On June 21, 2017 the 12th edition of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award will be presented, led by jury president Mirjam van Praag, Professor of Entrepreneurship at University of Amsterdam and Copenhagen Business School. This prize is awarded to the most innovative scientific idea of Amsterdam. There is a large variety in entries. They stem from all areas, of medical devices to psychological domains.
The trend of last year of an increasing number of medical device submissions is continued this year. Also the number of entries from the social sciences and humanities domain are higher than the previous years. There is an increase from economics and psychology as well as the educational domains. A large number of submissions concern apps with the goal of improving the lives of patients. The submissions are shown at: ixa.amsia.nl.
Collaboration between Amsterdam universities and research institutes
Unique aspect of the Award is that it is a collaboration between the Amsterdam universities and research institutes. Researchers and students from AMC, HvA, University of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, VU University Medical Center, Inholland, NKI and Sanquin will compete for this award. The aim of the annual event is to reveal knowledge from Amsterdam universities and research centers and to bring innovations a step further to society.
Where Science meets Business
A big focus of the program is to turn the submitted ideas into reality. Therefore a matchmaking event is initiated. In the run-up to June 21, companies are approached and matched according to their discipline and strategy to the entries that may be relevant to them. On the day of the event participants and companies meet. Researchers can present their ideas, new technologies and revolutionary solutions to a large number of societal problems. And at the same time, businesses can be introduced to the latest innovations and technologies that they can use to stay ahead of the competition.
Festive Award ceremony
After the matching program, ten finalists must try to convince the jury of their idea with an elevator pitch. With the award of € 10,000, the audience award of € 2,500 or the high potential award of € 5,000 the researcher or student can develop his/her idea further. The jury consists of representatives from industry and is chaired by Prof Mirjam van Praag. In determining the winner, they pay special attention to innovation, applicability and fulfilment of a market need. The award ceremony takes place June 21 at the VU Campus.
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“The writing and especially presenting the idea was a great experience.
The practice round was a learning experience and helped a lot. Just by being nominated I was mentioned in dozens of press releases and online articles”.
(Marte Otten, UvA, High potential Award 2016)
About Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award
The Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award is an annual competition for the most innovative idea resulting from scientific research, which has a social and/or commercial application. Last year over 70 researchers and students from Amsterdam’s many universities and research institutes took part. The Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award is organised by Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA) and Gemeente Amsterdam. Partners of this event are Amsterdam Science Park and Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI).