The High-Tech educational offensive in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence


With the Robonatives Initiative, the Robokind Foundation pursues a sustainable and long-term strategy for skilled workers to strengthen the Hanover region and the state of Lower Saxony. Among other things, the development of a regional “robonative” network will be promoted and two further sites for the qualified construction of a roboterfabrik will be initiated. In addition, robotics curricula with IHK certification for robotics training in the Leine-Weser specialist alliance as well as corresponding training systems are developed and then tested.

Project duration: 1.12.2019 to 30.6.2022

Target groups

Our Robonatives initiative is active nationwide to reach people from all over Lower Saxony. The focus is on three target groups:

SpecialistsIn industry and crafts, many activities can be automated with sensitive robots in the future. However, trained specialists are indispensable for implementation!
TeachersTeachers carry the knowledge into the general population and are therefore essential multipliers! We train teachers to help you establish robotics in the classroom.
StudentsChildren are the future – especially when it comes to the responsible use of groundbreaking technologies! We offer formats for children and adolescents to inspire them to robotics.

As part of the Robonatives Initiative, the Robokind Foundation, in close cooperation with the Hanover Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and supported by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour, Transport and Digitalisation, develops training courses that are specifically tailored to the needs of Lower Saxony companies. The initiative has a special focus on the Leine-Weser region.

The aim is to ensure the education and training of our specialists of tomorrow by training semi-skilled and unskilled professionals to become robonatives. In the map below you will find out where we have already trained Robonatives. In total, we have already trained almost 120 operator and trainer (31.03.2022)!

Robonatives Niedersachsen

Karte Kreise in Niedersachsen
Cloppenburg: 1 Operator Braunschweig: 1 Trainer Celle: 2 Operator Stade: 2 Trainer Göttingen: 3 Trainer Hannover: 13 Trainer, 72 Operator Harburg: 1 Trainer Hildesheim: 2 Trainer, 1 Operator Holzminden: 2 Operator Lüneburg: 3 Trainer, 1 Operator Nienburg (Weser): 6 Operator Oldenburg: 2 Operator Osnabrück: 2 Operator Peine: 3 Operator Schaumburg: 2 Operator Stade: 1 Trainer Verden: 1 Operator Wilhelmshaven: 3 Trainer

Cloppenburg: 1 Operator

Operator: 1

Braunschweig: 1 Trainer

Trainer: 1

Celle: 2 Operator

Operator: 2

Stade: 2 Trainer

Trainer: 2

Göttingen: 3 Trainer

Trainer: 3

Hannover: 13 Trainer, 72 Operator

Trainer: 13
Operator: 72

Harburg: 1 Trainer

Trainer: 3

Hildesheim: 2 Trainer, 1 Operator

Trainer: 2

Operator: 1

Holzminden: 2 Operator

Operator: 2

Lüneburg: 3 Trainer, 1 Operator

Trainer: 3

Operator: 1

Nienburg (Weser): 6 Operator

Oldenburg: 2 Operator

Osnabrück: 2 Operator

Peine: 3 Operator

Schaumburg: 2 Operator

Stade: 1 Trainer

Verden: 1 Operator

Wilhelmshaven: 3 Trainer



Advisory Board of the Robonatives Initiative

Sami Haddadin ProfileProf. Sami Haddadin is Director of the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and holds the Chair of Robotics and System Intelligence. For his scientific work, he has been awarded numerous awards, among others the Alfried Krupp Prize for Young University Teachers (2015), the German Future Prize of the Federal President (2017) and the Leibniz Prize (2019). He is the founder and chairman of the board of trustees of the Robokind Foundation.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Sami Haddadin
Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Robokind Foundation
Jasmin Grischke ProfileDr. Jasmin Grischke is a senior physician in the Department of Dental Prosthetics and Biomedical Materials Science at the Hannover Medical School (MHH) and Co-Founder of the Robokind Robotics for mankind Foundation. In her work at the MHH, she researches peri-implant infections and combines this research with innovative approaches in the application of sensitive, collaborative robots in (dental) medicine.

