The winners of the
Elektor awards 2009

The international Elektor Award select individuals and/or organizations (companies, education, communities) who played a special role in the promotion of electronics.

There winners for 2009 are

Mr A.P. Hossfeld – Practical Electronics
In 1953, the North Sea broke through the dikes and submerged large portions of the southern Netherlands. Nothing was spared: people, animals, and buildings all fell victim to the merciless flood waters. A certain Mr Hossfeld was caught in the middle of this catastrophe. Taking his son with him, he plunged into the ice-cold water, and fortunately they managed to swim to a house where they could enter through an open window and climb onto the roof. The next day they were brought to safety. After they reached dry land, they found that the emergency services were desperately short of communication equipment. Everything had literally been swept away, and the town of Zierikzee was totally cut off. Mr Hossfeld (now 83 years old) did what he could and must do: using a few radio valves (EL3, EL6 and 807) and some coils made by winding wire around a bottle, he put together a transmitter that could deliver 10 watts of power to a 15-metre longwire antenna. This was enough to make contact with the outside world (and in a manner of speaking, it was the spiritual ancestor of the C2000 system). For five days and nights, a team of four people constantly manned the PAoZRK transmitter to coordinate assistance activities for Zierikzee.
Radio amateurs such as Mr Hossfeld played a vital role in the initial hours and days of the 1953 floods. Many lives were saved as a result of their efforts.

digitalSTROM (DE) - Electronic Innovation 2009
An ambitious goal: awarding intelligence to (almost any) household equipment and making it energy conscious to save the environment. A fascinating idea, to have a chip operating straight off he AC grid, consuming just 300 milliwatts and so small it fits in a chock block. A creative solution to an old problem: how to avoid too much interference when data is being sent over the domestic AC wiring? With their international ‘digitalSTROM.org’ initiative professor Hovestadt, Wilfried Beck, Balz Halter and many like-minded people strive to achieve a breakthrough for home automation at the household equipment level. An amount of ‘intelligence’ distributed across many small chips may help to reduce the total standby power consumption of an average household to acceptable levels.

Fatma Zeynep Köksal - Networking & Electronics 2009
Fatma Zeynep is proof that education, networking and fervour can fuel a life of studying and working. Shortly after graduating she was offered a job at the Nuclear Electronics Institute of Ankara, a position which made her a respected colleague, researcher and public speaker both home and abroad. Additionally she has always been active in developing new products for education. Based on the Motorola 6800 she developed the first programming set, to be followed by many more. In 1998 she started her own company in the computer area, electronics and assembly (BETI). Thanks to her own knowledge and that of her students she has been consistently able to choose the best of the best when it comes to hardware. BETI is still being approached for the special assembly of computer systems; ‘tailor made’ in other words. She also still teaches at the university of Ankara. Education, interest, network -- three 'drives' which brought Fatma Zeynep Köksal into the male-dominated world of electronics. And she occupies a special place.

Bart Huyskens – Education 2009
Bart Huyskens (Belgium) has been busy developing a number of robots that can be used for educational purposes, and he's noticed a significant increase of interest amongst students as a result of it. The number of students has doubled in schools where robots are being used in science and technology classes, and the classrooms are filling up again! Bart's enthusiasm has played a big part in the success of the robots. Over the past couple of years he has developed the concept, managed to sell it and make a full-fledged product. More importantly: he has managed to kindle an interest in electronics within new groups, and that's certainly Worth an Award!