Competition 2015 “Urban Space. Rural Space. Cyberspace!”
The digital revolution has many faces. It is changing society and life fundamentally. At the same time, it is important because it can ensure that a country remains fit for the future in the long run. To meet this goal, the “Germany – Land of Ideas” initiative and Deutsche Bank were looking for creative minds that are providing decisive impetus with courage and curiosity and developing innovative solutions to meet tomorrow’s challenges. Check out the 100 award recipients
Innovations for Germany’s digital future
Digital networks have become a mass phenomenon. On the one hand, they are an everyday occurrence, but on the other they are a modern-day revolution with seemingly endless possibilities. In private life, digitalization makes our lives easier, better, and safer – it is being organized increasingly in or through the worldwide mobile Internet. We are heading towards a digital way of life in which buildings and cars can control themselves, and metropolises are becoming complex “smart cities”. This transformation is also impacting business and manufacturing: Industry 4.0 and Big Data are the buzzwords.
But in spite of all the opportunities it offers, digitalization raises many questions. How can educational offers be tailored to the needs of digital natives? How are companies using new technologies such as cloud computing? How does cultural exchange work in an information society? How can intelligent networks and innovative technological solutions promote environmental and climate protection?
The digital revolution as an opportunity
The German federal government has drawn-up a four-year plan to capitalize on the opportunities afforded by the digital revolution. It aims to use these chances to position Germany a competitive and innovative location in Europe and the world and to ensure its residents wealth and living quality. The government seeks to achieve these goals by means of the “Digital Agenda”.
“Digitalization is the innovation driver that will strengthen Germany as a location for industry and make it viable in the future,” said Sigmar Gabriel, Vice Chancellor of Germany and Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, on the occasion of the resolution to adopt the Digital Agenda.
Three core goals are decisive. First, growth and employment for a good network and improved working conditions in the digital world. Second, access and participation as a prerequisite for self-determined usage of digital technologies. And third, trust and security to be able to utilize IT transparently in the future. Digitalization should be part of our society and actively shaped by it.
“Wherever necessary, we will help Germany keep up in the global competition for new technologies and company start-ups,” says Gabriel.
About the competition “Landmarks in the Land of ideas”
Germany has already shown in various ways that innovations are not born only in Silicon Valley. Presenting these ideas is the goal of this year’s “Landmarks in the Land of ideas” competition. Under the slogan “Urban Space. Rural Space. Cyberspace!”, 100 projects are sought that show the answers that Germany has to the challenges presented by the digital transformation.
In 2014, the competition “Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” searched the 100 best ideas from Germany for improving rural regions under the slogan “Innovative Country – Rethinking Rural Spaces”. In 2013, the competition reflected an annual theme, “Ideas for the City”.
A first-rate jury around Prof. Martin Roth, Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and Prof. Michael Hüther, Director of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research, supported by an advisory board, will choose the best 100 ideas, which we will present to you in the in May 2015.
Advisory Board “Urban Space. Rural Space. Cyberspace!”
- Peter Borchers – Founder & Head of hub:raum – Incubator of Deutsche Telekom AG
- Dr. Ralf Bremer – Head of Political PR and Company Spokesman for Google Germany GmbH
- Mark Hoffmann – Co-Founder & CEO, Vertical Media GmbH
- Dr. Tobias Miethaner – Head of the Digital Society department, BMVI
- Bastian Unterberg – Managing Director, Jovoto GmbH
Read a double interview with Dr. Ralf Bremer, Head of Political PR and Company Spokesman for Google Germany GmbH, and Holger Lösch, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of “Germany – Land of Ideas”, about digitalization here.
About the competition Landmarks in the Land of Ideas