With its 3,300 members, the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA) is the largest industry association in Europe. Within its research curatorship it initialises and coordinates pre-competitive research in industry and academia.
VDMA asked us to develop a platform to provide 12,000 researching engineers across Europe a digital home, support inter-organisational teams in their collaboration and
enable them to share research findings with the greater community.
We started the project with a series of co-creation workshops, where future users developed a product vision. Throughout these workshops, we gained a lot of knowledge about the current pain points and aspirations for the intended platform. We regularily resonated the features derived from these insights with future users and gained security that the solution we developed provided appropriate answers for the complex requirements.
Nevertheless, we were excited to discover that, just two months after launch, hundreds of projects had been started, thousands of research documents had been posted, and more than 20,000 research results had been downloaded. THEMIS instantly became established as a vital community for researching engineers across Europe.