Team OwnLabs wins Ericsson Innovation Awards 2018
Team OwnLabs from Senegal has been selected as the overall winner of the Ericsson Innovation Awards 2018.
The solution from OwnLabs seeks to address the lack of school labs in Africa by offering physics, chemistry and biology classes in virtual reality via a smartphone.
1,444 university teams representing 107 countries entered the competition, concluding with the grand final ceremony at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 17 2018.
Aligning with this year’s Nobel Week Dialogue, the theme for the competition – The Future of Truth – challenged student teams to answer the question of how technology can improve the way we find, validate, and share truth in a fully connected world. Exploring this theme, 1,444 university teams representing 107 countries entered the competition to present their innovative solutions.
Team OwnLabs, from the Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique de Dakar and Université de Ziguinchor in Senegal, seeks to address the lack of school labs in Africa by offering physics, chemistry and biology classes in a virtual reality environment via a smartphone.
Erik Ekudden, Senior Vice President & Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson, says: “The mobile network platform is the most important innovation platform globally. It enables local ideas and initiatives to quickly scale to a global market. We drive technology leadership in the industry with strong ecosystem partners with university collaborations, startups, and established companies. Being at the forefront in commercializing great technologies and business ideas is key to us. The Ericsson Innovation Awards is one way for us to spur innovation and thought leadership with a world-wide challenge which brings new perspectives and unorthodox thinking into the creative processes.”
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Ericsson Innovation Awards Student Competition
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Girls Who Innovate 2018
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