
  12. Domain-specific compliance management
  13. Domain-specific governance strategies
  14. Change management in different domains
  15. Design theorizing in specific domains

Theme Chairs
Jörg Becker
University of Münster, Germany
Samir Chatterjee
Claremont Graduate University, USA
Brian Donnellan
Maynooth University, Ireland

This theme is concerned with new directions for Design Science Research, whether emerging in practice, suggestions for possibilities, or normative recommendations. What are the key trends emerging from the practice of DSR? What areas of application are emerging for DSR (that are not covered in other themes)? What new application domains should DSR research and why? How is the field or paradigm of Design Science Research progressing? What is its use and uptake in other disciplines? In what new ways can Design Science Research be understood? How can DSR be improved?


  1. New areas of application of DSR
  2. New conceptualisations of DSR
  3. New standards and recommended practices for DSR
  4. Critical perspectives on DSR
  5. Adoption and application of DSR in other disciplines
  6. Lessons for DSR in IS from other disciplines
  7. Teaching and supervising DSR
  8. Knowledge accumulation in DSR
  9. Ethical conduct of DSR
  10. Analysis of trends in DSR literature
Other kinds of new ideas we haven't even thought of here!

Theme Chairs
Robert Winter
University of St.Gallen, Switzerland
John Venable
Curtin University, Australia
Monica Chiarini Tremblay
Florida International University, USA

The Conference Committee

General Chairs

Jeffrey Parsons

Memorial University of Newfoundland

John Venable

Curtin University, Australia

Tuure Tuunanen

University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Program Chairs

Alexander Maedche

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

Jan vom Brocke

University of Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein

Alan Hevner

University of South Florida, USA
Doctoral Consortium Chairs

Shirley Gregor

Australian National University, Australia

Gerd Schwabe

University of Zürich, Switzerland

Stefan Seidel

University of Liechtenstein, Liechtenstein
Industry Chairs

Helmut Krcmar

Technical University of Munich, Germany

Norbert Koppenhagen

SAP SE, Germany

Gerhard Satzger

IBM and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Product & Prototypes Chairs

Peter Loos

Saarland University, Germany

Oliver Müller

IT University Copenhagen, Denmark

Jason Thatcher

Clemson University, USA
Local Arrangements Chairs

Silvia Schacht

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

Peter Hottum

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
Proceedings Chair

Stefan Morana

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

Latest Impressions

The picture gallery of the three conference days is available here

Best Paper Awards

Here are the nominees and winner of this year's best paper awards.

Vinton G. Cerf Award for the Best PhD Student Research-in-Progress Paper
  • "An Assistance System for Business Information Visualization" by Michael Schelkle *** winner ****
  • "If You Want Your Research Done Right, Do You Have to Do It All Yourself? Developing Design Principles for Systematic Literature Search Systems" by Benjamin Sturm and Ali Sunyaev
  • "Paradoxes in Design Principle Formulation and Reuse" by Leona Chandra Kruse and Stefan Seidel

Best Research-in-Progress Paper in Design Science Research
  • "Evaluating a Mobile Crisis Response System for the Management of Disaster Volunteers" by Florian Sobiegalla, Oliver Posegga and Kai Fischbach *** winner ****
  • "Paradoxes in Design Principle Formulation and Reuse" by Leona Chandra Kruse and Stefan Seidel
  • "stressOUT: Design, Implementation and Evaluation of a Mouse-based Stress Management Service" by Tobias Kowatsch, Fabian Wahle and Andreas Filler

Best Products & Prototypes Award in Design Science Research
  • "brAInstorm: Intelligent Assistance in Group Idea Generation" by Timo Strohmann, Dominik Siemon and Susanne Robra-Bissantz
  • "Designing a Crowd Forecasting Tool to combine Prediction Markets and Real-time Delphi" by Simon Kloker, Tim Straub and Christof Weinhardt
  • "Designing Live Biofeedback for Groups to Support Emotion Management in Digital Collaboration" by Michael Knierim, Dominik Jung, Verena Dorner and Christof Weinhardt *** winner ****

