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Digital Prize: Web accessibility – Katharina Müggenburg receives award

This year, the Bavarian Digital Award “B.Digital” was themed “digital participation”. Bavaria’s Digital Minister Judith Gerlach has now awarded the prize to six projects in two categories. Katharina Müggenburg, a graduate of the communication design program at Hof University of Applied Sciences, achieved an outstanding third place. Her bachelor thesis “Design is barrier-free” convinced the jury of experts and Internet users.

Katharina Müggenburg (r.) with Digital Minister Judith Gerlach; Photo: Bavarian State Ministry for Digital Affairs

The basic idea behind the young Kulmbach native’s work is based on studies that found that over 98 percent of the one million most popular websites in 2020 still had measurable barriers for people with disabilities. “These were also partly due to very simple sources of error, such as insufficient contrast ratios, which make reading difficult. Likewise, the importance of accessibility on the Internet in general still seems to be insufficiently known to many,” says Katharina Müggenburg

For this reason, she visually prepared content on a sample website and brought it together in a new context as part of her final thesis at Hof University of Applied Sciences. The website is based on a scientific examination of the international guidelines for accessible web content (WCAG)

With my work, I wanted to show that accessible action on the Internet is possible even for beginners.”

Katharina Müggenburg

Prominent jury of experts

Half of the winning projects were selected via Internet voting and half via a jury decision. In addition to Digital Minister Judith Gerlach, the members of the jury included Holger Kiesel, the Bavarian State Government Commissioner for the Disabled, ex-ski racer Maria Höfl-Riesch, Lena-Sophie Müller, Managing Director of Initiative D21 e.V., Benjamin Bauer, CEO of Zollhof – Tech Incubator, and entrepreneur and co-founder of Bits & Pretzels Andreas Bruckschloegl.

Digital Minister Judith Gerlach (center) with the award winners at the 1st Bavarian Digital Award B.Digital in Schloss Nymphenburg; Photo: Bavarian State Ministry for Digital Affairs

Presentation of the winning projects

All winners can present their projects on the homepage of the Bavarian State Ministry for Digital Affairs as well as on the website Bavarian Digital Award B.DIGITAL and will each receive a hardware and software voucher. The first-place winners will also be able to present their projects to a broad audience at the Bavarian Digital Summit CODE Bavaria.

About Katharina Müggenburg’s project

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To the award ceremony:

Rainer Krauß

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