Europe moves towards 2020 and challenges are lurking everywhere. However, digital technologies allow individuals to create impact on society like never before. Thus, it’s time to turn strategies into concrete actions and find innovative solutions!
For the fifth time in 2016, EYA is seeking and rewarding the most creative digital projects (eg websites, apps, wearable devices, smart things or digital installations). They can be submitted in eight categories reflecting the goals of the Council of Europe and the EU strategy Europe 2020. Comprising such fields as financial literacy, e-skills, and sustainable energy, they directly address Europe’s most pressing issues and ask for YOUR solutions. But there is also one special category for those whose projects are so outstandingly creative that they don’t fit anywhere this year: Open Innovation!
However, the category descriptions below are not to be seen as exclusive instructions but as general guidelines. All digital projects improving society and addressing the basic idea of a category in one way or another are welcome to participate! If you are not sure in which category to submit your project, send us an e-mail – we will happily guide you!
|Healthy Life: fitness | nutrition | healthcare | med tec
This category is about physical wellbeing and helping people with health conditions to lead happy, fulfilled lives. Fifty percent of Europeans are overweight, one in five is obese.1 Diseases such as diabetes, hepatitis and metabolic disorders are on the rise. Economic and social barriers frequently hinder access to medical treatment. Healthy Life initiatives involving digital technologies promote and support e.g. healthcare, curative and medical treatments, an active lifestyle or a balanced diet. They may, for example, employ smart health devices to treat medical conditions efficiently, raise awareness for neglected diseases or encourage sports and physical exercise among communities.
|Smart Learning: education | e-skills | open science | infotainment
This category is about finding new, creative approaches to education and learning. Many high schools and universities report tremendous drop-out rates and a social education-gap remains a reality in most countries. Smart Learning innovations may, for example, provide free-access training courses, foster ICT competence, create scientific understanding, support international knowledge exchange, or open up new capacities for scientific research. This also includes tools boosting learners’ motivation to study like infotainment games, platforms for open-access education or other digital solutions for making scientific progress beneficial to all.
|Connecting Cultures: language | traveling | diversity | new communities
United in diversity has to be more than just a motto! Projects submitted to Connecting Cultures may promote and support e.g. multilinguism, understanding and knowledge of different cultures and communities, creation of new contemporary forms of culture but also the preservation of indigenous knowledge and traditions. The category is also open for creative websites or apps facilitating sustainable and safe travel by giving up-to-date travel information, supporting orientation in cities and countryside or enhancing intermodal use of public transportation. Connecting Cultures projects may also foster communication beyond borders or generations.
|Go Green: sustainable energy | mobility | smart cities | climate change
This category comprises environmentally friendly solutions for the benefit of our world. Vanishing natural resources, skyrocketing energy consumption, unresolved waste issues and accelerated climate change are among today’s most pressing challenges. Go Green innovations are ecologically beneficial, have a positive impact on our environment or foster a responsible and sustainable attitude towards nature. This can, for example, be achieved by showing new ways to conserve biodiversity, increase energy efficiency, harness renewable resources, prolong product-cycles or reduce CO2 emission. This category also includes mobility innovations, finding digital solutions for smart cities, sustainable agriculture, or the “greening” of societies and economies.
|Active Citizenship: citizen journalism | social cohesion | human rights | (wo)men empowerment
This category is about exposing injustice and fighting social exclusion. While individual privacy seems to be on the decline, multinational deals tend to become more obscure. Many European countries still score high on the Corruption Perceptions Index. Also discrimination due to age, race, gender, ethnicity and sexuality is still an issue in most places. Active Citizenship projects may be honest examples of participatory journalism or fight for transparent policy making and the right to free speech. They may also encourage political participation, create awareness for human rights and support community building.
|Money Matters: financial literacy | employment | fundraising | fin tec
This category looks for solutions that enhance economic understanding, fight poverty and help people to make a decent living. Almost one in four European youths is unemployed.2 Also with growing income gaps, many working people struggle to make ends meet. Money Matters wants innovations that create opportunities for social commerce, reduce unemployment, or illustrate how money works. This, for example, includes innovative career counselling, responsible spending, fair trade, taxation and banking, crowd funding and microcredits, as well as initiatives that create and support a startup friendly economic environment.
|Open Innovation: disruptive apps | entertainment | crazy stuff | digital magic
This category is for all the unusual, crazy, digital projects that don’t fit in any of the other categories but still have a strong impact on society. Digital projects submitted in the Open Innovation category can be, for example, funny games, artistic apps or digital contemporary arts projects. However, the goals of Open Innovation applications should be to improve society or reflect and raise awareness for social grievances.
Special Category 2016: migration | integration | inclusion | refugee movement
One of Europe’s biggest challenges is currently the refugee movement. A rising number of people are trying to reach Europe and seek asylum. It’s hard to find good solutions. Many people feel helpless and are anxious about the future. EYA’s special category 2016 addresses this issue and calls for apps, websites, and other digital projects dealing with migration, integration, inclusion, and the refugee movement.