Herbert A. Simon Award for the Best Design Research Paper
  • "Analysis and Design of an mHealth artefact for Community-Based Health Education: An Empirical Evidence of Coronary Heart Disease Prevention Program among Working Adults" by Hoang D. Nguyen, Danny Chiang Choon Poo, Hui Zhang and Wenru Wang *** winner ****
  • "Empathic Avatars in Stroke Rehabilitation: A Co-designed mHealth Artifact for Stroke Survivors" by Hussain M. Aljaroodi, Marc T. P. Adam, Raymond Chiong, David J. Cornforth and Mario Minichiello"
  • "User Evaluation of Hand Gestures for Designing an Intelligent In-vehicle Interface" by Hessam Jahani, Hasan J. Alyamani, Manolya Kavakli, Arindam Dey and Mark Billinghurst

The Guidelines Presentation

All accepted papers will be presented during the conference by at least one of their authors.

Presentation Schedule

The final presentation schedule is available here

Please find the list of all accpeted full research, research-in-progress, and product & prototype paper here: DESRIST2017-Papers.pdf

Presentation Guidelines

There will be a laptop with the latest versions of Microsoft PowerPoint and Adobe Reader available for each session that should be used for the presentation. Because of technical restrictions, there might not be the possibility to use your own equipment for the presentation.

Please see the specific presentation formats and requirements for each type of paper in the following:

Full Research & Research in Progress Paper

In each parallel paper session three papers will be presented. Each paper (full research paper as well as research in progress paper) will be given a 30 minutes slot for presentation and discussion. We suggest to plan for 20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes for the discussion.

Please bring your presentation in a .PPT, .PPTX, or .PDF format 15 minutes before the session starts to your session chair!

Products & Prototypes Paper

The presentation of the product & prototype paper compromises two activities:

  • A 2 minutes elevator pitch in front of the DESRIST audience with a 1-slide PowerPoint
  • Prototype demonstration, e.g. on your laptop, and a poster.

We ask all authors of a products & prototype paper to prepare and send the following items to submission@desrist2017.kit.edu until May 15th, 2017:

  • A 1-slide PowerPoint summarizing your paper (incl. title and author names)
  • A DIN A0 Poster addressing your research (using the provided PowerPoint template)

We will print the posters in Karlsruhe and set up a desk with power support for your laptop. There will be a free conference WiFi available.

In case of any question relating to the presentation, please contact the Proceedings Chair at submission@desrist2017.kit.edu.

The Time Schedule

A more detailed time schedule (with the final presentation schedule) is available here.
The DESRIST 2017 brochure is available here.

In case of any question relating the conference schedule, please contact the organizing team at info@desrist2017.kit.edu.

All details about the DESRIST, such as the Doctoral Consortium and the Welcome Reception (May 30th) as well as the conference (May 31st and June 1st):

  • 09.00 a.m.
    Karlsruhe Palace

    DC: Arrival

  • 09.15 - 9.30 a.m.
    Karlsruhe Palace

    DC: Welcome

  • 09.30 - 10.00 a.m.
    Karlsruhe Palace

    DC: Pitches

  • 10.00 - 11.00 a.m.
    Karlsruhe Palace

    DC: Session I

  • 11.00 - 11.15 a.m.
    Karlsruhe Palace

    DC: Coffee Break

  • 11.15 - 12.15 p.m.
    Karlsruhe Palace

    DC: Session II

  • 12.15 - 01.15 p.m.
    Karlsruhe Palace

    DC: Lunch

  • 01.15 - 02.15 p.m.
    Karlsruhe Palace

    DC: Session III

  • 02.15 - 02.45 p.m.
    Karlsruhe Palace

    DC: Coffee Break

  • 02.45 - 03.30 p.m.
    Karlsruhe Palace

    DC: Panel: How to succeed as a DSR scholar in IS

  • 03.45 - 04.15 p.m.
    Karlsruhe Palace

    DC: Closure

  • 06.00 p.m.
    Karlsruhe Palace

    DESRIST Welcome Reception and BBQ

  • starting 08.00 a.m.
    ZKM | Main Hall


  • 09.00 - 09.30 a.m.
    ZKM | Theater

    Welcome and Opening

    Alexander Mädche, Jan vom Brocke, and Alan Hevner, DESRIST 2017 Program Chairs
    Thomas Hirth, Vice President for Innovation & International Affairs
    David Hermanns, Managing Director Cyberforum e.V. and Digital Innovation Center (DIZ)

  • 09.30 - 10.15 a.m.
    ZKM | Theater

    Keynote: Designing Bold Outcomes For a Digital World

    Phil Gilbert, General Manager for Design at IBM will share some insights into the strategy for and transformation of product and service design at IBM.

