Fraunhofer Pioneers Challenge
On September 2-6, 2019, the first »Fraunhofer Pioneers Challenge« was held in the German Lausitz region under the motto »Managing Change Actively – Biological Transformation of a Post-Mining Landscape« in the form of an innovation camp. Three teams – consisting of two Fraunhofer researchers and four students each – worked on the topics residence, living, and creating value in rural areas. What made the event special was not only the inspiring location – the barren site of a former coal-mining facility – but also the composition of the teams. While the Fraunhofer employees contributed their expert knowledge on technology, the students‘ competencies lay in the fields of architecture, design, and art.
A special Highlight of the event was the visit of Prof Dr. Reimund Neugebauer, president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. He engaged with the different topics by taking part in the discussions and contributing his own ideas.
On Friday evening, the teams presented their visions in front of the backdrop of the autartec® house located on Lake Bergheide and in the presence of members of the Fraunhofer Science, Art and Design Network. The jury made up of five external jurors evaluated the results according to the following criteria:
- Degree of innovation,
- Functionality and form,
- Ecological compatibility
- Presentation and concept.
In the end, team residence won first place in the competition. But it was obvious that everyone was a winner: people who had been strangers before celebrated together as friends. And they had good reasons to be happy because they had managed to explore and experience the symbiosis of engineering and creative thinking.
Further information about the event (in German):