Competition Open for 2017 Nokia Bell Labs Prize

Charles Bahr, March 09, 2017

Nokia Bell Labs has opened its global competition for the fourth annual Nokia Bell Labs Prize.

The Prize recognizes innovators with game-changing ideas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with the potential to disrupt or profoundly change the state of human existence and experience by a factor of 10.

Researchers, scientists and innovators in participating countries around the globe are invited to enter their idea proposals until May 1, 2017. Prizes up to $175,000 will be awarded to first, second and third place winners. Winners will also be rewarded an opportunity to collaborate with world-renowned Nokia Bell Labs researchers on the development of their ideas.

The competition is geared towards innovative proposals that look to solve broader societal and humanistic challenges. These might include ideas that offer disruptive innovations connecting all humans, senses, things, systems, infrastructure, or processes that enable a future where new knowledge is created with an associated ‘sixth sense’ whose purpose is to save time.

The competition continues Bell Labs’ rich tradition of finding solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing the information and telecommunications industry. Nearly 1,000 applicants have submitted ideas to the Nokia Bell Labs Prize competition since its inception in 2014. Previous finalists have come from Belgium, Canada, Germany, Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK, and the U.S. They include grand prize winners offering solutions that enable a better Internet of Things (IoT), and new ways to simplify Big Data to extract actionable information and knowledge.

If you have a BIG idea with the potential to make a 10x change, and if you are interested in devloping your idea with leading Bell Labs researchers, then apply to the Bell Labs Prize at  Nokia employees are not eligible.

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