Jan Renz is a researcher at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam Germany and part of the knowledge tech group at the Internet-Technologies and Systems chair.

Before entering the academic world, he spent more than 10 years working as a CTO of an internet agency. He published his first magazine at the age of 13 (4 pages, 20 copies). He worked for publisher organisations, school book publishers, founded an online travel website and a company that build a content management application for truck and bus manuals.

In 2013 he joined the HPI and is working on improving the learners experience in scalable web environments.

Recent paper publications have dealt with mobile and offline learning, gamification, interactive coding exercises, social learning and learning analytics.

Currently he is working on digital learning for Africa and building a ”German School Cloud”. The School Cloud should help to achieve digital transformation in schools and to enhance interdisciplinary lessons with digital content. Non-code related activities involve running and riding motorcycle.