What Make-IT is standing for?

With Make-IT project, we are setting ourselves the goal to develop new approaches for digitalization in vocational education and training and to prepare young people for transformations in the professional world. The competition gives the opportunity for creative minds to present their own digital projekts.

Since its foundation, more than 10 years ago, the GFBM Academy has been committed to the further development of vocational education and training. International exchange in education and training is an important prerequisite (requirement) to ensure uniform standards in international cooperation and to promote international cooperation. 

In recent years many countries have strongly advanced training in the field of digitization and software development, thereby significantly changing vocational education. Competitions play an important role in promoting creativity, performance and individual skills. The Berlin Senate Department for Integration, Labour and Social Affairs has taken up this impulse and launched the Make-IT Digital Talents Competition in 2019.

Make-IT Digital Talents Competition

Digital skills of employees are now among the key factors to ensure economic future of a company or for the social and cultural perspective of a country. Berlin promotes the digitization of vocational education and training to provide targeted support for young talents.  

The task of modern education and vocational training is to give young people enough space and opportunities for their own development, as well as to awaken and promote their interest in „bits and bytes“.  

The Make-IT Project, financed by the Berlin Senate Department for Integration, Labour and Social Affairs and organised by the GFBM Academy, would like to develop this idea to grant trainees and bachelor students the opportunity for the improvement of their digital skills, to compare themselves with others in an international context.

The First International Competition Make-IT Digital Talents 2021 showed impressively, how creative and diverse young people could contribute the development of the company.

International Competition Make-IT Digitaltalents 2022

Make-IT is looking for projects in the field of training and studies demonstrating an innovative and sustainable approach to digitization. These include projects focusing on networking and the visualization of work processes or mobility.

Make-IT is pleased to welcome diverse and collaborative teams from Handicrafts, industry, logistics and trade. The prerequisite is that the team or the individual comes from vocationally oriented education.

The following categories could participate:

  • Trainees of dual vocational education
  • Pupils (basic vocational training, vocational school, technical school)
  • (Dual) Bachelor Students
  • Project description that explains the approach to the project
  • Presentation to present the idea, the approach, the development and the outcome
  • Short video
  • Additional material (optional)

International jury, including representatives from companies, universities and vocational education and training structures, evaluates the projects. Prize money awards of a total of 10,000.- €

At the same time, Extended Reality could be used to qualify employees, simplify the control of complex processes or make operation more user-friendly.

Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), but also the computer games, so called serious games, and intelligent applications make it possible to simulate complex work processes and to design training courses close to reality.

We would like to include this idea in the Category Extended Reality and we are looking for projects, dealing with the visualization of learning and work processes. It can be a self-designed VR or AR scenario, as well as a self-developed educational game, or a supported work based training process.

Even self-developed apps or user interfaces, making it easier to control or illustrate complex work processes, for example in the field of data analysis and data evaluation, fall into this category.

possible topics:
  • Self-developed digital learning tools to qualify employees for specific activities
  • Digital twins to simulate or control real work processes
  • Own applications in the field of process control

Smart Cities refers to networked intelligent systems, in building technology, operating technology, traffic control or in mobile devices.

The networking and evaluation of the data enables more effective coordination or evaluation of processes. In this way, the processes on notebook, via smartphone or via Internet can be controlled, recorded and processed in a complex manner.

We would like to include this idea in the Smart Cities competition category. We are therefore looking for projects that actively deal with the topic of digital networking and evaluation of data.

This can affect the evaluation and optimization of work processes or procedures, as well as the development of new mobility solutions. Innovation, sustainability and digitization often start on a small scale. Analog processes are newly enhanced by sensor technology, mobility and technology are reinterpreted through data evaluation.

possible topics:
  • Optimization of existing work or production processes
  • Networking of existing systems and equipment with additional sensors
  • Data evaluation and networking of different data sources with each other