The renowned eGovernment competition was held for the 21st time. Yesterday evening the MODUL-F team also cheered at the finale: first place was awarded by the expert jury in the category “Best Cooperation Project 2022”, as well as third place from the public vote. All in all, great recognition for the team members from the Hamburg Senate Chancellery, the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community (BMI), mgm and Dataport.

The setting: Festive gala evening, many guests from authorities, business and science, plus excitement – and cheers from the teams again and again. 19 projects in six categories were in the final round this year, the placings were secret until the end. All the greater was the excitement and then the joy also for the MODUL-F team on site around project manager Zehra Öztürk from the Hamburg Senate Chancellery and Dennis Lerch from the BMI, who is responsible for the strategic steering of the project within the BMI.

Low Code infrastructure project in federal-state cooperation

“The award is a great recognition for the fantastic work of the project team and shows us that we are on the right track with our approach and the cooperative way of implementation,” says project manager Zehra Öztürk, who is pleased: “Open and constructive cooperation is indispensable, especially in a large project like Modul-F, if its implementation is to function efficiently. The entire team has already done an extraordinary job in this respect,” says Janos Standt, Head of Public Sector at mgm.

The special features of the MODUL-F project are manifold. On the one hand, the cooperation between the client BMI and the project-executing team of the Hamburg Senate Chancellery is very close at the operational level. In addition, there are departments from the Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food as well as the Hamburg Authority for Culture and Media, which are actively involved in pilot applications. Last but not least, mgm and the public IT service provider Dataport have teams for development, architecture and project management working together across the board. In sum: a cooperative software development.

MODUL-F is a new type of digital administration toolbox that provides pre-programmed modules that can be combined to create individual specialised procedures. This will provide a platform that can be re-used nationwide according to the EfA principle, which will also enable efficient digitisation of processing in the authorities for small administrative services. The basis of the low-code platform is the principle of model-based software development. This also provides specialist departments with tools to independently further develop central parts of applications and adapt processes.

What the jury says

“It is not only the OZG implementation that is sick of the fact that the necessary eGovernment applications cannot be developed fast enough. Here, the product MODUL-F from Hamburg, with its low-code platform, shows a way how technically sophisticated and secure services, which also meet the special requirements of administrations, can be developed and used quickly.”

Manfred Klein, jury member and Editor in Chief of eGovernment Computing

Projects from Hesse, NRW and Hamburg in the final round of the 5th category

Other award-winning teams in addition to MODUL-F in the category “Best Cooperation Project 2022”: The team of the “Further Education Cooperation on the Governance of Cyber Security” of the Hessian Ministry of the Interior and Sport can look forward to the 2nd jury prize, which the Recklinghausen district administration has won 3rd place for “BIM.Ruhr”. The district of Rostock took first place and thus gold in the audience award 2022 with the project “The digital district archive – e-record rethought”. – Congratulations to all teams, also in all other categories!

eGovernment Competition – with tradition

The eGovernment competition already has a long tradition. It has been organised since 2000 by the management consultancy Bearingpoint and the IT company Cisco for outstanding digitisation projects by German, Austrian and Swiss administrative units. Only public authorities and public agencies can submit their own projects. This year’s patron: Nancy Faeser, Federal Minister of the Interior and Community.

This year there were over 50 submissions for the competition. For the jury’s decision, all project teams in the finalist selection had to present their work in closely timed online meetings and then answer questions. The jury consisted of seven experts from practice, science and the media.

With MODUL-F, mgm is on the podium as a development partner for the fourth time in the competition. After the prizes for the digital ship register (2021, also from Hamburg) and the ELSTER company account (2020), this is the third time in a row.

Photo: Konstantin Gastmann / BearingPoint