The European Commission has officially launched the 2017 edition of the European Social Innovation Competition, which aims to ‘reboot’ equality by inspiring Europeans to provide fresh and energetic approaches to technologies, digital inclusion, connectivity and skills development.
The Competition is calling on Europeans to come up with innovations that will allow everyone to seize the many opportunities offered by the digital revolution. Social progress must go hand in hand with technological change and the on-going transformation of our societies must bring benefits for all.
The European Commission is therefore looking for inspiring ideas, large and small, from people all around Europe who believe in building a truly inclusive economy and making the most of skills and technologies to close the gap in our society.
Ideas could include, but are not limited to:
- New technologies and business models that make the digital economy more inclusive or use collaborative solutions to reduce inequality;
- Innovations that empower disadvantaged people to fully participate in the digital economy and gain revenue from employment or entrepreneurship;
- Initiatives that equip those at risk of being shut out of the labour market with the appropriate skills to shape the knowledge economy, such as creativity, communication or problem-solving;
- Solutions to protect and support low wage/skilled workers in the evolving labour market.
The competition is open to individuals, groups and organisations across the European Union and in countries participating in the European Horizon 2020 programme
Entries must be submitted through the Competition webpage by 7 April 2017. The three winners will each be awarded a prize of €50,000 in October 2017 in Brussels. Beforehand, all 30 semi-finalists of the Competition will be supported with mentoring and networked with partners to progress their ideas.
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