Global Annual Ericsson Innovation Awards (EIA) 2017

​Ericsson Innovation Awards (EIA) 2017 – Winner will get 25,000 Euros as Prize

Create Zero Hunger


This is open to all university students in Ethiopia in all disciplines from all years. Essentially, Ethiopian university students will be competing with students from universities all around the world, and would be great

testament of the quality of your university if they prevail.

The prize

  • First place team will win 25,000 EUROS
  • Second place team will win 10,000 EUROS
  • Third place will receive 1,000 EUROS

This year's competition theme is the FUTURE OF FOOD and is based on UN Sustainable Development Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns


By 2050, the global population is expected to reach 9.6 billion. Ensuring that our food production and consumption is sufficient and sustainable is a major challenge, but also an opportunity to improve lives and the health of our planet. At Ericsson, we have seen at first-hand how ICT can impact the world for the better. How can your idea be a part of this development?

Below are more details

  • The registration opens and is between:  January 9th -  March 17th 2017
  • Each team that registers must be between 2-4 individuals
  • Each and every discipline is welcome – be it business, arts, or technical/engineering/sciences – even Masters or other higher level educational studies welcome to register.
  • All level of studies are welcome – from freshmen to seniors
  • Additional information can be attained by visiting the following link:

Last year's grand finale (final 3 teams) was hosted in Stockholm, Sweden. This year's location is to be announced in the coming weeks – all expenses paid for

The EIA winners and runners up will be selected by a jury that consists of both Ericsson and external members in the official awards ceremony.

The challenge for the Ericsson Innovation Awards Competition 2017 is: The future of food

What possibilities emerge when more and more people connect and share our planet? How can we develop opportunities to create a better life for the billions living on our planet, now and in the future? How can using new technologies help to transform quality of life, food production and consumption? What is your next big idea?


What we are looking for and how to apply Follow these steps throughout the competition for successful team registration and project submissions.

​EIA Competition Guide:

Stage 1 - Registration:

Register a team and submit your idea (deadline March 14, 2017) Ericsson Innovation Awards Competition is open for all students who are currently enrolled and pursuing an associate, undergraduate, post-graduate

or doctorate degree. All you need is an idea to improve the future of food in the spirit of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns or Goal 2: Zero Hunger. Firstly, register your team and submit your idea on the submission page. Your team needs to consist of two-four people, and all members should be currently enrolled students.

Verify a problem and find a solution (deadline March 14, 2017)

To find, define and describe an important problem for the future of food is almost as important as finding a good solution. You can always continue developing your solution. Regarding your solution or concept it is important (1) that we understand how it is supposed to work and (2) that we can see it can be developed. Please upload the following items to the registration site to secure your place in the competition:

Problem and solution

*    Describe the problem you see (Maximum 300 characters)

*    Present your solution (innovation) to the problem (Maximum 500 characters)

Your innovation in detail

*    Business plan of your innovation (Maximum 450 words in Word or PDF doc)

*    Product / service description (Maximum 450 in Words word or PDF doc)

Stage 2 - The semi-finals (April 3 – April 28, 2017)

During the co-development process the ten semi-finalists will continue to develop their ideas. They will get expert feedback from Ericsson employees. Together they develop the concept and create a Minimum Viable Product.

Stage 3 - The finals

All 4 finalist teams will be flown in to Ericsson headquarters in Stockholm for HR interviews and a final award ceremony event. The event will be broadcasted for all participants to watch.

​Evaluation criteria & Process

  • How well the innovation addresses the theme - The future of food.
  • The impact the innovation has on a sustainable level and on social responsibility issues.
  • How well the team members have collaborated. Teams with members from different universities, main fields of study, backgrounds and nationalities will have the edge in the jury process.
  • How global or local the innovation is; does it solve a problem or improve a situation on a small or large scale?
  • Potential revenue or cost reduction for the customer purchasing the innovation. The business case should verify these numbers.
  • How easy it is to develop and how fast it can get to market, explained in a constructive and concise manner.
  • How easy it is for the potential customers to deploy, considering time, change of behavior, money. The benefits of the innovation (user or efficiency). What impact does the innovation have?
  • Did the solution solve the problem in an innovative way?
  • Has the innovation been taken to the next level in the form of a Lite-Prototype or Minimum Viable Product (MVP) in the semi-final process?

The competition is conducted in the stages as specified above. All text in the submissions must be in English and submissions in any other language will automatically be excluded from the competition.

After each submission deadline, only the submissions that are chosen for the next stage will remain in the competition.

The team can develop their application during each development phase while they are in the competition. If the team does not make it to the next submission stage, no more material can be uploaded to the Ericsson

Innovation Award registration site.

All contestants are free to remove their information at any stage of the competition. By doing so the team withdraws from the competition.

If a team that does not go through to the next step keeps their information on the EIA-site, Ericsson has the right to keep the information on the site.

Ericsson reserves the right to delete all inappropriate content from the EIA-site. Withdrawing from the competition does not relieve the team from adhering to and accepting these terms and conditions.

For more info please contact

Mohammed Shaheen

University Relations Lead

Office: +971 4 813 4561 <tel:+971%204%20813%204561>

Mobile: +971 55 60 01 298 <>

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