The semi-finalists are here!

Here at Ericsson, we’re relentlessly dedicated to using the power of innovation to make our world a better place. We also strongly support the UN’s Sustainable Development goals of Zero Hunger and Responsible Consumption and Production. That’s why we’re proud that over 900 teams entered the 2017 Ericsson Innovation Awards. The semi-finalists have been announced (see below), but still-upcoming competition dates include:

• April 3 - April 28: Phase 2 - collaboration and mentorship from Ericsson experts to create a minimum viable product and submit to semi-finalist judging 
• April 28: Semi-finalists submissions due 
• May 12: Finalists announced 
• June: Final presentations at awards event - location to be announced 

This year’s theme: The Future of Food

Our theme for 2017 is one that affects everyone on the planet. By 2050, the global population is expected to reach 9.6 billion. Ensuring that our food production and consumption is both sufficient and sustainable will be a major challenge. But at Ericsson, we've seen firsthand how ICT innovation can make the world a batter place.

How can we make the way food is produced and consumed more sustainable? Can we ensure food and nutrition for all people? How can we use technology to shape the future of food? And, most importantly, can your ideas help feed the world?

One team will win €25,000!

Our semi-finalist teams have been selected! Congratulations to everyone who entered - the selection process was more difficult than ever. More than 900 teams submitted ideas, so many that we had to select 13 semi-finalist teams instead of the originally planned 10! These teams represent the top 1% of an amazingly talented field:

Agro Squad - Bangalore Institute of Technology, India

Automatically Degrading Prices (ADP) - Lund University, Sweden

Bethel - Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia

Cloud Farming - University of Rennes 1, University of Twente, Eötvös Loránd University, France

Enactus - University of Eldoret, Kenya

Enigma - India Institute of Technology Delhi, India

Flow Design Team - Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, Croatia

Foodgrid - Aalto University, Finland

FutureField - Stanford University, United States of America

Manĝaĵo Solutions - Jagiellonian University, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland

MET - Izmir Enstitute of Technology, Izmir Ege University; Turkey

SAM - University of British Columbia, Canada

SNAP - Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India

All finalists and semi-finalists will also get the opportunity to be mentored by Ericsson innovation experts. 

EIA 2016 - an unprecedented success

Learn more about last year's competition here. Learn more about last year's winning team, Soundvision, in the video below.


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