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Germany’s leading digitization projects: Jury nominates 18 finalists of the Digital Leader Award 2017

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A total of more than 90 applications / awards in six categories / jury awards four special prizes / awards ceremony on June 29 in Berlin

Munich / Berlin, May 31, 2017 – The finalists of the Digital Leader Awards 2017 have been announced. Eighteen projects – three for each of the six categories – were nominated for an IDG Business Media and Dimension Data Germany award by a panel of experts from the media, business and science due to their outstanding achievements in digital transformation. Impressed by the large number of outstanding applications, the jury also decided to award four outstanding projects with a special prize.

“Selecting the most innovative from more than 90 forward-looking projects was really hard,” says Anke Anderie, General Manager of Human Resources, Operations and Workplaces at Dimension Data Germany and member of the jury. “The applications could hardly have been more different: From the start-up to the globally operating group, from industry to the service sector to public administration, the German corporate landscape impressively demonstrated how it copes with the digital transformation.”

The companies presented innovation hubs, novel workplace concepts or completely new business models. “We were amazed at how far advanced the content was across the entire field of applicants,” said Anderie. “The significance of digitization has noticeably increased in companies.”

The “Create Impact” category recognizes holistic, company-wide digitization strategies. The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

  • HOYER GmbH with the development of the intelligent tank container “Smart Tank Container”, which automatically feeds transport data to the logistics chain
  • Lufthansa Innovation Hub (according to job application) with the open data interface “Lufthansa Open API” for the development of new online marketplaces
  • Robert Bosch GmbH with the construction of the cloud infrastructure “Bosch IoT Cloud”

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In the “Invent Markets” category, the jury selected digitization projects that opened up new markets and customer groups. The nominees are:

  • Erwin Renz Metallwarenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG with the project “Paketkastenanlage digital & sicher” for the simple and guaranteed delivery of parcels
  • tilbago AG with the online solution “Legal Collection: Disruptive Innovation with tilbago” as an alternative to collection agencies
  • VTG AG with the project “make rail easy – VTG Connect” for the networking of railway wagons

The Shape Experience category focuses on projects that enhance customer experience through digital products and services. The nominees are:

  • Miles & More GmbH with the smartphone app “WorldShop Discover App”, which enables new customer experiences
  • Vorwerk International with the Internet of Things project “TMDE (= Thermomix Digital Ecostem)”
  • wdv group with “The Living Travel Magazine”, the expansion of the print magazine “adventure and travel” through augmented reality

The “Spark Collaboration” category recognizes projects that have revolutionized the world of work with digital tools and established a digital “working culture”. The nominees are:

  • Eissmann Automotive Deutschland GmbH with the remote maintenance concept “Eissmann Smart Maintenance”
  • EOS Serviceline GmbH with the establishment of the new employee bonus system “WIN WIN”
  • SAG Group GmbH with the project “Field Service Management” for the digitization of order processing

The “Empower People” category is about projects that use digital technologies and processes to improve human resource development and transform recruitment, retention, internal knowledge management, and employee development. The nominees are:

  • Continental AG with the project “Big Data as Self Service Analytics for Business Users” for the training of business users without programming knowledge
  • Daimler AG with the “DigitalLife Campus”, a global hackathon series
  • Interface AG with the “IF-Lab”, which drives digitalization in the company as a multi-generation project

Digitize projects are honored in the “Digitize Society” category in public space, in the social context, as well as in public authorities and state institutions. The nominees are:

  • Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) with the “Integrated Identity Management”, a central management system for the registration of refugees
  • Molecular Health GmbH with the knowledge database “Decision support system in oncology”
  • Urban Software Institute GmbH with “Urban Pulse” Smart Analytics platform for citizens of Cologne

“Although some applications did not meet all the requirements of a given category because of the project structure, they were able to impress us with their quality,” said Anderie. “That’s why, in addition to nominations in the regular categories, we’ll each award a special prize this year in the areas of Disruption, Innovation, First Mover and Customer Center.”

The award of the Digital Leader Award 2017 will be presented at a festive gala on the
29th June in the Congress Center AXICA at the Brandenburg Gate in front of about 250 top decision-makers from German industry. Presenter Ilka Groenewold will be leading the program of the evening.

All details about the award can be found on the Internet at .


About the Digital Leader Award
With the Digital Leader Award, IDG Business Media and Dimension Data Deutschland want to offer a broader platform for digital leadership. In six categories, awards will be given to executives who will accelerate the digital transformation of their business, ensuring the competitiveness of their business in the future digital age. The decision is made by an independent jury of renowned experts from business, science and media. Patron of the Digital Leader Award 2017 is Brigitte Zypries, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy.