CFCyberForum e.V. was founded in 1997 as Private Public Partnership (PPP) which was strongly developing over the years to become a forum and platform for IT stakeholders and companies. Meanwhile, it has strongly developed to become a powerful network and is among the biggest and most successful IT networks in Germany with currently more than 850 members. The current core figures are:

Over 1000 companies in CyberForum e.V. employ about 20.000 staff. In the Technology Region Karlsruhe (TRK) approx. 3.600 IT companies employ about 28.000 staff. This does not include companies such as Burda, IBM or SAP, which are not located in the TRK but are part of the iRegion Karlsruhe Cluster. Over the past ten years, the sector showed an annual increase of staff by approx. 7-9%.

Further members are research institutions such as Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT): joint body of University of Karlsruhe and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI) and Fraunhofer IOSB.

Business will especially be involved in the project through:

  • The Special Interest Group Mobile Region Karlsruhe, an initiative bringing together about 50 companies, research organisations and public bodies involved in mobile technologies and applications. The initiative regroups the leading companies that offer solutions and services in this area.
  •  The SaaS4KMU (Software as a Service for SMEs) network is a partnership of over 15 businesses, mainly SMEs, and research organisation managed by CyberForum and dealing with new cloud computing solutions.

Contribution to the project:

CyberForum and its members will be involved in all the projects activities and lead the consortium. CyberForum will be also specifically in charge of WP2 Communication and dissemination.