Appointed by the European Commission, Ars Electronica, BOZAR and Waag launched a prize to select the most pioneering collaborations and results in the field of creativity and innovation at a crossing of science and technology with the arts.

This is coming shortly after the launch of a new activity in the European Commission named STARTS: Innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology and ARTS.

STARTS is an initiative to foster alliances of technology and artistic practice. The prize focuses on artistic works that influence or change the way we look at technology, and on innovative forms of collaboration between the ICT sector and the world of art and culture.


Two prizes, each with € 20,000 prize money, one for artistic exploration, and one for innovative collaboration

  • Grand Prize – Artistic Exploration Awarded for artistic exploration and artworks where appropriation by the arts has a strong potential to influence or alter the use, deployment or perception of technology.
  • Grand Prize – Innovative Collaboration Awarded for innovative collaboration between industry or technology and the arts that opens new pathways for innovation.
  • Winning projects will be presented at the Ars Electronica Festival in September 2019 in Linz, Austria, at the BOZAR Electronic Arts Festival in September/October 2019 in Brussels, Belgium, at Waag in Amsterdam, Netherlands and at various partners worldwide.


The submission phase for 2019 STARTS Prize began Thursday, January 10th, 2019 and the submission platform is accessible up till Friday, March 1st, 2019. The jury convenes on Monday, April 15th, 2019. All STARTS Prize 2019 winners will be notified in May 2019 at the latest.


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