The competition Apps for Germany had been announced in order to collect ideas about how knowledge from different government agencies could be connected and thus better used and exploited. The competition, which was endorsed by the Federal Ministry of the Interior, received more than 100 proposals and 75 implemented software applications as submissions. The Minister of the Interior, Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich, awarded the 1. prize to the winning team from the Institute for Web Science & Technologies (WeST) during the annual CEBIT fair on March 6. The team was also awarded a prize in the minor category "Public Brain Award" by Vodafone D2 GmbH.
The team, including Renata Dividino, Olaf Görlitz, Dr. Gerd Gröner, Christian Hachenberg, Daniel Hienert, Sebastian Magnus, Stefan Scheglmann und Dr. Matthias Thimm, developed the software application LISA. LISA allows families to weigh the pros and cons of settling down in a certain neighborhood of a big city like Munich, it gives entrepreneurs the business analytics to look into already existing commercial offerings, and it gives government agencies involved in city planning a map of how public services like playgrounds match actual needs.
The director of the Institute WeST, Prof. Dr. Staab, was excited about the 1. prize: "The university in Koblenz has a unique offering of teaching and research in Germany. We are the first German university to offer a Master's programme in Web Science, we are the first German university to offer a Master's programme in eGovernment, and today we see that our researchers and students really push the envelope when it comes to turning this knowledge into research results and innovation."
Learn more about the Institute WeST and the new Master in Web Science at the web page of the institute.