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Innovation.Funding - 1st place: "Dachsteinbad – Neugestaltung und Energieoptimierung mit Hilfe der Bürger:innen“

Innovation.Funding - 1st place: "Dachsteinbad – Neugestaltung und Energieoptimierung mit Hilfe der Bürger:innen“


The prize for innovations created through the power of the crowd was awarded in three categories: Open.Innovation, Innovation.Funding and Corporate.Innovation. Numerous projects from Germany, Austria and Switzerland applied for the coveted trophies. Three per category were awarded prizes.

First place in the Innovation.Funding category went to the project "Dachsteinbad – Neugestaltung und Energieoptimierung mit Hilfe der Bürger:innen" by the Gemeinde Ramsau am Dachstein.

The project included the redesign of the bathing area in Ramsau am Dachstein to create an attractive and contemporary offer for tourism as well as for the locals.

A focus was placed on reducing energy consumption, with the roof structure and exterior envelope replaced to minimize heat loss. The use of water and air heat pumps reduced heating oil consumption by 83%. In addition, an extension was built for the bathers' sunbathing areas and the access control/EDP systems were modernized. 

isn Geburtstag
From left to right:
Karoline PerchthalerCFO isn, Head of Innovation Funding
Joachim Schwerin, Principal Economist, Unit Digital Transformation of Industry, DG GROW, European Commission, Juror Crowdinnovation Award 2023
Jens Rockel, Deputy Head of Innovation Financing Fraunhofer Center IMW, supporting partner Crowdinnovation Award 2023
Thomas Glaser, Managing Director Ramsauer Verkehrsbetriebe
Ernst Fischbacher, Mayor community Ramsau am Dachstein

The summary of the jury evaluation

The project builds on an impressive combination of innovation, sustainability and citizen participation. The comprehensive modernization, the use of energy-efficient technologies and the involvement of the community through crowdfunding have created a sustainable showpiece for regional tourism.

In an interview with isn, Ernst Fischbacher talks about the 1st place award and where the project stands today:

The crowd powered innovation award is an initiative of the European Digital Innovation Hub (EDIH) Crowd in Motion and the Fraunhofer-Zentrum für Internationales Management und Wissensökonomie (IMW) in Leipzig, Germany.

Impressions of the award ceremony and the isn celebrates 20 + 2 years event were captured in the highlight video of the event.

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