During the entire month of August, people will be able to vote for their favourite among 40 nominees who have been developing digital innovations through EU-funded projects. They come from every corner of Europe, from SMEs, university teams, spinoffs and start-ups. They have the potential to impact everything from transport logistics to water management to treatment of cancer patients to even the management of bee populations.
These innovators have been identified through the European Commission's Innovation Radar, a data-driven engine that aims to identify high potential innovations and the key innovators behind them in projects that have received investment from the EU's 2007-2013 Research and Innovation funding programme (FP7), the 2007-2013 Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP), and Horizon 2020, the current research and innovation programme.
Since 2014 the European Commission's DG CONNECT has been collecting a broad set of data about EU-funded digital projects. Leveraging a model, developed with the Joint Research Centre's Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, DG CONNECT has been analysing this input to extract insights and intelligence about the best innovations and innovators.