Hasso-Plattner-Institut20 Jahre HPI
Hasso-Plattner-Institut20 Jahre HPI



Hasso Plattner Honored

HPI founder awarded Werner-von-Siemens Ring

On December 13, 2018, Hasso Plattner, founder of the Hasso Plattner Institute, received the Werner-von-Siemens Ring, one of the most important scientific and technical awards in Germany. The award was presented by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Joachim Ullrich, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Hasso Plattner, founder of the Hasso Plattner Institute, receives the Werner-von-Siemens Ring


  • Here you will find President Frank-Walter Steinmeier’ speech
  • Here you will find Prof. Dr. Hasso Plattner’s speech
  • Here you will find Prof. Dr. August-Wilhelm Scheer’s speech

The Werner-von-Siemens Ring, which is awarded for outstanding service and achievements that contribute to Germany as a business location, is one of the most important awards for scientific and technical innovation in Germany. The jury's verdict declares: As computer scientist and entrepreneur, Hasso Plattner has achieved outstanding accomplishments particularly in the innovative application of in-memory databases and the development of globally implemented enterprise software systems. As the founder of SAP, Hasso Plattner has had a decisive influence on Germany as a business location and repeatedly built bridges with a wealth of ideas - between science and research, industry and politics.

Professor Christoph Meinel, Director of the Hasso Plattner Institute for Digital Engineering, congratulates the HPI founder on this prestigious award: "For decades, Hasso Plattner has been successful in linking economics and science. Hasso Plattner's enthusiasm, his knowledge and his keen sense for innovations in the field of IT have inspired many people and projects far beyond HPI in recent decades.” This has benefited Germany as both a technological location and a business location.

Since 1916 the Werner-von-Siemens Stiftung has honored outstanding engineers for their groundbreaking achievements. The foundation board declared Professor Dr. h.c. Hasso Plattner recipient of the Werner-von-Siemens Ring on Dec. 13, 2017.

Further information on the award can be found at:  http://siemens-ring.de/


Hasso Plattner and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Hasso Plattner receives Werner-von-Siemens Ring
Hasso Plattner and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Werner-von-Siemens Ring