CeBIT 2017, 20 - 24 March

CeBIT 2017, 20 - 24 March
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CeBIT Innovation Award

This year, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and Deutsche Messe AG have presented the CeBIT Innovation Awards, with their total prize money of 100,000 euros, for the fourth time.

CeBIT Innovation Award 2017

The awards went, as in the preceding years, to three particularly outstanding innovations in the field of user-oriented and data-protection-sensitive IT development.

Wanka presents CeBIT Innovation Award 2016

The main prize of 50,000 euros went to Felix Kosmalla and Frederik Wiehr from the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) GmbH in Saarbrücken for their development called "climbtrack". The use of "climbtrack" enables, by way of augmented reality, the documentation of climbers' training progress and of routes already negotiated during training on climbing walls. Mr Kosmalla and Mr Wiehr accepted their award from Federal Research Minister Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka as part of the first "CeBIT Welcome Night" on the evening of the fair's opening day.

Second place, which was rewarded with prize money of 30,000, was bestowed on the two Hildesheim-based developers Amelie Künzler and Sandro Engel from Urban Invention GbR. Ms Künzler and Mr Engel presented their "ActiWait" system to the jury as an innovative tool for using pedestrian crossings as digital communication hotspots during the waiting phases.

For their particularly innovative encryption technology, Tobias Hagemann and Sebastian Stenzel were given the special prize for usable security and privacy together with its prize money of 20,000 euros. With their application "Cryptomator", the two Bonn-based developers have provided reliable client-side open-source encryption for cloud storage that can be used irrespective of platforms and is suitable especially for users who are relatively inexperienced in technological matters.

"Awards winners set standards"

Federal Research Minister Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka

At the awards ceremony in Hanover, German Federal Research Minister Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka underlined the growing significance of German IT research, also internationally, as well as the creativity of the promising researchers active in Germany: "More and more areas of our lives would be unthinkable without the use of modern information and communication technologies. This makes it all the more important to have intuitive usability for broad strata of the population and data protection mechanisms that not only experts, but also consumers can rely on. I am glad that the CeBIT Innovation Award's winners are again setting standards with their developments here in 2016."

Further information about the participation for 2017 will you find here (only in german)

CeBIT Innovation Award Review 2016

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