Bell Labs Prize 2017 for Game Changing Ideas in ICT (300,000 USD Prize)

Application Deadline: May 1, 2017 20:00 hours (8 p.m.) EST

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.

Evaluation Criteria

Ideas will be evaluated by Bell Labs researchers based on the following 3 criteria:

  • 10x Innovation Potential – How is your proposal novel – what has not been done before, what is the “out of the box” thinking that could result in a 10x change in performance (e.g., speed/throughput, distance, latency, cost, energy efficiency or simplicity)?
  • Technical Merit – How technically sound is your proposal? On what current principles and capabilities does it depend versus further/future advancements and innovations?
  • Feasibility – Can a proof of concept, simulation or demonstration be built in the course of the competition? What is required to do so? In order to build a commercially viable (revenue and profit-generating) solution, what more would be required?


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 or about November 29, 2017.
  • 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.


For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Bell Labs Prize 2017 


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