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AI is what we make it!

AI is what we make it! What do we mean by that? Good ideas, different fields of expertise, a variety of experience and, in particular, the shared desire to work together to advance our society – all of these aspects need to come together in order to make artificial intelligence ‘our’ AI.

In short, the Civic Innovation Platform is about one thing: realising good ideas together. Do you also want to use your AI technology to enable social advances? Then register and start your search for partners to implement your idea. On this platform, you will find like-minded people who want to collaborate to turn good ideas into reality.

The submission deadline for the third round of the idea contest has ended.

We thank you very much for the numerous submissions, are excited about the ideas and wish all participants good luck!

The next round of the idea contest is already planned for 2024. In the meantime, you can already prepare your participation by forming cross-sectoral project teams, developing your project drafts and submitting ideas together. If you are among the winners, you can secure up to 20,000 euros again. After all, one thing is certain: AI applications that focus on AI providing benefits for the common good require a wide spectrum of technical and social competencies that must work together to enable social progress. By combining technological, emotional, creative and social intelligence, we can make AI our own.

You can find further Information in our FAQ. Interested? Register today – you’ll find more information in the community area.

Still no idea how AI can be used for the common good? Prepare to be inspired! See the winning ideas from the previous competition rounds.

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Project ideas

Discover latest project ideas from the Civic Coding community

Due to the integration into Civic Coding, the previous CIP community is now much bigger - and so is the variety of ideas! Members of the Civic Coding community have access to extended information on project ideas and content, as well as various networking opportunities and other offers.

  • Project idea

    FairSync AI

    Created: 27 March, 2023

    Einmal hin, alles drin: Derzeit werden auf hunderten Karten und Plattformen sinnvolle Veranstaltungen, Unternehmen für nachhaltigen Konsum oder Initiativen für soziales und ökologisches Engagement gesammelt und vernetzt. Das wollen wir intelligent zusammenführen und verbinden.

    Looking for:

    SMEs and start-ups,
    Educational and Research institutions

  • Project idea

    Mutter Erde KI: Wir geben Mutter Erde eine Stimme!

    Created: 6 March, 2023

    Wir arbeiten an einem Mutter Erde Telefon-Prototypen der im öffentlichen Raum eingesetzt werden kann. Durch die Interaktion mit "Mutter Erde" ermöglichen wir einen Perspektivenwechsel, der helfen kann die Erde als Ökosystem zu verstehen und gleichzeitig KI anfassbar zu machen.

    Looking for:

    Public institution

  • Project idea

    Nect Ident - Online identifizieren mit KI

    Created: 20 February, 2023

    Die Hauptfrage bei hoheitlichen, digitalen Prozessen ist: Wie greife ich darauf zu - als Bürger:in und als Unternehmen? Die vollautomatisierten, sicheren und nutzerfreundlichen Identifizierungsverfahren des Nect Ident-Portfolios können dabei helfen: Per KI-Video, eID & Reisepass.

Not the right idea for you yet? Here registered users get an insight into which ideas members of the Civic Coding community have posted.

Frequently asked questions

  • On the one hand, we define ‘civic innovation’ as innovation processes where the driving impetus comes from within society and on the other hand, all innovations that aim to advance progress in society. The relevant social actors – from members of the public through associations and companies, all the way to organisations and institutions – contribute ideas and are systematically involved in the further process. The concept is based on sharing and exchange between different disciplines, sectors and areas, openly and on an equal footing with the aim of developing solutions that can be put into practice.

  • With the Civic Innovation Platform (CIP) project, the Policy Lab Digital, Work & Society within the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs studies how ideas for AI application that serve to enable societal and social progress can be effectively supported, from the idea through concept development, all the way to implementation and transfer.

    The project is based on the German federal government's artificial intelligence strategy,  in which the federal government undertakes to develop and deploy AI ‘responsibly and for the benefit of the common good’ and to embed it ‘in society on an ethical, legal, cultural and institutional basis within the basis of the framework of broad social dialogue and active policymaking (...)’. In this sense, the project aims to achieve broad acceptance in society and the design of technology for the benefit of the common good.

