More than 100 project drafts had been submitted by the closing date of 15 December 2020 and the teams with the most promising ideas were invited to present their concepts to a panel comprising representatives of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS) and of the cooperation partners. Specifically, the panel comprised the following members: Dr Matthias Peissner, Human-Technology Interaction at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (Fraunhofer IAO); Oliver Suchy, German Trade Union Confederation (DGB); Anika Krellmann, Local Government’s Joint Agency for Administrative Management (KGSt); Andreas Bethke and Jana Mattert, German Federation of the Blind and Partially Sighted (DBSV); Daniel Abbou, KI Bundesverband e.V. and representatives of Germany’s Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS).
The individual concepts were presented in approximately two-minute videos that the teams had produced in advance. The panel then had the opportunity to pose questions to the team members about their concepts.
The second day of the idea pitch revolved around internal discussion and evaluation. The panel discussed at length all of the ideas presented, compared the degree of innovation, technical feasibility and benefit to the common good of the potential AI applications and then agreed on the most impressive concept drafts. You will find out which ideas these were, thus receiving prize money of up to 20,000 euros, at the award ceremony on 10 March 2021. More information on this will be available soon under News.