Teaching & Innovation Laboratory

“Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Involve me and I will understand. Step back and I will act.”

Level & Prerequisites

Bachelor Project
STINE-ID: 64-186
Projekt M-Lab: Innovationslabor für App Entwicklung
Master Project
STINE-ID: 64-851-P & 64-851-S
Masterprojekt M-Lab: Innovationslabor für App Entwicklung & Integrated Seminar


  • Passed the courses Software Engineering I and II
  • Basic knowledge in at least one object oriented programming language (e.g. Java, Swift or Objective-C)
  • High motivation and commitment

Course Description

View previous iterations: M-Lab 2022/23 - M-Lab 2021/22 - M-Lab 2020/21 - M-Lab 2019/20 - M-Lab 2018/19 - M-Lab 2017/18 - M-Lab 2016/17

In this teaching and innovation laboratory students develop innovative Apps in small teams, under real conditions and tight project deadlines, for real clients from industry, society and the public sector. They experience the latest technologies and development tools, and the theory and methods of software engineering and project management. They also make valuable experience in teamwork and in communication with the “clients”.

M-Lab consists of two parts: a practical part and a theoretical part. In the practical part, the teams will work on a software project and go through all phases of software development, including problem definition, requirements gathering, analysis, design, implementation, integration, testing, software delivery and presentation. A company, an association, or an authority will provide the project goals. In the theoretical part, each project phase of the software life cycle will be discussed and reflected. The topics will be timed to correspond to the expected project progress of the team. The teams will give a presentation on each topic (e.g., requirements analysis) and the theoretical elements (e.g., methods, tools, procedures) that are suited best for the project and why. Their challenges, current and past project decisions, as well as the alternative options they have considered, will be discussed and reflected with the teaching assistants and the other teams.

The students may have different major fields of study, such as computer science, human-machine communication, IT Management and Consulting, or business computer science. Students from other disciplines with computer science as a minor may also participate.

Teaching and Mentoring Staff

Prof. Dr. Walid Maalej

Lecturer, Program Manager

Lloyd Montgomery

Co-Lead Instructor

Tim Puhlfürß

Co-Lead Instructor

Abir Bouraffa


Pavel Reich


Michael Schuh


Carina Volkmer


Clients & Student Teams

European XFEL



Signed Media

Universität Hamburg


(Subject to Change)

Date Time Location Topic Milestone
W01 2023.10.19 14:00 - 18:30 D-220 Course Introduction & Tutorial
Welcome to M-Lab! Time to learn about the course, your peers, and the course frameworks/platforms/languages
W02 2023.10.26 16:00 - 19:00 B-201 Kickoff with Clients & Ice Breaker
Presentations by Clients followed by a Meet & Greet
W03 2023.11.02 16:00 - 18:00 B-201 Collaborative Software Engineering
Git, GitLab, and Agile Practices
W04 2023.11.09 16:00 - 18:00 B-201 Prototypes
Mockups, Prototypes
W05 2023.11.16 16:00 - 19:00 B-201 Requirements Engineering
Requirements Gathering Methods, Interviews, Surveys,
Observation, Requirement Quality, User Study
Milestone 1 Deliverables
(in GitLab)
W06 2023.11.23 16:00 - 18:00 B-201 Usability for Mobile
Usability Patterns, Screen Design, Usability Guideline, Usability Testing
W07 2023.11.30 16:00 - 18:00 B-201 System & Object Design
Architecture, Object Model, Patterns, Reuse, Frameworks, APIs
W08 2023.12.07 16:00 - 18:00 B-201 Testing and Quality Management
Unit Testing, System Testing, Usability Testing, Code Inspections, Bug Predictions
Presentation Dry Run with Supervisor
W09 2023.12.14 15:00 - 18:00 B-201 Design Review
Presentation of System Design
Milestone 2 Deliverables
(in GitLab)
W10 2023.12.21 16:00 - 18:00 B-201 Continuous Integration and Delivery
Continuous Integration, Configuration and Build Management, Continuous Delivery, Release Management
W11 2024.01.11 16:00 - 18:00 B-201 Final Sprint & Planning Check-In
Pre-Release Sprint & Short no-slides-required status update presentation
W12 2024.01.18 Final Sprint
Pre-Release Sprint
W13 2024.01.25 Final Sprint
Pre-Release Sprint
Presentation Dry Run with Supervisor
W14 2024.02.01
16:00 - 19:00 B-201 Final Exhibition
Final Presentations of Projects, Client Acceptance Test
Milestone 3 Deliverables
(in GitLab)


Below you find the links to access our infrastructure used during the course:

Please fill out this survey by Thursday October 26nd, 22:00. The survey will open after the kick-off (19:00).

Previous Project Clients, Websites, & Trailers

Project trailers from last year's M-Lab iteration (see MAST YouTube-Channel for further trailers)

Funding & Awards

Winning project in Unseren Hochschulen 2015

Winning project in MINTernational

Best Practice in Club MINTernational

Previous Industry Partners


Object-Oriented Software Engineering Using UML, Patterns, and Java (3rd Edition).

Bernd Bruegge and Allan H. Dutoit:
Prentice Hall, 2014.

Mobile Design Pattern Gallery: UI Patterns for Smartphone Apps.

Theresa Neil:
O’Reily Media, Inc., 2014.

iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide
(6th Edition)

Christian Keur, Aaron Hillegass:
Pearson Education, 2017.