Out of more than 160 submitted business ideas and research projects from and for Lower Austria, a jury nominated 23 in this year’s “riz up GENIUS” competition – and ultimately awarded prizes to 13 of them.
A project on satellite cryptography of the Institute of IT Security Research at the St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences won first prize in the category “ingenious research”. Ernst Piller, former Head of Institute and now UAS Lecturer, and his Research Assistant Stefan Schubert were awarded a cheque for 6,000 EUR.
Another two UAS projects were nominated as well: the project SoniTalk for the development of an open ultrasound communication protocol by Matthias Zeppelzauer from the Institute of Creative\Media/Technologies, and the student start-up Slice of Reality by Felix Blasinger and Max Heil in which the media technicians are working on developing an interactive recording and playback system for 360° and Virtual Reality videos.
The riz up GENIUS prizes were awarded by riz up Niederösterreichs Gründeragentur GmbH, the Lower Austrian business foundation agency, and made available by the following sponsors: the federal state of Lower Austria; ecoplus, the Lower Austrian business agency; the Lower Austrian Federation of Industries; Raiffeisen Landesbank NÖ; the Lower Austrian Chamber of Commerce; EVN; Novomatic; Vienna International Airport; Wiener Städtische; RIZ Förderverein NÖ-Süd; RIZ Förderverein NÖ-West; the municipalities of Amstetten, Hollabrunn and Waidhofen/Ybbs. The business foundation service “accent” is the partner of riz up GENIUS.
- Press release of riz up Niederösterreichs Gründeragentur GmbH (PDF, in German)
- Slice of reality (in German)