  • 10.30 - noon
    ZKM | Workshop Rooms

    Parallel Paper Session I

  • noon - 01.00 p.m.
    ZKM | Main Hall

    Lunch Break

  • 01.15 - 02.45 p.m.
    ZKM | Workshop Rooms

    Prototypes (incl. 30 min Pitch)

  • 02.15 - 02.45 p.m.
    ZKM | Room DESRIST 2

    Business Meeting

  • 02.45 - 03.15 p.m.
    ZKM | Main Hall

    Coffee Break

  • 03.15 - 04.45 p.m.
    ZKM | Workshop Rooms

    Parallel Paper Session II

  • 04.45 p.m.
    ZKM | Theater

    Conference Day 1 Closing

  • 05.00 - 06.00 p.m.
    ZKM | Museum of Culture and Arts

    Visit at the Museum of Culture and Arts

  • 07.00 - 11.00 p.m.
    ZKM | Main Hall & Theater

    Conference Dinner & Awards session

    Conference Dinner, Award Session, and a Live Concert
    with the Rock 'n' Roll band "The Reindeers"

  • starting 08.30 a.m.
    ZKM | Main Hall


  • 09.00 - 10.30 a.m.
    ZKM | Workshop Rooms

    Parallel Paper Session III

  • 10.30 - 11.00 a.m.
    ZKM | Main Hall

    Coffee Break

  • 11.00 - 12.30 p.m.
    ZKM | Workshop Rooms

    Parallel Paper Session IV

  • 12.30 - 02.00 p.m.
    ZKM | Main Hall

    Lunch Break

  • 02.00 - 03.30 p.m.
    ZKM | Workshop Rooms

    Parallel Paper Session V

  • 03.30 - 04.00 p.m.
    ZKM | Main Hall

    Coffee / Refreshment Break

  • 05.00 - 05.30 p.m.
    ZKM | Workshop Rooms

    Parallel Paper Session VI

  • 05.30 - 06.00 p.m.
    ZKM | Theater

    Conference Closing

  • 07.00 p.m.
    Karlsruhe Palace

    Networking event at the "Schloss Cafe" in the Karlsruhe Palace

    Your are invited to connect with participants and digital service experts of the succeeding Karlsruhe Service Summit.

The Keynote Speaker

Get insights into the strategy for and transformation of product and service design at IBM.

Phil Gilbert

General Manager for Design, IBM

Designing Bold Outcomes For a Digital World

Phil Gilbert is the General Manager for Design at IBM.

Since 2012, Phil has led the reinvigorated IBM design program, spearheading a broader transformation of how the company's teams understand and solve complex problems. The program is based on two principles: adding formally-trained designers into IBM at an unprecedented scale, and reskilling its global workforce in design thinking and agile practices. Through 2016, more than 1,200 professional designers have been added, and more than 50,000 other IBMers have been certified in design thinking practices. The program was most deeply captured in this New York Times article.

Phil is in demand around the world as an acknowledged expert and thought leader on topics of portfolio and software design, design governance, strategy and culture.

He graduated as a Pe-et (top ten) senior from the University of Oklahoma in 1978 and lives in Austin, Texas.

Conference Proceedings

This year's conference papers are published in two proceedings. The full research paper as well as the product and prototype paper are published in the Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) proceedings. Research in progress paper are published in the KIT Scientific Working Papers (SWP) series. Both proceedings are available online:

LNCS proceedings

SWP proceedings

DESRIST 2017 Doctoral Consortium

The DC takes place at the Karlsruhe Palace at May 30, 2017.
Participants are invited PhD students and the session chairs.

Travel and Accommodations

There are several options to travel to Karlsruhe...

