National Final, 26-27 September 2019

1st place:
Werner-Heisenberg-Gymnasium Weinheim:
GreenPay – a private incentive system for a sustainable future

2nd place:
Gymnasium Köln-Pesch:
Shared Remote Offices – Enable Well-Paid Jobs in Rural Areas

3rd place:
Gymnasium bei St. Michael Schwäbisch-Hall:
P-Box – For Green Delivery

Jury Award for “Best Scientific Analysis”:
RBZ Wirtschaft . Kiel:

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 topicand 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

The registration for 2020 is live. Please check-in if you want to join us for the next year.

Your YES! team

It wasn’t sunny outside, but inside, on stage and in the audience, all was bright and ready for the first day of the 2019 National Final. 7 teams the presented their ideas, discussed them experts and did a great job promoting their solutions.

Our two moderators, Svenja Heber and David Patrician, welcomed the students, experts, guests, and many researchers, who also joined the summit to learn about the other ideas and support their teams.

After a brief introduction by Meinhard Weizmann, the Managing Director of the Bucerius Law School, where the final was hosted, Wolf Prieß, Director Program Area Economics at the Joachim Herz Stiftung and Willi Scholz, Project Lead of the YES! at the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, the hosts explained the rules for the summit.

This year, for the first time, an extra award is handed out. A jury of experts takes a close look at the “Best Scientific Analysis” of the topics by the teams. The winning team will then also present the idea at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Berlin.

Photo: (c) YES! / Kai Meinke

Now, all was set, and the first team was asked to take the stage and present their idea for a fair society.

Improving equality of opportunities with My2tor was the intention of the team Robert-Schuman-Gymnasium from Cham. Their idea was to create a system where students help younger students that have a social disadvantage because of their family situation.

The experts to discuss this idea were Annika Johnson from the University of Bristol and Wiebke Weger, Interims manager, who pointed out that there are very positive aspects of the idea, but they also acknowledged that it is difficult to bring such a project into life.

The second team from Gymnasium Köln-Pesch took aim at the urban-rural divide with their idea of Shared Remote Offices – enable well-paid jobs in rural areas. They introduced their own designs for such a house, including calculations, different options of use as well as their app that should help people in rural areas to connect, not only for working but also on the cultural side.

Their discussants were Shelly Steward from The Aspen Institute, Stefan Profit from Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. They critically pointed out issues like the financing of their idea, but also praised this positive approach of the team.

After the first break, our special guests from the UK took over the microphone. This year, the YES! cooperated with the economics department of the University of Bristol. Two school teams worked out their own ideas similar to the German test. Due to a strike of the pilots, one team couldn’t make it to Hamburg. So only the team of Malvern College presented their solution to the issues that arise with a growing gig economy: SWIGE – Saving the gig economy

They discussed their idea of an app that focuses on a major issue of the gig economy with Florentyna Farghly from The Behavioural Insights Team in London and Shelly Steward from The Aspen Institute in Washington. The idea was to make the gig workers aware of the need for saving money for when they are old. In the discussion, the experts pointed out that the idea is on spot of a critical issue, but they also noted that the legal framework, for example, needs to support the gig workers better even to have a chance to save money in these often low wage jobs.

They did a great job. Since the team didn’t go through the entire competition as the German teams, they were not eligible for any votes.

With packages and the delivery problems of the last mile, we continued the presentations. The team Gymnasium bei St. Michael from Schwäbisch-Hall developed a concept they called P-Box – For Green Delivery.

They discussed their idea with Katja Diehl, VCD Verkehrsclub Deutschland e.V., Carsten Hansen, Bundesverband Paket und Expresslogistik e. V., and Rolf Meyer, Meyer & Meyer Holding SE & Co. KG.

After the lunch break, we learned what the word Upgreening? means. It’s the idea of the team RBZ Wirtschaft . Kiel to change the traffic in the cities of tomorrow. They want to consult companies on who the improve the way employees come to work or travel during work time in matters of health, environment and motivation.

In a lively discussion, Katja Diehl, Hans Haans from Tilburg University and  Stefan Profit exchanged arguments and ideas with the team about their network, their future plans and their marketing efforts.

Next up was the question how manage the integration of refugees into your society. REFUCATION – Integration of Refugees through Education was the answer of the team Albertus-Magnus-Gymnasium Stuttgart. They want students to help refugees as part of their school agenda to improve their skills in German and maths because many refugees that start an apprenticeship often fail the theoretical exams due to missing language skills.

