Social Innovation

Meet the next generation of technology innovators aiming to shake things up

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Red Bull Basement plans to uncover student innovators looking to change the way of life on campus – but also beyond.
Written by Matt MajendiePublished on
Where are the next generation of innovators, creators, change-makers, collaborators and entrepreneurs coming from?
It is the answer that Red Bull Basement is aiming to provide by unearthing the latest technological change-makers at university campuses all over the globe.
At the heart of it, is the aim to disprove the theory that 'it’s this way because it’s always been this way', and to inspire and empower young entrepreneurs.
But the initiative is aimed at all students – whatever their subject – who can come up with bold new ideas and implement disruptive technology solutions to make a meaningful impact at their universities and social change into the wider world.
Participant seen at the Red Bull Basement University in Toronto, Canada on December 13, 2019.
Student innovators get creative at Red Bull Basement
Red Bull Basement was born in 2018 with its inaugural event in which 663 applications were submitted from 16 countries with some 77,777 votes. Last year, entries came from 24 countries, there were more than 1,500 submissions and in excess of 250 million votes.
This year, there are more than 35 participating countries and entries either come from individuals or two-person university student teams.
The application phase begins on September 1 and runs until October 25. Entries are made using a one-minute video to explain the idea.
Social voting begins on October 26 and ends on October 29 before a local and global jury select one national finalist per country by November 1 using the criteria of impact, feasibility and creativity.
From there, it enters a development phase until December 10, giving teams five weeks to get their projects ready for implementation at a global workshop from December 10-13 where the Red Bull Basement 2020 winner is picked.
If you are a student entrepreneur, find out how you can apply and share your idea with the world right here.