By plane

Reaching Karlsruhe by plane is easiest from Frankfurt International Airport. Other airports near Karlsruhe are Stuttgart Airport or Baden-Airpark.

Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt International Airport has its own long-distance train station from where ICE trains to Karlsruhe leave approx. every hour. The journey takes about an hour and travel expenses are around € 35. Frankfurt International Airport train station is well posted within the airport and is connected with Terminal 1. Normally customs clearance, immigration and baggage claim takes some time, so don't plan to take a train in less than 45 minutes after landing.

Stuttgart Airport

The airport does not have a train station, so it is necessary to go to Stuttgart main station by local train or subway (for other options see the homepage of Stuttgart Airport). From Stuttgart main station there are different trains which leave approximately every hour during the day. Depending on the connection the trips to Karlsruhe take between 45 minutes and 90 minutes and cost between € 16 and € 20.


Baden Airpark is close to Karlsruhe, but not well connected, since there is no public transportation available to Karlsruhe. By car the trip will take around 30min. For other options, see the homepage of Baden-Airpark.

By train

From Frankfurt: The ICE connects Frankfurt and Karlsruhe at least every hour. Changing trains in Mannheim might be necessary.
From Stuttgart: There is an hourly IC/EC fast train service to Karlsruhe.
You can get all the necessary information from the Deutsche Bahn website.

By car

Take motorway A8 or A5 to Karlsruhe and leave the A5 at the exit 48 (Karlsruhe-Süd). Continue along B 3 / L 605 / Brauerstraße towards the ZKM. There are public parking facilities in the basement of the ZKM building (destination for navigation systems: "Brauerstraße 40, 76135 Karlsruhe").

Mobility in Karlsruhe

We recommend to walk short distances within Karlsruhe or to take public transport and public bicycles. The ZKM as the main location of the DESRIST conference has good tram connections (line 2 - with a direct connection to Karlsruhe main station and KIT Campus South and as well as line 5 - with a direct connection to KIT Campus South).

The next tram stations to the event locations are:

  • Line 2 "ZKM" and line 5 "Lessingstraße" - for the ZKM (DESRIST conference).
  • Line 2 and line 5 "Kronenplatz/Fritz-Erler-Straße" - for KIT Campus South and the Karlsruhe Palace (Doctoral Consortium - walking distance from tram station is about 750m).
  • Line 2 "Hauptbahnhof" (main station) and line 5 "Konzerthaus" - for Karlsruhe Zoo (Social Event on Thursday - walking distance from tram station is about 800m).

Recommended Accommodations

There are several hotels located in the Karlsruhe inner city with short distances to the event locations. For your pleasant stay, we recommend the following hotels (for your flexibility, we did not arranged a defined contingent of rooms in one hotel, but you can ask for a special KIT rate in each of the hotels):

Things to do in Karlsruhe

Karlsruhe is known as the "Fächerstadt" ("fan city") as it's inner city was structured as 32 streets radiating out from the center like the spokes of a wheel, or the ribs of a folding fan with the Karlsruhe palace right at the center of it. Here are some of our recommendations:

Culture & Shopping

  • Visit the Karlsruhe palace by night
    Check out the palace by night with its famous light shows (check the schedule online). Join the locals around the castle and enjoy a beer in the park (it's legal to drink outside in Germany and very common during summer).
  • Karlsruhe Zoo
    The "Zoologischer Stadtgarten" of Karlsruhe offers a great variety of animal species from all over the world. Explore the Karlsruhe Zoo and enjoy the combination of beautiful plants and of domestic as well as non-native, exotic animals.
  • Kaiserstraße (shopping street)
    The main shopping boulevard in the Karlsruhe city center is called Kaiserstraße. You can find numerous retail outlets, shops, cafes and snack bars. Likewise, if you are searching for souvenirs you will most likely succeed here. Moreover, the shopping centers "Ettlinger Tor", and the "Postgalerie" at Europaplatz, offer a lot of stores, food and coffee places in the center of Karlsruhe.
  • Further cultural activities
    For all culturally interested, Karlsruhe will not disappoint you. If you are into arts, the "Badische Staatstheater" and "Staatliche Kunsthalle" offer great presentations of theatre, music, and arts. Moreover, the ZKM (Zentrum für Kunst und Medien - center for art and media), where the DESRIST itself takes place, is worth a visit for dipping into digital arts (please note, your confernce badge gives you complementary access to the ZKM during the conference). The "Badische Landesmuseum" is the biggest historico-cultural center of Baden-Württemberg. And for those who are interested in nature studies, you can find exciting collections and research activity results in the "Karlsruhe Naturkundemuseum" ("State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe").

