National Final 2018

National Final – YES! 20182018-10-29T12:11:09+01:00

The winning teams of the YES! 2018

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1st place:
Fritz-Erler-Schule Pforzheim II

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2nd place:
Cecilien-Gymnasium Düsseldorf

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3rd place:
Gesamtschule Waldbröl

Day 1 of the National Final 2018

September 27, 2018

Welcome to the YES! 2018

It’s the first day of this year’s final – a new location, teams from four different regions, two moderators and twelve solutions that have made it through the regional finals.

The teams prepared themselves with printouts of the solutions for the upcoming presentations. Photo: (c) YES!

Conny Czymoch and David Patrician, our moderators, gave a warm welcome to the participants and forwarded the greeting by Peter Altmaier, the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, the patron of the YES!. In his written statement, he stressed the importance of the economic education for students and thanked all the scientists, teachers and students for the efforts and engagement.

To be the first team to come onto the stage is always tough, but the group of the Carl-Maria-von-Weber Gymnasium from Eutin did a great job promoting their idea. They had chosen the topic of “Why don’t they care? Nudges to improve willingness to help?” by Lena Detlefsen and Katharina Lima de Miranda from the IfW Kiel. Their idea focused on teaching younger children how to make the first response in case of an emergency. Their concept of a seal for schools to provide such seminars for their students was strongly supported by one of the experts, Bernd W. Böttiger. Prof Böttiger of the University Hospital of Cologne emphasised that such a concept has the potential – if properly implemented – to save thousands of lives each year. The second expert, Karsten Schmidt of the Roskilde University and an expert on nudging, indeed saw the potential as well, but also recommended some improvements on the nudging side of the project.

Second on stage was a team from the new region East. The Alfred-Nobel-Gesamtschule Potsdam wants to involve young school students in research. Their supporting scientist, Henry Sauermann of the ESMT Berlin, proposed the topic “Involving Citizens in Research: Improving Science and Society”. The team came up with the concept of an online platform, directed to teachers and students, that include citizen science projects that are suitable for using them at school. The two experts were Katrin Vohland of the Museum for Natural Science in Berlin and Ole Wintermann of the Bertelsmann Stiftung. They both recognised the positive elements of the idea immediately, but also recommended some improvements to benefit from the existing platforms.

Sustaining the World’s Oceans“ by Christine Bertram of the IfW Kiel was the topic to talk about after the first break of the day. The team of the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Schule Neumünster introduced their booklet for children with some animal characters to teach young children how to behave correctly to prevent further pollution of the seas. Our experts for this session, Mirjam Steffensky from the IPN – Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education, and Achim Lauber from the JFF – Institut für Medienpädagogik, expressed their support for the booklet right away. They pointed out that such a brochure is not designed to solve a problem like the pollution of the oceans, but a good starting point to educating younger children and thus being an essential step in the right direction.

The team Cecilien-Gymnasium Düsseldorf discussed their solutions with our experts Wiebke Weger and Lars Müller. Photo: (c) YES!

The fourth proposal of the morning was presented by a team from the region South-West, Otto-Schott-Gymnasium Mainz-Gonsenheim:  “Citizen’s Assistant – Improve Efficiency in Public Administration”. The idea is a response to the challenge by Sebastian Blesse and Thomas Schwab of the ZEW called „eGoverning Germany: The future of public administration„. In a lively presentation, the group outlined their expectations for a service-oriented citizen service by the public administration. This time, three experts commented on the solution. Nuria Villanova of the OECD, Dirk-Hinnerk Fischer of the Tallinn University of Technology and Thomas Langkabel of the Initiative D21. They all supported the basic idea of making public services more available in a digital fashion but also agreed that it is a long way to go to do this change.

