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Ericsson Innovation Awards 2022 Invites University Students to Participate in the Є50,000 SDGs Challenge.

Ericsson Innovation Awards

Open to university students of all ages based anywhere on earth, the Ericsson Innovation Awards competition recognize innovative concepts that use technology to solve global challenges – and Imagine Possible. This year we are challenging you to ‘Impact our Sustainable Future’.

Imagine decreasing food shortages while cleaning up oceans or addressing fashion waste while supporting gender equality. Taking inspiration from the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), identify an interconnected challenge to tackle with your team and create a new innovative tech solution that can make a lasting change.

Prizes

First-place prize 25,000 EUR
Second-place prize 15,000 EUR
Third-place prize 5,000 EUR
Regional winners 1,000 EUR

Note: All prizes are before tax

*As a Nobel International partner, Ericsson will also offer the first-place students the opportunity to join a virtual conversation “On being a scientist” with a Nobel Prize laureate .

Ericsson is inviting university students the world over to propose innovative technology solutions to help tackle sustainable development challenges.

Impact Our Sustainable Future is the theme of the Ericsson Innovation Awards (EIA) 2022 challenge, with more than EUR 50,000 in prizes up for grabs.

Heather Johnson, Vice President, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson, says: “There are less than 10 years until the conclusion of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, and it will take a collective effort from all sectors of society to achieve them. Ericsson is a champion of the role technology and innovation can play in scaling sustainable development efforts.

She adds: “University students around the world are among the most passionate and determined advocates of the need for action to meet global sustainability challenges. That’s why we’ve chosen sustainability as the focus of this year’s Ericsson Innovation Awards to help catalyze action.”

Participating university teams are asked to take inspiration from the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to identify a sustainability challenge to tackle with a technology solution that can make a lasting change.

Interested teams of two-to-four students currently enrolled in university studies should submit team names and ideas by 13.00 (CEST), August 5, 2022.

As an extra incentive, the first seven submissions per region as of 13.00 (CEST), June 16, 2022, will have the opportunity to access extra support and feedback from Ericsson mentors.

Prizes

Overall winner: EUR 25,000
As a Nobel International partner, Ericsson will also offer the winning team the opportunity to join a virtual conversation with a Nobel Prize laureate.

Overall runner-up: EUR 15,000
Overall third place: EUR 5,000

Social Media Prize: EUR 2,000
The three finalists’ ideas will be uploaded to @inside_ericsson Instagram. A public vote – in the last 24 hours before the Grand Finale – will determine which team who wins the EUR 2,000.

Regional winners
Each of the seven regional winners will receive EUR 1,000.

In some cases, additional special recognition and prizes will be offered from the respective region.

The 14 semi-finalists, including the regional winners, will receive eight weeks of comprehensive mentorship from Ericsson experts in innovation and business, as well as recognition on Ericsson’s social and digital media channels.

How to apply to Ericsson Innovation Awards 2022

Further details, including registration information, is available HERE.

 

2022 Calendar for Ericsson Innovation Awards

The competition key dates at-a-glance

16th June 13.00 CEST Early submissions
5th Aug 13.00 CEST Registration close
6th Sept 13.00 CEST Semi-finalists announced
30th Oct 13.00 CEST Semi-finalists submission
15th Nov 13.00 CEST Finalists announced
6th Dec 13.00 CEST Finalists submissions
14th Dec Grand finale

 

The Ericsson Innovation Awards have been distributed annually since 2015. The competition aims to give students around the world the opportunity to develop innovative ideas supported by Ericsson technology and business planning experts.

The EIA awards replaced the Ericsson Application Awards, an R&D initiative to drive app development and innovation. The Ericsson Application Awards ran from 2009 until 2014.

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