The [cloud] is our concept for building a student community at Anhalt University and creating a platform for different characters to connect and interchange. It was brought to life by my friends Hannes Wilke and Mathilde Scholz in 2016.
Our self-organized student room is serving as a center. It is a place to get together, work, discuss or simply have a coffee. We want to give everybody a chance to experiment and co-create in this safe environment.
The [cloud] is voluntarily managed by a group of students called admins, that I am proud to be part of. We keep everything in order and organize workshops or events like the “Monday Pitch“. The Monday Pitch is a format to get instant feedback on your projects. Every Monday, 3 to 4 presenters pitch their projects. The 5 minute presentation is followed by a 10 minute discussion. The audience gets an inside on what others are working on and has the chance to practice giving feedback.
Before the [cloud], there was only little life on campus. Bachelor and master students did not actively interact and people had no reason to stay on campus since there was no place to just work and relax. Especially our weekly movie night “cinema paradiso“ and our monthly game night bring together national and international students and other people living in Dessau.
The [cloud] is a constant prototype. It shapes its own environment and adjusts to new circumstances or needs. Over time, we rearrange the room and further develop our concept. We regularly have admin meetings or workshops in which we discuss urgent problems and try to find and immediately test possible solutions.
I also take care of our social media accounts and help increasing the quality and outreach of our communication, e.g. through posters, the university website and a booklet. To strengthen our sense of community I organized activities like a pyjama day and screen printed socks for the [cloud] admins.