Considering the novelty of this award competition and the interdisciplinary approach, Ars Electronica is launching the STARTS Prize 2018 with a dual approach for submissions:
- Submission via open call:
The STARTS Prize aims to showcase and celebrate visions and achievements at the interface between innovation and creation—driven by both science/technology and the Arts. The submission is open to all forms of artistic work and all types of technological and scientific research and development. Submission deadline is March 2nd, 2018.
- Recommendations through international advisors:
15 international advisors who have reputation and credibility in the field will recommend projects and help to encourage wider ranges of participants as well as a geographical and gender balance. These recommended projects will be contacted by the organizers and asked to submit their project via the submission platform. So the same process and deadlines will be applied as for the open submissions. The international advisors serve as facilitators to identify relevant works and projects during the submission process. However, they will not be part of the jury meeting and therefore will not have voting rights.
- Nominations from the nomination committee:
All submissions will be judged by a nomination committee in the order of their arrival. The nomination committee will select up to 30 projects to nominate for prize consideration by the jury. These projects will be published by Ars Electronica.
- Nominations through the juries of the Prix Ars Electronica categories:
Since the main categories of the Prix Ars Electronica have an explicit focus on art and technology, the submissions that are entered in these categories fit very precisely to the criteria of the STARTS Prize. Projects submitted to a Prix Ars Electronica category can therefore also be considered for the STARTS Prize. The jury will nominate a number of projects per Prix Ars Electronica category.
- All nominations will be judged by a jury to decide on the two prize-winning projects and up to ten honorary mentions. The jury consists of one representative of each Prix Ars Electronica category, one representative of the nomination committee and two international jury members. In addition to the works entered by participants, each jury member may also nominate other works. The jury’s decision is final.