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Message by Peter A. Bruck

D(r)ive Deep Digital!

For the fifth time the European Youth Award (EYA) encouraged young people under the age of 33 to „d(r)ive deep“ into digital problems to solve challenging current and pressing problems of our society in 2016.

These digital projects reflect the EU strategy Europe 2020 and improve society with creativity using digital communication and IT.  EYA brings together young people from all over Europe who are driven by curiosity and eager to change the world with digital ideas. At EYA they find an international stage for their projects and a vibrant network.

In addition to the traditional solution oriented categories, a special category focusing on migration and integration and inclusion was added to EYA in 2016 to address the refugee movement as one of Europe’s biggest current challenges. Many creative and interesting projects have been submitted, showing the willingness to improve society with digital solutions. We owe a special thank you to Mayor Siegfried Nagl,  mayor of the city of for initiating this category.

Out of more than 150 projects submitted from all parts of Europe in 2016, EYA is proud to present the 12 winning projects covering lots of different areas including:

  • A Medical software platform to motivate people in need of rehabilitation to get better in a faster and easier way while having fun playing a XBOX game
  • A free mobile app that enables blind and visually impaired people to connect with sighted volunteers all over the world to make the world more accessible for them
  • A volunteer platform helping to provide the elderly with company and enabling communication between young volunteers and care-giving institutions
  • … and many more

At the Winners Festival these young digital innovations were presented in Graz – City of Human Rights & Design. EYA gratefully acknowledges the support of the annual EYA Winners Festival by the City of Graz and the province of Styria since 2012.

Let yourself be inspired by all of the amazing winning projects of the #EYA16!

Thank you for your interest and your support!

Thank you to all the participants and congratulations to the winners.

Yours

Peter A. Bruck

Initiator of EYA | Honorary Chairman ICNM