Meet the IPRIZE jury

We are excited to announce the jury for the IPRIZE! This high-level, expert set of jurors will evaluate the pitches given by the startups that are shaping the machine economy of the future. The pitches will take place at the Unconference on September 28, 2017 at TAK Theatre in Berlin. The only way you can attend this exclusive, invite-only event is by being selected through your IPRIZE application. Haven’t applied yet? Take 3 minutes and do it now! Click here to be taken to the application page:

Our jurors will select the top candidates for each category (society, business, culture) – both early-stage start-ups and individuals – and announce the short list of applicants on September 1st. These short-listed finalists will be invited to the innogy Innovation Hub UnConference on September 28th in Berlin for the final pitch-off. In each category one early-stage start-up will gain seed investment of up to 250k. In addition to that the two most brilliant individual applicants will be awarded a 2k stipend/month and free office space in Berlin.

We’re sure you’ve heard the names of the jury members – here’s what they have to say about the IPRIZE and technical advancements in Blockchain, Machine Learning, robots, IoT, and AI:


 “I am proud to join forces with the innogy Innovation Hub to enable the machine economy ecosystem in Germany, Europe and beyond. We are on the brink of a dramatic transformation and with GTEC as a partner, we are preparing for the new opportunities that will come.”
-Benjamin Rohé, Managing Director of GTEC




The intersection of Blockchain, AI, and IoT can be very empowering. But we need privacy by design. Otherwise we will build a universal control machine skynet.”
– Shermin Voshgmir, Founder of BlockchainHub






“The digital, physical and biological spheres are converging in the 4th industrial revolution. A huge variety of new technologies are at the tipping point with massive impact on our live, work and society. Technology is significantly changing entire industries and destroying many of today’s business models. The IPRIZE is addressing super huge opportunities while mitigating the negative consequences for the good of society.” – Carsten Stöcker, Blockchain Evangelist at innogy Innovation Hub






“It’s critical that we build a future where humans can compete with machines. This means putting resources into education, innovation and governance.”
-Bruce Pon, CEO BigchainDB



“In Europe, the innogy Innovation Hub is second to none when it comes to enabling and accelerating the m2m (Machine to Machine) economy. Also in Israel, the world leading ecosystem in Blockchain and AI, we are on the forefront of shaping the machine economy ecosystem. The IPRIZE is the special opportunity to co-create real solutions for the challenges of tomorrow.”
-Mickey Steiner, Managing Director innogy Innovation Center, Israel





“Our world is changing rapidly. We are facing a new economy where many tasks will be automated and machines, agents and AI algorithms become the new stakeholders. How will people then have meaning? A lot of people derive meaning from their employment. If you have an answer to this question, apply for the IPRIZE!”
– Kerstin Eichmann, Operational Lead „Machine Economy“ at innogy Innovation Hub




“Blockchain, IoT and machine learning open opportunity spaces that go beyond anything that has been here before. At the innogy Innovation Hub we embrace the unknown and I am especially excited to enable its implementation into practice. The IPRIZE is the perfect platform to tap into new spheres and support those innovating towards the industry 4.0.” -Torsten Dahmen, Enterprise Solution Architect at innogy Innovation Hub

Click here to apply for the IPRIZE now!

Deadline is August 4th, 2017.

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