Round 1 - Civic Innovation Platform

Winning Ideas Round 1

25 ideas were selected in the first round of the idea contest. Here is an overview of all the winning ideas, grouped under the headings of ‘Work and Participation’, ‘Inclusion and Diversity’, ‘Administration and Democracy’ and ‘Knowledge and Learning’. Prepare to be inspired!

Work & Participation

Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly finding its way into the world of work. This development is the focus of the winning project ideas in the area of ‘Work and participation’. They consider how AI applications can effectively assist workers, reduce stress and promote good health both in the workplace and when working from home.

  • Collecting and using data relating to a person’s well-being in order to be able to take preventative action – this is the aim of the idea developed by the association Institut für Digitale Assistenzsysteme and the non-profit company TheraOp. The results of AI-based data evaluation are used to identify a person’s health risks in the work environment as well as effective prevention strategies..

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  • Together with the company LEAD Machine Learning GmbH, the municipal company Berlin Waste Management wish to improve their employees’ health by reducing their stress and contacts. To this end, an AI application is to be developed that will allow for optimised resource and trip planning. In this way, traffic safety is also to be increased and a contribution is to be made to climate protection.

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  • The company FixMyCity, HafenCity University Hamburg (HCU), the association CorrelAid and the City of Aachen intend to develop an AI application that can be used by public administration when planning safe infrastructure, with the aim of contributing to greater bicycle and pedestrian traffic safety while teaching the users how to use AI in a fun and intuitive way. Its aim is also to offer all users low-threshold and tangible access to AI in the area of bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

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  • The project outline focuses on identifying the skills that enable people to collaborate constructively with AI and on developing people-centred design recommendations. Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, the University of Hohenheim, the FOM University of Applied Sciences and the company youCcom GmbH have set their sights on the considered, sustainable and effective use of AI to prevent an unsuitable strain being placed on people by a technology which is penetrating our lives and the world of work.

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  • Home and workplace physiotherapy training with real-time feedback on people’s execution of the movements – this is the idea behind the pocket-based physiotherapist. The Saxony Wrestling Association, the company eCovery GmbH, the Centre for the Study of the Musculoskeletal System (ZESBO) and KIMS-EAO (Management School of the University of Kassel) intend to jointly develop an application with which existing training therapy concepts can also be improved.

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  • The focus here is on networking – by means of AI-based matching, social concept sponsors can use a digital platform to network with facilitators, knowledge owners and project partners, become more professional and initiate projects for the common good. The association Reflecta e.V., the education and research institution Ibugi e.V./CeSEB and the SME zauberware technologies GmbH & Co. KG intend to promote social entrepreneurship in this way and support entrepreneurs.

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  • Together with a technical and a data science/sales expert, the SME EE ENERGY ENGINEERS is taking a look at the area of corporate social responsibility – small and medium-sized enterprises will be assisted with their transformation processes in the direction of greater sustainability. Using AI, companies are to be assisted with everything from selecting their relevant focal areas and identifying appropriate measures to the implementation and evaluation of those measures.

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Inclusion & Diversity

Participation in both the labour market and society being made possible is at the core of an inclusive and diverse society. How can AI applications play a part here and what applications are needed to facilitate participation? The winning ideas in the area of ‘Inclusion and diversity’ focus in particular on language comprehension, accessibility and the networking and optimum processing of important information.

  • ‘T2K’ stands for ‘Text2Knowledge’ – and the name says it all: together with Dresden University of Applied Sciences, the start-up t2k GmbH is seeking to make the automatic translation of German text into plain language possible in order to make it easier for people with reading difficulties to access important information. The idea aims not only to boost inclusion and participation, but also to minimise the time and money spent on translation into plain language.

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  • Suitable, personalised leisure opportunities are not available to everyone ‒ what’s on offer is often not fully accessible. Schwarzwald Tourismus GmbH and land in sicht AG intend to change this with their ‘Ask Black Forest Marie’ idea. In addition to basic information, ‘Ask Black Forest Marie’ will feature information regarding accessibility and will make trip destinations more accessible by improving the information available.

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  • With its 'KaleidofonAI application, the company Birds on Mars GmbH and the non-profit education institution barner 16/alsterarbeit gGmbH wish to make it possible for people with disabilities to discover their own artistic potential and to create art and music using speech and communication sounds. Kaleidofon will make an important contribution to social inclusion and participation in the primary labour market on the basis of its low-threshold accessibility and customised operation options.

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  • Entering the primary labour market represents a major challenge for many people with special needs. (Company) communication can be one of the challenges. The Westfalen-Lippe regional branch of the German Red Cross e.V. and the company SUTSCHE GbR therefore intend to develop an AI solution that will translate company instructions etc. into plain language. The aim is for this group of otherwise frequently disadvantaged people to be able to gain a foothold in the labour market.

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  • Workplace inclusion is often more challenging when there is manual work involved. With 'Mobile Assist', the company Sensrec Service UG and a computer science expert intend to afford vulnerable groups access to more complex work processes. The users are assisted by an easily accessible, intuitively operated, mobile and adaptive assistance system. Even workers who have a variety of tasks can benefit from this.

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  • Making digital participation possible in rural areas – this is the aim of the companies GETrequest GmbH, Venus.Werbeagentur GmbHgwt Starnberg GmbH, and the district of Regen. The social information currently provided digitally is frequently still provided as a stand-alone solution. Using AI, the available services are to be interconnected and an optimum focus is to be achieved, thereby establishing an overarching information network on the topic of, for example, childcare or education and integration projects.

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Administration & Democracy

Public administration is a key instrument of our democracy. The winning project ideas in the area of ‘Administration and democracy’ seek to create flexible, efficient and transparent processes on the basis of artificial intelligence (AI) in order for its processes to keep pace with digitalisation in the future. The focus here is both on people with their individual needs and those who work in administration.

Knowledge & Learning

The winning ideas in the area of ‘Knowledge and learning’ revolve around the discovery of new things, imparting knowledge or being able to familiarise oneself with artificial intelligence (AI) in a fun way. There is a particular focus on educating young people about AI and technology, be they at a day care centre, at school or in further education and training, as well as on teaching in urban environments.

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