This year, the ZEIT Conference 'Logistics & Mobility' is dealing with questions of networked and intelligent infrastructures. As an integrated partner, the International School of Management has been involved in the programme's design and welcomed guests to the campus in Sachsenhausen on the eve of the conference for the presentation of the 'Hesse State Award for Universal Design' 2016.

The 'Hesse State Award for Universal Design' is awarded to solutions and concepts that particularly enhance networking and services regarding mobility in Hesse. Under the motto of 'Smart & Mobile', the regional award singles out products, concepts, projects and technologies which facilitate the development of a barrier-free and inclusive society. This year's award winners were a 'barrier-free' app of Deutsche Bahn, the reflecting bags and backpacks designed by notabag, the architects from schneider + schumacher for an Autobahn church in Siegerland, the online platform Kiezkaufhaus for local grocery shopping, and Gripability, an automatically operated gripper for toothbrushes. The award, under the patronage of Hessian Minister President Volker Bouffier, was also presented to four budding developers, whose products decisively push forward the development and design of an inclusive society in Hesse.

The award ceremony was opened by Prof Dr Ernst Fahling, Campus Director at ISM Frankfurt/Main. This was followed by short welcoming speeches from Stefan Grüttner, Hessian Minister for Social Affairs and Integration, and Dr Bernadette Weyland, State Secretary in the Hessian Ministry of Finance. Prof Dr Michael Benz used a short presentation to show the results of the 'Mobility and Digitisation' survey carried out by Messe Frankfurt in cooperation with the logistics institute SCM@ISM.