Amazing Ideas | Amazing Minds
Falling Walls Lab is a fast paced format—a little TEDtalk, a little Dragon’s Den—designed to showcase the quality, talent and passion of Next Gen researchers and innovators.
Falling Walls concept
Falling Walls is a unique international platform for leaders from science, business, politics and society. The international initiative was created by the German government, industry and academic/research institutions on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall. Falling Walls events—Lab, Venture and a Conference—are held every November to bring the world together to promote science research and innovation.
Falling Walls Lab UAlberta
In 2014, UAlberta was invited to be 1 of only 20 international Labs and to send our top three winners to the international finale in Berlin. In the Berlin Lab 100 presenters compete to win the title of Young Innovator of the Year and present at the conference. In the Lab presenters pitch their innovation or idea in just 3 minutes to an international jury of government, industry, academic and media representatives.
UAlberta presenters won 2nd place overall two years running—Nermeen Youssef 2014 and Lian Willetts 2015) while our other representatives placed in the top 20. Both Nermeen and Lian then presented at the Falling Walls Conference, a gathering of 700 decision makers. thought leaders and forward thinking individuals from 80+ countries discuss trends, opportunities and solutions to world challenges. Watch videos from our UAlberta Lab and UAlberta presenters in Berlin via the green button to your right.
Falling Walls Venture
Venture showcases research-based start-ups. In Falling Walls Venture UAlberta, a joint event between UAlberta and TEC Edmonton, UAlberta startups pitch to win a spot in Venture Berlin, held every November 8 at the British Embassy in Berlin. At Venture Berlin, 25 international startups pitch in 5 minutes to international investment managers, venture capitalists, business experts and leaders, and media. The winner is named Start Up of the Year and presents at the conference. Berlin chooses startups to compete from nominations by leading global universities and research organisations—UAlberta’s Venture winner is automatically entered.