Pre-finalist 2021

The pre-finalists for the Innovation Award, the Amsterdam competition for innovative ideas that contribute to a better world, are now selected!

Visit the showcase pages to see each pre-finalists showcase their idea through a personal video.

Universities
HvA UvA VU Amsterdam UMC ACTA

Arnon Lesage (UvA): SolarFoil

Arnon Lesage (UvA): SolarFoil Plants need light to grow, and a world that requires more food needs light optimized towards agriculture. We are developing a transparent layer that can manipulate sunlight into light optimized for agriculture. Sunlight contains useful light, but also harmful UV and green light which is not so efficiently used. Our nanotechnology […]

Corentin Coulais (UvA): Edible Metamaterials

Corentin Coulais (UvA): Edible Metamaterials Metamaterials have already widely been used in physics and engineering to control how light and sound propagate. In other sectors – like the food industry – their potential has remained completely unexplored. We think that metamaterials could dramatically improve the interactions between humans and materials and to help create sustainable food sources. […]

Desi Bootsman (HvA): Mazehunter

Desi Bootsman (HvA): Mazehunter: playful learning for children with dyslexia Mazehunter is developing a digital-physical hybrid game for children diagnosed with dyslexia, that translates innovative dyslexia treatment to an attractive and addictive game environment. Research shows that the cooperation of the hemispheres together has a lot of influence on the processing of information. In people […]

Floris Roelofsen (UvA): Automatic text-to-sign translation

Floris Roelofsen (UvA): Automatic text-to-sign translation Language technology has taken an enormous flight over the last 20 years. Search engines, automatic translation, and speech recognition have become part of our everyday lives. But the focus has been, almost exclusively, on spoken languages. Sign languages have received much less attention. For instance, Google Translate already works […]

Jawad Essallami (HvA): Eddy Lite

Jawad Essallami (HvA): Eddy Lite The global transport makes for about 25% of our daily energy use. But what is the best way to use less energy in transport? It would help to make our vehicals lighter by using carbon composite. This is a very strong and light weight material, used more and more in […]

Joop Akerboom (HvA): Scrollbook

Joop Akerboom (HvA): Scrollbook Reading pleasure among young people is declining and it’s not that young people do not read, but they read different. Young people read a lot of short texts. What is not activated while reading short texts is the kind of concentration that is required of your brain when reading long texts, […]

Liselotte van Dijk (HvA): The Upcycle Wood Platform

Liselotte van Dijk (HvA): The Upcycle Wood Platform

Lucia Talamini (UvA): A non-invasive neurotech solution for sleep and memory improvement

Lucia Talamini (UvA): A non-invasive neurotech solution for sleep and memory improvement

Sanneke Stigter (UvA): DIAL Digital Index of an Artwork’s Life

Sanneke Stigter (UvA): DIAL Digital Index of an Artwork’s Life As a contemporary art restorer, I have developed a tool not to examine artworks, but a tool that investigates how museum professionals deal with these artworks and what effect this has on those works when they are exhibited to the public. If a work of […]

Syranos Tjee (HvA): Recipe Creation

Syranos Tjee (HvA): Recipe Creation I want to do something about food waste and my idea is Recipe Creation. People often don’t know what to do with their leftovers and also often throw leftovers away, which is a shame. With Recipe Creation you can scan your leftover food and it will generates a recipe. My […]