20,000 euros await the winners of the STARTS Prize 2016. Appointed by

the European Commission, Ars Electronica is launching an international

prize to select the most pioneering collaborations and results in the

field of creativity and innovation at the crossings of science and

technology with the arts.

Entries Are Now Being Accepted

This is an open call for entries in conjunction with an initiative

launched by the European Commission: STARTS. The name stands for

innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology and the ARTS.

Two prizes – €20,000 each – will be bestowed this year:

One for artistic exploration and projects in which the artistic

approach has significant potential to influence or change the way

technology is deployed, developed or perceived, and

One for innovative cooperative ventures teaming up industry/technology

and art (and cultural & creative sectors in general) in ways that open

up new paths for innovation.

This competition specifically seeks:

Trailblazing forms of collaboration and projects essentially

characterized by both technology and art; strictly artistically or

strictly technologically oriented projects are not what STARTS is

looking for.

Any and all artistic works and practices having to do with innovation

in the areas of technology, business and/or society. This competition

is not limited to a particular genre such as media art and digital


All forms of technological and scientific research that are inspired

by art or in which artists are integrated as catalysts of new ways of

seeing things. This includes but is not limited to information &

communications technology.

Artists or artists’ collectives, creative professionals, researchers

and companies throughout the world. This competition is not limited to

citizens of EU-member states.

A project may be submitted for prize consideration simultaneously to

the STARTS competition as well as a Prix Ars Electronica category

(Computer Animation/Film/VFX, Digital Communities or Interactive Art).

Several special events are being planned to honor and showcase the

projects singled out for recognition with a STARTS Prize:

Awards ceremony at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria

September 8-12, 2016

Exhibition featuring the prizewinning projects at the 2016 Ars

Electronica Festival

STARTS Forum at the 2016 Ars Electronica Festival

Exhibition featuring the prizewinning projects at the BOZAR Electronic

Art Festival in Brussels, Belgium September 23-25, 2016

STARTS INITIATIVE:https://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/ict-art-starts-platform

STARTS PRIZE: http://starts-prize.aec.at

The entry deadline is March 4, 2016.