Homecoming 2023

Alumni Meeting on June 30th and July 1st 2023 in Karlsruhe

Student times are good times! 

We invite you to our Homecoming! But as always the HECTOR School is not just about looking back - it's about the future with new technologies and meeting new people. Join us for two days of fun, nostalgia, and celebration as we come together to honor our shared history and look towards the future!

Please register by June, 13th.

Friday, June 30: Emerging Technologies

On Friday, we will dedicate the day to business exchange and updates, with plenty of time for networking and the opportunity to learn about the latest developments from KIT's workshops and labs. The home base for this friday will be the HECTOR School campus, which has been completely rebuilt over the past year (take a look into the construction blog).

You can arrive at the campus to network and chat. We reserve an extra room as a quiet work space for you on Fridays in case anyone needs to take a quick break to work.

Various excursions will start at noon. In the evening, we will all come back to the campus where there will be a few small power talks that will look back into our history and into the wide world of our friends & supporters. This official itinerary will be followed by a reception and BBQ, with an official end time of 9 p.m. This will give you time to stroll around the city afterwards and visit your favorite pubs and bars from the past. The lecturers will also be invited to the BBQ, so that there will be the opportunity for further exchange.

FZIFZI Website Screenshot
FZI – House of Living Labs

The FZI has created a cross-industry and cross-application research environment on over 2,000 square meters. Visit the FZI House of Living Labs with us and immerse yourself in research and development and experience real-life scenarios from different disciplines. Let us inspire you to develop ideas and solutions for the living and working world of tomorrow.

It is possible to participate in this excursion online in viewer mode.

FZI - House of Living Labs
Energy Lab 2.0 CubeHECTOR School, KIT
Energy Lab 2.0

At KIT´s Campus North you will see Europe's largest research infrastructure for renewable energy. The energy system of the future is climate neutral, smart, connected and full of innovative technologies. Get to see the energy generation through the solar field, energy conversion with power-to-x and various batteries for energy storage. Explore the Smart Energy System Simulation and Control Center (SEnSiCC) which is the brain of the Energy Lab and here a digital twin of the German energy system has been created to integrate the newest technologies and move towards the goal of climate neutrality.

Energy Lab 2.0
AI Research FactoryKarlsruhe Research Factory
AI Research Factory

At the Campus East of KIT you will meet the newest highlight of the wbk. The AI Research Factory. Ever shorter product life cycles and volatile markets force companies to produce high-quality products quickly with new, immature processes. Like software that is continuously developed during its application, production processes are being improved during their operation. This is what researchers of the KIT and of Fraunhofer at “The Karlsruhe Research Factory for AI-integrated Production” are working on. With the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI), they want to significantly shorten the time it takes to introduce new products to the market and save costs.
Come and see in a hands-on approach how to optimize processes and reduce time to market and to begin producing high-quality products earlier.

Karlsruhe Research Factory
KA-RaceIngKA-RaceIng Website Screenshot

KA-RaceIng is a university group at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and an international team of students. They participate in Formula Student, one of the largest international design competitions. In Formula Student, racing cars are developed and manufactured by students themselves. The team consists of almost 70 students from different disciplines. Seven different subteams (Aerodynamics, Autonomous System, Electric Drivetrain, Electronics, Suspension, Operations & Statics and Monocoque) contribute together to the success.
You won't be able to find out more about the development of a racing car than here!



Time Program
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Arrival and Brunch
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

(Attention: Some excursions will already start on site, others from campus on. Please check the confirmation you will receive after registration.)

Online participation possible at the FZI House of Living Labs.

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. KA-RaceIng
5:00 p.m.

Review of the HECTOR School and poster presentations.

Online participation possible.

6:00 p.m. BBQ together with Alumni and Lecturers
9:00 p.m. Official end


Saturday, July 1: Emerging Friendships

On Saturday, we have a day dedicated purely to networking and relaxation. We will meet in the morning to eat together and play games or do sports. You are welcome to bring your partners and children along to join in the fun on Saturday! We have various games available, such as Kubb ("Wikingerschach") and Spikeball, as well as organized soccer and volleyball games. The location is spacious with sunny spots and big shady trees, offering something for everyone. Showers will be available, so remember to bring a change of clothes, towel, and soap with you. We will be meeting directly at the MTV Karlsruhe. The best ways to get there are by bike, on foot through the Schlossgarten, or by car.


Time Program
10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Yoga with Julia Reppner from YogaKula - Welcome the day with us!
10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Sport, Chatting
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 1.30 p.m. Tombola
3:00 p.m. Official end


spacious location HECTOR School, KIT
Enjoy the spacious location
Refreshments HECTOR School, KIT
Refreshments are provided

A Word About the Registration

We offer different excursions so that everyone can join something. But labs and workshops are often small. Therefore, please cancel if you cannot come, so someone else can get your spot.
Choose your Prio 1 and for safety also a Prio 2. Only after our confirmation you are really registered.
If both prios are already full, this does not mean that you will not get a great program. Maybe someone else cancels and you can still join, or we are able to open another group. And for everyone who will stay at the campus there is the possibility to talk to the KA Racing Team about their new developments and successes - and maybe even get into the car.
Since the tours and the food must be ordered in advance, please register by June, 13th. After that only on request.

And Another Word About the Food

With so many people, the food has to be planned. So please indicate if and how many will be eating on Friday and Saturday separately. And if anyone has special requirements.

Photos and Videos

Please note, that we will take pictures and videos during the event which we will use for marketing purposes. We, as the HECTOR School and part of the International Department of the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie GmbH, respect your privacy and comply with the new requirements under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). By signing in at the Alumni Meeting, you allow the International Department of the KIT gGmbH to use pictures and video/audio recordings taken of you during the event for marketing purposes of the Schools of the International Department. If you do not want your picture to be used for marketing purposes please let us know via email in advance or at check-in. For more details, please read our privacy statement on our website.

Call for Spread the Word

Don't miss out on this opportunity to reconnect with old classmates and create new connections at our homecoming event.

It's summer and also a chance for your families to get to know each other. We're using our channels to spread the word about the Homecoming - feel free to use yours, too, and write to your fellow students!

Tip for Family Members

On Saturday we are all together, but also the Friday afternoon can already be used. For example, your family can go to the Badisches Landesmuseum for free in the afternoon and besides the exhibition they can also climb the stairs of the tower and enjoy the wide view over Karlsruhe. 
In general, the Schlossplatz offers many opportunities for discovery and some playgrounds. And when the feet get tired, they can take a ride on the Schlossgartenbahn.