Next on stage after a relaxing lunch break was the team Cecilien-Gymnasium Düsseldorf. They tackled the problem of lack of trust in shopping reviews on the Internet, as described in the challenge “Transactions via the Internet – How can trust be built?” by the researchers Rebekka Rehm and Clemens Recker of the iwp Institute for Economic Policy at the University of Cologne. Their answer to this question is called “1Feedback”, a system that combines writing reviews of purchases across the Internet along with a gamification aspect and a reward system. The experts for this session were Wiebke Weger, an experienced and independent marketing expert, and Lars Müller, CEO of the marketing agency wigital. They were impressed by the presentation of the team, yet they also pointed out how difficult a project like this could be regarding data protection and the interchange between online shops.

New ways for a future-proof and generation-appropriate care” was the topic provided by Ingo Kolodziej of the RWI Leibniz Institute for Economic Research in Essen. This was the task, and the team of Gesamtschule Waldbröl developed the concept of an online platform where young people get a bounty in various forms to help older adults. Karsten Schmidt of the Roskilde University and Juliane Zielonka of the Techniker Krankenkasse as experts on this topic quickly engaged in a discussion on the pros and cons of the proposal.

What a way to end a presentation on „High-Five“, the solution proposed by the Fritz-Erler-Schule Pforzheim. Photo: (c) YES!

The final presentation of the first day was left for the team of Fritz-Erler-Schule Pforzheim, and their topic was one that affects a large number of children: “How to combat child poverty and how can children and adolescents be best supported”, which was proposed by Holger Stichnoth of the ZEW Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim. The team presented their approach “High Five”, which includes activities at schools and the communities to support children that excluded from many activities because their families can’t afford them. The discussants, Dagmar Balve-Hauff of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Sabine Hübgen of the WZB Berlin Social Science Centre and Achim Lauber of JFF – Institut für Medienpädagogik, all agreed on the importance of a proposal like “High Five” and to put children in the focus of the project.

What a great Day 1 it was at the YES! 2018 National Final. We certainly enjoyed the presentations, the critical questions both from the experts and the audience and how the presenters found arguments to defend their idea.

We are looking forward to the Day 2 with the remaining five teams and the voting.

Stay tuned!

Day 2 of the National Final 2018

September 28, 2018

After the long first day, the teams returned on Friday morning to the Bucerius Law School to attend the final five presentations. The first team took us to Africa! BBS Burgdorf dealt with the topic “How to Strengthen the Economy in African Developing Countries”, which was proposed by Roland Dörn of the RWI Essen. The solution they came up was an app called “Ubatimu” – an app that should help African farmers, by simulation and gamification, to find the best possible crops and fertilisers for their land. Our experts, Martin Foth-Feldhusen of the GIZ and Holger Thiele of the University of Applied Science Kiel, were critical towards the approach for several reasons but also acknowledged the innovative format of the solution.

Second on stage was the Georg-Büchner-Gymnasium Berlin. By having an interactive presentation of their solution “RSMS – A Better indicator for Economic Forecasting”, the group kept the audience interested in their topic “Sense and Nonsense of Economic Forecasts:  Motivation and Methods for macroeconomic  Forecasts” by Ferdinand Fichtner of the DIW Berlin. Nora Hesse of the European Commission and Cyrus de la Rubia, chief economist of the HSH Nordbank, both thought that the idea is a good step in the right direction. In a lively discussion, the team responded to the many questions by the audience.

Promoting financial inclusion: New policies and technological innovations through digital finance”, by Helke Seitz and Tim Kaiser of the DIW Berlin was the next topic on the table. The team of Berlin International School tackled this problem and came up with “Virgo – A Financial Ecosystem Reinventing Microfinance”. This system, based on an app, should enable people in developing countries to get access to finance more easily. Three experts joined the discussion, Cyrus de la Rubia, Nora Hesse and Thorsten Grenz of KIMBRIA. Quickly, an active debate evolved regarding the Virgo system, blockchain technology and microfinancing in general.

