The CBS Chazen Germany tour started off with a Segway/electric bike tour through Munich. The group made its way through the city center and maxvorstadt. During the tour they saw the Eisbach wave, various museums, TUM, and other landmarks. This was followed up by a three-course welcome dinner at Kafer Schanker.
On Sunday, the group woke up bright and early to rent some BMW performance cars and drive out to the Neuschwantein Castle about 2 hours outside Munich. After a guided tour through the castle, the students then headed out for a tour of the BMW Welt and Museum- a multi functional customer experience exhibition facility where customers can experience the automaker’s various model lines and even take delivery of their cars. The students learned more about BMW’s history, the company’s focus on design and the driver, as well as the architecture of the Welt itself. The day was capped off by a visit to the Hofbrauhaus (Munich’s oldest beer hall).
The next day, began with a morning trip to the Technical University of Munich’s Garching Campus for a visit to the UnternehmerTUM -the university’s center for innovation and entrepreneurship. The students toured the Makerspace- a unique facility that allows the public to rapidly build and prototype. The space features woodworking facilities, 3D printers, and textile stations. The Columbia students along with TUM Engineers then participated in a design sprint -led by Professor Farrokhnia-designing the perfect remote control in 2 hours.
The group then visited EOS – a leader in 3D printing and additive manufacturing. The group learned more about the company from Head of Sales- Denis Demirtas- they sampled 3D printed items such as a titanium Formula 1 Pedal. They then toured the company’s headquarters, and observed a range of polymer printers and metal 3D Printers before returning to Munich.
In the evening, the group visited eGYM- one of Europe’s fastest growing startups focused on the fitness hardware and software space. After a brief presentation by Chief Engineering Officer- Christian Schraml- the group tested out the gym’s tech-enabled gym equipment and enjoyed dinner while mingling with team members and investors.
Overall a great first city to visit during the trip. Now onward to Stuttgart
Diego Cuenca ’16 Germany 2016