The “Future Award” competition, which was held for the 9th time this year, is all about groundbreaking ideas, concepts and visions for the future of communication. Richard RIESE, the bachelor project by DHBW Media Design graduate Damian Sturm, won the Communication of the Future Award in the category Health.

At the “Future Convention – Next Level Communication”, around 700 participants from a wide range of fields were able to visit the 70 finalists from Germany, Austria and Switzerland at presentation stands and in lectures, as well as exchange views on the most important trends and developments in the new communication worlds in forums and discussion rounds. The work of media designer Damian Sturm was particularly convincing: his hand-therapeutic video game concept helps patients to carry out rehabilitation and therapy measures in a playful way, thus improving so-called patient compliance.

The Future Award for Communication is presented annually by the German Association for Post, Information Technology and Telecommunications (DVPT) and is aimed at student projects that deal innovatively with developments in the future digital world of work and life. The topics range from communication aids in the medical field, communicating clothing, new types of smartphones and apps to new transnational networks and communities.
Patrons of the competition are in particular the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) and the UN-HABITAT program of the United Nations.

The exhibition of the work and the award ceremony as part of the “Future Convention – Next Level Communication” took place on November 10 at the Museum für Kommunikation in Frankfurt/Main.