Josef Umdasch Research Prize


Samson Logic from Israel impresses with its technological solution

With the Josef Umdasch Research Prize 2022 Doka was looking for new impulses and creative approaches for the digital construction site. Samson Logic convinced the jury most impressively.

The young company has developed an intelligent management platform for construction materials. This involves, for example, packaging with integrated IoT sensor technology, software that automatically derives packaging instructions from orders and manages all material inventory on the construction site. Samson Logic's solutions save crane and labor time, optimize storage space, reduce material waste and increase safety.

Congratulations! We are looking forward to working with your team!


The Finalists

117 registrations from 48 different countries led to 12 shortlisted ideas…and 6 outstanding finalists!

This is the great result of the call of the Josef Umdasch Research Prize 2022! A big THANK YOU to all participants for their efforts and innovative ideas!

Our finalists are:

viAct (China)
Live-Video AI solution to address safety issues in construction

Structure Plus (Canada)
AI engine to optimize structural designs

HeronTrack (Belgium)
Tool tracking and management IoT application

DataMesh Director (Singapore)
Digital twin content creation and collaboration platform

Samson Logic (Israel)
Safe and efficient handling and storage of construction materials and equipment

Sharemac (Germany)
Innovative and sustainable solutions for the construction industry

These finalists will pitch their detailed ideas at the WSA Global Congress 2022. This year, the event will be online.

The winner will get the chance to realise the idea with Doka*.

*Subject to the conditions of the rules of the contest

DOKA - The Formwork Experts CALLS FOR IDEAS 

Submit now & contribute to digitalization in shell construction!

At Doka we are on the lookout for digital solutions for construction companies that make workflows more efficient, simplify material handling and make the construction site safer.

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Our clients are construction companies responsible for the largest and most complex construction sites in the world. Thousands of players who need to work together precisely to perfection. Three things are crucial in tough everyday construction site situations: Efficiency, safety and handling of material. We are taking up this challenge to continue to their further development and are looking for your ideas/solutions.

What should you consider when applying?

Submit your innovative ideas on digitalization in shell construction! Your idea is particularly relevant to us if it falls into one of these areas.

  • Process optimization
  • Automation
  • Material management
  • Field data
  • Smart products
  • Quality control and documentation
  • Safety

Present tangible benefits in a convincing way for our customers: construction companies in shell construction. Please give us also more details about the product stage of your idea/solution. Our interest is to understand how your idea/solution can find an application in shell construction even when it was intended for a different sector.

Call for Ideas

The call is closed. No more submissions will be accepted.

You Can Win...

  • The submitters of the best ideas will be nominated as finalists by Umdasch and will be rewarded with EUR 5,000 so they can develop their idea further.
  • In January, the finalists will meet in person in Amstetten (Austria). The aim of this event is to give the finalists an insight into the world of Doka and to familiarize them with the construction environment (This event in Amstetten may be cancelled due to Corona regulations.).
  • The finalists will be invited to pitch their detailed ideas to a jury of experts at WSA Global Congress in March 2022. The pitching event and award ceremony will be organized online.

The final winner will be invited to contract negotiations with Doka*.

*Subject to rules and conditions of the contest

Send in Your Application until November 7th 2021

November & December 2021: Video calls with shortlisted teams will take place

Finalists will be notified until end of December 2021 (Rewarded with EUR 5,000)

January 2022: Meet & Greet in Amstetten (Austria)

March 2022:
Final pitch presentations by all finalists at the WSA Global Congress

Rules of Contest

All start-ups, students and innovators throughout the world who have practical use cases and ideas regarding "digitalization in shell construction" are eligible to enter. No costs are involved in submitting an entry.

Please carefully read our Rules of Contest!

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The Josef Umdasch Research Prize


Since 1990, the Umdasch Group has been supporting outstanding achievements in research and development through the Josef Umdasch Research Prize. The award was created by the company’s present owners Hilde Umdasch and Alfred Umdasch, who named the prize after their father, Josef Umdasch.

As a result of the cooperation with the World Summit Awards (WSA), which has been in existence since 2018, the Josef Umdasch Research Prize is increasingly aimed at start-ups, entrepreneurs and future-oriented thinkers around the globe who can inspire enthusiasm with an innovative project idea.

What are we already doing in terms of digitalization?

Under the claim of upbeat construction - digital services for higher productivity, Doka has a focus on digital solutions and offers numerous services and applications, which aim to boost productivity on construction sites. Generating added value for our customers and optimizing the construction process in general is of utmost importance for us. Our services range from the planning phase to building operations and analysis of construction workflows.

About Doka

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Doka is a world leader in developing, manufacturing and distributing formwork technology for use in all fields of the construction sector.

With more than 160 sales and logistics facilities in over 60 countries, the Doka Group has a highly efficient distribution network, which ensures that equipment and technical support are provided swiftly and professionally.

As a part of the family owned Umdasch Group with a history of more than 150 years, Doka employs more than 7,300 people worldwide.

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