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European Social Innovation

European Commission launches €150,000 prize to harness technological change

2017 European Social Innovation Competition ‘Equality Rebooted’ to award three €50,000 prizes for the best ideas to spread the benefits of technological change in Europe

Today in Athens, the European Commission officially launched the 2017 edition of the European Social Innovation Competition aiming to ‘reboot’ equality and shape our future society by inspiring Europeans to provide fresh, energetic approaches to digital inclusion, collaborative economy, connectivity and skills development.

The European Commission is calling on Europeans to come up with innovations in tools, services and models that allow all members of society to acquire the appropriate skills and seize the many opportunities offered by technologies and the digital revolution.

Organised since 2012 in memory of Portuguese politician and social innovator Diogo Vasconcelos, the European Social Innovation Competition runs with a new theme each year, focused on addressing a different issue in Europe.

This year’s launch was hosted at the Benaki Museum in Athens, and brought together inspiring social innovators from around Europe. The launch event heard from experts working in Greece and beyond including OpenLab Athens, Ondula, OuiShare, Fairmondo, as well as Impact Hub Athens and Nesta.

Read the full press release: EUISC press release