Innovation in Amsterdam

On 21 June, the finale of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2017 will take place at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. With dozens of entrants pitching their ideas and ten finalists competing for the grand prize of €10,000, it will be an inspirational afternoon full of new insights in life sciences and beyond.

The Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award is the Amsterdam prize for the most innovative scientific idea of Amsterdam. The competition is open to all researchers from universities, research institutes and academic medical centres in Amsterdam. The aim of the annual event is to highlight innovations from Amsterdam’s universities and research centres and to help researchers turn their ideas into reality.

This year marks the 12th edition of the award, which is organised by IXA (Innovation Exchange Amsterdam) and the City of Amsterdam. The researchers and students come from the University of Amsterdam, the AMC, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, VU University Medical Center, the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Inholland, NKI and Sanquin.

Matchmaking event

Before the official final award ceremony begins at 3 pm, the participants will have a chance to network with the business community during the special speed-dating sessions at the Science & Business Event. The event, which begins at 1 pm, offers researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors the opportunity for a quick meet and greet. After the ceremony, there will be more room to exchange ideas and socialise with fellow researchers, students and entrepreneurs. If you are interested in taking part in the matchmaking event, you can register here or via the IXA website.

Wide range of new apps and product ideas

At the Science & Business Event, businesses will be able to meet with researchers whose innovative ideas span a wide range of topics. Examples include a new type of non-stick bandage, a toothbrush robot, novel uses for citrus peel waste, an automated system that inspects jet engines, a virtual assistant that schedules meetings for you, a device that tells bar-and-club owners how much noise they’re generating and a system that turns an iPad into a 19th-century camera – complete with tripod and canopy.