The pre-finalists for the Innovation Award, the Amsterdam competition for innovative ideas that contribute to a better world.
Visit the showcase pages to see each pre-finalists showcase their idea through a personal video.
Barbara Braams (VU): The big Hoe?Zo! Show questions book a book to involve children in science and teach them scientific skills Children are naturally curious and ask a lot of questions. ‘Why do fish have scales and people don’t?’ ‘Why is it warm during summer and cold during winter?’ Unfortunately, not all children grow up […]
Emitzá Guzmán (VU): The Best Ends by the Best Means: Bringing Ethics into Software Computer software is full of ethical problems. It manipulates voters, discriminates by people’s gender, race or social standing, raises enormous privacy problems and is often designed to be highly addictive. Very slowly, Parliaments and Congresses around the world are catching up […]
Gerben ter Riet (HvA): Urban Vitality Open Science Checklist: No Time to Waste In medical research alone, each year, hundreds of billions of euros are wasted, due to poor questions, poor choice of methodologies, poor reporting and archiving. The Open Science Checklist aims to optimize research projects, from start to end, in order to research waste […]
Hanneke Velthuijsen (HvA): Happy Minds – A high impact stress reduction method for mental & emotional well-being in urban education In today’s society, children are increasingly experiencing stress. They face social-emotional problems more often than ever before. A promising solution to this issue appears to be mindfulness and SEL (Social-Emotional Learning). These practices teach children from an […]
Lavinia Bodale (VU): SightShare Imagine you’re missing out on the friendship and on the life experiences that make game nights unforgettable. SightShare is a game changing device that breaks barriers, enabling visually impaired and blind individuals to participate fully in card and board games. Thanks to the help of machine learning, the device recognizes different […]
Matteo Mazzanti (UvA): Novel quantum logic gates architecture with trapped ions and optical tweezers There are complex problems that classical computers struggle to solve. For example, route optimization, drug design, and material discovery all require extraordinary computational power. Quantum computers are central in the solution to this problem. However, today’s quantum computers are difficult to […]
Pepijn van Rutten and Edcel Salumbides (VU): Respira: a laughing gas breath sensor to reduce accidents on the road Traffic accidents caused by driving under the influence of laughing gas have increased more than ten-fold in the past few years. This leads to more than 100 severe injuries and sadly, more than 20 deaths in […]
Sara Geven (UvA): On track: a scientifically-informed ability tracking procedure to enhance equal learning opportunities Students in the Netherlands are allocated to different educational tracks at the age of twelve based on their teacher’s recommendation. Studies show students from disadvantaged backgrounds receive less ambitious track recommendations. Even within the same school, teachers use different tracking […]
Youssef El Bouhassani (HvA): Modular content as a necessary condition for unlocking the potential of algorithms in personalised education The promise of AI to reduce the workload of teachers and create equal opportunities for students is not here yet. The methodology and tools to create modular content, allows both teachers and algorithms to provide personalized […]