There was a lot on the plate on the second day of the summit: Six more teams, the pitches and the voting procedure. And eventually, the winners of course.

Without further ado, the moderators Svenja Heber and David Patrician welcomed the first team of the day to the stage. The task: How to fight climate change? The team: Werner-Heisenberg-Gymnasium Weinheim. The idea: GreenPay – a private incentive system for a sustainable future

They presented their idea of a point collecting system that awards buying eco-friendly products and how they rolled out test runs in local stores.

They were joined by Peter Byck from the Arizona State University, Andreas Lange from the University Hamburg and Holger Thiele from the University of Applied Science Kiel. They all curiously asked questions on the verification of the products’ eco-footprint and praised the actions the team already had taken.

Up next was also a climate change topic and how to change our behaviour. This time a team from the north, Richard-Hallmann-Schule Trappenkamp that came up with a clever slogan for their idea: Be schlau, eat less cow

They planned to let young volunteers go to school, use the team’s teaching material to inform elementary school kids about the effect livestock farming has for the climate change.

Peter Byck, Sarah Smith from the University of Bristol and Holger Thiele came up to the stage to share their views on this idea. They recognised the approach of addressing elementary children, but also noted the difficulties to teach the kids the whole story and not leaving parts out since sustainable livestock farming can significantly contribute to reducing CO2 as well.

And now something completely different: Banks. Or who needs banks? That was the questions the team Martin-Andersen-Nexö from Dresden deal with. They believed in A Safe Bank Account For Everyone, an account with the European Central Bank for every citizen, where the money is save, and no bank can speculate with it.

A controversial discussion followed with Florentyna Farghly, Jens Reich from the Deutsche Bundesbank and Cyrus de la Rubia from the Hamburg Commercial Bank AG. The asked many questions on their proposal, pointing out critical aspects as well as a strong acknowledgement that this approach was really “out of the box”.

Another turn took the next presentation on a topic on why people lie. The team Berlin International School addressed this issue with a concept they believe can help victims of sexual harassment: ProtectMe – An App Helping to Protect Victims of Sexual Abuse

The app allows people to find support and information when they were sexually abused – in an anonymously way the lower We welcomed on stage for the discussion Sigrid Richter-Unger, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Prävention und Intervention bei Kindesmisshandlung, -vernachlässigung und sexualisierter Gewalt e.V., and Mechthild Wolff, Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften Landshut. They both pointed out the importance of this issue, applauded the approach, but also reminded the team that offering such a service is very costly, and it would be sensible to reach out to potential partners.

The last session of the day after lunch started with a new idea on how the change the transportation system in Germany. Team Burg-Gymnasium Bad Bentheim promoted their idea of H like hope – H like H-bike – bikes powered by hydrogen that let users cover longer distances, but had several advantages compared to E-bikes.

They engaged in discussion with our experts Katja Diehl and Heinrich Klingenberg from hySOLUTIONS GmbH. Using hydrogen was to them not the first thought, but they both found the concept innovative and arriving at the right time.

The final team of the summit came from the Engelsburg Gymnasium Kassel. With their platform/app Integra, they want to tackle the problem of bringing refugees to the labour market. Again, the moderators invited Jill Addo, Thomas Bauer and Panu Poutvaara to the stage to share their thoughts in this idea. In a detailed discussion they asked for where the app should be in the market, the legal framework, and how this could benefit the German job market.

After a short break and a brief reminder on how the voting process works, the teams delivered their pitches, one-minute-presentations, in reverse order to prepare everyone as good as possible for the upcoming vote.

The jury for the new award had a tough time finding a winner “Best Scientific Analysis”. They decided for the RBZ Wirtschaft . Kiel because they did a good analysis, did surveys and use this data to change behaviour.

The fourth place and with it a one-year subscription of the magazine “Enorm” also went to the team RBZ Wirtschaft . Kiel. It was sponsored by the “Stiftung Wirtschaft Verstehen”, represented by Dr. Stefan Empter and Prof. Dr. Helga Hackenberg.

The three winners were announced by Dr. Nina Lemmens, member of the executive board of the Joachim Herz Stiftung.

The third place went to Gymnasium bei St. Michael from Schwäbisch-Hall with the P-Box idea. Second in the vote was Gymnasium Köln-Pesch and their concept of remote offices in the rural areas.

First place winners came from Weinheim. The team of the Werner-Heisenberg-Gymnasium collected the most points in the vote.

All four teams will go to Berlin to present their ideas at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and to receive their official award.

We, the organising team of the YES!, had a blast this year. It was the largest YES! ever, most registrations, most teams in the competition, most partners, most topics and most of all: Inspiring ideas from young people that presented their ideas with scientific accuracy, spirit and passion.

Thanks for all of this to the students, teachers, researchers and partner institutions for the year-long support

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