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Univention GmbH, a leading European supplier of Open Source products for IT operation and management, will be awarding the Univention Graduate Prize on the next Univention Summit. In a festive setting on January 26, 2017 the three most innovative theses that make a particular contribution to the growth of Open Source software will be awarded. A first-rate panel of experts will judge all the entries on their suitability for use and innovation. The winners can expect a total prize money of € 3,500.

Hut Schulabschluss und PapierrolleBremen, July 15, 2016 +++ For the ninth year in a row, Univention will be awarding its Graduate Prize once again in 2016 in an attempt to raise awareness of the wide spectrum of application possibilities and high quality of Open Source solutions available. The prize awarded by the Bremen-based company promotes dissertations discussing the basic principles, practical application areas, and interdisciplinary relationships of Open Source software. The prize was intentionally designed with an interdisciplinary aspect in mind, so as to allow submissions not only from the field of computer sciences, but also from economics, social sciences, and law.

Prize Money and Award Ceremony

The total prize money amounts to € 3,500 – with € 2,000 being awarded for first place, € 1,000 for second place, and € 500 for third place. The winners will be judged and selected by a high-class jury of Open Source experts from the industry, research and media: Monika Schnitzer (Fujitsu), Holger Koch (DB Systems), Dr. Jörg Liebe (Lufthansa Systems), Dr. Steffen Evers (Bosch Software Innovation), Prof. Dr. Dieter Hutter (German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence/DFKI) and Hans-Joachim Baader (Pro-Linux.de).

The award will happen during the Univention Summit on January 26, 2017 where over 200 vendors and users of Open Source solutions are meeting every year. The invited graduates can use this event as an opportunity to inform themselves about current developments.

Submission deadline is July 24

Dissertations have to be submitted by July 24, 2016. For further information and an impression of the award ceremonies in previous years, please visit the Univention Graduate Prize website.

Maren Abatielos joined Univention in 2012. Since then she has been engaged in content and social media marketing for UCS and Open Source in general.