2015 Bell Labs Prize for Game Changing Ideas in ICT ($USD 175K Prize)

Submission Deadline: April 22, 2015

The Bell Labs Prize is a competition for innovators around the globe that rewards 10x game-changing ideas and proposals in the general field of information and communications technologies.

The Bell Labs Prize is a competition for innovators from participating countries around the globe that seeks to recognize proposals that ‘change the game’ in the field of information and communications technologies by a factor of 10, and provides selected innovators the unique opportunity to collaborate with Bell Labs researchers to help realize their vision.


  • This prize is open to all eligible applicants who register and submit proposals in the general areas of information and communications technologies.
  • You must be a citizen of one of the countries listed in the registration form.
  • You must be aged 21 or over at the time of registration on the website.


Stage One

In Stage One, you will be requested to formulate an idea (max 250 words) related to the field of information and communications technologies. You will have the option to attach 3 pages of text and/or images to illustrate your concept.

Categories: Web Applications, Cloud Services, Information Theory, Coding Theory, Computational Sciences, Cryptography, Distributed Systems, Data Privacy, Mathematics of Networks, Modulation Schemes, Optical Systems or Components, Communications Systems, Network Protocols, Security, Network Architecture, RF design, Sustainability, Wireless, Fixed Network technologies, Software-Defined Networks, Virtualization Technologies, Real-time Analytics, Search algorithms, Self-Optimizing Networks, Inference systems.

Stage Two

Finalists from Stage 1 will be assigned a Bell Labs researcher as a Partner (BLRP) to help them strengthen their idea and turn it into a robust proposal.


All winners

  • The three winners may be given the opportunity to collaborate with Bell Labs to see their research project to fruition, when possible.

First prize – $100K

Second prize – $50K

Third prize – $25K

  • Winners will be announced at the Bell Labs prize awards event on December 8, 2015.
    Selected participants may have an opportunity to work with Bell Labs, giving them the opportunity to collaborate with researchers to further develop the idea and enhance its commercial viability.

Apply Now for the Bell Lab Prize for Innovation in ICT

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Bell Lab Prize for Innovation in ICT


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