Food, Drinks & Bars

  • Kofferraum (see on TripAdvisor)
    Hirschstraße 17
    Great cocktails, laid-back atmosphere. Usually very busy. In the center of Karlsruhe.
  • Vogelbräu (see on TripAdvisor)
    Kapellenstraße 50
    Located not too far from KIT South Campus, this place offers homemade beers and traditional German dishes.
  • Santos Cocktailbar (see website)
    Karlstraße 69
    A stone's throw from the ZKM, this hotel-turnedcocktailbar at night offers a wide range of decent cocktails.
  • Stövchen (see on TripAdvisor)
    Waldstraße 54
    Known for its relaxed atmosphere and studentfriendly prices, this place offers some great local beers and wines. Especially nice in summer when the outside area is open.
  • Badisch Brauhaus (see on TripAdvisor)
    Stephanienstraße 38-40
    This place, like Vogelbräu, serves homemade beer and traditional German food. However, expect it to be a bit more crowded. Close to the center of Karlsruhe.
  • P10 (see on TripAdvisor)
    Zähringerstraße 69
    During summer, the roof of a parking garage is turned into a beach here. Nice atmosphere to relax and enjoy the sunset. Close to the palace.

Day Trips

  • Straßbourg
    Straßbourg in Alsace is located in France and really close to the German border. You can reach it very easily by train or car within around one hour from Karlsruhe. The beautiful city offers a lot of opportunities for sightseeing, shopping and other activities (like boat trips or gallery visits). In one of the various restaurants you should definitely enjoy a Flammkuchen ("Tarte flambé"), a specialty of Alsace.
  • Palatinate
    In case you are passionate about good wine, you should visit the Palatinate (German Pfalz). With its German Wine Route the region of Palatinate offers loads of opportunities to enjoy beautiful landscape and taste great local wine. Famous cities on the Wine Route are for example Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Bad Dürkheim, or Speyer am Rhein.
  • Baden-Baden
    Baden-Baden, located along the border of the Black Forest, is known as one of Germanyâ€ôs spa towns and only 40 km away from Karlsruhe. Moreover, Baden-Baden is famous for its casino and its beautiful landscape offers a good opportunity to do hiking or other activities outside.
  • Heidelberg
    Heidelberg is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Germany. It is located at the heart of the "Rhine-Neckar Triangle". In case you do a trip to Heidelberg, be sure to visit the famous castle and take a stroll through the lovely "Altstadt" ("old town") or along the Necker riverside.
  • Black Forest
    The cities, mountains and lakes of Germany's famous Black Forest are only within a stoneâ€ôs throw of Karlsruhe. For those of you who like hiking, you might want to plan a trip to the mountain Kandel (1.241 meters high) close to Waldkirch which lies in the Central Black Forest region. The Schluchsee, a reservoir lake in the district of Breisgau-Hochschwarzwald is the largest lake in the Black Forest and also worth a visit for all nature lovers.

Event Locations

DESRIST 2017 takes place at really inspiring places - right in the heart of Germany's secret IT capital.

Information Archive

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The Karlsruhe Service Summit

The DESRIST 2017 is closely connected to the 6th Karlsruhe Service Summit. More than 140 service experts from practice and academia meet, connect and collaborate at June 2, 2017. More information are available at the Karlsruhe Service Summit website: www.service-summit.org.

Event Sponsors

This event is sponsored by the digital innovation center DIZ (Digitales Innovationszentrum Karlsruhe). DIZ actively supports small and medium-size enterprises in Baden-Württemberg as well as regional politics to face the challenges of the digital age. It is funded and supported by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment and Housing of Baden-Württemberg.