From smart learning to active citizenship, here are the winning projects for the 2018 European Youth Award

From smart learning to active citizenship, here are the winning projects for the 2018 European Youth Award

The winners of the 2018 European Youth Award (EYA) have been announced in Graz, Austria, and we'd be remiss if we didn't share the list with you.

The European Youth Award is a pan-European contest encouraging young people, social entrepreneurs, and startups to develop digital solutions addressing today’s most pressing challenges. The yearly contest is open to all of those under the age of 33 living in one of the member states of the European Union, Council of Europe, or Union for the Mediterranean, Belarus or Kosovo.

The seventh edition of the European Youth Award brought together twenty-four jury members in Prishtina, Kosovo, to decide on twelve winning projects.

The winning projects from each category include:

Fostering Health

Kosovo's “Blood Donor” eases information distribution of information for the National Centre for Blood Transfusion.

Lithuania's “ViLim” is a therapeutic handheld device for those with hand tremors.

Smart Learning

The French Web platform “Pixis” supports young people in finding meaningful degrees and impactful jobs.

Germany's “StudySmarter” is an intelligent learning platform designed to reduce early school dropout rates.

Spain's “The Ifs”, is an educational coding game for children.

Connecting Cultures

Norway's “SammTalk” connects secondary school language students in different countries through video chat and social media.

Planet Friendly

Slovenia's "Food+X" is the country's first decentralized blockchain powered platform designed to reduce food surplus.

Active Citizenship

France's “SoliGuide” is a multimodal platform providing homeless people and refugees with helpful information.

Sustainable Economics 

Italy's “Ethic Jobs” platform supports enterprises in improving workplace quality.

The online platform “SharquiShop” provides an array of services to Syrian refugee artisans in Jordan.

Managing Life

Germany's open source web application “Boxwise” eases logistics for organisations at refugee camps.

Open Innovation 

The UK-based “100 Masters” promotes and connects artists and creatives by amplifying under-served voices and promoting civic participation.

Winning projects were evaluated on their creativity, digital implementation, sustainability, and economic potential. Strategic scores are given to projects directly addressing goals defined by the Council of Europe, Europe 2020 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This year's overall winning project will be announced during the European Youth Awards Festival held in Graz, Austria from November 28th to December 1.

Last year’s overall winner, Erase All Kittens, a game teaching professional coding skills, speaks to the quality of projects submitted to EYA. Erase All Kittens has gone on to successfully crowdfund and build strategic partnerships with organizations including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Microsoft, CoderDojo and Techfugees.

Each year the EYA hosts events for digital entrepreneurs around the theme of social impact. Recent activities include a design thinking forum in Pristina, Kosovo, social hackathons in Budapest and Salzburg, and Salzburg's Continental App Camp Europe. T

he European Youth Award is partly financed by the European Union’s Europe for Citizens programme and conducted under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

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