Author: Nikola Benin
Join us for the Awards Ceremony of the 2016 European Social Innovation Competition at 14.00 on 27 October 2016 at the Albert Hall in Brussels.
The ceremony marks the culmination of this year’s competition to find innovative ideas to realise the potential of refugees and migrants in Europe.
Of the 1,095 entries received from 36 countries altogether, 30 great ideas were first selected as semi-finalists of the competition.
The 30 semi-finalists had the opportunity to participate in a social innovation academy which was organised in Berlin on 4-6 July 2016 in partnership with the BMW Foundation. The semi-finalists met experts and organisations active in the field (see the programme reader). Before and after the academy, they also received customised mentoring to advance their idea.
The competition reopened and the 30 semi-finalists were asked to submit a detailed plan to explain how they will pilot, implement and sustain their project to achieve the greatest impact. On the basis of the detailed plans that they sent, 10 finalists have now been selected to compete for the 3 prizes of € 50,000.
14.00-15.00 Registration & welcome refreshments
Meet the finalists on their stands
15.00-15.15 Welcoming words
Belinda Pyke, Director for Migration, Mobility and
Innovation, DG Home
15.15-15.30 Taking you through the journey
The competition in a nutshell
Jenny Prosser, Programme Manager – EU Prizes,
Centre for Challenge Prizes, Nesta
15.30-16.00 Getting to know the finalists
Pitches by the 10 teams
16.00-17.00 Meet the real experts
5 newcomers share their experiences
Interactive session moderated by Michaela Sieh,
Project Director, World Cafe Community Foundation
17.00-17.30 Networking break
17.30-18.00 Award time
Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner
Impact prize – for the 2015 project with the greatest
Integrated Futures – 3 awards for the best solutions
18.00-20.00 Celebration cocktail and canapés
Directions: The venue can be reached by car/taxi, bus (buses 34 and 36; bus stop: La Chasse) and tram (tram 81; tram stop: Eglise Saint-Antoine).
From Brussels Airport: Approximately 40 minutes by taxi or 50 minutes by public transport.
From Brussels-Midi station: Approximately 20 minutes by taxi or 30 minutes by public transport.