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Immigration, Information and Computer Engineering in Berlin, Germany

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Outside the Technical University in Berlin, the red flags that lined up around a traffic circle read “Sei Zukunft, Sei Innovation, Sei Berlin” (“Be future, be innovation, be Berlin”). These flags are just a touch of the huge “Be Berlin/Sei Berlin” policy that has attempted to shape Berlin as a creative, exciting place for arts, sciences and industry. Within this art/science/industry triad, Berlin policy is also attempting to make itself an attractive place for foreign computer engineers, who can fill empty research and job spots created by the skilled-worker shortage – particularly in engineering. Drawing on a-year-and-half of fieldwork conducted in Berlin between January 2011 and July 2010, this paper focuses on the experiences of Berlin-based foreign workers and researchers employed in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and computer engineering fields and how those experiences relate with regards to regional and national policies in Germany. In a time of skilled worker shortage, many of these local and national policies attempt to maintain Germany's position as a continued leader in technological innovation and global competitiveness. Drawing on my participant observation in local ICT events and in depth interviews with engineers, this paper also analyzes the continued relationship between ICT and Computer Engineering in Berlin and how the introduction of foreign engineers affects this community. As such, although focused on Germany, this paper touches on larger themes of international work in the field of ICT and the role of engineering in ICT.
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Phillips, Leonore. "Immigration, Information and Computer Engineering in Berlin, Germany" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 4S Annual Meeting - Abstract and Session Submissions, Crowne Plaza Cleveland City Center Hotel, Cleveland, OH, <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p519595_index.html>

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Phillips, L. "Immigration, Information and Computer Engineering in Berlin, Germany" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 4S Annual Meeting - Abstract and Session Submissions, Crowne Plaza Cleveland City Center Hotel, Cleveland, OH <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p519595_index.html

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Abstract: Outside the Technical University in Berlin, the red flags that lined up around a traffic circle read “Sei Zukunft, Sei Innovation, Sei Berlin” (“Be future, be innovation, be Berlin”). These flags are just a touch of the huge “Be Berlin/Sei Berlin” policy that has attempted to shape Berlin as a creative, exciting place for arts, sciences and industry. Within this art/science/industry triad, Berlin policy is also attempting to make itself an attractive place for foreign computer engineers, who can fill empty research and job spots created by the skilled-worker shortage – particularly in engineering. Drawing on a-year-and-half of fieldwork conducted in Berlin between January 2011 and July 2010, this paper focuses on the experiences of Berlin-based foreign workers and researchers employed in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and computer engineering fields and how those experiences relate with regards to regional and national policies in Germany. In a time of skilled worker shortage, many of these local and national policies attempt to maintain Germany's position as a continued leader in technological innovation and global competitiveness. Drawing on my participant observation in local ICT events and in depth interviews with engineers, this paper also analyzes the continued relationship between ICT and Computer Engineering in Berlin and how the introduction of foreign engineers affects this community. As such, although focused on Germany, this paper touches on larger themes of international work in the field of ICT and the role of engineering in ICT.


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