Explore Nesta Challenges' past, current and future prizes.
The Smart Ageing Prize is seeking solutions that support, empower and inspire older adults to engage in entrepreneurship and contribute their extensive skills.
The CareerTech Challenge Prize will provide £1.2 million and tailored packages of expert support for the development of digital solutions which improve career information, advice and guidance
The Longitude Explorer Prize is calling on young people across the UK to develop innovative AI solutions to society’s biggest issues, including living longer, living healthier and living greener.
The 2019 Competition is seeking the most innovative projects, products, services, business models and collaborations that tackle plastic waste.
The aim of the Tech to Connect Challenge is to help develop ideas enabling civil society to combat social isolation using technology.
The aim of the Affordable Credit Challenge is to widen people’s access to affordable credit provided by community lenders. To help achieve this, the Challenge is supporting partnerships between community lenders and fintechs.
The £500,000 Legal Access Challenge is looking for innovative digital solutions that will help individuals and SMEs to better understand and resolve their legal problems.
Open Up 2020 is a £1.5m prize fund to unlock the power of open banking for UK consumers. It sought products that use open banking to help people better manage their money.
The Million Cool Roofs Challenge is a $2 million global competition to rapidly scale up the deployment of highly solar-reflective “cool” roofs in developing countries suffering heat stress and lacking widespread access to cooling services.
Shaping the future of drones in UK cities. UK cities need to consider what they want the future of drone applications to look like, and thinking this through in urban areas allows us to tackle the most complex and challenging issues head on.
We believe there is an urgent need to develop more adaptable low-cost surgical tools and better system design, support and services that fit into different environments.
For this reason, we are designing a Challenge Prize as part of a broader campaign to raise awareness, leverage knowledge and expertise, and harness the requisite technical and financial resources.
The $4 million Mobility Unlimited Challenge supports radical improvements in the mobility and independence of people with lower-limb paralysis through smarter assistive technology.
This is a prize fund backing ambitious products that will help small businesses save time and money, find better services, reduce stress and discover the intelligence in their financial data. By the end of 2018, we'll have awarded £4.5m in equity-free funding to 25 financial technology companies.
Three €50,000 prizes from the European Commission for the most innovative projects to empower young people in a changing economy.
The prize is seeking digital tools and approaches that provide timely, context-specific information that enable smallholder farmers and those who support them to identify, treat, and track incidence of fall armyworm in Africa.
A Challenge Prize by the AAL Association for products and services that use innovative digital technologies to support older people to participate fully in social life.
The £50,000 Inventor Prize is looking for the UK’s best inventions that help make people’s lives better. We are looking for innovative and exciting new products that haven’t been on sale before.
The Good Help Award is one way that we hope to find out more about ‘good help’ and how it helps people take action. We want to find out who is providing ‘good help’ and to celebrate and share the vital work they are doing.
The prize sought tools and approaches that source, analyze and translate data into actionable, timely and context-specific information for smallholder farmers to improve value from agricultural productivity.
The Internet of Things has the potential to make us happier, healthier and more connected, transforming the way we live. We challenge young people to develop innovative, practical solutions that use the Internet of Things to improve health and well-being of people in the UK.
The Families Included Prize is looking for great ideas, projects and solutions from Essex that involve local families with young children (0-5 years) in opportunities that enrich their lives. Ideas can relate to any aspect of life including personal, professional and social experiences.
Encouraging innovation in products, technologies and systems that enable disabled people equal access to life's opportunities.
The Ageing Well Challenge Prize looked for ideas to improve the lives of older people by reducing social isolation or increasing mobility. Specifically, we sought approaches that would encourage lots more people to give their time, resources and skills to address this challenge.
The Big Green Challenge was a £1m challenge prize designed to encourage and support community-led responses to climate change.
The Dynamic Demand Challenge Prize was designed to stimulate new products, technologies or services using data to achieve reduced carbon emissions by shifting energy demand to off peak times or through excess renewable generation.
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