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Science, Technology & Arts (STARS) Prize 2021 [Prizes Upto Rs. 17L]: Apply by Mar 3


Applications are now open for the Science, Technology & Arts (STARS) Prize 2021.

STARTS is an initiative of the European Commission to foster alliances of technology and artistic practice. As part of this initiative, the STARTS Prize awards the most pioneering collaborations and results in the field of creativity and innovation at the crossings of science and technology with the arts. The STARTS Prize of the European Commission is launched by Ars Electronica and the consortium partners BOZAR, Waag, INOVA+, T6 Ecosystems, French Tech Grande Provence, and Frankfurter Buchmesse.


Two prizes, each with €20,000 prize money, are offered to honor innovative projects at the intersection of science, technology, and the arts: The emphasis of both prizes lies on the creative appropriation and employment of technologies as well as the search for unique constellations of collaboration from the STARTS fields.

What can be submitted?
  • Groundbreaking collaborations and projects are driven by both technology and the arts. Purely artistic or technologically driven projects are not the focus of this competition.
  • All forms of artistic works and practices with a strong link to innovation in technology, business, and/ or society; furthermore, STARTS is not restricted to a particular genre such as media art and digital art.
  • All types of technological and scientific research and development have been inspired by art or involve artists as catalysts of novel thinking.
  • The jury is looking forward to receiving submissions from a broad variety of fields and disciplines. Among others, projects from the areas of new media applications, human-computer interaction, machine learning, biotechnology, art & science, green technologies, material research, smart cities, and citizen empowerment, robotics, quantum technology, and many more are very welcome to apply.
Who can enter?
  1. Artists/ creative professionals or researchers/ companies involved from throughout the world.
  2. STARTS is not limited to citizens of EU-member states.
Selection Criteria
  • Quality of artistic research and its potential influence on technology
  • Quality and success of the collaboration between art and technology
  • Quality and intensity of the connection to innovation, education, social inclusion, or sustainability
  • General criteria such as aesthetics, originality, convincing concept, innovation, and the technique and quality of the presentation.
How to Apply?

The following materials have to be submitted while applying:

  1. A video documentary (approximately 3 minutes in length)
  2. Images (JPG, TIF, BMP, PNG) at the highest possible resolution; compressed files (such as .zip or .lzh files) are unacceptable.
  3. A clear, detailed description of the artistic concept, the form of interaction, and technical implementation; since specific prerequisites have to be fulfilled for an onsite presentation to take place (e.g. in conjunction with the Ars Electronica Festival), the project’s specifications as to hardware & software and spatial requirements should be as detailed as possible. Moreover, the entrant must specify what he/ she can provide on his/her own in order to stage such an onsite presentation, and what must necessarily be furnished by Ars Electronica Linz.
  4. A printable portrait photo and a biography of the artist
  5. At the entrant’s option, additional material such as images, documents, and drawings (as PNG or PDF) can also be submitted.

To apply online, click here. The last date to apply is March 8, 2021.


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