Ericsson invites university students to enter Innovation Awards 2021

A global competition for university students, the Ericsson Innovation Awards 2021 are now open for entry, with this year’s theme being “bridging the digital divide” and a grand prize of €25 000 up for grabs.

Students are encouraged to form teams of two to four members and teams have until August 5th at 13:00 to register and submit their ideas. Ericsson has advised that the first 50 submissions will receive extra guidance for refining their ideas.

“The digital revolution has transformed the world, enriching our lives in countless ways yet half the planet lives without access to the tools, information, and resources that many of us rely on every day. As the world becomes increasingly reliant on technology, the digital divide is growing. Economic, geographic, gender and access factors have left vast portions of the global population at a severe disadvantage,” explains Ericsson regarding this year’s theme.

The digital divide and its ever widening status is something we have discussed on numerous occasion here at Hypertext, so it would be pleasing to see local and African students put forward some innovative solutions.

If you need further incentive for entering, Ericsson has broken down the different prizes as follows:


Each of the seven regional winners will receive:


All 14 Semi-finalists – including the seven regional winners – will receive:



All three finalist teams will receive:


A full timeline of the Innovation Awards 2021 can be found below, with further details on entry located here.

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