The Nokia Bell Labs Prize is a competition for innovators from participating countries around the globe that seeks to recognize proposals that ‘change the game’ in the field of information and communications technologies by a factor of 10, and provides selected innovators the unique opportunity to collaborate with Bell Labs researchers to help realize their vision.
We welcome applications from innovators from participating countries around the globe. If you have a 10x game-changing idea and are interested in developing it with leading Bell Labs researchers, you have come to the right place.
In the second stage, 10 finalists will be selected to compete for the 3 prizes at an event scheduled in the late Autumn, in front of a panel of renowned experts and industry leaders.
Bell Labs will be awarding a 1st prize of $100K, 2ndPrize of $50K and 3rd prize of $25K. All three winners will also be considered for the unique opportunity to work within the world-renowned Bell Labs to further explore their ideas, following the end of the competition.
The 2015 Bell Labs Prize winners were Brandon Lucia of Carnegie Mellon University, the group of George Böcherer, Patrick Schulte and Fabian Steiner from Technische Universität München (TUM) and Stojan Radic, from UC San Diego.
First prize ($100,000) was awarded to Brandon Lucia, assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University for his work on OIC: The Operating System for Intermittent Computing. Lucia developed a new class of intelligent computer systems that use novel hardware and software techniques to operate reliably using intermittent or unreliable power. These systems will enable application developers to create high-reliability applications for intermittent systems such as the billions of small devices that will form part of the Internet of Things, and will thereby extend the reach of computing, sensing, and communication technology everywhere and into environments with scarce energy, such as inside the body and in space.
Given the unanimous nature of the winning decisions, the judges presented joint third prize awards ($25,000 each) to two projects. The first was a group of three from Technische Universität München (TUM), George Böcherer (Senior researcher), Patrick Schulte andFabian Steiner (Ph.D students), for their work on a practical method for closing the Ultimate Gap to Shannon Capacity in any communication channel. The other third place winner was Stojan Radic, Professor at UC San Diego, who presented on a ‘Photon-Engine for Clouds’, a novel laser structure that could generate thousands of wavelengths at once.