  • The Civic Innovation Platform (CIP) wants to make a contribution to bringing people together from different areas (business, science, administration, civil society), thereby enabling them to develop new solutions for addressing the challenges and needs of society. We want to create optimal framework conditions that allow good ideas to evolve into innovative projects. Our attention is primarily centred on artificial intelligence (AI) for the benefit of everyone. Alongside the potential for innovation, the focus is also on potential for collaboration: partners are supported in the joint development of ideas and project proposals for the use of AI technology for the common good and their transfer into practice through various types of funding as well as workshops and advice.

  • Funding is provided for AI technology innovations destined for the common good, such as machine learning or pattern recognition. Since the Civic Innovation Platform is a funding programme initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, proposals must have a clearly identifiable link to the Ministry’s activities. This includes aspects such as the future and quality of work, occupational safety, co-determination in companies, vocational training and further education, reintegration in the labour market, pensions, integration, inclusion, diversity and equal participation.

Our cooperation partners

  • Katrin Elsemann standing in a room

    Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland e.V.

    Katrin Elsemann, Managing Director

    "Our society is facing major upheavals. Climate change, demographic trends, urbanisation, the digitalisation of the working world and integration are just a few of these."

  • Oliver Suchy of the Deutsche Gewerkschaftsbund talks in front of people

    German Trade Union Confederation (DGB)

    Oliver Suchy, Head of Digital Working Worlds and Working-World Reporting

    "We hope that the Civic Innovation Platform will unleash new momentum making AI an even more fertile basis for good work and social inclusion."

  •  Adriana Groh stands in front of a book shelf

    Prototype Fund

    Adriana Groh, Director

    "Funding for AI technology must aim to additionally promote developments with added social value in particular. Public funding for open-source software for the benefit of the common good of the type operated by the Prototype Fund renders civil society visible as a driver of innovation and an important partner."

  • Daniel Abbou, ein Mann mit Brille, steht vor einer Backsteinmauer.

    German AI Association

    Daniel Abbou, Managing Director

    "KI Bundesverband (the German AI Association) is very pleased to be involved in the Civic Innovation Platform as a partner. Artificial intelligence can unleash positive effects in many areas of society."

  • Matthias Peissner standing in front of a wall.

    Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO

    Dr Matthias Peissner, Director at the Institute, Head of Human-Technology Interaction Research Unit

    "The technologies of artificial intelligence, particularly machine learning, harbour potential for radical change in nearly all parts of the economy and our lives. Ultimately, however, it always boils down to the question as to what contribution a technological innovation can make towards a better world. And AI can indeed!"

  • Annika Krellmann

    Kommunale Gemeinschaftsstelle für Verwaltungsmanagement (KGSt)

    Anika Krellmann, Organisation and Information Management Officer at KGSt

    "Without people, AI is nothing more than a technology. We need innovations to improve living, working and general conditions in municipalities."

  • Portrait of Andreas Bethke

    Deutscher Blinden- und Sehbehindertenverband e.V.

    Andreas Bethke, Managing Director

    "Digitalisation and artificial intelligence can take us a step forward on our path towards an inclusive society, provided that they are systematically designed and implemented on a barrier-free basis."

  • Portrait of a young woman, Alexandra Ortloff of Bundesverband Deutsche Startups e.V.

    Bundesverband Deutsche Startups e.V.

    Alexandra Ortloff, Politics Team Leader

    "AI is one of the key technologies of the future and is already playing an important role for start-ups today. As we see it, it is of crucial importance for this technology to be used for business models geared to the common good."

  • Gerhard Timm

    Federal Association of Non-statutory Welfare (BAGFW)

    Dr Gerhard Timm, Managing Director

    "AI technologies will change our world profoundly over the coming years and decades. There are very alarming scenarios of a totalitarian state that uses AI to cement old relationships rooted in exploitation for the future. However, there are also scenarios in which these technologies are harnessed to advance humanist values."

    Image: © BAGFW/Dirk Hasskarl

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