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STARTS Prize Report Summary

Project ID: 732019
Funded under: H2020-EU.2.1.1.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - STARTS Prize (STARTS Prize - Grand prize of the European Commission honoring innovation in technology, industry and society stimulated by the arts)

Reporting period: 2017-01-01 to 2017-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

STARTS Prize 2017 – Grand prize of the European Commission honoring innovation in technology, industry and society stimulated by the arts

Appointed by the European Commission, Ars Electronica, BOZAR and Waag Society are launching a prize to select the most pioneering collaborations and results in the field of creativity and innovation at the crossings of science and technology with the arts. This follows the launch of a new activity in the European Commission named STARTS: Innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS.

Science, Technology and Arts (=STARTS) form a nexus with an extraordinarily high potential for creative innovation. And such innovation is considered to be 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. The role of artists thus is no longer seen to be just about propagating scientific and technological knowledge and skills among the general public but much more as a kind of catalyst that can inspire and trigger innovative processes. The artistic practice of creative exploration and experimental appropriation of new technologies has a wide reaching potential to contribute to the development of new products and new economic, social and business models. Accordingly, the STARTS Prize focuses on artistic works that influence or change the way we look at technology, and on innovative forms of collaboration between the ICT sector and the world of art and culture.

Two prizes, each with €20,000 prize money, are offered to honor innovative projects at the intersection of science, technology and the arts: one for artistic exploration, and thus projects with the potential to influence or change the way technology is deployed, developed or perceived, and one for innovative collaboration between industry/technology and art/culture in ways that open up new paths for innovation.
Grand Prize—Artistic Exploration
Awarded for artistic exploration and art works where appropriation by the arts has a strong potential to influence or alter the use, deployment or perception of technology.
Grand Prize—Innovative Collaboration
Awarded for innovative collaboration between industry or technology and the arts that opens new pathways for innovation.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

"The following STARTS Prize activities were implemented:
January 11th, 2017: Start of STARTS Prize Open Call
March 13th, 2017: End of STARTS Prize Open Call
April 6th-9th, 2017: STARTS Prize Nomination Committee Meeting
April 10th, 2017: STARTS Prize Jury Meeting
May 9th, 2017: Get Inspired Event and STARTS Prize Press conference/ winner announcement
July 21 th–October 26th, 2017: Ars Electronica in Berlin Exhibition featuring videos of STARTS Prize
projects at DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum
September 7th-11th, 2017: Ars Electronica Festival
STARTS Prize Exhibition during the whole festival period
September 8th, 2017: Exhibition Opening within the frame of the POSTCITY Opening Tour
September 8th, 2017: Ars Electronica Gala (Award Ceremony)
September 8th, 2017: STARTS Roundtable and STARTS Prize Forum
September 7th & 10th 2017: STARTS Prize Talks
September 9th, 2017: STARTS Prize Forum
September 14th-30th, 2017: BOZAR Electronic Arts Festival
STARTS Prize Best-off exhibition during the whole period
September 14th, 2017: STARTS Prize Exhibition Opening
September 14th, 2017: Symposium Art, Science and Technology Collaborations in Europe
October 11th, 2017: Presentation of STARTS at Frankfurter Buchmesse – ARTS+
October 18th, 2017: STARTS Talks #1 at DRIVE. Volkswagen Group Forum, Berlin
October 26th, 2017: STARTS Talks #2 at Dutch Design Week, Eindhoven

The following tasks were completed:
Description of the two STARTS Prizes and open call design 2017
Preparation of online submission tool 2017
Announcement and call for submissions for the STARTS Prize 2017
Dual Submission approach 2017
Organization of jury meeting 2017
Evaluation of the jury 2017
Prize ceremony of STARTS Prize'17 winners at Ars Electronica Festival 2017
Exhibition of prize winning project at Ars Electronica Festival 2017
STARTS Forum at Ars Electronica Festival 2017
Presentation of prize winning projects at BOZAR Electronic Arts Festival 2017
Presentation of prize winning projects at dissemination partners 2017
Communication of results 2017
Set-up of the project's governance structure
Project Management 2017
Financial and administrative management 2017"

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

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. With this
STARTS Prize initiative, Europe is able to focus on projects and people that can make meaningful contributions to this effort. 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, the STARTS Prize is emphasizing, on the one hand, artistic works that influence or change the way we look at innovation, and, on the other hand, very promising forms of collaboration between the private sector and the world of art and culture.

The main objectives of the STARTS Prize are:
* A contribution to a paradigm shift in innovation
* Awareness building
* Integration
* Transdisciplinary
* Contextualization

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 as well as to honor the inspiring individuals and teams behind these achievements. By opening it to artists, creative professionals, researchers and companies from all over the world, the STARTS Prize targets to expand everyone’s horizon in order to work on new ideas and showcase best-practice examples.
This international prize will highlight Europe’s power as a breeding ground for innovation and creative excellence. It will
* single out the most forward looking collaborations at the crossings of creativity and innovation with art, science, technology and society
* showcase achievement and encourage further collaborations between the arts and innovation activities
* honor the inspiring individuals and teams behind these achievements
* center both social and economic added value of creativity for a change in innovation

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