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Falling Walls UAlberta

Amazing Ideas. Amazing innovations.

Falling Walls Lab is a fast paced format—a little TEDtalk and a little Dragon’s Den, designed to showcase the quality, talent and passion of Next Gen researchers and innovators. Participants present their idea or innovation in 3 minutes to a jury from academia, government, industry and the media.

In 2014, UAlberta was invited to host 1 of only 20 international Labs. Winners of international Labs automatically qualify for the international finale in Berlin, held every November 8.   

Falling Walls Lab history
The Berlin Lab is an annual event held alongside the Falling Walls Conference--a gathering of forward thinking individuals from 75 countries, where 20 of the world’s leading thought leaders discuss trends, opportunities and solutions to world challenges. The Lab and conference were created by Germany’s Falling Walls Foundation, and supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research, and Germany’s Helmholtz Association, Robert Bosch Stiftung and others.

Falling Walls Lab UAlberta
UAlberta held its first Lab in 2014 and sent out top three winners to the Berlin finale where one, Nermeen Yousseff won second overall. A feat repeated in 2015, with Lian Willetts. Both were invited to present at the Falling Walls Conference attended by over 700 people from 80 countries.

Watch our UAlberta Lab videos from 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.   

Falling Walls Venture
Based on our Lab's success, UAlberta was asked to host a qualifying Falling Walls Venture event in 2016, which we did in partnership with TEC Edmonton. Venture's focus is science-based start-ups, where participants share their research driven, science-based start-up in 5 minutes. The winner of the qualifying Venture events automatically qualify for the international Venture finale in Berlin.