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What do alternative sources of energy, cooking workshops and a virtual reality device to make people feel like refugees have in common? Cultural innovation and the will to change positively the world we live in. Last month, the Center for Contemporary Culture in Barcelona hosted a round of conferences and a prize for social innovation, gathering specialists in such topics as sustainable cultural management and climate change in a two-day row of interesting debates about the challenges of our times.

Cultural Innovation International Prize
Cultural Innovation International Prize

The pannels started with Laura Pando, an experienced cultural manager who strives to help the cultural sector to adopt more sustainable practices. In the last 10 years, Laura helped museums, music festivals and governments to opt for clean energy solutions, calculate their carbon footprint and develop leadership in the industry. «In a recent poll, we discovered that 50% of people don’t remember ever having a conversation about climate change. Art and culture have a great responsibility on promoting this debate. If we don’t talk about it, it won’t exist in people’s minds», she said.

The following conference was presented by Laura Faye Tenembaum, science senior editor for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. In a passionate talk, she engaged the audience on the idea that climate change is a «fascinating challenge». «You can’t see countries’ political divisions or boundaries from the space. We’re all facing the climate change and have to work together», she said. Laura warned that the effects of carbon pollution might be invisible on earth but are becoming more visible from space. Climate change, she says, is not a topic of the future. It’s already been happening for decades now and affecting our daily lives. «We need to transform how we live. Society is resistent to change, and has a negative feeling about it. I dare you to face the challenges as exciting”, she concluded.

Laura Faye Tenembaum
Laura Faye Tenembaum

Laura Tenembaum was also a member of the jury for the Cultural Innovation International Prize. In its second edition, the competition gathered 228 projects from 59 countries, mainly developed by young researchers, artists and entrepreneurs. The 10 finalists presented their projects in Barcelona and the winner was The Newton Machine, a battery prototype that stores renewable energy using gravity. The prize also gave an audience award to Neighbourhood Upcycling, a locally based project for plastic recycling that can be replicated to promote circular economy worldwide.

The jury gave a special mention for the project Ode for the Future, which used art, installation, and performances to show the effects of climate change in six geographic spots from Catalonia, Spain. All the projects, though, had the opportunity to be presented to a broader audience and to create an impact – the finalists received feedback from the jury, as well as ideas to put into practice.

The projects were exposed at the Centre of Contemporary Culture in Barcelona
The projects were exposed at the Centre of Contemporary Culture in Barcelona

Click here to read more about the 10 finalists and the Cultural Innovation International Prize. (in Spanish)

Horyou is the Social Network for Social Good, which connects, supports and promotes social initiatives, entrepreneurs, and citizens who help the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals to build a more harmonious and inclusive world. We invite you to Be the Change, Be Horyou!

From September 22-24, the University of Central Lancashire Cyprus will be the stage for the 2016 Grand Jury to share their expertise and experience and to select this year´s Winners of the European Youth Award (EYA)

European Youth Award selects innovative projects made by young entrepreneurs
European Youth Award selects innovative projects made by young entrepreneurs

On that occasion, 20 international experts will meet in Larnaca, Cyprus, to select one to three winners in each of the eight European Youth Awards Categories, from a shortlist of 49 digital projects out of 167 submissions from students and entrepreneurs.

“This year again, the European Youth Award offers an outstanding selection of innovative digital projects using digital communication and IT to improve society and tackle pressing challenges. The passion and willingness to drive positive change of these young people is remarkable. The international experts of the Grand Jury will provide their time and expertise to select the best projects in the eight categories for #EYA16“, says Peter Bruck, founder of EYA.

A highlight of the EYA Grand Jury meeting will be the Expert Forum, held on September 23rd and open to the general public. During the Forum, the EYA Grand Jury experts will discuss current challenges for digital entrepreneurship. The Grand Jury and Expert Forum in Cyprus are hosted by the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, the Digital Champion of the Republic of Cyprus and the University of Central Lancashire Cyprus.

The selected one to three best digital projects per category of 2016 will be invited to the winners event, the EYA Festival, which will take place in Graz from November 30 to December 3. During the event, they will present their projects and solutions on stage and have the opportunity to gain knowledge and prime contacts through a special mentorship program lasting from September till December. The dedicated mentors are business personalities like Anna Wypior (SAP, Germany), who will coach the winning teams and provide business know-how, entrepreneurial expertise and experience.

European Youth Award is a Horyou partner with SIGEF 2016.

EYA 2015 Winners
EYA 2015 Winners

Since 2009, the European Youth Award have been rewarding youth innovation and creativity in technology. The award is an undertaking of the International Center for New Media (ICNM), a member of Horyou, the social network for social good, which also organizes special events and grants awards to support innovation and entrepreneurship.

This year, EYA’s applications are open to European entrepreneurs, startups and students who dream to develop their creative potential and benefit from some of Europe’s leading business personalities’ mentoring. Speaking for ICNM, Birgit Kolb has granted us the following interview.

EYA Festival Workshop
EYA Festival Workshop

– What is EYA and when was it created?

The European Youth Award (EYA) is a pan-European contest for young people, entrepreneurs and startups creating digital projects to improve society. It was called into life in 2012 by Prof. Peter A. Bruck, Honorary Chairman of the International Center for New Media, and is conducted under the patronage of the Council of Europe and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.

The Winners Event (EYA Festival) is a unique event combining knowledge, innovation, networking, inspiration and motivation. It takes place in Graz, Austria, in November of each year.

– What are your goals in supporting innovation among youth?

The goals of the European Youth Award are

  1. Showcasing and promoting the most innovative digital projects by young developers, entrepreneurs and start-ups from all over Europe.
  2. Demonstrating young people’s creative potential and entrepreneurial spirit.
  3. Taking action on Europe’s most pressing issues such as employment, resource management, health, education, urban development, cultural diversity and social inclusion.
  4. Contributing to the progress towards the goals defined for Europe 2020 by the Council of Europe.
  5. Connecting next generation of IT pioneers with experienced experts from business, technology, education and science.
  6. Encouraging inspiration and international exchange of knowledge, ideas and visions.
Festival Gala Ceremony
Festival Gala Ceremony

– In times of technology and business disruptions, how do you support socially and environmentally responsible innovations?

We believe that knowledge and a vibrant network are the key factors for success. Therefore, we support EYA Winners by giving them an international stage to pitch their project and get comprehensive feedback from experts, mentors and students analyzing the winning projects profoundly.

The EYA network is a most vibrant and lively one. Individuals attending one of our events usually say that it is a very unique experience that they would have never wanted to miss. They usually feel like they have become a member of a new family where they can receive support and guidance any time.

That’s how we think that socially and environmentally responsible innovations can be supported best.

– Can you mention some interesting innovative projects that participated in the last editions?

Sure, plenty! All of the EYA winners are very unique. Perhaps the following links are good examples to show the great variety of EYA and its projects: I Mirabilia, Jerry Do It Together , GovFaces and Aprendices Visuales.

European Youth Awards
European Youth Awards

– How many applications do you expect this year? Call the Horyou community to participate and apply their projects!

We expect more than 100 applications this year. The deadline is on July 31 – we kindly invite the Horyou community to take this unique chance and apply now with their creative, digital project with impact on society!

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