Community makes a difference: 100 innovative ideas for joint action in the future
3. June 2016
The “Germany – Land of Ideas” initiative and Deutsche Bank present the 100 winners of the Germany-wide innovation competition “Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” 2016.
What new ideas can help spawn new business models in the sharing economy? How can scientists join forces to come up with new research ideas or develop innovations – by means of Open Science, for example? How can families, committed volunteers, and professional care services team up to ensure that old people participate in social life? Under the motto “CommUnityInnovation - a model for success“, the “Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” competition 2016 sought projects from 11 January to 3 March that give innovative answers to these and similar questions. Eligible participants included companies, research institutes, public institutions, initiatives, and private initiators across Germany that harness the potential of neighbourly relations to promote community, cooperation, and networks, thus making a contribution to solving social problems.
Around 1000 applications from the fields of business, environment, science, society, culture, and education were submitted to the initiators by the application deadline, presenting the expert jury made of scientists, business managers, journalists, and politicians with a difficult task. During a session in Berlin lasting several hours, the jurors agreed after intense discussion on the 100 “Landmarks” for 2016. The winning projects ranged from myriad offers for meaningful integration of refugees, to corporate networks for strengthening locations, to creative ideas involving citizen participation. Portaits of all 100 winners will be published online over the next weeks.
“The prize winners of this year’s competition show that the secret of success lies in community, partnership, and cooperation,” said Jürgen Fitschen, a member of the Steering Committee of “Germany – Land of Ideas”. “They are models for an open, innovative, and strong society in Germany. Their projects give us hope and courage and reflect all facets of vibrant neighbourly relations.” Ulrich Grillo, President of the Federal Association of German Industry (BDI) and the Chairman of the Steering Committee of “Germany – Land of Ideas”, was also impressed by the prize winners. “In the face of complex challenges like globalization and migration, in the future we will rely more on networks and cooperation. The ‘Landmarks in the Land of Ideas’ competition is making an important contribution to finding shared paths.”
Prize winners in the public eye
Following the announcement of the prize winners, it will be an eventful year for the recipients. At a large network meeting on 7 June in Berlin, they can meet other prize winners, network, and exchange ideas about projects. From June to December, an individual award ceremony will be held for each winner, who will receive a signed certificate from German President Joachim Gauck. The Germany-wide vote for the audience winner begins in October. The eagerly awaited festive award ceremony in Frankfurt am Main in November, at which the six federal winners will be announced – one outstanding project in each category – rounds off the competition year.
Committed partners: “Germany – Land of Ideas” and Deutsche Bank
“Germany – Land of ideas” is the joint place-branding initiative of the German Federal Government and German business and industry, represented by the Federation of German Industries (BDI). Since 2006, Deutsche Bank has been a partner and National Sponsor of the “Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” competition. The goal is to make innovations visible in Germany and abroad and to strengthen the economic potential and sustainability of Germany as a location.
Get to know the award recipients.
Find out more about “Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” 2016 here.