In the final round of the student competition of the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V., two teams from the same university took first place for the first time. 

The two teams from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam prevailed in the final against the teams from the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences Gelsenkirchen and the University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten. The organizer of the final round was competition partner, PPI AG in Hamburg.

In order to convince the jury of the quality of their software solution and thus secure first place, the four teams presented their approach to this year’s “Profit” task in the final round. The aim was to optimise a process from the extraction and transport of the required resources to the production of the desired products within the framework of a turn-based simulation. To do this, mines, conveyor belts, connectors and factories had to be placed on a two-dimensional field, which already contains deposits and obstacles.

In the end, the winning team, consisting of Richard Wohlbold, Jacob Schäfer and Alexander Sohn, impressed with the holistic solution of their software project. In return, the team will receive €4,000 from the sponsorship money donated by PPI AG, PLEdoc, HBT and pwc.

Joana Bergsiek and Dominik Meier, who are also studying at HPI, were delighted to receive €2,000, while the third prize of €1,000 went to Malte Konzels and Timo Engels from the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences Gelsenkirchen. Fourth place and €500 went to the team from the Ravensburg-Weingarten University of Applied Sciences with Lisa Binkert, Leopold Gaube and Yasin Koschinski. A total of 19 solutions were submitted this year.

About the Competition 

The InformatiCup is the student competition of the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. and challenges students to familiarise themselves independently with new technologies and to develop solutions to problems from the knowledge they have acquired in teamwork. The task requires theoretical knowledge, the ability to solve scientific problems and modern presentation techniques. The competition has been held annually since 2006. More info at: