More than 600 international participants from over 60 countries gathered in Graz for the 8th European Youth Award Festival (EYA) from November 27 to 30. The most promising digital solutions in Europe for improving society and living spaces were presented and the EYA Young Digital Champion (overall winner) was honoured in 2019: winning project LiGENCE from Lithuania halves the duration
of cardiac ultrasound examinations with AI and deep learning.
The current challenges for Europe from political participation to the climate crisis to digitisation were the
themes of the EYA Festival 2019, which covered the whole city: on Murinsel, Grazer Rathaus, FH JOANNEUM
and in the Dom im Berg technological applications were presented that have a direct positive impact on
individual life and society.
Socialbnb was honoured as the winning project in the category “sustainable economics”.
Ten other winning projects from seven countries were presented at the EYA Festival: an eye-tracking solution to
enable people with disabilities to communicate with the outside world from Germany, a mobile
citizen participation platform from Northern Macedonia; an interactive map for ideal tree plantations from
Serbia; a digital programmable gadget to learn how to code young girls from Sweden; and an autobiographical computer game that shows the path of a Syrian refugee came from Austria.
“The festival serves young European change-makers of digital and social innovation to network and present
their solutions to the burning questions and learn from each other,” explains EYA initiator Peter A. Bruck,
the aim and purpose of the three-day EYA Festival.
The participants from all over Europe agree that they take up and solve problems from their immediate
living environment. At the EYA Festival, they can further improve their digital projects with peer-to-peer
feedback and bring their solutions to society and the market.
These winning projects are showcases of how digital technologies are smartly used to benefit people and
improve society. The EYA projects also show the many possibilities to be active with technological solutions
in the sense of the EU 2020 Strategy and the UN SDGs and to support social participation, climate protection
and sustainable development.
European Youth Award (#EYA)
Initiated in 2012 by Prof. Dr. Peter A. Bruck, Ph.D., honorary chairman of the International Center for New
Media, the European Youth Award (EYA) is today a Europe-wide competition for young people, social entrepreneurs and start-up entrepreneurs who create digital projects with added value for society. It serves to
motivate young people to contribute to the achievement of the Council of Europe objectives, the Europe
2020 Strategy and the SDGs and shows the potential of young Europeans to find innovative solutions with IT
and mobile technologies for concrete problems. The competition is open to under 33-year-olds from Europe
and the MENA region.
Learn more about EYA