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Digital Day 2021: “Prize for Digital Coexistence” starts in the application phase

  • Award in the categories "Digital Participation" and "Digital Engagement" with a total of 20,000 euros in prize money
  • The prize will be awarded on the occasion of the nationwide Digital Day on June 18, 2021

Berlin, February 16, 2021 - Initiatives for digital participation can now apply for the “Prize for digital cooperation” 2021. The award, endowed with a total of 20,000 euros, will be presented on the occasion of the second nationwide digital day on June 18, 2021. Eligible individuals, groups, initiatives, non-governmental organizations and non-profit organizations can apply until the end of April. This is communicated by the “Digital for All” initiative. The alliance of 27 organizations from the fields of civil society, culture, science, business, welfare and the public sector is the sponsor of the Digital Day, the nationwide day of action for digital participation. "With the award for digital cooperation, we recognize initiatives that are outstanding and innovative in promoting digital participation, facilitating access to the digital world and giving everyone the opportunity of digitization," says Anna-Lena Hosenfeld, managing director of "Digital for Everyone". The prize is awarded in the categories "Digital Participation" and "Digital Engagement", each endowed with 10,000 euros. The application is made online at www.digital-mitein.de. The deadline for submitting entries to the competition is April 30, 2021. The “Prize for Digital Coexistence” is sponsored by atene KOM GmbH.

Prizes in two categories

In the "Digital participation" category awards are given to projects that contribute to ensuring that all social groups can benefit from digital change and that all parts of society can participate in the digital world. We are looking for projects that enable digitally disadvantaged groups to escape digital margins and help ensure that all members of society can move confidently and safely in the digital world.

In the Category "Digital Engagement" new forms of engagement in the digital space are recognized. There is a demand for projects that use digital technologies in innovative ways to improve and expand civic engagement, or that open up completely new avenues of engagement with the help of digital technologies.

Prominent jury

After the application deadline, an independent jury will select which projects will make it to the finals and then decide on the winners in both categories. Among the jurors are renowned personalities from civil society, religion, politics and business:

  • Denis Bartelt (Founder & CEO Startnext)
  • Prof. Dr. Heinrich Bedford-Strohm (Chairman of the EKD Council)
  • Petra Bentkämper (President of the Deutscher LandFrauenverband e.V.)
  • Achim Berg (President Bitkom e.V.)
  • Franziska Giffey (Federal Minister for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth)
  • Julia Klöckner (Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture)
  • Carsten Knop (Editor Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)
  • Raul Krauthausen (inclusion activist & founder of SOZIALHELDEN e.V.)
  • Ina Remmers (managing director & co-founder next door.de)

Projects that have already started and are geared towards the common good can apply

The award for digital togetherness is intended to honor the commitment of those who actively promote digital participation or make digital change usable for civic engagement and give such projects visibility. Individuals or groups who get involved with the help of digital technologies or who advocate digital participation and are oriented towards the common good can apply. In addition, only projects that have already started successfully and are geared towards long-term, continuous commitment are eligible to participate. Initiatives that primarily pursue commercial or self-economic purposes are excluded.

Digital day is intended to promote digital participation in the long term

The digital day took place for the first time in 2020 and reached people all over Germany with more than 1,400 campaigns. The aim is to promote digital participation in Germany. The "Prize for Digital Cohesion" 2020 won in the category "Digital Participation" the project Dorf.Zukunft.Digital, in the category "Digital Engagement" the active association and in the special category "Digital Cohesion in Times of Corona" the project rescue Ring.de. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier received the winners virtually in Bellevue Palace. This year's winners will also be nominated for the German Engagement Prize 2022. Information and background information on the “Digital for Everyone” initiative as well as the Digital Day, the campaigns and opportunities to participate can be found at www.digitaltag.eu.

Partner of the "Digital for All" initiative:

AWO Federal Association | Federal Working Group of Senior Citizens' Organizations (BAGSO) | Federation of German Industries (BDI) | Bitkom | Federal Parents' Council | German Research Foundation | German Federal Youth Association | German Caritas Association | German Cultural Council | German Country Women’s Association | German District Assembly | German Nature Conservation Ring | German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB) | German Association of Cities | German Association of Towns and Municipalities (DStGB) | German Adult Education Association (DVV) | Diakonie Deutschland - Evangelical Work for Diakonia and Development | Hartmannbund - Association of Doctors in Germany | University Rectors' Conference | Association of TÜV (VdTÜV) | Association of Municipal Enterprises (VKU) | Federal Association of Consumers | Science in Dialogue | Central Association of German Crafts (ZdH) | Central welfare office for Jews in Germany