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NEULAND on the horizon

The jury has met: The nominees for the NEULAND innovation contest 2020 have been determined.

The nominees for the NEULAND Innovation Contest have been determined. Which projects will receive this year's award for the Ideas and Transfer Award will remain secret until the award ceremony. (Image: KIT)

Since 2013, KIT has been looking for the best product ideas of KIT employees in the framework of the NEULAND innovation contest. The winners in the categories "Ideas Contest" and "Transfer Award" are determined by an independent jury of industry representatives. In addition to creativity, level of innovation, market proximity and size, the social benefit of the ideas is also included in the evaluation. Once again this year, exciting sketches of ideas and projects from a wide range of research areas were submitted to the Innovation Contest 2020.

The jury met in June and chose their favourites with the help of a points ranking: Three projects each with the highest jury ratings were nominated for the Ideas Contest and Transfer Prize and have the chance to win up to 3,000 euros in prize money. In addition, all participants of the competition have the prospect of having their product ideas promoted with funds from KIT's own innovation fund.

The jury of the NEULAND innovation contest met digitally for the first time in 2020. Despite special circumstances, the jury members jointly examined the around 30 submissions and chose their favorites - from above: Rainer Körber (KIT), Axel Weisheit (Baden-Württembergische Bank), Hansjürgen Horter (Pilz GmbH & Co. KG), Andreas Burger (ABB), Dr. Rudolf Simon (M+W Group) and Ulrich Begemann (Voith Group).

In the current round of the contest, the richness of ideas and the range of submissions was again impressive, so that the jury's vote was not easy. Out of a total of 30 applications for the Ideas Award, the following three projects convinced the jury the most and can look forward to their placement on the winners' podium of the competition.

*Note: The order shown is based on the time of receipt of the ideas. It is not an indication of the ranking.

Nominations in the category IDEA CONTEST*

• - "Detection of neurotransmitters in biologically relevant media with the aid of flurescent zeolite-based receptors" by Dr. Frank Biedermann, Institute for Nanotechnology (INT)

• "SERPENS - Super Effcient and Rapid Printing by Electromagnetic-heating Necessitated System" by Dr. Nanya Li, Dr. Guido Link und Professor John Jelonnek, Institute for High Power Pulse and Microwave Technology (IHM)

• "STOKES2: Freely Programmable Lab-on-a-Chip" by M.Sc. Philipp Marthaler, Institute for Thermal Energy Engineering and Safety (ITES)

The transfer prize honours application-oriented developments that were further developed for the first time last year in cooperation with industrial partners within the framework of transfer projects. From the six possible cooperation projects, the following were nominated by the jury:

Nominations in the category TRANSFER AWARD*

• „Multisensorielle Personenlokalisierung innerhalb und außerhalb von Gebäuden“ von M.Sc. Nikolai Kronenwett, Institut für Regelungs- und Steuerungssysteme (IRS) in Kooperation mit iMAR Navigation GmbH

• „Homogene Lackaushärtung mittels UV-LED-Array“ von Dr.-Ing. Rainer Kling und Dr. Michael Heidinger, Lichttechnisches Institut (LTI) in Kooperation mit mpg-lightsystems

• „Pyrolyseverfahren und Anlagentechnik zur rohstofflichen Verwertung von gemischten Kunststoffabfällen“ von Dipl.-Ing. Hans Leibold, Institut für Technische Chemie (ITC) in Kooperation mit Arcus Greencycling Technologies GmbH

All in all great ideas that deserve a festive award ceremony! Due to the currently limited situation for events and the gathering of larger groups of people, a worthy award ceremony could not take place yet. We regret this very much and hope that we can still realize the celebrations in the near future. So for the time being it remains exciting to see who the first places for the Ideas and Transfer Prize will be. We will inform you in time about the further planning for the award announcement.

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