HANOVER, 12 June 2018 – The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and Deutsche Messe AG present the sixth CEBIT Innovation Award. The total prize money of 100,000 euros is awarded to young developers whose innovative IT ideas convinced the expert jury.
The first prize worth 50,000 euros goes to Johannes Riedel and Mathias Rudnik and their team for their AIPARK app. The app supports drivers looking for a parking space: It accesses a dynamic data pool which includes roughly 60 million parking spaces and thereby helps to reduce urban traffic and environmental pollution. Anja Karliczek, the Federal Minister of Education and Research, presented the award to the winning AIPARK team at the CEBIT Welcome Night on 11 June.
The second prize of 30,000 euros goes to the developers of Crashtest Security which automatically detects and fixes security gaps in web applications using a special database. Crashtest Security is easy to use and helps developers identify bugs in website programming and provide for the security of their own and other people's data.
The jury decided to give a special practice prize of 20,000 euros to the team who developed DIVERA 24/7. This app is an important tool for operations managers, e.g. of voluntary fire brigades: It provides comprehensive information about staff availability and enables quick action in emergencies. DIVERA 24/7 is mainly for the benefit of fire and rescue services but also other areas such as crisis management can optimize their staff planning with the app.
Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek said at the award ceremony: "I am impressed by the creative ideas and their user-friendly implementation. Here we have intelligent examples of the technologically possible linked to everday needs. I congratulate all the award-winners who have so impressively demonstrated how digital technologies can improve our lives."
Professor Wolfgang Wahlster, member of the jury and Technical and Scientific Managing Director and CEO of the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), emphasized the great topicality of the presented ideas: "This year, the use of artificial intelligence played a major role in all the award-winning projects: from the innovative system for locating free parking spaces to the security check feature for web applications. The jury was thrilled by all the innovative approaches which still put humans at the centre of their digital solutions."
As co-initiator of the award, Deutsche Messe AG has been involved in the award procedure since the first CEBIT Innovation Award was presented in 2013. Oliver Frese, member of the Managing Board of Deutsche Messe AG, is convinced of the transborder relevance of this award: "CEBIT offers teams of developers an opportunity to present their products to a large audience of experts and other interested visitors. For six years now, we have enabled committed young talents to develop their ideas for the market." We will continue to honour creative technical innovations with the CEBIT Innovation Award in future. Interested teams can now apply for participation in the competition for the CEBIT Innovation Award 2019 at www.cebitaward.de . The deadline for application is 1 November 2018.
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At CEBIT 2018, everything is geared to generating business, leads and bright ideas. CEBIT is a triple-punch event covering everything essential to the digitization of business, government and society. The innovations on display in the d!conomy section of the show give IT professionals and decision-makers, trade and the public sector the tools they need to streamline and futureproof their operations. The event’s d!tec showcase puts the spotlight on developers and startups. The d!talk conference program features visionaries, lateral thinkers, creatives and experts . The d!campus is heart of CEBIT –relaxed networking, street food and live music. The first day of CEBIT 2018 – Monday, 11 June – is reserved for conference attendees and journalists, with the exhibition opening on Tuesday, 12 June. The exhibition halls will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the d!campus staying open till 11 p.m. Opening hours on Friday are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.