Falling Walls Lab is an international forum for the next generation of early-career innovators, trailblazers, creators and visionaries. It is inspired by the world-changing event of the fall of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989, with the question at every Falling Walls gathering: Which walls will fall next?
Falling Walls Lab New Zealand is the national competition to select a participant to represent New Zealand and the Pacific Island Forum Nations at the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin, Germany on 8 November. Participants, also known as Labsters, are given the opportunity to present their research, business model or initiative in any field to their peers, a high-calibre jury of experts and the general public – in just 3 minutes.
One Labster will be selected to travel to the Berlin Lab and join 100 finalists, who will pitch their presentations on an international stage. The top three winners of the Lab Finale are awarded prize money, the title of “Falling Walls Young Innovator of the Year”, and the opportunity to present their idea once again on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference.
Please note that due to COVID-19, Falling Walls Lab New Zealand may need to be a virtual event this year or it may be cancelled for safety. However, since Falling Walls Lab fosters effective science communication – a vital skill as we respond and unite against COVID-19 – we are opening applications with the hope it can go ahead.