goethe unibator

Der Goethe Unibator, das Förderprogramm für junge Gründer und Gründerinnen an der Goethe-Universität Frankfurt, veranstaltet gemeinsam mit der Frankfurter Buchmesse einen Ideenwettbewerb rund um das Thema „Digital Publishing“.

Die Deadline für Einreichungen ist am 15. Juli.

Call for entries: Frankfurt Book Fair and Goethe-Unibator announce their second ideas competition for digital publishing

For the second time, the Frankfurt Book Fair (8–12 October 2014) and the Goethe-Unibator are inviting entries to the Digital Publishing Creative Ideas Competition (#dpc14). The search is on for innovative ideas and creative approaches in digital publishing – more specifically, in the field of content production. “We’re looking for smart solutions in content production,” says Holger Volland, VP Media Industries at the Frankfurt Book Fair. “This could include, for instance, tools, platforms, services or other concepts that allow users to create, share, distribute and improve content.” Possible examples could be web supported self-publishing platforms, automated content creation, tools for user-generated content and much more besides. With the Digital Publishing Ideas Competition, the organisers want to provide a forum for unconventional thinkers and visionaries – a place where they can shape tomorrow’s content production in diverse ways and with open minds.

“We’re delighted to be able to continue our cooperation with the Frankfurt Book Fair,” says Professor Roberto V. Zicari, Director of the Goethe-Unibator. “The Digital Publishing Creative Ideas Competition offers an excellent opportunity for teams working on innovative ideas and products to present their projects to the public.”

An expert jury will select the five most outstanding concepts. These will be presented prior to the Frankfurt Book Fair, in the context of the CONTEC conference, on Tuesday 7 October. The finalists will each have a few minutes to present their ideas to the audience, during which time they will be allowed to use appropriate presentation tools. The members of the jury attending on the day will then award prizes to the three best ideas.

Entry formalities

Idea sketches submitted should cover the following main elements:

1. What is the central objective, challenge or problem?

2. What needs to be changed or improved and how should the challenges be solved?

Format: Entries will only be accepted as PDF files comprising no more than two A4 pages printed in an 11-point typeface with line spacing of 1.5. Entries that exceed these parameters will not be taken into consideration. Please submit your ideas in English. The deadline is 15 July 2014.

A link to upload your PDF file is available here:


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This year’s jury comprises:

York Freiling (attorney at law, Hoppenstedt legal chambers), Dr. Manfred Spindler (board member, Business Angels FrankfurtRhein-Main e.V.), Prof. Jörg Scheidt (professor for analytical information systems, University of Applied Sciences Hof), Andreas Lukic (ValueNet Capital Partners GmbH), Adam Azani (EsyMix Packaging Inc.), Dr Markus Solf (famPlus GmbH), Dr Björn Braun (senior consultant, Gartner), Marco Piskurek (Marketing Consulting & Strategic Planning), Shirly Pugh (SPMJ Technology Consulting Ltd), Prof. Dr. Maria-Roser Valenti (professor, Institute for Theoretical Physics, Goethe University Frankfurt), Holger Volland (Vice President Media Industries, Frankfurt Book Fair), Dr Dirk Frank (press speaker, Goethe University Frankfurt)


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