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

Alice Grasveld (ACTA): The Healthy Teeth Foundation

Alice Grasveld (VU-ACTA): The Healthy Teeth Foundation (THTF): A participatory action research into oral health amongst disadvantaged children aged 4-12 in the Schilderswijk, The Hague, The Netherlands My dream is a world in wich every child can go to school, whether it comes from the townships in Africa or from poor or rich neighbourhoods in […]

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 […]

Edcel Salumbides (VU): Non-invasive pre-symptomatic illness detection in farm animals

Edcel Salumbides (VU): Non-invasive pre-symptomatic illness detection in farm animals We are developing a non-invasive breath sensor for cows, for the early detection of illnesses well before observable symptoms. The automated and frequent health monitoring would enable timely and precise feed adjustments by farmers to stop disease progression. The technology is derived from the extremely […]

Felienne Hermans (VU): Hedy: A Gradual Programming Language for Children

Felienne Hermans (VU): Hedy: A Gradual Programming Language for Children According to the World Economic Forum, soon 9 out of 10 jobs will require digital skills, yet today 44% of Europeans aged lack basic digital skills. In Europe, this skills gap will lead to almost 2 million unfilled vacancies for ICT professionals by 2025. To […]

Guido Weide (VU): SoundTomics

Guido Weide (VU): SoundTomics Picture yourself as a doctor who needs to improve someone’s muscle function. The way our muscles are built strongly relates to the way they function. With neuromuscular and chronic diseases, but also with ageing, doctors are faced with the task to find treatments that prevent deterioration of muscle function or even […]

Imran Avci (VU): RAPID PHOTONICS

Imran Avci (VU): RAPID PHOTONICS: Low-cost and fast prototyping of photonic integrated circuits Did you see a picture of the first computer? It was as big as a large room. Nowadays we can carry our computers even in our pockets. This was made possible by integrating electronic components into microchips. In a similar way we […]

Insan Firdaus (VU): Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy Biofeedback (VRET-BF) for Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

Insan Firdaus (VU): Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy Biofeedback (VRET-BF)  for Substance Use Disorder (SUD) 35 million people worldwide are diagnosed with Substance Use Disorders. Regrettably, only 1 in 7 people receive treatment. One of the factors causing this problem is stigmatization,  making them hesitant to seek help and worsen their condition. We digitalized conventional therapy […]

Jardo Stammeshaus (VU): The Liion Power Battery Life Extender

Jardo Stammeshaus (VU): The Liion Power Battery Life Extender Lithium-ion batteries are playing a crucial role in the transition to sustainable energy. You can find them inside all of your portable electronics, for example in your smartphone, but also in your E-Bike. Unfortunately, these batteries degrade and lose capacity faster than necessary, because regular chargers […]

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, […]