30 organisations with ideas for ‘Equality Rebooted’ in the running for three €50,000 prizes for the best ideas to spread the benefits of technological change in Europe

30 semi-finalists have been selected out of almost 800 in the 2017 edition of the European Social Innovation Competition. In response to digitalisation’s transformative effect on the labour market, the 2017 Competition aims to ‘reboot’ equality and shape future society by inspiring fresh, energetic approaches to digital inclusion, collaborative economy, connectivity and skills development.

Applications from 40 European Union and Horizon 2020 countries highlight the vast spread of Europeans coming up with innovations in tools, services and models to allow all members of society to acquire the appropriate skills and seize the opportunities of the digital revolution. See the full list of the 30 semi-finalists in 2017 here: http://bit.ly/2017SFs

Announcing the 2017

The selected projects focus on digital employment or entrepreneurship for disadvantaged groups, present collaborative initiatives and solutions focused on skills development. Innovations for low wage and low skilled workers are also a priority.

Many of this year’s semi-finalists are using technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, while others are developing platforms for skills building and sharing amongst groups such as women on maternity leave or visually impaired people for example.

The shortlisted semi-finalists come from all corners of Europe and Horizon 2020 countries from Greece to Slovenia, with the UK in the lead with 6 successful semi-finalists! We also have 5 semi-finalists from Spain, 3 from the Netherlands and Italy each, with successful applications also from Germany, Greece, France, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey.

Congratulations to all semi-finalists but more specifically to Impact Hub Athens’s very own, Solomon! Solomon makes social inclusion happen through media and communication content production and we are really proud to see the team’s innovative approach go this far! We wish you all the best! 

All 30 semi-finalists will take part in a three-day social innovation mentoring academy in Madrid this July to progress their ideas. Following this, the three most effective projects will each be awarded with a prize of €50,000 at the awards ceremony in October 2017 in Brussels.

For full details please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/social-innovation-competition

The 2017 Equality Rebooted expert jury hard at work deliberating the 2017 semi-finalists in Brussels