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eya_logo_2014The European Youth Award (EYA) is a pan-European contest established for motivation of young people, development of social entrepreneurship and start-ups to produce digital projects with impact on society. It demonstrates their potential to create innovative solutions with Internet and Mobile technology addressing the goals defined by the Council of Europe and Europe 2020.

Each year, EYA is organized by the International Center for New Media, a Non-Profit Organization based in Salzburg, Austria, and the Austrian partner for the mYouth project. The annual winners event (EYA Festival) was a unique event combining knowledge, innovation, networking, inspiration and motivation that took place in Graz from 30th November to 3rd December 2016.

The contest is designed and opened for young people with creative minds, who are under the age of 33, living in one of the member states of the European Union or Council of Europe.

EYA supports young innovators who have produced an outstanding, innovative digital project to improve society (e.g. website, app, wearable device, digital installation). EYA winners can present their inspiring projects and receive feedback from Europe’s most vibrant and lively digital community and engaged students. IT pioneers, expert speakers and experienced entrepreneurs shared their experience and know-how in keynotes and interactive workshops.

hbwpdeypvwp9unnbcmxuEYA is a place where smart people exchange and discuss innovative ideas and future cooperation at networking events in a creative environment. This year, those who came to Europe and entered the mYouth program activities, were able to also reach the EYA competition. After participating at one of the Local Mobile App camps in Spain, Italy, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Austria or Poland and accomplishing the mYouth training in Macedonia, mobile applications which were the outcome of the above-mentioned activities were supported through the project and entered this BIG competition.

As part of the special winners’ event, there was an mYouth Gala event, where the mYouth winners from the participating countries were invited on stage and the overall winner was announced. Namely, the Italian project “EgiBU” produced by Noro Ferrutch, Irene Dini, Francesco Cerra and Veronica Selvanetti was the winning mobile app. “EgiBU” is an educational app based on infographics and gamification of ancient Egyptian civilization.

You can find the final EYA report here.