The last session before the lunch break circled around the topic “Promoting Digitisation in Business” by Jörg Ohnemus and Steffen Viete of ZEW Mannheim. The team Saarpfalz Gymnasium Homburg developed the concept of “M.I.T. – A Certificate for Digital Skills”, a system of training opportunities for employees. This session was moderated by Susan Djahangard, editor at “Die Zeit”, who welcomed Dagmar Balve-Hauff of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy and Dirk-Hinnerk Fischer of the Tallinn University of Technology. The experts agreed with the team that there is the need for a continuous qualification on the job, but they also saw an already established market in this field.

Ranking the solutions at the YES! is not easy, but takes a lot of discussions. Photo: (c) YES!

The final presentation of the YES! 2018 was about “The Facebook Business Model -You are the Product” by Cora-Wacker-Theodorakopolous and Timm Leinker of ZBW Leibniz Information Centre of Economics. The team of Gymnasium Wellingdorf asked themselves what kind of data has Facebook of each user. They used the options Facebook provides of downloading the user’s data and developed the concept of an app to visualise the data to understand more easily. The experts, Anne Riechert of Stiftung Datenschutz and Jil Sörensen of Hamburg Media School, pointed out how important it is to be sensible about the personal data and that such an app could undoubtedly improve the awareness.

Next, after the 1-minute-pitches of each team and a clear instruction on the voting procedures, the announcement of the winners was on the agenda.

Each team ranked the others and distributed 11 points to their favourite, 10 to the next and so on. And, as something new to the YES! in 2018, representatives of each team came to the stage to tell and explain, which team they ranked first. Excitingly, it showed that all the teams did a great job because a great variety of solutions was as the favourite solutions.

The three winning teams of 2018. Photo: (c) YES!

But not only the large numbers count. And so the winning teams finally were announced. Third place was the group Gesamtschule Waldbröl. The second was Cecilien-Gymnasium Düsseldorf, and the first place went to, drum roll please, Fritz-Erler-Schule Pforzheim II.

After two long days at the final, four regional finals and more than half a year of working with the teams, the organising team of the YES! certainly is happy for the winners, but we also feel with the teams that didn’t make it to the top. However, we know that they worked hard. And the past years have shown to us, that you don’t need to be in the top 3 to have a great idea that can change something.

We thank all of the teams, the teachers, the research institutions and their scientists for their support throughout the year. We are looking forward to coming back again next year, even larger with the fifth region South-East and a true nationwide competition.

Your YES! team

Finalists and their solutions

in order of their appearance


Speakers 2018

Achim Lauber, M.A., graduated in Media Education and Communication, Sociology and Pedagogy from the University of Leipzig. He currently works as a researcher at JFF – Institut für Medienpädagogik in Forschung und Praxis and as a referent for media competence, research and programme at the state media authority of Thuringia. His fields of research include online media for children, media acquisition by children and youths, and youth media protection.

Prof Dr Anne Riechert is the scientific director of the Stiftung Datenschutz. Since 2009 she is a professor for „Data Protection Laws and Laws of Information Processing“ at the Frankfurt University of Applied Science. There, Anne Riechert is also a member of the Center for Applied European Studies (CAES).

University Prof Dr.Bernd W. Böttiger is the director of the „Klinik für Anästhesiologie und Operative Intensivmedizin“ at the University Hospital Cologne. He is also the chairman of the „German Resuscitation Council (GRC) / Deutscher Rat für Wiederbelebung“. Amongst others, a key aspect of his scientific and sociopolitical engagement is the non-professional reanimation, in particular, the training of school students with reanimation techniques.

Moderator of the YES! 2018

Conny Czymoch is an independent international moderator and journalist. She has been engaged in conference moderation for the European Union, German ministries, blue-chip German corporations and non-profit organizations covering a host of global topics.

