№ 068/2015 from Mar 16, 2015
On Monday at the CeBIT computer trade fair in Hanover, the spin-off Mynigma of Freie Universität Berlin won the CeBIT Innovation Award second prize along with 30,000 euros. Designed for iPhone, iPad, and Mac, the email app "M" encrypts messages between its users almost automatically. Mynigma was founded with support from profund, the start-up support service of Freie Universität.
The selection committee emphasized that the developers Roman Priebe and Lukas Neumann succeeded in achieving a balance between high security and easy use. The new program "M" is able to almost automatically carry out all of the annoying work of production, distribution, and management of keys often only understandable for IT professionals. Monitoring and eavesdropping by unauthorized third parties is prevented, and the threshold for attacks is increased significantly. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the German Messe AG (DMAG) awarded the CeBIT Innovation Award for the third time. The award is presented for superior design and good usability. The goal is to make digital solutions – including software, hardware, and applications – more functional and user-friendly.
A scientific publication by Professor Volker Roth inspired Roman Priebe and Lukas Neumann to create an innovative decentralized method of encryption. Roth is the group leader of the Secure Identity Group at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Freie Universität Berlin, and he advises Priebe and Neumann as a faculty mentor.
The winners' exhibits are on display at the 2015 CeBIT fair in the booth of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Hall 9. Stand D40).