The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) annual EIT Awards competition takes place this year as an online event on December 8th and 9th. Societal responsibility, sustainability and the fight against COVID-19 are emphasised in EIT Digital's 2020 nominee selections. You have now a great opportunity to leave your mark on the European digital innovation history by casting your online vote on one of our four nominees by December 8th. You find the nominee specific voting links after their presentations.
EIT Awards recognise the most promising entrepreneurs and innovators in Europe. EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC), including EIT Digital, send their nominees to pitch against their peers from other KICs across four categories.
Fight against COVID-19
EIT Digital nominee Peter Lakatos for the Change Awards category - celebrating graduates of EIT-labelled education programmes - is a member of 'Discover', a five-strong Masters School student team that has won several deephacks in the recent years. This includes the European Commission #EUvsVirus hackathon in spring 2020 with their 3D-printed remote monitoring device for corona patients to measure their vital signs.
"We are not only developing a remote monitoring device but also the ecosystem behind it. Together they automatically measure the patient's vital signs in non-intensive hospital wards, where this task is usually carried out manually by the nurses. Thus, we are helping nurses to check up on way more patients in a far more efficient way, all remotely. We display the data and correlating diagnostics in an online platform that can alert the medical staff to any deteriorating cases, even the ones that happen overnight in silence, without anyone noticing", explains Peter Lakatos.
The EIT Venture Awards place the spotlight on successful entrepreneurial start-ups that have been supported by the innovation communities through dedicated business creation or business development processes. EIT Digital's nomination, Danish scaleup OpenTeleHealth, enables scalable remote healthcare to be deployed anywhere in the world at an affordable cost.
"Our nomination is in recognition of our position as a frontrunner in scalable population health monitoring technology. OpenTeleHealth's remote health technology has matured to a point where it can be applied immediately - and at scale. As such, it is well suited to deal with the massive need for reliable remote health solutions in the wake of COVID-19, all over the world," says OpenTeleHealth CEO Henrik Ibsen.
Sustainability and societal responsibility
EIT Digital Master School alumnus Selah Li, the EIT Digital nominee at the Woman Leadership and Entrepreneurship Awards, is the CEO and co-founder of Swedish startup, Ellure, which develops mass-personalisation technology to offer an inclusive product line, without producing unwanted or unused products. Its first product is a custom liquid lipstick.
"My passion and drive to work on my startup is about reshaping how society thinks about sustainability and consumption. I think that society is trying to ignore the fact that it is driving off a cliff, as we are running out of natural resources but still blindly overproducing and over-consuming. I want to challenge this status quo as I believe we can elevate how things are designed and produced, by merging digital and physical experiences."
SARA (Social & Autonomous Robotic Health Assistant) - developed for care institutions - represents EIT Digital in the Innovators Award. This award recognises KIC innovation teams which are composed of individuals from across the knowledge triangle, who have developed a product, service or process with a high potential for societal and economic impact.
"The majority of care professionals in Europe are experiencing problematic work pressure and high time pressure that directly influence the quality of care delivered to clients. Due to a higher life expectancy and an increase in chronic illnesses, this matter will only escalate in severity and effect. The goal of SARA is to support and deliver a higher quality of life for both care professionals and their clients. The robot works as a social entity within care institutions, nursing homes and hospitals to increase the quality of care," explains SARA's product owner, Serena Dorrestijn.
The EIT Awards winners are decided by an independent jury based on the nominee pitches. Also, the general public has its say in an online vote, which runs between November 16th and December 8th. In each of the four award categories, the prize money is EUR 50,000 for the winner, EUR 20,000 for the second place and EUR 10,000 for the third place.