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Ericsson Innovation Awards

Finalists 2019

Ericsson Innovation Awards 2019

Of more than 2000 entries, these are the top student teams globally that are selected as finalists for this year’s Ericsson Innovation Awards!

Our search for the future in tech innovation has left us reeling. From Singapore to Islamabad to Toronto and beyond, 15 impressive semi-finalists from around the globe have now become four finalists! Now these teams go head to head for the top spot and the EIA grand prize: 25,000 Euros. Dive deeper and check out their projects below.


Team name University Location
Manta National University of Singapore Singapore
εswift: Smart and Self Stabilizing Water-Wind Floating Turbine Keio University Japan
S-Crew Istanbul Bahçeşehir University Turkey
Adelaide Bio-AUV The University of Adelaide Australia


Team name University Location
Underwater Communication Modem Indian Institute of Technology Madras India
Hydro Legos University of Western Ontario Canada
intelliShell FESB Croatia
The Curious Clan KTH Royal Institute of Technology Sweden
thermohaline system National University of Science and Technology Pakistan
Hurricane detector APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University India
Underwater Food Storage Tank University of British Columbia Canada
Black Sea Energy Faculty of Automatic Control and Computers, University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest Romania
Life 2.0 University of Johannesburg South Africa
AGH Solar Boat Team AGH University of Science and Technology Poland
The Future Clean Energy Power Plant University Malaysia Perlis(UniMAP) Malaysia

Thank you to everyone that applied! It is inspiring to see so many bright ideas in one place. Make sure to keep your eyes on our career center and social media channes for more opportunities to engage with us.

Meet the mentors

We’re so proud of all the hard work our Ericsson Innovation Awards mentors are putting into the competition supporting their teams. Meet some of them here.

EIA 2019 theme: Dive Deeper

Nature is our largest resource for technology. Some of our greatest technological achievements were not original ideas, they were found in nature. Sonar, swarm logic, wind turbines, even Velcro, were all created from observing natural elements.

With 71% of Earth being covered by water, what else can we learn if we look a little deeper? This year's challenge is to take the natural technology found within water and learn how to use it to develop innovative solutions.

Dive deeper into our natural resources, into obscure opportunities, into unlikely places. Discover the natural technology within.

Dates to remember

  • Jan 28 - May 06 - Phase 1: Register your team and submit your idea. Entries could be updated until May 06, 2019 at 11:59 pm (23:59) GMT
  • May 06 - May 27 - Regional competition
  • May 27 - Regional winners & semi-finalist announced
  • July 1 - Oct 10 - Phase 2: Mentorship program
  • Nov 1 - Finalists Announced
  • Nov 5 - Dec 5 - Phase 3: Finalists Mentorship
  • Dec 11 - Nobel Museum Grand Final

Get ready for the competition

Each year we launch a new Ericsson Innovation Awards season to challenge University students to come up with innovative ideas on how Information Communication Technology (ICT) can change the future. Learn more from our resources and get your team ready for the challenge.

How the competition works

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.