Dr. med. Dent. Jasmin Grischke, M. Sc.
Senior physician MHH as well as Co-Founder and project manager of the Ro
bonatives Initiative
Philipp Zimmermann ProfileMr. Philipp Zimmermann is the Executive Board member of the Robokind Foundation. He is also co-founder and managing director of FRANKA EMIKA GmbH, a company that designs, develops and manufactures sensitive, high-performance and cost-effective industrial robots. After studying computer science at the Munich University of Applied Sciences, Mr. Zimmermann worked in the field of sales and project management before starting his own management consultancy in Berlin. In 2014, he returned to Munich to work in a robotics start-up, a spin-off of the German Aerospace Center, which eventually led to the founding of FRANKA EMIKA GmbH in 2016. He is particularly concerned about the education and promotion of the next generation of robonatives, which allows everyone to gain access to robot technologies.

Dipl.-Inf. Philipp Zimmermann
of Directors Robokind Foundation
“As a team leader for employment promotion in the Hanover region, robotics and people mean a lot to me. This also applies to the “Robonatives Initiative” supported by us, which is an important component of our robotics activities.

“Dr. Oliver Brandt, born in 1976, studied geography with a focus on business geography at the Leibniz University of Hanover (LUH) and the University of Pretoria. As a research assistant at CAU Kiel, LUH and NIW, he devoted himself in particular to regional labour market research. At the end of 2008 he moved to Süderelbe AG, a PPP model of regional economic development, as project manager. Since 2017, he has been working in employment-promoting projects of the economic development of the Hanover region – focus on social innovation and transition school-to-profession. Since March 2019, he has been team leader for employment promotion in the Hanover region. The “Robonatives Initiative” is a focal point of the robotics activities of the Hanover region.”

Dr. Oliver Brandt
Team Leader employment promotion, Hanover region and chairman of the advisory board of the Robonatives Initiative
“The Robonatives Initiative is an educational project that takes up current technical developments (“Industry 4.0″) and helps to make them known and mediating to companies and young people. It fits with our social task to support such an innovative project to secure specialists in the Hanover region.”

Heike Döpke is Chairman of the Management Board of the Hanover Employment Agency. She is an expert on the training and labour market in the Hanover region. With 1,600 employees, the Employment Agency advises and mediates workers and companies on market issues and offers support. One of the main tasks is to support companies to train or attract specialists for their company. It also allows young people to make the smoothest possible transition from school to work. Due to societal challenges as a whole, such as digitalization, structural change and demographic change, the working life is changing for each individual: the demands on occupations are changing, new occupations are emerging or others are disappearing. Workers change jobs or jobs more often. For this reason, the Federal Employment Agency is increasingly relying on individual vocational guidance for pupils, employees and jobseekers.

Heike Döpke
Chairwoman Member of the Management Board at the Hanover Employment Agency
Ministerial Councillor Cornelia Frerichs is Head of Unit 43 in the Lower Saxony Ministry of Culture. She is responsible for the education and training sector, business, health and social affairs, the cross-professional learning area and the digitisation of vocational schools.

Cornelia Frerichs
Ministerial Councillor Cornelia Frerichs, Head of Unit 43 School Vocational Training Economy, Health and Social Affairs, Cross-professional Learning And Digitisation BBS in the Lower Saxony Ministry of Culture.
“The ‘Robonatives Initiative’ makes an important contribution to raising awareness of the future topics of robotics and artificial intelligence, especially regional industrial companies and SMEs, and to improving the education and training of specialists and young professionals in Lower Saxony.

“Stefan Friedrich is in charge of the Lower Saxony Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour, Transport and Digitisation in the Unit “Promoting Work and Employment, Vocational Qualification” in particular for the promotion of continuing vocational training of employees and the regional skills situation as well as for the coordination of the ESF funding of the Ministry.

Stefan Friedrich
Lower Saxony Ministry of Economy, Labour, Transport and Digitisation; Unit 13 – Promotion of work and employment, vocational qualification