Jill Addo from the Federal Employment Agency, Thomas Bauer from the RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research, and Panu Poutvaara, Ludwig-Maximilian Universität München & Sachverständigenrat deutscher Stiftungen für Integration und Migration, joined the stage to discuss this idea. They acknowledged the importance of such a plan and suggested several aspects to look for.

Last on the stage for the first day was a team that tackled an issue that relates to all of us. PSEC-Reform – Pension Stabilization Equity Change aims at solving the problems that come with the demographic change. They came up with calculations for a new formula to stabilise the pension system.

On the stage, our experts Florentyna Farghly, Stefan Profit, and Gert Georg Wagner, Chairman of The Social Advisory Council (Sozialbeirat der Bundesregierung) took a close look at the concept, going through the numbers and graphics and asking detailed questions to the team.

What a day that was. We are happy to see that the teams continued to work on their ideas after the regional finales, added more aspects to it and were well prepared for the discussions.

So, time to rest for all in the evening and to get ready for the second day!

Your YES! team

The Finalists

in alphabetical order

Albertus-Magnus-Gymnasium Stuttgart

Solution: REFUCATION – Integration of Refugees through Education
Topic: From Flight to Labour Market – How Can the Integration of Refugees Succeed? by Yvonne Giesing, Carla Rhode, Tanja Stitteneder und Madhinee Valeyatheepillay, ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich

Berlin International School

Solution: ProtectMe – An App Helping to Protect Victims of Sexual Abuse
Understanding why and how much people lie by Kai Barron, WZB Berlin Social Science Center

Burg-Gymnasium Bad Bentheim

Solution: H like hope – H like H-bike
Rethinking Mobility: We need a fundamental Transportation Transformation by Marco Horvarth, RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

Engelsburg Gymnasium Kassel

Solution: Integra
Strengthening labour market integration of refugees: Which approaches work? by Paul Berbée, ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

Gymnasium an der Gartenstraße Möchengladbach

Solution: PSEC-Reform – Pension Stabilization Equity Change
Topic: Maintaining intergenerational justice when populations are aging: How to distribute scarce resources across generations? by Philipp Jäger, RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

Gymnasium bei St. Michael Schwäbisch Hall

Solution: P-Box – For Green Delivery
Topic: The last-mile challenge – How can the economic objectives of delivery services be agreed with a resource-conserving urban development? by Caroline Vogel und Sabine Rumscheidt, ifo Institute – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich

Gymnasium Köln-Pesch

Solution: Shared Remote Offices – Enable Well-Paid Jobs in Rural Areas
The rural-urban divide: How can rural areas keep up? by Fernanda Martinez Flores and Gökay Demir, RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Gymnasium Dresden

Solution: A Safe Bank Account For Everyone
Who needs banks? Or, does finance spur economic growth? by Felix Noth, IWH – Halle Institute for Economic Research

RBZ Wirtschaft . Kiel

Solution: Upgreening
Traffic Concepts for the City of Tomorrow by Timm Leinker and Luca Wettlaufer, ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics

Richard-Hallmann-Schule Trappenkamp

Solution: Be schlau, eat less cow
Climate Protection: How to change our way of life? by Christine Merk, IfW Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Robert-Schuman-Gymnasium Cham

Solution: Improving equality of opportunities with My2tor
Topic: Improving Equality of Opportunity: Key to a fair society? by Domenika Langenmayer and Lennard Zyska, KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt

Werner-Heisenberg-Gymnasium Weinheim

Solution: GreenPay – a private incentive system for a sustainable future
Climate Change and the European C02 Market by Carina Fugger and Sebastian Voigt, ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research

UK Guest Team (out of competition)

Malvern College

Solution: SWIGE – Saving the gig economy
Topic: The rise of the online gig: How can policy and the labour market adapt to modern gig work? by Annika Johnson, University of Bristol


Jill Addo
Federal Employment Agency

Jill Addo is a lawyer who works as an expert for the coordination unit refugees at the headquarters of the Federal Employment Agency in Nuremberg. Before that, she worked for the Employer Services Department Hamburg on ‘third country nationals’ admission into the german labour market.

Photo: (c) Sven Lorenz / RWI

Prof. Dr. Thomas Bauer
Vice President
RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research

Thomas Bauer is currently Vice-President of RWI – Leibniz Institute for Economic Research and professor of economics at the University of Bochum (Ruhr-Universität Bochum). His main research interests are in the fields of migration, labor economics and micoreconometrics.

