Largest Internet Association in Europe Honors Innovative Companies

ampido, artegic, Excool, kaasa health, and Rocket Fuel were among the winners of the event: On 25 June eco – Association of the Internet Industry e. V.  presented the eco Internet Awards, for the 15th year in a row. This time, the jury honored innovative companies in seven main categories, four of which had subcategories. In addition to these, the Special Prize from the State of NRW for the Digital Economy, and the EuroCloud award were presented. More than 400 guests from the Internet industry came together for the exclusive eco Gala in Cologne, to be inspired by the ideas and to celebrate the winners accordingly.

“At the 15th awards ceremony we have again been impressed at the innovativeness and creativity of all the applicants. Our industry is taking a leading role for the entire economy,” said eco CEO Harald A. Summa. The Gala was also the starting point for eco’s birthday celebrations: The association was founded on 26 June 1995 and is now celebrating its 20th birthday. Co-founder Summa was honored during the Gala for his many years of service to the Internet.

For the last 15 years, the largest Internet association in Europe has been honoring especially innovative companies, whose market-ready products, services or processes make use of the Internet as their basis or as an intelligent supplement. The coverage and the kinds of category change slightly from year to year – as does the spectrum of the Internet itself. This year, eco adapted the awards categories to its new set of topics, and presented for the first time, for example, an award in the area of New Work. “The Internet is fundamentally changing more and more areas of our life. It is becoming a matter of course, like water and electricity. This is not only reflected in the categories of the eco Awards, but also in the variety of companies that applied, and the enormous range of future-oriented ideas in the around 130 applications received,” said Summa, delighted.

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The following products and services convinced the jury with their creativity, innovativeness, quality and market potential:

Category Applications

Subcategory Mobile/M2M:

pixolus GmbH: pixometer

Jury: “pixometer is relevant for everyone, and has a large international market potential! The product offers efficiency and time savings for every household, and simplifies the communication between supplier and customer.”

Subcategory Unified Communications:

AhoyRTC GmbH: Ahoy UC

Jury: “AhoyUC is an open and secure product which, despite the great IT complexity of Video-Telephony, makes it accessible to everyone and achieves this without additional software.”

Category Content

Subcategory Games:

kaasa health GmbH: Meister Cody – Talasia

Jury: “Meister Cody – Talasia is a front-runner in the area of Online Therapy for dyscalculia and will hopefully be a model for further helpful products for the correction of deficiencies!”

Subcategory Streaming Media:

Rushlake Media GmbH: Kino on Demand

Jury: “Kino on Demand is an impressive product which extends the value chain for the cinema through Streaming Media.”

Category E-Business

Subcategory E-Commerce:

Webdata Solutions GmbH: blackbee

Jury: “With blackbee, data is transformed into information! The product has the potential to influence many markets globally.”

Subcategory Email Marketing:

artegic AG: ELAINE Real Time Marketing Automation

Jury: “Real-time capacity and data protection compliant behavior profiling are combined for app channels in an innovative way. ELAINE is rounded off by impressive existing context-sensitivity products.”

Subcategory Online Marketing:

Rocket Fuel: Media buying through artificial intelligence

Jury: “Rocket Fuel’s self-learning, data-driven technology combined with artificial intelligence and media buying programming leads the way to the future of digital advertising and marketing campaigns.”

Category Infrastructure

Subcategory Datacenter/Hosting/Housing:

Excool GmbH: Excool Space – The efficient, modular data center

Jury: “The modular data center from Excool GmbH represents a very interesting concept. The design, efficiency and scalability are future-oriented.”

Subcategory Domains:

Public Interest Registry: OnGood

Jury: “OnGood connects NGOs worldwide over a unique Online-Platform, through which they not only gain support, but they can also cooperate more strongly at the global level.”

Subcategory Networks:

NTT Communications: Cloud Networking Service with Immediate Self-Service Activation

Jury: “With its speed, real-time service and flexibility, the product from NTT Communications exactly meets the needs of the market.”

Category New Work

TalentFrogs GmbH: 'Die erste ArbeitgeberBewerbung'

Jury: “'Die erste ArbeitgeberBewerbung' is a solution for the changing framework conditions, it efficiently does away with staff shortages and opens the passive employment market to companies.”

Category Security

Pallas GmbH: PASA

Jury: “PASA is an exceptionally innovative product without short-term gimmickry, to automatically find vulnerabilities in your own Internet servers.”

Category Internet Start-up

ampido GmbH: ampido – intelligent resource management

Jury: “ampido offers a cool and very useful and highly efficient App, because it saves on nerves and materials and reduces CO2 emissions.”

EuroCloud Deutschland Award

In the category “Best Cloud Service for Horizontal Markets”, EuroCloud Deutschland_eco e. V. honored  DALASON GmbH for their Cloud Service WIRECLOUD with the EuroCloud Deutschland Award. “With their fully automatic Cloud telephone system WIRECLOUD, DALASON GmbH has been able to compete against the strong competition. The simple integration in the Unified Communications strategy of small and medium-sized companies was especially convincing for the  jury”, said the presenter Andreas Weiss, Director of EuroCloud Deutschland. Together with the two award winners from the EuroCloud Deutschland Conference on 12 May, DALASON can now measure themselves against the award winners from other EuroCloud countries at the European level at the beginning of October.

DWNRW Special Prize

This year again, there was a Special Prize from the State of NRW for the Digital Economy. Garrelt Duin, Minister for the Economy, Energy, Industry, Mittelstand and Trades for the State of  NRW, presented the prize to:

Picanova GmbH from Cologne

“Picanova GmbH has managed to grow from start-up to a successful Mittelstand company within ten years. In the meantime, the company is the world leader for photo canvases. Picanova is a Hidden Digital Champion, a family company in modern form”, said Duin.