Calling all change makers

Border Labs Award 2017 is open for inspiring explorers who go beyond the expected. Enter the competition with your inspiring project. The Border Labs Award is a global prize that celebrates dedication, creativity and courage leading to innovations that have had a significant impact on society and how we use or think about technology. The award celebrates the attitude and mindset that may sometimes cause friction but – when addressed purposefully – can result in perspectives, ideas, and technologies that improve society.

For who?

We award people who demonstrate true leadership in an ever-more-complex world, who inspire a new generation of inventors, and thus deserve to be recognised. We look for creators, inventors, and renegade scientists who made a real effort to push forward a strange, far-fetched, unlikely idea into a meaningful reality.

The award will likely go to the contender whose project:
+ is open and inclusive
+ demonstrates real impact
+ is provocative, new, and unique in some way or another
+ is a torch of inspiration that leads us forward towards a new, more brighter age
+ enlightens people about the potential of technology and/or its dangers
+ is either work in progress or recently finished

Procedure

Up until the end of May, we accept submissions. On June 1, we will announce the 20 finalists that will participate. During the festival, participants will pitch their project as part of our conference programme. The winner is chosen by a selected jury and our audience. Only registered attendees who participate in the event can contend for the award.

Prizes

First prize: €5000
Second prize: €2500.
To invest in your winning project or future endeavors.

Enter the competition

Criteria
+ is open and inclusive
+ demonstrates real impact
+ is provocative, new, and unique in some way or another
+ is a torch of inspiration that leads us forward towards a new, more brighter age
+ enlightens people about the potential of technology and/or its dangers
+ is either work in progress or recently finished