Ericsson Innovation Awards

The future of city life

Ericsson Innovation Awards 2016

The Ericsson Innovation Awards 2016 is an open competition for students all around the world.

This year the competition is all about cities. Today, more people live in cities than in rural areas, and by 2050, about 70 percent of the world’s population is expected to reside in urban areas. Ensuring that our cities are creative, connected and sustainable is a major challenge but also an opportunity to improve the lives of billions of people along with the health and future of the planet itself. What is your next big idea?

Key dates

Key dates

Dates to remember

  • September 18 - November 30: Phase 1 – Registration and submission. Register your team
  • December 2 - December 17: Open voting and Ericsson jury evaluation
  • December 18: Semi-finalists announcement. 10 teams announced that make it into semi-finals
  • January 8 - February 26: Phase 2 – Development of a Minimum Viable Product, etc. Working with Ericsson experts to develop your idea
  • March 18: Finalist announcement. 4 teams announced that have made it into the grand final in Stockholm
  • May 26: Award ceremony / final event in Stockholm, Sweden


SoundVision wins Ericsson Innovation Awards 2016

May 27, 2016

Canada’s SoundVision named winners of Ericsson Innovation Awards 2016 by high-profile jury including HRH Prince Daniel. Team has developed a mobile device that converts 3D spatial information into sound enabling blind individuals to identify their surroundings more effectively.

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Finalists in Ericsson Innovation Awards 2016

Mars 18, 2016

Four teams to participate in EIA 2016 grand final on May 26, 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. Winning innovations showcase windows as a communication medium, crowd-sourced environmental data solutions, mobile devices to support the blind, and micro-transaction-based eating spaces.

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Welcome to the EIA 2016 semi-finals!

December 18, 2015

Thank you to all the 843 teams that registered for the Ericsson Innovation Awards 2016. It was a difficult decision for the jury to select the top 9 teams. Below you find the teams that the jury selected and that now enter the semi-finals of the competition:

ID Team Country Univeristy
11160 TREE+PLY Philippines Lyceum of the Philippines University
16996 SoundVision Canada University of British Columbia
13871 SHAASTRA India IIT Kharagpur
18491 Airscapes United States Massachusetts Institute of Technology
17106 Ywaste United States University of Texas Dallas
17922 Common Spoon Spain Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
18318 SherPak Italy Politecnico de Milano
18259 Common Currency South Africa Stellenbosch University
18333 CRM PRO United States Cornell University

More than 50 000 votes came in and below you find the winner of the open voting competition.

17490 SAPA! Indonesia Institut Teknologi Bandung

Congratulations to all 10 teams making it to the semi-finals. All the best of luck! We will contact your team leader by mail with the next steps. Enjoy the holiday season.

Recommendations for Participants

December 11, 2015

Download the PDF to get recommendations and tips how to increase the chance of receiving votes and to encourage your personal networks to check out your innovations. Download here.

Vote for your favorite innovation!

December 3, 2015

Thank you all contestants for your excellent work. We are really excited to see more than 500 registrations for the Ericsson Innovation Awards 2016. Many great ideas to improve the future of city life came in and we are already looking forward to seeing some ideas being developed in semi-finals.

But first vote for your favorite ideas- Public voting is now open and the jury will start to go through all submissions until the semi-final nominations on December 18.

Don’t forget the people’s choice award!

The entry with most votes by December 17 will automatically make it to the semi-finals to join 9 teams selected by an Ericsson jury. Share your own contribution and vote for your favorite innovations helping them to the next stage of the competition.

Welcome to the Ericsson Innovation Awards 2016

The Ericsson Innovation Awards 2016 have officially started. The Ericsson Innovation Awards are a global competition that gives students the opportunity to develop innovative ICT ideas in collaboration with Ericsson experts.

The theme for EIA 2016 is the future of city life. The competition is therefore focused on ideas that use ICT to improve the quality of urban life and to ensure that tomorrow’s cities are creative, connected and sustainable places to live and work.

EIA 2016 is open to teams of two to four students. After registration closes on November 30, 2015, ten semi-finalists will be announced on December 18, 2015. Nine of the semi-finalists will be selected by an Ericsson jury, with the remaining place assigned by a public vote.

The ten teams will each work with two selected Ericsson experts to develop a minimum viable product (MVP). Four teams will be chosen by the jury to participate in the EIA 2016 grand final in 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.

The winning team will receive a cash prize of EUR 25,000, with a second-place prize of EUR 15,000 and two runners-up prizes of EUR 1,000 each. Career-enhancing incentives are also on offer: all participants will be invited to apply for Ericsson opportunities, and semi-finalists will be interviewed for internship or other positions.

All the best of luck in the Ericsson Innovation Awards 2016!

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