about LAb



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What is the Lab?

The Falling Walls Lab is an international forum for the next generation of outstanding innovators and creative thinkers. Its aim is to promote exceptional ideas and to connect promising scientists and entrepreneurs from all fields on a global level. Participants get the opportunity to present their research work, business model, or initiative to peers, a high-calibre jury made up of experts from academia and business, and the general public - in 3 minutes each.


Each year, academic institutions are invited to host their own Falling Walls Lab and to showcase the quality, diversity, and passion of their region's most innovative minds. The most intriguing presenters of the locally hosted Falling Walls Labs travel to the Lab Finale in Berlin, Germany on 8 November. 100 Finalists present their work in front of a distinguished jury and showcase their solutions for today's pressing challenges. All finalists win a ticket to attend the Falling Walls Conference where they meet the world's movers and shakers of science, business, and policy-making. The three winners of the Lab Finale in Berlin are awarded the "Falling Walls Young Innovator of the Year" title, prize money, and get to pitch their idea once again on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference.


The international network of Falling Walls Labs includes renowned academic institutions from more than 60 countries. Stanford University, the ETH Zurich, and the University of Tokyo are only a few of the universities that have participated in the Falling Walls Lab programme.

Falling Walls Lab 2018

In 2018, more than 3000 applications were submitted for 77 Falling Walls Labs that took place in 57 countries worldwide. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), with support from the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, hosted 33 of these Labs.

At the Falling Walls Lab Finale on 8 November in Berlin, Ahmed Ghazi of the University of Rochester was crowned the Falling Walls Young Innovator of the Year 2018 with his presentation on Breaking the Wall of Surgical Errors. Ahmed developed 3D printed injection molds used to create intricate realistic human organs. These models can be used by doctors to rehearse surgeries and reduce the rate of surgical errors.

Adam Fulop took home second place with his presentation on Breaking the Wall of Braille Literacy, followed by Ankita Poudyal with her presentation on Breaking the Wall of Inefficient Filters. Marketa Klicova won the Audience Award with her presentation on Breaking the Wall of Colorectal Cancer Treatment.


Should you be interested in the Falling Walls Lab or have any questions, please contact us: lab@falling-walls.com.