AGRAVIS employee wins the Amazone Innovation Award

For Marc Heckmann, an employee of the information systems department at AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, the memory of his first visit to the Agritechnica Agritechnica in Hanover will long remain with him. On Tuesday afternoon, the 22-year-old was awarded the 2015 Amazone Innovation Award at the trade fair for his bachelor dissertation on the topic of "Recommendations for action for the introduction of data glasses in AGRAVIS agricultural technology workshops taking economic, technical, organisation and personnel aspects into account".

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Marc Heckmann, AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AGAGRAVIS employee wins the Amazone Innovation Award 
Marc Heckmann, AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG

The Münster native has worked at the AGRAVIS headquarters in Münster since 2012, and completed his dual degree dual degree in business informatics in July 2015. During this time, Heckmann completed a three-month practical placement at AGRAVIS Technik Saltenbrock GmbH AGRAVIS Technik Saltenbrock GmbH in Melle, which was also where the idea for his dissertation was born. "There are already research projects for which assembly instructions are made available on tablet computers and taken from machine to machine by the workshop staff," the prizewinner explains proudly. The problem with this, though, is that the assembly workers never have both hands free. Thus he came upon the idea of using data glasses, tested his idea with the help of countless technical staff, and then recorded all the findings in his bachelor dissertation.

Trendsetting future scenario

While currently still a future scenario and nothing more than purely theoretical assumptions, AGRAVIS and the jury of the Amazone Innovation Awards found his concept to be very forward-looking. "We can certainly imagine making the according hardware available for our agricultural technology agricultural technology locations," said Karsten Bröker, Marc Heckmann's superior and Head of Technical Organisation Systems. He is certain that this topic will also play an increasingly important role at manufacturers and it is now only a matter of time before the according information is available in a "glasses-ready" format. He is moreover delighted by his former trainee's creativity: "This idea has nothing to do with the day-to-day business. And yet it is important to us to give young people the time and space to devote themselves to such visionary ideas. Ultimately, we only stand to benefit from this as a company."

Hence Marc Heckmann has meanwhile been offered a permanent position with the company and has become an integral part of the Information Systems division. He wants to put the € 2,000 in prize money towards his master's degree that he plans to take part-time alongside his job.

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