The European Commission has launched the European Social Innovation Competition in memory of Diogo Vasconcelos.
Based on the theme "Equality rebooted" the 2017 edition aims to make technological change and digital transformation more inclusive.
The competition is open to everyone (individuals, organisations or groups) legally established or resident in the EU Member States and countries participating in the Horizon 2020 programme.
The competition is looking for inspiring ideas, large and small, from people all around Europe who believe in building a truly inclusive economy and making the most of skills and technologies to close the gap in our society.
Ideas could include, but are not limited to:
- New technologies and business models that make the digital economy more inclusive or use collaborative solutions to reduce inequality;
- Innovations that empower disadvantaged people to fully participate in the digital economy and gain revenue from employment or entrepreneurship;
- Initiatives that equip those at risk of being shut out of the labour market with the appropriate skills to shape the knowledge economy, such as creativity, communication or problem-solving;
- Solutions to protect and support low wage/skilled workers in the evolving labour market.
Entries must be original ideas and they may propose new ways to combine or implement existing solutions, but cannot be exact copies of those. Contestants may submit more than one entry or be named as a partner in more than one entry.
Entries must be submitted on the Competition website in one of the official languages of the European Union though entries are expected preferably in English.
The competition is made up of several stages over a number of months, finishing in late October 2016 when the three best project proposals, which will each be awarded with a prize of 50,000 Euros, will be announced at the award ceremony.
Deadline to submit an entry: 8 April 2016, 12:00:00 CET (noon).
Find out more: http://ec.europa.eu/growth/social-innovation-competition