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The Future of Truth

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Open Event
In the digital word, it’s harder than ever to spot the truth. But, this year’s competitors aim to find it. From artificial intelligence and virtual reality to data integrity and fact checking, our finalists from China, India, Senegal and The United States will go head-to-head at the Grand Final to change the future of truth and earn 25,000 EUR. Whose technology and business plan will wow our judges? Watch the livestream from Stockholm to find out. Tune in on May 17 at 6 pm GMT.

Team OwnLabs wins Ericsson Innovation Awards 2018

EIA 2018 winners

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.”

Read the entire article here.

Ericsson Innovation Awards Student Competition

Each September, we launch a new Ericsson Innovation Awards season to challenge university students to imagine how Information Communication Technology (ICT) can change the future. Learn more from our resources and ready your team for the next open season.

About the competition

Learn more about prizes, timelines, regional competitions and how to submit your idea.

Deliverables & judging

What’s due and when? How will you be evaluated? Learn more here.

Innovator resources

From lean business models to MVPs, our resources help you prepare your EIA submission.

Past competitions

EIA has been rewarding student innovation since 2015. See our past competitions and winners.

Truth case studies

Learn more about the 2018 theme, The Future of Truth.

Girls Who Innovate 2018

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We believe that young women have the creativity, passion and intelligence to change our world for the better. That's why we host Girls Who Innovate – an Ericsson Innovation Awards competition in celebration of Girls in ICT Day .

This year, we're challenging young innovators to imagine how technology can change the future of education. Students can win job shadow days, exclusive blogging opportunities, social media features, and €1,000 to further their education.

Registration is now open untill May 25, 2018. Click here to start your entry or learn more here.