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Once again we are awarding the Univention Graduate Prize amounting to 3,500 Euro for dissertations that contribute in particular to the wider usage of Open Source software. A first-rate panel of experts comprising Open Source specialists from Fujitsu, Bosch, Lufthansa Systems, and DB Systel as well as the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and the online news portal Pro-Linux.de will judge all the entries on their suitability for use and innovation.

Hut Schulabschluss und PapierrolleThe Graduate Prize once again in 2016 with the attention raise awareness of the wide spectrum of application possibilities and high quality of Open Source solutions available. The prize promotes dissertations discussing the basic principles, practical application areas, and interdisciplinary relationships of Open Source software. The prize is interdisciplinary designed, so as to allow submissions not only from the field of computer sciences, but also from economics, social sciences, law and others.
“There was never any doubt for us as to whether we would be offering the Graduate Prize again this year, as we are always amazed by the creative approaches and unusual topics addressed in the works. So far these have ranged from a drone programmed in such a way that it charges a red cloth like a bull up to a dynamic traffic navigation system with an Open Source basis, which not only displays current traffic jams, but also highlights points of interest for the user,” emphasize our CEO Peter Ganten. “That’s why I’m already looking forward to this year’s varied, innovative, and thrilling entries.”

How to Enter the Univention Graduate Prize

Graduates whose college dissertations either analyze or improve the use of Open Source software in a practice-oriented and innovative manner or illustrate completely new concepts for its use can submit their work from now until July 24, 2016. The dissertations must have been completed between 2014 and 2016 and must be written in English or German. Further information on the terms and conditions can be found at www.absolventenpreis.de.

Prize Money Totaling € 3,500

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 prizes are awarded in late fall at an Open Source event in Germany.

Independent Panel of Experts Picks Best Dissertation

The jury this year is composed of renowned Open Source experts from the sectors of business, academic research, and the media. This includes representatives of German commercial enterprises in the first-class Open Source experts Monika Schnizer from Fujitsu, Holger Koch from DB Systel, Dr. Jörg Liebe from Lufthansa Systems, and Dr. Steffen Evers from Bosch Software Innovation. The panel of experts is completed by Prof. Dr. Dieter Hutter from the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and Hans-Joachim Baader, software developer and co-editor of the news portal Pro-Linux.de.

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