The beginning

Founded as university workshop in 2001 as „Innovative Internet Computing Systems“ (I²CS) in Ilmenau by Thomas Böhme and Herwig Unger, the I²CS takes place annually in the third week of June. In 2003 the University of Leipzig joint the consortium.

On the international way

The first event outside of Germany took place in Mexico in 2004. Again, it was Herwig Unger, who made this important step possible. The change in the name from „computing“ to „community“ reflects perfectly its understanding as a workshop of exchange between people from different countries, from universities, institutes, vendors and industries.

Via France and Switzerland it returned to Germany in 2007. From now on, alternately an international and a German location is selected by the steering committee to arrange the three-days event which has reached the status of an international conference. In 2014 the name of the conference has been changed into „Innovations for Community Services“ (I4CS) to emphasize the application focus.

The 18th I4CS in Žilina/Belá – National Park of Malá Fatra, Slovakia

From industrial Germany, the I4CS is coming a bit to the east – towards the beautiful natural jewels of Slovakia. Following the I4CS series organizational issues, when German cities are alternated every second year with other international locations over the world, a kind of non-traditional location was selected for the conference place. Malá Fatra national park with its beautiful, well-preserved and diverse nature belongs among the most valuable areas in Slovakia. It should serves the specific atmosphere upon an exclusive facilities of the conference venue. With regards to mentioned, a special motto for 2018 „Present, discuss and relax.“ is given for the I4CS18. The conference is jointly organized together with the University of Žilina, the key technical university in the north of SLovakia. This will strengthen the close corporation between education, research, service providers and industries.


# Year Country Place Local Chairs Local URL Website
1st 2001 Germany Ilmenau Thomas Böhme
Herwig Unger
2nd 2002 Germany Kühlungsborn Herwig Unger
Thomas Böhme
3rd 2003 Germany Leipzig Gerhard Heyer
Herwig Unger
4th 2004 Mexico Guadalajara Herwig Unger
V.M. Larios Rosillo
5th 2005 France Paris Alain Bui
Marc Bui
6th 2006 Switzerland Neuchâtel Peter Kropf
Pascal Felber
7th 2007 Germany Munich Ulrike Lechner
Achim Dannecker
8th 2008 Martinique Schoelcher Hacene Fouchal
Philippe Hunel
9th 2009 Germany Jena Christian Erfurth
Gerald Eichler
10th 2010 Thailand Bangkok Phayung Meesad
Herwig Unger
11th 2011 Germany Berlin Gerald Eichler
Axel Küpper
12th 2012 Norway Trondheim Leender Wienhofen
Anders Kofod-Petersen
13th 2013 Germany Hagen Herwig Unger
Thomas Böhme
14th 2014 France Reims Hacène Fouchal
Marwane Ayaida
15th 2015 Germany Nuremberg Jörg Roth
Gerald Eichler
16th 2016 Austria Vienna Günter Fahrnberger
Gerald Eichler
Christian Erfurth
17th 2017 Germany Darmstadt Gerald Eichler
Christian Erfurth
Günter Fahrnberger
18th 2018 Slovakia Žilina Michal Hodoň
Gerald Eichler
Christian Erfurth
Günter Fahrnberger

Announcement of the 19th I4CS

The I4CS Steering Board has not yet been decided on the location of 2019. Applications are welcome.