Grand prize of the European Commission honoring Innovation in Technology, Industry and Society stimulated by the Arts

S+T+ARTS=STARTS – Innovation at the Nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS: STARTS is an initiative of the European Commission to foster alliances of technology and artistic practice that effectively implement European policymaking to nurture innovation and that benefit the art world as well. The focus is on people and projects that contribute to mastering the social, ecological and economic challenges this continent faces.

One element of this STARTS Initiative is a prestigious award generously endowed with €40,000 in prize money. A yearly competition is held to single out for recognition innovative projects at the nexus of science, technology and the arts that have what it takes to make a significant impact on economic and social innovation. The two STARTS prizewinners each receive €20,000 and are prominently featured at Ars Electronica, BOZAR and Waag.

This way to the submission!

January 9, 2020 Submission phase for the STARTS Prize 2020 starts
March 2, 2020 Entry deadline
April 30 – May 3, 2020 Jury Meeting
Mid-June, 2020 Announcement of winners
September 9-13, 2020 Exhibition and talks at Ars Electronica Festival

Innovation in and for Europe

Science, Technology and arts (STARTS for short) limn a nexus at which insightful observers have identified extraordinarily high potential for innovation. And innovation is precisely what’s called for if we’re to master the social, ecological and economic challenges that Europe will be facing in the near future. In this STARTS Prize initiative, the European Commission’s focus is on projects and people that can make meaningful contributions to this effort.

Art as Catalyst

Here, art is assigned the role of catalyst that propagates scientific and technological knowledge and skills among the general public and triggers innovative processes. Accordingly, STARTS is emphasizing, on one hand, artistic works that influence or change the way we look at technology, and, on the other hand, very promising forms of collaboration between the private sector and the world of art and culture. A prizewinning project will be singled out for recognition in both categories and each will be supported with €20,000 prize money.

Interviews and Stories

Let’s get STARTed!
It's that time again! The submission for the STARTS Prize 2020 is open. Starting immediately, the European Commission, together with Ars Electronica, Bozar and Waag, is once again looking for pioneering projects at the interface of art, technology and science that contribute to economic and social innovation.
Women’s Networks in Arts & Technology
Elena Robles Mateo talks about her research project to portray networks of women in media art since the 1990s, and in her work has referred to the Women in Media Arts database of Ars Electronica, among others.
Innovation through interdisciplinarity
How can new paths be taken? Where does the impetus to rethink things come from? How can the mind be guided not to think in the usual way? Who are those who come up with such great things that can actually be used in real life? Well… we might have some answers.
Even more gorgeous ideas
The European Commission's STARTS Prize has been encouraging innovative and interdisciplinary project submissions since 2017. It is no coincidence that they are unusual and find a worthy presentation area at the festival.
So many gorgeous ideas
Festival Friday is STARTS day – or rather S+T+ARTS, because the magic formula is Science + Technology + ARTS. Exactly in this connection lies a powerful potential for innovation, to consider the innovations of our time on various levels and to think socially, ecologically and economically.
Life gets better through Artificial Intelligence
It is the second most densely populated metropolis and one of the three most visited cities in Europe: Barcelona. The Innovation Bureau 300,000 Km/s, which was awarded the STARTS Prize 2019 for the "Ciutat Vella's Land-use Plan" project, shows how new technologies can help to make urban space a place worth living in.

Read all STARTS Prize stories and interviews on the Ars Electronica Blog!