Yesterday night the complete my Boo team headed to Heide, a town about one hour away from Kiel. We were all in a fantastic mood though a bit nervous. Why? Just read for yourself!
In Heide we entered the Volksbank-building at the market square where the award ceremony of the 4th Innovation Award Dithmarschen 2016 took place. This award is granted annually to people with innovative and creative ideas that have a social, economic and sustainable impact. Quite a lot of people already gathered in the event hall where we were welcomed with atmospheric piano music and sparkling wine. The award is divided into three categories: there is a social award, an education award and a business award. my Boo was nominated for the latter one. Additionally there is a special award whose winner we would like to introduce to you later in this article.
The evening was moderated humorously by Hanno Hotsch from the NDR-studio Heide. His presentation was supported by well-known faces from Schleswig-Holstein and Dithmarschen as for example Reinhard Meyer, Minister of Economic Affairs, Labor, Transportation and Technology for Schleswig-Holstein as well as Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Block, headmaster of the Fachhochschule Westküste.
And then the moment finally arrived: the nominees for the business award were presented. Our fellow-nominees were the so called Dithmarscher Dieklöper with their weather-proof caps as well as Sustainable Food, a consultancy for sustainable issues. And…the…winner...is…my Boo Bamboo bikes! We are extremely happy about this award and we would like to congratulate our fellow-nominees for their great ideas!
But now back to the special award which we mentioned in the beginning. This prize went to Reetdachdeckerei Ohm from Norddeich which builds thatched roofs that are typical for Northern Germany. Hans-Hermann Ohm who is the owner, trains young Ugandans how to build these roofs. Back in Uganda they can use their knowledge in order to replace the rather inconvenient tin roofs. The advantage of a thatched roof is its thermostatic quality. In 2015, Luisa Natiwi from Uganda, came up with this idea and therefore called Hans-Hermann Ohm. With this project not only more comfortable houses can be build but also economic future prospects can be generated on site in Uganda. We would like to wish Reetdachdeckerei Ohm all the best for the future!