Hasso Plattner Foundation
We focus on education to bring about positive societal change.
The Hasso Plattner Foundation directly and exclusively pursues charitable purposes.
Our mission is to educate and inspire generations.
The Hasso Plattner Foundation aims to accelerate the adoption of digital technologies, support environmental science and conservation, and foster connections through art and culture.
In all our actions, we are guided by four values:
Integrity: Our actions are role models for the wider community. Trust is built in drops and lost in buckets.
Mastery: Learn from mistakes. Strive for excellence. Grow personally.
Sustainability: Do it properly the first time round. Make it last. Know when to think fast and when to think slow.
Collaboration: Our team is bigger than the sum of its parts. Complex challenges need cross-functional teams. Networks beat hierarchies.
Our Areas of Focus
Through our three areas of focus, we contribute to education, environmental protection, and culture.
Science & Education
Hasso Plattner considers the free education that he received at the University of Karlsruhe to be the foundation of his success. As one of the founders of SAP, he also believes in the opportunities offered by digital technology. The Foundation supports the following research and education initiatives designed to accelerate the adoption of digital technologies:
- The Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI), a faculty of the University of Potsdam, which is dedicated to IT systems engineering. One area of focus for HPI is Digital Health, where the institute cooperates with the Mount Sinai Health System (MSHS) in New York City
- The founding of schools of design thinking such as the HPI School of Design Thinking at the University of Potsdam, the Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking at the University of Cape Town, and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University
- Data4life, a nonprofit organization focused on developing platforms that empower individuals to manage their health using data and enable researchers to derive insights from health data
Social & Conservation
In order to preserve our planet for future generations, the foundation supports environmental conservation and educational projects through the Sabine Plattner African Charities (SPAC). Examples of projects include:
- The EduConservation program, which has distributed learning materials for children on the subject of environmental conservation that are designed to be integrated into school curriculums in the Congo and numerous other African countries
- Community engagement in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Congo, which contributed to the conservation of 1.3 million hectares of rainforest
- A research project on gorilla behavior in the Odzala-Kokoua National Park in the Congo
Art & Culture
Hasso Plattner’s personal interest in art has led him to become a collector of Impressionist and German twentieth-century art. In order to share this art collection with the public, the Foundation supports the following initiatives:
- The establishment and ongoing operation of the Museum Barberini in Potsdam, which showcases classical and contemporary art with a focus on impressionism
- The ongoing construction of the new exhibition site DAS MINSK, which will focus on contemporary art and art from the GDR and is expected to open in 2022
- The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, which was founded in 2016 and is dedicated to the compilation of digital catalogue raisonnés and archives that support research in the field of art history