Photo: (c) ASU

Peter Byck
Professor of Practice + Director/Producer
Arizona State Universty + Carbon Nation

Peter Byck is a professor of practice at Arizona State University, in both the School of Sustainability and the Cronkite School of Journalism. He is the director, producer and writer of “Carbon Nation.” He is currently helping to lead a $5.3 million research project on Adaptive Multi-Paddock (AMP) grazing; collaborating with 20 scientists and 10 ranchers, focused on soil health & soil carbon storage, microbial/bug/bird biodiversity, water cycling and much more. Byck is preparing to release a feature-length documentary
(in 10 parts), Carbon Cowboys, focused on regenerative grazing: and is in production on a long-form documentary on the AMP grazing research project.
Byck’s 1st documentary, “Garbage,” won the South by Southwest Film Festival, screened in scores of festivals and played at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center. Byck’s 2nd documentary, “Carbon Nation”, has screened all over the world; it won the IVCA Clarion Award, the GreenMe Global Festival, and was runner-up for the EMA Award.

Photo: (c) Hamburg Commercial Bank

Dr. Cyrus de la Rubia
Chief Economist
Hamburg Commercial Bank AG

Cyrus de la Rubia is Chief Economist at Hamburg Commercial Bank where he works since 2005. Cyrus de la Rubia has a master degree in economics and holds a PhD in economics of the University of Potsdam. He started his career at Dresdner Bank Lateinamerika, heading the economics department. His main research fields are monetary policy, internationale trade and business cycles as well as digitization in connection with blockchain technology.


Katja Diehl
Federal Board Member of the VCD Verkehrsclub Deutschland e.V.
Communication Consulting

Katja Diehl comes from Hamburg and is a communications and management consultant focusing on New Mobility, New Work and Diversity. She holds keynotes, moderates events and workshops and hosts the podcast #SheDrivesMobility every 14 days.
After starting as a journalist and press spokeswoman as well as expertise in leading positions at logistics and mobility companies, she advises companies and start-ups on their brand communication and positioning.

Florentyna Farghly, Ph.D.
Research Advisor
Behavioural Insights Team

Flo is a Research Advisor working on financial behaviour projects as part of BIT’s Financial Capability Lab. Prior to taking on this role, Flo worked in the Social Capital team focusing on design, implementation and analysis of interventions that improve social mobility and inclusion. Flo holds a PhD in Economics from Royal Holloway, University of London.

Dr. Hans Haans
Academic Director
Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Hans Haans, Director of the Econasium and Academic director of the pre-master at Tilburg University. He also teaches and publishes in the field of Marketing and Marketing Research. One of the fields of expertise is Food Waste..

Photo: private

Carsten Hansen
Leiter Innenstadtlogistik
Bundesverband Paket und Expresslogistik e. V. (BIEK)

Parcel delivery becomes more and more a crucial part of ensuring the main functions of Cities.
Not even one City could provide good living conditions without a well-functioning delivery of goods. As Commissioner of Citylogistics of the German Parcel and Express Association (BIEK) it‘s my main task to keep the Cities with their municipal councils informed about the Parcel Companies needs and possible delivery concepts.

Dr. Annika Johnson
Lecturer in Economics

Annika Johnson is a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Bristol, specialising in economics education. Her research focusses on the design of systems for allocating of goods when prices can’t legally be used, such as school choice, university admissions, social housing and human organs..

Photo: (c) hySOLUTIONS

Heinrich Klingenberg
Managing Director

Heinrich Klingenberg is Managing Director of the company hySOLUTIONS and an expert on public transport issues with more than 30 years of professional experience in the field of buses, including his membership in the board of the Hamburger Hochbahn AG. In 2005, he took over the management of the newly founded hySOLUTIONS GmbH with the aim of establishing the hydrogen economy in Hamburg. In 2009, the scope of tasks was expanded to include the field of electromobility. Key projects are the development of charging infrastructure for electric cars and buses, the expansion of the network of hydrogen refueling stations in Hamburg, the testing of fuel cell hybrid buses and battery buses with and without fuel cell as a range extender.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Lange
Professor of Economics
Universität Hamburg

Andreas Lange is a professor of economics at the University of Hamburg. Before, he had an appointment as Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland. He serves as Co-Editor-in Chief for Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. His research includes theoretical, experimental and applied work on issues in public and environmental as well as behavioral economics.

