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German Innovation Awards 2021: the winners have been decide

The German Design Council is distinguishing forward-thinking companies with the fourth iteration of the German Innovation Awards. They will focus on sustainable and utility-oriented solutions that combine market readiness with future potential.

The almost 700 submissions have proved how multifaceted the innovation emerging from German business is. Global transformation processes require agile solutions to provide security for pioneering markets. The German Innovation Awards support companies on their journey by giving visibility to successful innovations.

The innovations receiving awards include intelligent robotics solutions which can be used in the agriculture and logistics sectors to draw on new resources. The constant enhancement of smart technology also offers significant solutions for the future of transport. Groundbreaking innovation in the “Medical & Health” category shows the outstanding potential there is in the ongoing development of AI-controlled technology.

The presentation of the “Gold” distinction to the winners will be accompanied by the digital “Insights into Innovation” programme, which introduces the victorious innovations with films on seven different topics: “Smart 5.0: Connectivity, Robotics & AI”, “Future of Mobility”, “Green Future”, “Future Living & Working”, “Material Innovation”, “Lighting” and “Medical & Health”.

Two panels of experts discussed the latest trends and challenges in innovation management as well as the opportunities created for companies by using machine learning and artificial intelligence. The guests invited for the discussions were representatives of businesses, trade associations and consultancies: Larissa Niedecken (Design Lead, Co-Creating Program, Central Europe, FUJITSU), Dr Torsten Wingenter (Managing Director, Digital Catalysts), Dipl.-Ing. Filiz Elmas (Head of Business Development, Artificial Intelligence, DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung e. V.), Dr Elias Knubben (Vice President, Corporate Research and Innovation, Festo SE & Co. KG) and Lutz Dietzold (Chief Executive Officer, German Design Council), with Ingolf Baur (physicist and science journalist) as host.

The online “Insights into Innovation” programme can be found at as of 18 May 2021.

All the “Gold” winners can be found via the following link:

Information about all the award winners can be found at:

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