Chief Economist, HSH Nordbank

Dr Dagmar Balve-Hauff is an economist and sinologist working at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). After her doctorate at the University of Heidelberg, she worked for the FAZ and the OECD. In 2004, she joined the BMWi to work in the areas of European economic and monetary policies, international oil and gas markets and doing research on economic and structural policies. From 2009 to 2011, she served at the German Embassy in Tokyo as a referent for economic affairs and traffic.

David Patrician is a freelance journalist and event moderator based in Hamburg, Germany.
Prior to that, he hosted a weekly show, in German, for Delta Radio. In addition, he has filed stories for the Westdeutsche Rundfunk, RTL Nord, Radio Bremen, Voice of America, Deutsche Welle and Newsweek.  He worked for the Voice of America, Washington, D.C., for several years and filed stories for both the English and Korean language services.  He is currently the Fulbright alumni coordinator for the Hamburg regional chapter.

Dirk-Hinnerk Fischer is a PhD student at the Ragnar-Nurkse Department for Governance and Innovation of the Tallinn University of Technology. His research fields include innovation management, regulation of the financial market and public administration – with or without algorithms. In addition, he also is part of consultations to governments, public administrations and international institutions.

Joachim Herz Stiftung

Holger D. Thiele is a professor of agricultural economics and statistics at the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel and head of the ife Institute of Food Economics in Kiel. He was born in Hamburg and studied agricultural economics, business administration, and economics. He worked at the German Universities of Kiel, Giessen, and TU Munich and the University of New England in Australia. Until 2008 he was head of the Institute of Food Economics at the Federal Dairy Research Centre in Germany. Since then he has been working as the head of the ife Institute of Food Economics in Kiel and professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel

Jil Sörensen is a research fellow at the Hamburg Media School and a PhD student at the University of Hamburg’s Institute for Media Economics.

Most of her work focuses on the economics of news markets and media bias. In a current project she, together with her colleagues, investigates the consequences of the NetzDG.

Project Manager, Joachim Herz Stiftung

Julia Plötz is a Project Manager at the Joachim Herz Stiftung where she coordinates projects in the Program Area Economics. Among others, she is responsible for the YES! – Young Economic Summit and the Economy Camp of the Joachim Herz Stiftung. Julia Plötz graduated from the University of Tuebingen and holds a Dual Masters‘ Degree in Economics from Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium and Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics in Portugal. During her studies, she worked as a trainee at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit, KfW Development Bank and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

Juliane Zielonka works at the digital office for corporate development of the Techniker Krankenkasse in Hamburg. Her tasks include the digital transformation, innovation scouting and digitalisation of healthcare. She also consults healthcare entrepreneurs to find new business opportunities for digital services and is a speaker on digital health topics.

Dr Katrin Vohland is Research Director „Science Programme Public Engagement with Science“ at the Museum für Naturkunde – Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science in Berlin. For years, she has been working on the interface of biodiversity research, politics and practice. She also co-organises the network forum „Biodiversitätsforschung Deutschland (NEFO)“.  In addition, she supports the integration of citizens and stakeholders into science by developing networks (e.g. Bü or the upcoming portal as well as by doing research on citizen science (e.g. COST Action 15212 „Citizen Science to promote creativity, scientific literacy, and innovation throughout Europe“)

Karsten Schmidt is a Ph.D. student in the field of behaviourally informed policy at Roskilde University, Denmark. His research revolves around creating, implementing and experimentally evaluating nudges in collaboration with the Danish Business Authority.

Director, ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics

Since June 2010, ProfessorTochtermann has been the director of the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics in Hamburg and Kiel. He also holds a professorship for Digital Information Infrastructures at Kiel University.

Lars Müller is CEO of the digital agency wigital GmbH in Kiel. For more than 20 years, he has been working in the fields of digital marketing, content and creation as well as product management and consulting. As the chairperson of the association „Digitale Wirtschaft Schleswig-Holstein (DiWiSH)“, he organises the exchange between the digital sector and regional companies.