Photo: (c) Uwe Lewandowski

Rolf Meyer
Managing Director
CityWOW! GmbH & Co. KG

Rolf Meyer is shareholder and supervisory board member of Meyer & Meyer Holding SE & Co. KG, a forwarding company based in Osnabrück. Meyer & Meyer is regarded as one of the pioneers in the field of battery-powered heavy trucks. Rolf Meyer is also Managing Director of the consulting firm CityWOW!, which supports municipalities in sustainable urban development, and Deputy Chairman of the DIHK Transport Committee.

Photo: (c) ifo Institut

Prof. Dr. Panu Poutvaara
Professor of Economics, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich

Panu Poutvaara is Professor of Economics at the University of Munich (LMU Munich) and Director of the ifo Center for International Institutional Comparisons and Migration Research. His main research interests are migration, public economics, and political economics. He is also member of the Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration (SVR-Migration).

Dr. Stefan Profit
German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

Stefan Profit holds the position of a Deputy Director General in the Economic Policy Department of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy. His directorate deals with macroeconomic developments, economic analyses and projections. He has an academic background in labour economics holding a doctoral degree in Economics from Humboldt University Berlin.

Dr. Jens Reich
Deutsche Bundesbank

Dr. Jens Reich is employed by Deutsche Bundesbank. As a member of the Strategic Policy Group of the DG Financial Stability he is responsible for General questions regarding financial stability. As Deputy Head of the Vice President’s Office he coordinates all tasks regarding financial stability for the Vice President.

Sigrid Richter-Unger
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Prävention und Intervention bei Kindesmisshandlung, -vernachlässigung und sexualisierter Gewalt e.V.

Ms Richter-Unger is a member of the executive board of the German Society for Prevention and Intervention in Child Abuse, Neglect and Sexualised Violence. The DGfPI is an association of approximately 750 experts (individuals and institutions) who have set themselves the common goal of actively campaigning for the improvement of child protection and is, among other things, the sponsor of model projects for the sexualised abuse of children. Mrs. Richter-Unger herself has headed a counselling centre for many years and is active, among other things, in the therapy of perpetrators.

Prof. Dr. Sarah Smith
Professor of Economics

Sarah Smith is Professor and Head of Economics at the University of Bristol. She is also chair of the Royal Economic Society Womens Committee and chair of the Royal Economic Society Womens Committee and chair of the RES campaign to promote diversity in undergraduate economics. Her research interests are in empirical micro-economics, focusing primarily on public policy issues.

Shelly Steward, Ph.D.
Research Manager, Future of Work
The Aspen Institute

Shelly Steward serves as research manager for the Future of Work Initiative at the Aspen Institute, an international think tank that acts as a nonpartisan forum for values-based leadership and the exchange of ideas. At the Future of Work Initiative, she examines the challenges facing workers and businesses in the 21st century, and identifies innovative solutions that can contribute to shared prosperity today and into the future.

Prof. Dr. Holger D. Thiele
Professor for Agricultural Economics and Statistics

Prof. Dr. Holger Thiele is a Professor for Agricultural Economics and Statistics at the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel. He gives lectures in Agricultural and Environmental Policy and in Basics of Businessplanning. Prof. Thiele is also responsible for the AgriFood-Start-Ups and currently supports Start-Ups dealing with milk price risk management and animal welfare.

Photo: (c) DIW Berlin

Prof. Dr. Gert G. Wagner
Chairman of The Social Advisory Council (Sozialbeirat der Bundesregierung)

Gert G. Wagner is Senior Research Fellow at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Max Planck Fellow at the MPI for Human Development (Berlin), and a Research Associate of the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HHIG, Berlin). He is a member of the “National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)”, chairman of The Social Advisory Council (Sozialbeirat der Bundesregierung), and he serves on the German federal government’s commission “Reliable Intergenerational Contract” (Verlaesslicher Generationenvertrag, 2018-2020),

Wiebke Weger

Wiebke Weger is a freelance marketing expert with more than 20 years of working experience in the fields of digitisation of customer communication, strategy development and consumer goods marketing.

Photo: (c) V. Winter

Prof. Dr. Mechthild Wolff
Head of BA Social Work in Child and Youth Care
Landshut University of Applied Sciences

Since 2002 Prof. Dr. Wolff has been working as a senior professor at the Faculty of Social Work at the University of applied Scienes in Landshut/Bavaria. Her major job is to give seminars and lectures, her focus is pedagogy, child protection and chilrens´s rights. Additionally, she is involved in several research projects which deal with child protection in professional organisations, such as schools, children´s homes, clinics and so on.

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