Research and Education Awards Winners

A celebration of the brightest minds and most innovative teachers
and educational institutions in Europe.

+ Brilliant early career researcher: Christopher Frauenberger

The Internet of Things is driven by technological and economical opportunism rather than by a desire to create meaningful and empowering technology for people and society in responsible ways. To change course, we need to create spaces in which alternative technological futures can be openly negotiated. Such democratisation of innovation processes requires new modes of participation, a mind set of critical reflection and ways to fold value propositions and visions for society into technological design processes and products. As one of the leading researchers in the COMPASS project (funded by the FFG/BMVIT, starting Oct 2018, 12 months duration), I am seeking to develop methods, processes and tools that open up these spaces for negotiating opportunity spaces, meaning and agendas in the context of the Internet of Things (IoT). We are exploring how to bring together technologists, users, policy makers, industry, the public and other potential stakeholders to co-design the next generation internet.

Christopher Frauenberger

+ Brilliant PhD / Masters Students: Masako Kitazaki

Connected Resources – Designing the Internet of Things (IoT) for older people’s resourcefulness, to add digital capabilities to their everyday coping strategies.

Connected Resources comprises a family of combinable objects and an online platform that add digital capabilities to mundane objects, in order to support everyday strategies of resourcefulness in older people. Deviating from the mainstream assistive approach of designing technology for older people based on stereotype images of them as passive and technology-incompetent, the project saw them as diverse and capable of dealing with the daily challenges they encounter as they age. By creating Connected Resources, we aim to define the design of so-called gerontechnologies that can be adapted and improvised by its users while remaining appropriate for and generating value in a wide variety of situations.



Masako Kitazaki

+ Masters and Bachelors Courses: Fabian Geier CODE Berlin

The “WhatWouldItTake – Project” is a course for bachelor students at CODE University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.

The topic: What changes or actions would it take – on the technological, political and psychological level – to make privacy a real option for average users – without impeding basic services and functionality of their devices. We ask this question assuming that privacy is not a lost cause, because even if you cannot reach 100% anonymity, it matters how many entities collect how much data about you.

The course attempts to make its participants privacy experts by researching all aspects of data-collection and data-mining, from online tracking to consumer psychology, biometrics to AI, data-protection law to the knowing-doing-gap. In the second part we turn our findings into a business proposal.”

Fabian Geier