Martin Foth-Feldhusen is an agricultural engineer and social scientist. He works at the GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) in the regional office North, where he coordinates the activities of the federal states regarding development politics with programs of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. His previous works include projects on the coast and sea protection as well as being a consultant on environmental management and organisational developments.

Photo: (c) Stefanie Urban

Prof. Dr. Mirjma Steffensky is Professor of Chemistry Education – Early Science Education. Leibniz-Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (IPN) at the Christian Albrechts University Kiel. Her research is focused on early science education as well as competences of preschool and school teachers. She is currently speaker of the research line 1 “Frühe Bildiung” at the IPN, member of the expert group “Naturwissenschaftliche Bildung in Kindertageseinrichtungen” of the wiff-initiative and member of the TIMSS consortium.

Nora Hesse is an economic and fiscal policy advisor at the EU Commission Representation in Germany, focusing in particular on the European Semester – the framework for the coordination of economic policies across the EU. During 2015-2017 she was coordinating the macroeconomic forecast for Romania at the Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission. Nora holds master’s degrees in Economics and Politics and in International relations and has taught Economics and Intercultural Communication for several years in Berlin.

Nuria Villanova works for the OECD on the coordination and mainstreaming of communication campaigns and the promotion of the OECD Better Life Index, a project on citizen engagement and measurement of well-being. Prior to working at the OECD, she worked in the private sector as a consultant for EU Government Affairs in Brussels. Ms Villanova graduated from Sciences Po Paris and holds a Dual Masters’ Degree in International Public Management and Political Economy from the Paris School of International Affairs and the London School of Economics.

Dr Ole Wintermann is the Senior Project Manager of the programme “Business in Society” at the Bertelsmann Stiftung. He is a member of the Governance 2.0 Network Germany and launched the international blogger platform Dr Wintermann is a co-founder of the human rights platform weye and is concerned with the future of work, globalisation, demographics, freedom of the web and open educational resources.

Sabine Hübgen works as a research fellow at the WZB and writes her dissertation in sociology at the Free University of Berlin. In her dissertation, she examined the causes of lone mothers‘ high poverty risks in Germany.

Susan Djahangard studied political science in Düsseldorf, Nottingham and Berlin. As a free journalist, she wrote for several different media. She graduated from the Henri-Nannen-School for Journalism and currently works in the economics department of „Die Zeit“.

Thomas Langkabel is the National Technology Officer of Microsoft Germany. After studying aerospace engineering, he has been involved in information technology and administrative modernisation for more than 25 years. He is a member of the board of the „Digital Government“ working group at BITKOM and has worked for several institutions and civil society initiatives for many years. Thomas Langkabel is Vice President of Initiative D21 and participates in the D21 working groups „Innovative State“ and „Digital Ethics“. He is a member of the NEGZ National E-Government Competence Center and a member of the Board of Trustees of Fraunhofer FOKUS.

Managing Partner, KIMBRIA Gesellschaft für Beteiligung und Beratung mbH

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Grenz is Managing Partner of KIMBRIA Gesellschaft für Beteiligung und Beratung mbH, Berlin and Professor of Economics and Social Sciences at Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel. Since 2009 he is Vice President of the Bundesverband der Deutschen Entsorgungswirtschaft, Berlin.

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.

Head of Project, Young Economic Summit

Dr Willi Scholz is Head of Project of the YES! – Young-Economic-Summit. Moreover, he is Science Policy Consultant at the ZBW – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics and Adjunct Professor for International Affairs at the Vesalius College in Brussels.

Director of the Program Area Economics, Joachim Herz Stiftung

Dr Wolf Prieß is Director of the Program Area Economics at the Joachim Herz Stiftung. After studying business administration, he completed the subsequent doctorate at the Department for Vocational Studies and Economic Education of the Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel. He also worked for several years in the formation of secondary and vocational teachers at the Institute of Education at the CAU before joining the Joachim Herz Stiftung in the program Area Economics in 2012.

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