Apply for The Ericsson Innovation Awards 2016

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The Ericsson Innovation Awards 2016 is an open competition for students all around the world.  This year the competition is all about the future of 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. That is why we are looking for students that have the next big idea to create a better future city life.


The cash prizes are just one aspect of winning the Ericsson Innovation Awards this year: there are important career-enhancing incentives on offer too

  • First prize: EUR 25,000
  • Second prize: EUR 15,000
  • Third prize: EUR 1,000
  • Fourth prize: EUR 1,000
  • All finalists and semi-finalists will be given the opportunity to be interviewed for a possible internship or position at Ericsson

Dates to remember

  • September 18- November 30: Phase 1 – Registration and submission. Register your team
  • November 30-December 17: Open voting and Ericsson jury evaluation
  • December 18: Semi-finalists announcement. 10 teams announced that make it into semi-finals
  • December 19-February 11: Phase 2 – Development of a Minimum Viable Product, etc. Working with Ericsson experts to develop your idea.
  • February 19: Finalist announcement. 4 teams announced that have made it into the grand final
  • Date TBD: Award ceremony / final event in Stockholm, Sweden

Are you READY?? Register your team here. Get to learn more about this challenge 

Vote! Vote! Vote! Team Minja for the Ericsson Innovation Award.

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Late last year, we introduced you to the Ericsson innovation Award that is out to challenge today’s youth with not only changing their world but the world of thousands of others through harnessing the transformational power of ideas, technology and connectivity.

The Participants

A team of students from the Safaricom Academy, based at @iLabAfrica, entered the competition and have been ranked in the top 50. Many congratulations to them indeed. With this in mind, we would like you to help them get to the semi- finals by voting for them here. Voting closes on January 16th 2015.

What problem are they trying to solve?

Agriculture is the backbone of most economies in the world up to date. 100% of the world population depends on agriculture from day to day. In most countries, farmers are not well informed surrounding issues in farming. The farmers lack basic knowledge and skills about irrigation systems, soil fertility, soil water levels, weather patterns, crop compatibility, farm maintenance, and pest control, choice of seedlings in a geographical location and different modes of farming. By helping the farmers learn more about this, the agricultural sector will be fully exploited and maximized to its full potential.

 What is their solution?

Minja is a mobile based system which aims to educate farmers on the best way to use their farms, farm implements and resources. This application gives farmers in-depth insight on the current farming trends and advices them on the most effective methods of farming, which alternative crops can be grown on the same land and advice on market prices, both locally and internationally. The system will enable farmers automate redundant processes in their farms by using latest hardware and software technologies.

What we need you to do….

Kindly share this post with your friends, colleagues, family and others to enable them clinch the award. The more you vote, vote, vote, the more you increase their chance of them realizing their dream of solving agricultural challenges in Kenya.

Ericsson Innovation Awards 2015

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What is the Ericsson Innovation Awards?

 Technology fundamentally transforms the ways we organize our lives, businesses and societies. But only recently has the connectivity and computational power once reserved for industrial applications become intensely personal – embedded not just into our mobile devices and cloud software, but into our everyday expressions, interactions, relationships and desires. The result is an unprecedented capacity for individual empowerment &innovation.

The Ericsson Innovation Awards sets out to challenge today’s youth with not only changing their world but the world of thousands of others through harnessing the transformational power of ideas, technology and connectivity.

What possibilities for innovations will arise as a result of this development?

Ericsson Innovation Awards 2015

 This is the first year that Ericsson has shifted their focus to both the technology and business factors that surround innovation . Students from third-level schools, universities and colleges all over the world are invited to submit their innovative ideas.

This competition will give the participants an opportunity to gain a foothold in the business world while also earning recognition from top C-levels and making contacts within the telecom industry. The top teams will also receive invaluable business coaching and technical insight from our experienced industry professionals.

The topic is learning. Learning in its widest sense; how can we make learning accessible to all? What tools do we need when lifelong learning becomes necessary for everyone? What are the new tools and methodologies when learning becomes an online activity – and when learning is happening more and more away from school buildings? Do you have an idea about the future of learning?

The Awards

First prize: EUR 25 000

Second prize: EUR 10 000

All finalists and semi-finalists will be given the opportunity to be interviewed for a possible internship or permanent position at Ericsson

LinkedIn – endorsements and winner’s mark from Ericsson


What Next…….

 To join the competition, register a team of between 2-4 people on the Ericsson Innovation Awards site or visit here. Be sure to meet all the requirements stipulated on the page.

Attached and via the link below you will find a collection of promotional material which could be used to notify students of the competition. This includes a poster for printing, a flyer for printing and online banners which could be placed on your site or intranet page with a hyperlink to the Ericsson Innovation Awards site provided above.
To view and download the flyer and posters: Click here

For more information on the global competition: Click here.


Reuben Naude, Marketing Analyst (
Wonder Ndlovu, Strategy Analyst (