Bayer Campus Challenge


What will your future workplace look like? What could it be like in terms of office environment and atmosphere? What technologies would you like to work with in future? And what would you rather avoid?

Answers to these questions were provided to us in October 2016 by the 24 participants of the first Bayer Campus Challenge, who developed their own, innovative concepts for the workplace of the future. They enthusiastically took the opportunity to help shape the future and contribute to our mission: “Bayer: Science For A Better Life.” We were interested in the ideas and visions of students in all disciplines.


Why participate?

  • Discover Bayer
  • Enjoy professional coaching
  • Experience innovative techniques and creative, new methods
  • Pitch and win


Their first task was to tour our offices and laboratories and survey the work environment and technological equipment at Bayer today. The participants then worked in four teams of six to develop their own, future concepts for the “next-generation workplace.” They were encouraged to give their ideas free rein, also in artistic terms. Bayer experts supported the participants by providing expertise, experience, special creative methods, such as the design thinking process, and intensive public speaking training. The participants pitched their concepts on the final day, when the winning team was able to impress the jury most and win the trip to Berlin.


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                Final Pitches                            Award ceremony                       Photo Gallery                     



Shadowing Day (Wednesday, October 5, 2016):
How do we currently work at Bayer? And what do our offices, workspaces and technologies look like? You will find out this and more at our kick-off event on October 5.

After a get-together in Leverkusen, when all participants will meet for the first time, you will have a chance to see behind the walls. Our colleagues will show you around and present their working environment.


Day 1 (Sunday, October 9, 2016):
All participants will arrive around lunch time. Exciting indoor and outdoor activities will give you the opportunity to get to know your team a bit better. During a relaxed dinner afterwards, you will be able to discuss the Next-Generation Workplace with our experts.


Day 2 (Monday, October 10, 2016)
“Our heads are round so our thoughts can change direction.” (Francis Picabia)

True to this quote, we want you to develop a concept where everything is possible and no idea is too crazy. Every now and then, you will also be tested as a team - either with a logical thinking exercise or some kind of sporting challenge. To close the day, you will present your first ideas and prototypes to the other teams, after which you will receive valuable feedback.


Day 3 (Tuesday, October 11, 2016)
This day is for finalizing your ideas and developing a proper concept. The pitch presentation coach will guide you toward your perfect presentation, which your team will then make to a jury in the afternoon. Then it will be time to celebrate – and where better than Cologne?


Travel day (Wednesday, October 12, 2016)
After a delicious breakfast, it will be time to say farewell.

We will take care of your travel and accommodation arrangements. You will not incur any additional costs.


BayArena stadium

Normally the venue for premier soccer games, the BayArena stadium in Leverkusen should help you create visions of champion quality. With a capacity of 30,000, the stadium is the ideal environment. And the light and spacious conference rooms there will give us plenty of space for creative thought. It’s the perfect location for developing our concepts. If we’ve aroused your curiosity, check out the website at:


Bayer’s Communications Center, known as BayKomm, and its open spaces constitute one of the most innovative areas on the Bayer campus. It will be reopening in September 2016 following extensive remodeling. As the Grand Final of the Bayer Campus Challenge, the presentation pitch will be one of the first events to take place in the newly designed rooms at BayKomm. Find out more on:

Application 2017

The application period for the 2017 Bayer Campus Challenge will start in early summer. We will publish the date on this website as soon as it is fixed. To be sure you don’t miss the date, click here to activate the reminder function.



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