Vienna, September 13, 2012 – As one of the leading technology companies in Austria, Kapsch is involved in the area of developing the next generation of technical talents. That is why Kapsch, amongst other things, is providing financial and organizational support for the first Technology Prize of Ottakring Technical High School.
Ottakring Technical High School was proclaimed Vienna’s "Most Innovative School" in 2012. The school in the 16th Viennese district will be approaching potential students with a new initiative from mid-September. Within the scope of the first Technology Prize, 10 to 14 year-old girls and boys will have the possibility to put their technical know-how to the test in a competition. For Kapsch, this partnership is a good platform on which to discover and support technical talents. "Good technicians are an important basis for our company’s success. Ottakring Technical High School trains young people for precisely this. When it comes to filling young talents with enthusiasm for technology and supporting them, Kapsch is keen to participate," says Rudolf Bernscherer, Head of Human Resources of the Kapsch Group.
The submission period for the prize starts on September 14, 2012 and runs until November 16, 2012. Applicants can give let their imagination run riot. The jury will assess all projects that deal with technology in a broader sense. Practical experiments are just as welcome as self-composed sounds, graphics or animations, even programmed software, websites, films or the like. The more creative and innovative, the better. Martin Eder, Head of Innovation at Kapsch will sit on the jury: "We will assess the projects in multiple dimensions. We will first look at the creativity and originality, then the quality of implementation, and finally the technical potential."
The best five contributions will be invited to the final at the open day held at Ottakring Technical High School, where the winners will be announced and the prize money presented. The winning project will receive EUR 500, sponsored by Kapsch. The second prize is EUR 350 and the third prize EUR&nsp;200. In addition, a special prize of EUR 250 will be awarded for the best submissions of a single school.
The Kapsch Group has supported training and development projects for many years – especially initiatives for the development of more women in technical careers. For this reason, Kapsch manager Eder also hopes to receive a particularly large number of submissions from girls or groups of girls. "The prize cuts straight to the point – namely the fun that dealing with technology can and should be. And that is just as great for girls as it is for boys," he says with conviction.
Further information on the Technology Prize of Ottakring Technical High School is available here:
Kapsch is one of the most successful technology companies in Austria, with global importance in the future markets of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Railway and Public Operator Telecommunications as well as Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The three core companies Kapsch TrafficCom, Kapsch CarrierCom and Kapsch BusinessCom belong to the Kapsch Group. As a family company with headquarters in Vienna, Kapsch has stood for the consistent development and implementation of new technologies to the benefit of its customers for more than 100 years. With a variety of innovative solutions and services, Kapsch makes an important contribution to the responsible shaping of a mobile and networked world. The companies of the Kapsch Group employ around 5,000 people in their worldwide branch offices and representative offices.
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