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 and other events of the consortium partners BOZAR, Waag, INOVA+, T6 Ecosystems, French Tech Grande Provence and Frankfurter Buchmesse. OPEN CALL NETWORK WINNERS JURY January 11, 2021 Submission phase for the STARTS Prize 2021 starts March 3, 2021 Entry deadline April 23-25, 2021 Jury Meeting Mid-June, 2021 Announcement of winners September 8-12, 2021 Exhibition and talks at Ars Electronica Festival September 25 – October 24, 2021 Exhibition at BOZAR 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 The Kepler Hall hosts the STARTS Prize 2020The festival takes place! Not despite, but because of Corona. For months a global pandemic has been raising questions that we hadn't asked ourselves before – but which will most likely keep us busy for a long time to come.STARTS Prize 2020: A Virtual Journey Through the Time ZonesThree members of the STARTS Prize 2020 jury, Mara Balestrini, Clara Blume and Domhnaill Hernon, talk in an interview about the influence of Covid-19 on this year's jury process, the difference between design and art, recycling management and the usefulness of Excel lists.A Slightly Different Jury WeekendThe 2020 jury weekend was not spared from the corona virus: the winners of the STARTS Prize and the Prix Ars Electronica were selected digitally this year instead of during an analogue meeting in Linz.The 2020 STARTS Prize JuryEvery year a jury meets to examine and evaluate the submissions for the STARTS Prize. These experts have fascinating backgrounds and extraordinary fields of research, which we would like to present in the following.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 & TechnologyElena 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. Read all STARTS Prize stories and interviews on the Ars Electronica Blog!