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ZSI selected as one of 50 finalists for the EC‘s Innovation Radar Prize 2018

18. Okt 2018

Thousands of EU-funded innovations from across Europe were scanned!

ZSI has been selected as one of 50 finalists for the European Commission‘s “Innovation Radar Prize 2018”. This prestigious prize scheme puts a spotlight on high quality innovative excellence emerging from Horizon 2020. Finalists are grouped into the following five categories, with 10 finalists in each category:

  • Tech for Society – recognising technologies impacting society and citizens
  • Excellent Science - cutting-edge science underpinning tomorrow's technological advances
  • Industrial & Enabling Tech - the next generation of tech and components supporting industry
  • Best Young SME -  recognising dynamic young SMEs (established in 2013 or later) who are developing great innovations with EU-funding
  • Best early stage innovation - recognising innovations showing promise at early stages of EU-funded projects

Out of thousands of EU-funded innovations from across Europe, ZSI has been selected for the “Best early stage innovation” category for its innovative learning environment for formal and informal education. This learning environment, which was developed under the HORIZON2020 funded project 'eCraft2Learn - Digital Fabrication and Maker Movement in Education' enables the programming of physical computing platforms via Snap! in combination with 3D printing and augmented reality. The project develops 21st century skills to promote inclusion and employability for youth in the EU by providing the appropriate digital fabrication. The project is coordinated by the University of Eastern Finland.

Next steps:

The public will be invited to vote for their favourite innovators from among these 50 in a public vote (which opens on 29 October 2018, and will remain open for 2 weeks). This public vote will decide which 4 innovators go forward from each category to the final (the top 4 in each category in terms of votes secured makes the final). These 20 will get to pitch their EU-funded innovation to a jury of experts in Vienna on 5 December 2018. The jury will decide on one winner from each category and one overall 'Grand Prix' winner which will be presented in a ceremony on 6 December 2018.

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