The first year of The Spark – The German Digital Award Handelsblatt and McKinsey were looking for companies whose digital sparks had the potential to ignite the fire of the fourth industrial revolution. Companies that already had proven their strengths and were ready for their breakthrough. Companies with a scalable concept. Companies with a great impact on their industry.
We celebrated the winners of “The Spark – The German Digital Award 2016” in Berlin on 6th October 2016.
The award ceremony took place at the Umspannwerk Alexanderplatz in Berlin. Handelsblatt and McKinsey honored the award winners of “The Spark – The German Digital Award” together with an invited audience comprising 160 guests from politics, business, and science.
One of the highlights of this year’s award ceremony was the speech given by Margit Wennmacher, who travelled from Silicon Valley to participate. The German-American entrepreneur and partner of the venture capital company Adreessen Horowitz reported on how investors analyze young companies and which trends on the U.S. west coast are currently calling the tune.
All of the ten finalists met the evaluation criteria of the Spark: “disruptivness”, “scalability” and “impact”, but three of them impressed the jury particularly. The three winners of “The Spark – Der Deutsche Digitalpreis” 2016 were:
1. relayr GmbH
2. Konux Inc.
3. NavVis GmbH
The jury session of The Spark – The German Digital Award 2016 took place in Dusseldorf on 13th September 2016. All finalists had the opportunity to present their business ideas to the jury. The jury session was marked by innovation, enthusiasm, entrepreneurship, and intensive discussions.
In 2016 following high-caliber jury with professional know-how selected the winners from the applications:
THE SCIENTIFIC PARTNERS 2016
Between March and August 2016 we looked for the best candidates and chose ten as finalists. We would like to briefly introduce the finalists 2016 to you:
relayr convinced the jury with its device and protocol-independent cloud platform. In addition to the platform itself an upgrade kit is also available for the acquisition of the required sensor data to support the main application “predictive maintenance”. The platform also enables customers to develop their own new service models.
gestigon reached the final with its software for body language detection and gesture recognition. 3D based software solutions were developed for skeleton tracking and human gesture detection. These can be used, for example, for controlling virtual and augmented reality devices in industrial environments.