• IFOY finalists participate in innovative festival in Dortmund for the first time.
  • One-day event at Fraunhofer IML takes place before the IFOY AWARD Night on June 22.
  • 250 visitors expected at IFOY AWARD Night in Dortmunder U.

Ismaning near Munich, March 6, 2023. Premiere for the IFOY AWARD: The world's largest intralogistics award is cooperating with the TRANSFER.FESTIVAL of the Digital.Hub Logistics and the Fraunhofer Institute for Logistics and Material Flow IML. The partners recently agreed to work together. Before the IFOY AWARD Night 2023 begins at 6 p.m. on June 22 at Dortmunder U, IFOY AWARD finalists and festival participants will actively shape two sessions on the topics of automation and sustainability on the premises of Fraunhofer IML – following the festival motto "make, transfer, network."

Between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., festival participants can choose from a total of 14 sessions – including trend topics such as blockchain or open source in logistics. The special feature: Instead of PowerPoint slides and endless lectures, innovative, interactive formats such as debates or fish bowls await guests. "We want to inspire knowledge transfer from science to business and vice versa. That doesn't work with a marathon lecture, but only interactively in discussion. Knowledge is required here, but also the courage to express an opinion," emphasizes Anita Würmser, executive chairwoman of the IFOY AWARD jury.

"The IFOY AWARD finalists and their customers enrich our festival program with their deep knowledge of solutions and trends in intralogistics. At the same time, they benefit from the knowledge of our long-standing program partners," emphasizes Maria Beck, Managing Director of Digital Hub Management GmbH.

The third edition of the TRANSFER.FESTIVAL will be enriched by lab tours that offer exclusive insights behind the scenes at Fraunhofer IML. Developments such as drones, exoskeletons and autonomous mobile robots (AMR) will be demonstrated. During the lunch break with live music, there will be the opportunity for intensive networking.

At 6 p.m., the festive IFOY AWARD Night with the 2023 finalists and invited guests from business, science, politics, and the media will start at the Dortmunder U. More than 250 invited guests from seven countries are expected to attend the celebration in the historic former brewing tower of the Dortmunder Union Brewery and on the roof terrace. During the awards ceremony, the secret will be revealed as to which of the 25 nominated devices and solutions in a total of seven categories will be awarded the "Oscar of Intralogistics". All finalists will undergo the three-stage IFOY audit at the IFOY TEST DAYS as part of the TEST CAMP INTRALOGISTICS on March 29 and 30 at Messe Dortmund. Afterwards, the international jury will make its decision.

About the Digital.Hub Logistics
At the Digital Hub Logistics, experts accompany and advise digital teams of medium-sized companies in setting up digital business. The start-in's innovation concept is a new approach to accelerating the success of digital transformation processes in established companies – whether it's the digitization of products, the development of digital business models or the scouting of strategic partners.

Workshops instead of PowerPoint lectures: The IFOY AWARD cooperates with the TRANSFER.FESTIVAL. Dortmunder U: The IFOY AWARD Night 2023 will take place in the former bridal tower. Photos: Fraunhofer IML; Panurama

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