Office of the Vice-President (Research)

Falling Walls UAlberta

Amazing Ideas. Amazing innovations.

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. Participants present their idea in 3 minutes to a panel of representatives from academia, government, business and the media.

Falling Walls
Falling Walls Lab Berlin is held every year 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 is supported by the German Ministry of Education and Research, and Germany’s Helmholtz Association, Robert Bosch Stiftung among others.

Falling Walls Lab UAlberta
In 2014, UAlberta was invited to be 1 of only 20 international Labs. Winners of international Labs automatically qualify for the international finale in Berlin, held every November 8. OUr top 3 2014 LAb winners competed in Berlin alongside 97 other international participants. One of our UAlberta participants, Nermeen Yousseff won second overall. A feat repeated in 2015, with Lian Willetts. Both were invited to present at the Falling Walls Conference which has an international audience of over 700 people. Watch our UAlberta Lab videos from 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 via the button on the top right of this page.

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.