Ericcsson launches global Innovation Awards for climate change
Mita Srinivasan
10X Technology

Ericcsson launches global Innovation Awards for climate change

Competition offers university students around the world the chance to develop new, innovative ideas with support from Ericsson experts.

Ericsson has launched its annual Ericsson Innovation Awards (EIA) 2020 under the theme “Reclaim the future,” which centers on addressing current and future climate challenges and focuses primarily on how information and communications technology (ICT) can provide radical climate change mitigation for consumers and industries alike.

Ericsson Innovation Awards is open to students around the world currently enrolled in University. Students are encouraged to form diverse teams of two to four members. Teams must register and submit their ideas by September 30, 2020.

Based on Ericsson research, ICT solutions have the potential to improve energy use in industrial operations, minimize negative environmental impacts, and enable a reduction of global carbon emissions by up to 15 percent by 2030.

Heather Johnson, Head of Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson, commented, “Through our research and collaboration with academia and industry partners, we know that digitalization will drive the innovation and opportunities to achieve a 1.5-degrees-Celsius future in line with the Paris Agreement. That’s why this year’s Ericsson Innovation Awards will challenge some of the best and brightest students sharing our passion for innovation to demonstrate how technology can support climate action.”

This year, 14 teams will advance to the semi-finals, where they will have the opportunity to receive mentorship from Ericsson experts before competing to claim one of three spots in the finals. The three finalist teams will then go on to compete in the Grand Final event (held digitally this year) in December 2020. The winning team will receive a cash prize of EUR 25,000, with a second-place prize of EUR 15,000 and a third-place prize of EUR 5,000.