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

2009 Prize Winners

The winners of the “Generation-D, Ideas for Germany, Tackle it Together” idea competition were honored on November 20, 2009 in Berlin. The winning student teams come from Mannheim, Darmstadt, and Konstanz and competed against more than 100 submissions. This year’s competition was underwritten for the second time by the Bavarian Elite Academy (Bayerische Elite Akademie), Allianz, the Süddeutsche Zeitung, and the Market Economy Foundation.

Übersicht Gewinner und Finalisten 2009

The Winners of the 2009 GENERATION-D Competition

s.m.a.r.t. Charity

Team “s.m.a.r.t. Charity” from Darmstadt Technical University (Technische Universität Darmstadt) asserted themselves in the competition category “social society.” Their project was based on the idea of combining the achievement of individual goals with charitable purposes. Just like the projects of other winners, their idea is distinguished by its innovation. The “s.m.a.r.t. Charity” proposal would create a homepage where interested parties could be helped in accomplishing their individual goals. In order to receive such help, the personal goal would have to be precisely defined and intermediate goals would also have to be listed. As an external incentive, the participant pays a freely determined sum of money to “s.m.a.r.t. Charity,” which is returned upon the successful completion of their personal goal. If the goal is not achieved, the sum is then transferred to a non-profit organization. Through this, participants will have more motivation to achieve their goals, and the willingness to give money will also increase.

More information at: http://www.gemeinsam-anpacken.de

Chances Up!

With their idea in the category “labor, economy, and environment,” team “Chances Up!” proved to be convincing. The team from Mannheim took to task the economical and societal problem of youth unemployment. In their project “littlebird,” difficult to place, unemployed youth are taught soft skills, which ease their entry into the workplace. In order to do this, they prepare meals and deliver them at lunchtime to local businesses. This allows the youth to gain experience in the catering industry, make contacts, and gain motivation to work. Additionally, this provides businesses and their employees with the benefit of having a cheap and healthy lunch delivered.

More information at: www.littlebird-ma.de

Energy Island

The idea of the third winning team deals with renewable energy, a theme that is discussed very often at a time of climate change due to its importance. The project, from the “culture and education” category, foresees renovating a former sea ferry on Lake Constance into an “energy island.” As the project name suggests, a platform would be built on the ship that would be equipped with renewable energy devices. On the platform on Lake Constance, there would be a technology and research station, where various regenerative energy processes could be explained to children and adults alike. This interaction could spur interest on further research into innovative energy sources, as well as foster acceptance of existing renewables.

More information at: www.energyisland.de