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Technology for Life Award from Bosch awarded for the 15th time to the best HTL juniors

Technology for Life 2022 award ceremony

Vienna (A) 49 diploma theses submitted by 139 students from 22 HTL in nine federal states, 15 nominated projects and three winning teams: “HTL Oscars” were awarded on 9 June 2022 at Bosch’s historic vehicle hall in Vienna Simmering. A traffic analysis tool, a fully automated slipper factory and a multi-functional digital stationary clock – these are the winning designs of the 15th round of the Invented for Life award from Bosch in Austria. The HTL student teams from Klagenfurt, Eisenstadt and Pinkafeld were able to take home the coveted trophies in the Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology and Connected Living categories this time – and with them the Ixo cordless screwdriver from Bosch and an invitation to BehindTheScenes at the Bosch location in Austria for an exclusive insight into Bosch world.

15 Years of Technology for Life Award
With the Technology for Life award, the Bosch group in Austria has launched an initiative that is now very well established and has been promoting young talents and helping them start their professional lives for 15 years. A total of 822 projects from over 3,100 students were submitted to the largest HTL competition initiated by the company in Austria. Only the best works will be awarded. “The name says it all:” Invented for life “stands for reliable, well thought-out and innovative solutions that make our lives easier,” says Helmut Weinwurm, CEO of Robert Bosch AG and representative of the Bosch Group in Austria. “The anniversary year has come again: when Austrian HTL talents develop applications for everyday life and thus technology for life, there is no limit to the wealth of ideas.” HTL students worked on their submissions for many months before finally being judged by an outstanding jury.

The importance of competitions, such as the Technology for Life Award, was emphasized by the juror, MSc. Wolfgang Kern, Director of Department I / 11 of Technical, Commercial and Art and Crafts Schools at the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research: “By taking part, future HTL alumni give their first calling card and show what they can do and where their journey is going to and what they would like try it. On the other hand, such contests offer a platform through which the audience learns about the achievements of HTL talents. Additionally, participants receive motivating feedback. A win-win-win situation, so to speak, for everyone involved. “

Mobility Solutions 2022 Category Winner: “Commean Traffic Analysis”
Luca Neighbor and Stefan Pisjak from HTL Mössingerstraße in Klagenfurt have developed a traffic analysis tool with camera and artificial intelligence that recognizes different types of vehicles in both free and stationary traffic and processes the collected data for analysis. “Thanks to innovative algorithms and the right sensors, Commean can recognize a wide range of vehicle categories, even differentiating truck trailers from vehicles that follow very close to each other. This reliable assessment can be used to target or improve the flow of traffic in a targeted manner. A comprehensive and demanding task was solved by only two students at a respectable level “- said the juror prof. Dr. Bernhard Lower, head of the Institute of Drives and Automotive Technology at the Vienna University of Technology, about the winning project in the Mobility Solutions category.

Winner of the Connected Living 2022 category: “Classmate”
Jonas Brandstätter, Florian Kogler and Daniel Zöger, students of HTL Pinkafeld, built a multi-functional digital class clock called “ClassMate” as part of their thesis. The device combines various functions such as a clock, an announcement system, a bell and an air quality meter, saving not only space but also money. In addition, ClassMate reminds of classmates’ birthdays, and an activated Wi-Fi hotspot has made it possible to optimize Wi-Fi reception in the classroom. “The highly complex work combines many different specialist fields, such as mechatronics, optics, electronics, software and web interfaces, and provides an innovative solution for real application. It is a holistic system that does not exist in this form yet, ”says the juror prof. dr inż. dipl. Wilfried Sihn, managing director of Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH and head of the Institute of Management Sciences, Industrial Engineering and Systems Planning at the Vienna University of Technology.

Winner of the category Industrial Technology 2022: “PANTO Plus”
The HTL Eisenstadt team, consisting of Bernd Böhm and Leo Probst, has developed an intelligent production unit for the fully automatic production of open mules with anatomically corrected soles. Thanks to the so-called “PANTO Plus”, individually adapted slippers made of renewable resources can be produced fully automatically for each student. “PANTO Plus solves the orthopedic problem and counteracts possible or existing foot position defects thanks to individually adjusted orthopedic insoles. HTL students networked various departments, built a prototype and implemented an innovative solution for the health of young people in a holistic way – in the spirit of technology for life – says the juror, Dr. Andrea Scheichl, MAS, vice president of legal affairs and support at the Austrian Patent Office.

Top-class jury
The jury of the main Technology for Life Award 2022 competition includes: Dr. Andrea Scheichl, MAS (vice president for legal affairs and support of the Austrian patent office), prof. Dr. Bernhard Lower (head of the Institute of Drives and Automotive Technology at the Vienna University of Technology), Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Kern (Head of Division I / 11 of technical, commercial, artistic and craft schools at the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research), prof. dr inż. dipl. Wilfried Sihn (Managing Director of Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH and Head of the Institute of Management Sciences, Industrial Engineering and Systems Planning at the Vienna University of Technology) and Mag. (FH) Helmut Weinwurm (CEO of Robert Bosch AG and representative of the Bosch Group in Austria).

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