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The Jury


The Mentors

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Patrick Frick

M. Eng. Electrical Systems, University of Applied Sciences Konstanz
Software Systems

«The STIHL CUTTING EDGE AWARD creates space for creative and innovative solutions.»

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Tommy Roitsch

Dipl.-Ing. Mechanical Engineering
Department Manager System Design

«I am inspired by the power of innovative teams that create real solutions for our customers.»

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Stephanie Jung

M. Sc. Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, KIT
Autonomous Systems and Robotics

«I'm looking forward to great news and new approaches from teams with different perspectives.»

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Sebastian Lehmann

M. Sc. Industrial Engineering, KIT
Group Manager Smart Solutions and Connectivity

«With the STIHL CUTTING EDGE AWARD, we are looking for creative, technology-savvy pioneers who will break new ground with us.»

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Dr Armin Kölmel

Doctorate in Engineering, University of Karlsruhe
Exhaust gas and fire protection certification consultant

«I am particularly looking forward to the interdisciplinary teamwork.»

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Dr Konrad Christ

Electrical Engineering/ Information Technology (KIT), MBA International Management (ESB Business School, Reutlingen)
Head of Department iMOW® Ecosystem

«At the STIHL CUTTING EDGE AWARD, you can show what you can do.»

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Malte von Hofen

Dipl.-Ing. Electrical Engineering, University of Hanover Electronics development
Battery Management and Charging Systems

«Above all, I look forward to new perspectives, smart ideas, and creative minds.»

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Dr. Martin Arenz

Doctorate in the field of aircraft propulsion systems, University of Stuttgart Group
Manager Functional Development Forestry & Construction

«I am looking forward to many motivated students and working together on their ideas.»

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Karl Lüll

M. Sc. Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, KIT
Consultant Validation Test Systems iMOW®

«Innovations will continue to help STIHL grow in the future, so I look forward to many ideas and suggestions.»

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Fabian Friebe

B. Eng. Mechatronics,
DHBW Stuttgart
Diagnosis & Apps

«I am excited to work on solutions for the needs of the future. I am looking forward to your creative ideas.»

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Sebastian Renz

M. Eng. Vehicle and Engine Technology, University of Stuttgart
Innovation Product Functions

«Success can only come to those who dare to implement their ideas.»

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Dirk Förstner

Dipl.-Ing. Technology Management, University of Stuttgart
Landscaping products design

«I'm looking forward to collaborating with creative minds so we can develop more great products and features for excited customers.»

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Robert Pröber

B. Sc. Business Informatics,
Wismar University of Applied Sciences
Manager Cloud and Data Governance

«Sometimes you don't need a plan, you just need to be brave.»

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Jens Klöker

Dipl.-Ing. Microsystems Engineering,
Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, Germany
Speaker Smart Data and Reporting

«Data and its analysis using AI methods are also becoming increasingly important for STIHL.»

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Dr Dierk Jugel

Doctorate in Business Informatics,
University of Rostock
Digital Competence Center

«STIHL's ambition is to continue to be the technology leader in the industry - and that requires innovative and bright minds.»

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Gerke Jauch

M. Eng. Mechanical Engineering,
University of Stuttgart Predevelopment Motor Devices Function, Sensors and Actuators

«Data is like a treasure, it wants to be discovered.»

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Karsten Schmidt

Dipl.-Ing. Mechanical Engineering
Head of Department Digital Competence Center

«Trial and error instead of discussion.»

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Cornelia Wintergerst

M.A. Communication Planning and Design
HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd
Consultant Digital Interaction Design

«The best way to predict the future is to invent it'. (Alan Kay) - I look forward to your innovative ideas.»

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Dr Anja Höft

Doctorate in Economics,
Zeppelin University, Friedrichshafen
Digital Agenda Officer

«I'm excited to see creative ideas outside the box.»

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Dörthe Möller

Bachelor International Business Administration, VWA Stuttgart
Design Thinking Coach
Digital Competence Center

«'Nothing is more powerful than an idea at the right time.' (Victor Hugo) - and I'm looking forward to it.»

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Philipp Hoffmann

Degree in Law, 1st State Examination
University of Mannheim
Co-Preneur for STIHL Digital Products GmbH

«Without gut feeling and customer-centricity, everything is multiplied by zero!»

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Carolyn Kohler

M.A. Business Development,
University of Aalen
Junior Innovation Specialist at STIHL Digitale Produkte GmbH

«I look forward to courageous and creative problem solvers, who challenge the status quo.»

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Hannes Stähle

B. Eng. Industrial Engineering,
Reinhold Würth University of Applied Sciences Künzelsau
Group Manager Pricing &
Control | Parts & Services

«Always stay curious!»

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Ante Hamersmit

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Mechatronics (HS Karlsruhe), MBA Business Administration (HS Neu-Ulm)
Consultant Innovation and Optimization Projects

«The future begins where desires and possibilities meet.»

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Kai Ondratschek

Technology Management,
University of Stuttgart
Product Management
Services Innovation

«Fall in love with the problem, not the solution.»

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Nicolas Bläsi

M. Eng. Industrial Engineering,
HS Offenburg
Smart Factory

«It inspires me to accompany creative and ambitious students at the STIHL CUTTING EDGE AWARD.»

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Fabian Sartor

M.Sc. Technology Management,
University of Stuttgart
Quality assurance
Suppliers of complete systems

«Bold ideas that inspire will drive STIHL forward!»

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Steffen Dudichum

B. Sc. E-Services,
Stuttgart Media University
Senior Analytics Specialist at STIHL direct GmbH

«Only those who are innovative also have prospects for the future. The STIHL CUTTING EDGE AWARD provides a great basis for this and is a great inspiration.»

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Juliane Brauer

M.A. American Studies -
Culture, Literature, Language
TU Dresden
Group Leader Recruiting

«Visionaries & pioneers who are questioning and changing the way we work and live - I'm really looking forward to this valuable opportunity to grow.»

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Peer-Ole Reinecke

M. A. Human Resource Management,
HS Munich
HR Business Partner

«Visionaries & pioneers who question and change our working and living environment - I am looking forward to this valuable opportunity to grow.»

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Anja Hörterich

M. Sc. Management,
University of Hohenheim
Human Resources Development

«I look forward to working with creative minds on tomorrow's ideas.»

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Yvonne Weber

Bachelor Professional of Business (CCI)
Purchasing Services Officer

«There are many ideas out there. The challenge is to recognize the ones that are good.»

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Leandra Deininger

M. Sc. Educational Technology
University of Saarland
Content and Training Manager

«I looking forward to thinking outside the box with new and creative perspectives