Be curious,

Access our learnings online – anytime and anywhere.

be social,

Become part of a vibrant social learning community

be successful.

Receive a Record of Achievement on course completion.

A General Education in Digital Knowledge—Free for Everyone!

Hasso Plattner Institute welcomes you to openHPI, our online learning platform for topics of information technology (IT) and innovation. Here we offer five-fold benefits to those who are interested in gaining the knowledge required to master digitalization technologies.
  1. Stay up to date anywhere and anytime with free online courses.
  2. Acquire the latest knowledge, regardless of educational qualifications, location or time of day.
  3. Engage in learning as an event: Exchange ideas with others in a virtual community and have fun.
  4. Gain a better understanding of the digital world through interactive learning and have a hand in shaping it.
  5. Keep pace with the challenges of the rapidly changing world of work.

In a short video, our director Prof. Christoph Meinel, would like to welcome you personally.

openHPI. Easily understandable university knowledge-At no cost

Register now and benefit from these advantages:
  • A general education in digital technology at the university level, conveyed in a clear, accessible way
  • Motivated learning: multimedia contents with playful elements and learning at your own pace.
  • Flexible learning: use any device that enables Internet access, whether at home, at work or on the go.
  • Free of costs—thanks to funding by HPI founder Prof. Hasso Plattner (SAP co-founder).

Our short video gives you a look at how online learning with openHPI works.

Current and upcoming courses

List all courses »
Julian Fuchs, Carolin Scheffler, Samuel Tschepe, Julia Oberhofer, HPI Academy
Since August 14, 2020

Please note, this is not an open program and is reserved to current participants of the HPI Certification Program for Design Thinking Coaches. For more information about this program, please click here.

clean-IT Initiative
Since March 31, 2021

Digitalization is a game changer in the pursuit of a sustainable future. The latest digital technologies and applications like cloud, AI, and mobile devices enable us to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and reduce carbon emissions in many sectors. Yet computer systems themselves have an immense energy requirement for their countless devices, data centers, applications and global networks. To effectively reduce the carbon footprint of digitalization, it is necessary to apply algorithmic efficiency and sustainability by design as guiding principles in digital engineering. The clean-IT Forum is the international platform to exchange ideas, recent research findings and applications to make digital technologies more energy-efficient.

Annie Kerguenne, Mara Meisel, HPI Academy, Julia Oberhofer
October 8, 2021 - December 17, 2021

This is an online course for everyone who wants to use Strategic Design Thinking for everyday challenges. You learn to use the whole potential of the approach, going beyond the method and the tools. Equip yourself with the most impactful Design Thinking principles to unlock your innovation capacity in complex, highly constrained situations.

Register now for the upcoming course starting October 08, 2021. Registration closes October 01, 2021.

This online training experience is provided by the HPI Academy.

Christiane Hagedorn, Selina Reinhard, Sebastian Serth, Thomas Staubitz, Hendrik Steinbeck, Ralf Teusner
November 24, 2021 - December 8, 2021

Du hast bereits den Java-Kurs auf openHPI gemacht und die Einführung in Collections war dir zu schnell oder nicht detailliert genug? Du willst Datenstrukturen in Java besser kennenlernen? Du wolltest immer schon mal wissen, was eigentlich Iteratoren sind und welche Vorteile diese gegenüber von Schleifen haben? Welche Datenstrukturen für welche Anwendungsfälle schneller oder besser geeignet sind?

Auch Duke und seinen neuen Freund Big O beschäftigen diese Fragen in ihrem aktuellen Fall und sie brauchen wieder mal Deine Hilfe! Begleite Duke und seine Freunde auf ihrer spannenden Reise durch die wunderbare Welt der Algorithmen und Datenstrukturen in Java. Spoiler: mehr Drama, mehr Action und höchstens ein Papagei.

Prof. Dr. Katharina Hölzle
February 23, 2022 - March 9, 2022

Im Zuge der Digitalisierung müssen sich viele heute im Erwerbsleben stehende Menschen beruflich weiterqualifizieren. Zunehmend gebraucht werden nicht nur technologische Fähigkeiten wie Umgang mit Software oder Programmierung, sondern die neuen digitalen Geschäfts- und Arbeitsprozesse erfordern verstärkt digitale und nicht-digitale Schlüsselfähigkeiten (digital future literacy). Dazu zählen u.a. Data Literacy, Kollaboration, digitales Lernen, Problemlösungsfähigkeit, Vorausschau und unternehmerisches Denken. In diesem Kurs wollen wir gemeinsam mit Ihnen die Herausforderungen der digitalen Zukunft reflektieren und Ihnen eine Toolbox unterschiedlicher Instrumente an die Hand geben, damit Sie sich dort bestmöglich zurechtfinden.

Dr. Claudia Nicolai, Prof. Ulrich Weinberg
Coming soon

Design Thinking is an innovation approach, which evolved through the past 12 years from a university program at Stanford and HPI Potsdam to a globally respected and universally applied set of methods and tools for supporting and driving change towards a networked culture in organizations. The course is an introduction to the core principles of Design Thinking, explains its cultural impact and inspires to actively use Design Thinking at the organizational level.

The course is valuable for decision makers, who want to get an idea about the strategic underpinnings of design thinking. They will learn the terminology and get a better understanding, why and how to use Design Thinking to make the transformation towards a networked organization.

The course is not a substitute for a real design thinking-workshop, which will give - at its best - the deep and diverse team experience in a creative environment to the participants. But it helps, to get a better understanding of the core concepts behind Design Thinking and supports the development of their transformational strategy.


Advanced Java course & openHPI Forum 2021 on November 24

Dear Learning Community,

The millionth enrolment comes from the Rhine-Main area in Germany. Our millionth participant is Helmut Knauthe, a 63-year-old top manager of the Essen-based company, Thyss...

Join us at openHPI Forum 2021!

Dear Learning Community,

After several online-only events on MOOCs and e-learning, we are especially pleased to invite you to our next on-site openHPI Forum in Potsdam in November.

openHPI Forum ...

openHPI Autumn Program starts with new Courses on Web and AI

Dear Participants,

The autumn program will soon begin at openHPI. Read here about the exciting topics that await you and sign up now.

Become a web professional with openHPI

Our series on web tec...

Share your Open Badge & Win an iPad Air

Dear openHPI Community,

Our summer campaign, in which attractive prizes await you, is running until 15 September! We want to know why you like openHPI.

Campaign #shareyourbadge
Have you already c...