Die Preisträger bei der Preisverleihung im Berliner Adlon-Hotel am Brandenburger Tor.

2008 Prize Winners

At the end of 2008, the three best ideas from the GENERATION-D competition were recognized at the Adlon Hotel in Berlin at an economic leadership meeting. There, the teams also enjoyed the opportunity to present their ideas before potential donors and mentors.

99 teams – consisting of some 400 participating students – used their ideas and proposals to provide Germany with new perspectives. This was a wonderful beginning for our then-new competition.

The 2008 Winners of GENERATION-D

bildungsrepublik.de

A platform for academic content: Experience university at any time and at any place!

The team bildungsrepublik.de, comprising Jan Barth, Hannes Klöpper, Simon Lange, and Ralph Müller-Eiselt, won the first place award in the GENERATION-D competition’s “Labor and Economy” category.

Bildungsrepublik.de’s central idea is to promote and disseminate academically oriented video content from the German speaking world by making it available for free online access to everyone. Educational institutions can post video footage of lectures, speeches, discussion forums, and interviews to the internet where, having been categorized, they will be able to reach the broader public. Given the free nature of the site, selection on the basis of income or educational background is avoided.

Bildungsrepublik.de offers grade school students a view into the content of university studies and to become better acquainted with the demands of specific courses of study prior to deciding on the topic of their university studies. This process would wake interest in post-secondary education in some students, while lowering the possibility that others will drop out of their university studies later.

For students already enrolled in universities, bildungsrepublik.de offers the possibility to have constant access to academic content from all subject areas and institutions. The videos from other institutions can be used to supplement and deepen an individual’s course of study.

Institutions of higher education and their staff have the chance to answer the question of what constitutes good teaching with the aid of comparisons and concrete examples available on the site. Good examples can be identified through user ratings; on this basis, educational guidelines for the development of good teaching could be developed.

On the website, lifelong learners enjoy the opportunity to profit from academic instruction even if they are not formal members of a university. They can continue their education in a specific subject or expose themselves at their own will to new information.

Bildungsrepublik.de offers a forum that conforms to the research habits of the younger generation and that allows university instruction to be experienced online, thereby also providing a concrete introduction into daily student life and course content.

There has not yet been such a platform and bildungsrepublik.de hopes to fill this gap with help from the GENERATION-D competition.

On November 27, 2008, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper published an article about bildungsrepublik.de.

More information is available at http://www.bildungsrepublik.de

CampusPR

Student, not commercial, PR counseling for the civil society

What do Amnesty International, Brot für die Welt, and the Förderverein für Kinderchormusik have in common? They are all advised how to excite members and sponsors about their goals. Unlike the large players, however, smaller groups often lack knowledge of how they can communicate their projects and goals. The CampusPR initiative took action with respect to this issue and won the first place in the GENERATION-D competition’s “Social Society” category.

CampusPR is a student, not commercial, public relations advisory organization for civil society organizations. The goal of the initiative is to provide nonprofit organizations in need of public relations know-how with access to such services. Students provide advice and support for participating associations and institutions. Participation in the program offers students themselves the opportunity to gain knowledge through taking on leading roles and practical experience.

CampusPR strives equally for contributing to community service, improving and applying student know-how, and providing support for nonprofit and community oriented organizations.

On the 26th of November, 2008, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper published an article about CampusPR.

CITYPendler

Germany’s first car sharing agency for short-distance communters

The CITYPendler team, which counts three students from Berlin – Paul Vierkant, Marc Schachtel, and Daniel Auener – as members, won the first place of the GENERATION-D competition’s “Climate and Environment” category.

The students’ project proposes Germany’s first organization for commuters in inner cities and their surroundings with an eye to ecological resource efficiency and sustainability. Through CITYPendler, the approximately 20 million German commuters have a chance to move about cities and suburbs rapidly, comfortably, and flexibly, all the while saving money and making their contribution to ecological improvement.

Until the start of CITYPendler on June 9, 2008, there existed a plethora of conventional national and regional ride sharing portals that only covered middle to long range travel (over 25 kilometers). An important reason why CITYPendler can implement short range travel organization in Germany for the first time is the implementation of Google Maps technology. With the combination of Google’s innovative technology and the idea of ridesharing, commuters worldwide can now contribute to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions every day on short trips.

Within three months, citypendler.de’s active membership was in the four digits. Additionally, approximately 20 percent of commuters with their own cars not only offered ride shares, but also made requests for rides. This indicates that such people would also be willing to leave their cars parked and ride with other commuters, confirming the traffic and carbon dioxide reducing effect of CITYPendler.

On November 25, 2008, a report about CITYPendler appeared in the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung.

More information is available at www.citypendler.de