The awards ceremony for the most exciting entries from the third round of the idea contest took place live at re:publica 23 for the first time. On 5 June 2023, Acting State Secretary Nermin Fazlic presented the most promising ideas in the four categories of ‘Work & Life’, ‘Participation & Inclusion’, ‘Teaching & Knowledge’ and ‘Administration & Organisation.’ The winning ideas were selected by a panel of experts, taking into account their potential and innovative strength for non-profit technologies and social progress. The project teams behind the winning ideas will each receive prize money of up to 20,000 euros, as well as content support through a series of workshops in order to develop their ideas into a viable concept.
The third awards ceremony of the idea contest
Diverse ideas, one goal: serving the common good
Federal Minister Hubertus Heil warmly congratulated the prize-winners in a video message and emphasised the social importance of their commitment:
‘The idea contest organised by the Civic Innovation Platform clearly illustrates that AI can make a contribution to the common good and to a better society.’
He then handed over the baton to Nermin Fazlic, who is temporarily standing in for Lilian Tschan, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs; Mr Fazlic welcomed all the winning teams and interested spectators both on-site and digitally. Speaking to the presenters, Tanja Samrotzki and Mads Pankow, he expressed his delight that the idea contest continues to be so popular and praised the commitment of the project teams and their wide range of creative approaches.
As representatives of the panel of experts,
- Christoph J. Stresing (German Startups Association),
- Sabine Irmer (Federal Association of Non-statutory Welfare [BAGFW]),
- Nicole Röttger (Apiarista GmbH) and
- Daniel Abbou (German AI Association)
unveiled the categories of the winning ideas. In particular, they underlined the great potential and innovative strength of all the ideas in their respective areas and outlined why these ideas were successful in the pitch.
Creativity, art and AI? It works!
Roman Lipski was able to impressively convey how art and AI can work together in the creative programme item: in an interactive live performance, the Berlin-based artist showed how a new image is created on the canvas by his specially trained artificial intelligence, the ‘muse’. This results in a kind of creative process between artist and muse, in which artificial intelligence always picks up on what appears on the canvas and develops it further. The spectators were also allowed to pick up the brush, giving rise to a joint work between the artist, artificial intelligence and the audience at the awards ceremony.
Networking for mutual inspiration
Following the awards ceremony, the teams met in a get-together, got to know each other and were able to exchange ideas with each other and with the experts present. The networking part of the event serves as a prelude to a series of digital workshops in which the project teams will meet again; after all, the teams not only receive financial support to further develop their ideas, but the think tank and experts also help them to prepare draft ideas, advising on issues such as accessibility, applicability, data security and the use of AI.
Do you also have an idea for how an AI application could be used to benefit society? The Civic Innovation Platform is now part of Civic Coding: sign up for Civic Coding, the joint innovation network of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection and the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth.