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22.11.2017

Pressemitteilung

Potsdam Conference on National Cyber Security honored with 2017 Potsdam Congress Award

Since 2013, the "Potsdam Conference on National Cybersecurity" brings together the leading representatives from politics, science and industry at the Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) on cybersecurity once a year. Due to the progressive digitization and dependence of society on functioning IT, the topic is becoming increasingly important; the number of digital threats is increasing for governments, businesses and individuals.

Yesterday, the Potsdam Conference on National Cybersecurity was honored with the 2017 Potsdam Congress Award in the category "Regularly Recurring Events".

HPI Director Professor Christoph Meinel is pleased about the award, "because cybersecurity is a central social issue that we want to raise even more awareness with the Cybersicherheitskonferenz from Potsdam." The persistent headlines about new hacker attacks, malicious software and rising cybercrime showed that cybersecurity is an essential prerequisite for the success of digitalization.

The next and 6th Potsdam Conference on National Cybersecurity will be held at the HPI from 21 to 22 June 2018. Further information can be found here: https://www.potsdamer-sicherheitskonferenz.de/konferenz.html

The Potsdam Congress Prize 2017

The Potsdam Congress Prize honors organizers of conferences and congresses in the fields of science, research, business and culture taking place in Potsdam. The prize was awarded for the sixth time this year in the categories:

- Regular events (price of the ERFA group of Potsdam Premium Hotels)
- Individual event (DEHOGA Brandenburg e.V. price)
- Innovative and / or extraordinary events (Prize of the City of Potsdam)

In addition, the congress, in which the interdisciplinary cooperation was best implemented, receives a special prize advertised by the pearls foundation. Each award is endowed with 1,000 euros.

The Potsdam Congress Award 2017 is a joint event of the association pro Wissen Potsdam and the ERFA Group of Potsdam Premium Hotels. Cooperation partners are the state capital Potsdam, the DEHOGA Brandenburg e.V. and the foundation pearls - Potsdam Research Network. Media partners are the Potsdam Latest News.

In 2013, the "d.confestival" of the Hasso Plattner Institute was awarded the congress prize. This had brought together more than 1000 Design Thinking experts in Potsdam.

Short Profile Hasso Plattner Institute

The Hasso Plattner Institute (HPI) in Potsdam is Germany's university center of excellence for digital engineering (https://hpi.de). With the bachelor and master program "IT-Systems Engineering", the joint digital engineering faculty of the HPI and the University of Potsdam offers a Germany-wide unique and particularly practical engineering computer science course, which is currently used by about 500 students. In the CHE university rankings, the HPI always occupies top positions. The HPI School of Design Thinking, Europe's first innovation school for students based on the model of Stanford d.school, offers 240 places per year for additional study. Twelve professors and more than 50 other guest professors, lecturers and lecturers are currently working at HPI. It does excellent university research - in its IT fields, but also in the HPI Research School for PhD students with their research outposts in Cape Town, Haifa and Nanjing. The focus of HPI teaching and research are the foundations and applications of large, highly complex and networked IT systems. Added to this is the development and research of user-oriented innovations for all areas of life.