By introducing this new procedure there is an obvious question: did the two groups (paper ballots in the theatre – online vote) differ in their voting behaviour? It turned that it indeed was. In the online vote, the “Technology” award came second with about a quarter of the online votes, some way ahead of the three following categories. In the paper ballots there was a more even mid field consisting of the “Biotechnology”, “Communication” and “Technology” categories.

In both of these groups, however, there was a clear leader with half of the submitted respective votes: The award in the “Authorities & Administration” category, which had gone to the Interior Minister in the State of Hesse, Pether Beuth. “Congratulations”!