Since its foundation in 1989, the ZKM has been presenting awards in areas at the interface of art, technology and science and is oriented towards current developments in technology and society.
The »Siemens Media Arts Prize«, which has been awarded since 1992, focused on media art and early computer-based works. The annual Hertz Award is still a unique prize in the field of electronic acoustic music. Initiated in 2011, the AppArtAward honored applications until 2017 that were distinguished by a special artistic concept and design but did not gain visibility in the AppStores due to the lack of a category such as »art«. In 2018, the AppArtAward is replaced by the HASH! Award, which honors net-based projects in the fields of art, technology and design within the framework of web residencies, expanding the scope for artistic reflection against the background of digitization.