Wanted: Change-Makers to Join the Border Labs Award 2017

24 Feb 2017
Author: HSD Foundation

Do you have an inspiring innovative project in for example security? Join the Border Labs Award 2017, a global prize that celebrates dedication, creativity and courage leading to innovations that have had a significant impact on society and how we use or think about technology. The award celebrates the attitudes and mindsets that may sometimes cause friction but – when addressed purposefully – can result in perspectives, ideas, and technologies that improve society.


The first prize is €5,000, whereas the second prize is €2,500. The prices are meant to invest in your winning project or future endeavors.


For who?

This event will award people who demonstrate true leadership in an ever-more-complex world, who inspire a new generation of inventors, and thus deserve to be recognised. The organisation is looking for creators, inventors, and renegade scientists who made a real effort to push forward a strange, far-fetched, unlikely idea into a meaningful reality. The award will likely go to the contender whose project:

  • is open and inclusive + demonstrates real impact
  • is provocative, new, and unique in some way or another
  • is a torch of inspiration that leads us forward towards a new, more brighter age
  • enlightens people about the potential of technology and/or its dangers
  • is either work in progress or recently finished



Up until the end of May, submissions will be accepted. On 1 June, the organisation will announce the 20 finalists that will participate in the prize contest. During the Border Sessions festival participants will pitch their project as part of the conference programme. The winner is chosen by a selected jury and the audience. Only registered attendees who participate in the event can contend for the award. Submit here.