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Published on Dec 5, 2018
The Falling Walls Lab is an international forum for the next generation of outstanding innovators and creative thinkers. Its aim is to promote exceptional ideas and to connect promising scientists and entrepreneurs from all fields on a global level. Labsters get the opportunity to present their research work, business model or initiative to peers, a high-calibre jury made up of experts from academia and business and the general public – in 3 minutes each.
Each year, academic institutions are invited to host their own Falling Walls Lab and to showcase the quality, diversity and passion of their region’s most innovative minds. The most intriguing presenters of the locally hosted Falling Walls Labs travel to the Lab Finale in Berlin, Germany on 8 November. 100 Labsters present their work in front of a distinguished jury and showcase their solutions for today’s pressing challenges. All finalists win a ticket to attend the Falling Walls Conference where they meet the world’s movers and shakers of science, business and policy-making. The three winners of the Lab Finale in Berlin are awarded the title “Falling Walls Young Innovator of the Year”. They receive a prize money and pitch their idea once again on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference.
The international network of Falling Walls Labs includes renowned academic insti- tutions from more than 60 countries. Yale University, the ETH Zurich, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo and the University of California, San Diego are only a few of the universities that have participated in the Falling Walls Lab programme.
The Falling Walls Lab is organised by the Falling Walls Foundation and generously supported by its corporate partners the Bayer Foundations and Sartorius, and its academic partners the Berlin-Senate, the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
The Falling Walls Foundation is a non-profit organisation in Berlin, dedicated to the support of science and the humanities. It is a unique international platform for leaders from the worlds of science, business and politics, the arts and society. Falling Walls fosters discussion on research and innovation and promotes the latest scientific findings among a broad audience from all parts of society. The Foundation is supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research, the Helmholtz Association, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and numerous other acclaimed academic institutions, foundations, companies, non-governmental organisations and prominent individuals.