Ideas Workshop and Simulation Game

Creative approaches to the future of energy

Ideas Workshop

The Ideas Workshop was initiated by VERBUND as an interactive event format. Here, solutions for energy policy issues are worked out. Selected university students spend time on these issues for the future, present their solutions and discuss them with top experts from the energy sector. In this way we can discover innovative ideas and also find out how tomorrow's specialists think and work.

In November 2014, VERBUND cooperated with the Bavarian Ministry of Economy, the TU Munich and Advantage Austria to organise an ideas workshop on the future of energy. This creative event stood under the motto "Ensuring supply reliability together". The focus was on the question of how Austria and Bavaria can together guarantee supply reliability in the new energy era. Results were worked out for this and for other topics. They were presented at the Energy Congress Bavaria-Austria on the 1st of December 2014 in Munich and are available as short films.

Simulation Game Stakeholder Dialogue

In the framework of the VERBUND stakeholder dialogue, the interactive event format "live simulation of a stakeholder conference (business game)" was developed. With this, VERBUND proposes to give a better overview of energy policy issues. Stakeholders and students get involved actively and take on various roles in the simulation game.

In the course of our stakeholder dialogue, VERBUND cooperated with the TU Graz in 2013 for the debut of the simulation game "Styria in an Austrian and European context". Students took on the roles of the provincial government, electricity industry (VERBUND), industry, consumers and NGOs. In doing so, proposed solutions were worked out for energy policy issues: the increasing danger of blackouts, the rising import costs for fossil energy, the stagnating wholesale electricity prices, and higher taxes and duties on electricity for the end consumer.