Deep Tech Award 2019

Category: Competitions


For the fourth time, the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises is offering the Deep Tech Award (DTA) in conjunction with SIBB e.V., the ICT & Digital Busi¬ness Association Berlin-Brandenburg, as part of the Project Future state initiative and the “log in. berlin” campaign for the IT location Berlin.

The Deep Tech Award is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is endowed with € 60,000. The “Deep Tech Stars“ will be awarded by State Secretary Christian Rickerts on April 3, 2019 in Berlin.

Head to to register for the "Deep Tech Stars" award ceremony.

Until midnight on February 28, 2019, companies established in the state of Berlin can apply for Deep Tech Stars with application-oriented and proven solutions and products based on software and/or hardware. Applications should be characterized by a high degree of innovation and great future potential. The competition is aimed particularly at small and medium-sized companies in Berlin.

You will find the application form for the Deep Tech Award 2019 via

State Secretary Christian Rickerts, Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises of the State of Berlin:  “Whether in the energy sector, the healthcare industry or mechanical engineering - topics such as the Internet of Things, Additive Manufacturing and Artificial Intelligence are gaining in importance for more and more Berlin companies. In particular, we wish to support small and medium-sized companies which offer innovative solutions in the fields of hardware and system-related software. With the presentation of the Deep Tech Award, we are making the sustainable potential of our city more visible." 

Dirk Stocksmeier, Deputy Chairman of the Board of SIBB e.V. on the competition:“The 4th Deep Tech Award will once again put the spotlight on Berlin's IT companies which develop innovative, technology-intensive solutions and products. As cross-sectional technologies, they make a major contribution to digitization, value creation and innovative spirit of the whole of the capital region. Giving them a stage and impetus for further successful development has been the motivation for the joint competition of the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises and SIBB since the start in 2015. In the meantime, some of the award winners have written impressive success stories to which the Deep Tech Award has contributed. I am curious to see which stories will start with the fourth award ceremony and who will be on stage as Deep Tech Star 2019."

Former winner Lothar Feige from pikkerton GmbH, who received a Deep Tech Star for the SC-100 fall detection system developed for home use in 2015, encourages companies to apply: "For us, the DTA 2015 was an important milestone in many respects. We applied for such an award for the first time. The application and registration process was uncomplicated and extremely motivating due to the attractive prize money. In addition, our participation opened up new horizons for us with regard to further awards, including international ones. The DTA practically gave us the go-ahead to present our developments to the public in a self-confident way through further competition submissions. To date, we have won five more prizes.“

Submissions can come from the following areas:

  • Devices, device Management, embedded systems
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Networks (low power/short range, low power/wide area)
  • Processors and architectures
  • Operating systems
  • Platforms
  • Analytical tools, algorithms, event stream processing und analysis models
  • Standards and APIs
  • Security technologies for devices, operating systems, platforms and communication channels
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions and technologies
  • Industry 4.0 solutions and technologies

The jury’s assessment will take into account the degree and level of innovation, independ-ence of the competition entry, unique selling points (USPs), advantages or added value from the user’s perspective, market potential, the data protection and data security concept and, if applicable, the hardware and software design.

You will find the complete tender documentation for the competition here

The submitted entries will be evaluated by an independent jury of top-class experts. You can find out more on here

Background on the ITBranchenverband SIBB e.V.

SIBB e.V. is an association representing the interests of the IT and Internet industries in Berlin and Brandenburg. The association is an established partner of the entire industry in the capital region and is involved in shaping the political and economic framework conditions. SIBB e.V. networks the players in the industry and represents their interests in politics and society. The association also ensures an active exchange far beyond the boundaries of the industry and addresses users and suppliers alike with its offers. Numerous events organized by the association therefore promote exchange, cooperation and the growth of knowledge. Regular events include forums, networks, groups of regulars and compact seminars. SIBB congresses and trade fair appearances are the highlights of the year. The more than 200 member companies include IT service providers and software providers, telecommunications companies, companies in the digital economy as well as universities and research institutes. These comprise established institutions and well-known companies as well as start-ups.

SIBB region is the network for the IT and Internet industry in Brandenburg. It is part of SIBB e.V. and is based in Wildau. The SIBB region network is funded by the Brandenburg Ministry of Economics and Energy as part of the joint task of "improving the regional economic structure" (GRW) with funds from the Federal Government and the state of Brandenburg.

Über die The Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises

The Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises is the economic administration of the state of Berlin. Its core tasks are the promotion of the economy and the creation of the right framework conditions for companies. The Senate Department is likewise responsible for the Energy and Public Enterprises departments.




Betül Özdemir

IKT-Wirtschaft, Open Data und Deep Tech Berlin