Present your research project to an illustrious panel of jurors,
impress them and win a trip to Berlin! Moscow selection stage will be hosted
by Skoltech within the framework of the Skolkovo Startup Village 2019.

The Falling Walls Lab
is an interdisciplinary format to showcase the next generation of top researchers developed and hosted annually by the Falling Walls Foundation in Berlin on 8 November. In 3-minute talks, outstanding talents and innovative thinkers share their research projects, business models and social initiatives with an interdisciplinary audience and jury. Academic institutions worldwide are invited to host their own Falling Walls Lab and to send their winner/s to the Falling Walls Lab Finale on 8 November 2019 in Berlin.

Apply for Moscow selection round before May 12, 2019.

Fill in the application form to get further instructions on how to submit your idea (which will take no more than 10 minutes)
A committee will make a pre-selection of candidates and we will get back to you within two weeks
If you are selected as one of the participants, we will invite you to Moscow Round
(May 30)
The winner of Moscow round will get the trip to Berlin and chance to present the idea at Grand Finale.

Trip and accommodation expenses are covered
Three winners of Berlin Lab Finale receive a cash prize and the opportunity to give their talk on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November 2019 in front of 600 institution leaders and decision makers
Who can apply for the Falling Walls Lab?
The Falling Walls Lab addresses a broad range of people from all professional backgrounds and disciplines.

We are looking for:

  • Scholars, researchers and scientists (BA-students, MA-students, PhD-/ doctoral candidates and post-docs)

  • Entrepreneurs, engineers and young professionals (Start-ups, inventions, initiatives and business ideas)

  • Innovators from all areas – science, the humanities, arts, business and technology

The selection criteria are as follow:

If a person has a Bachelor's degree, the degree should not date back more than 10 years.
If a person has a Master's degree, the degree should not date back more than 7 years.
If a person has a PhD, the degree should not date back more than 5 years.

Postdocs and students currently enrolled in university are also eligible to apply.

The applicant has to be of legal age (18 years or older) in order to participate in the Falling Walls Lab.

We are working on a project as a group. Can we apply for a Lab as a group?
You cannot apply for a Lab as a group, as individual grades and the curriculum vitae of the applicant are important factors in the evaluation process of your application. If you are a member of a project group, please choose one representative to apply for the Lab. If you are selected to participate in a Lab, your group representative will present your project. You are obviously free to include the names of the group members on your presentation slides in order to acknowledge and appreciate the group effort behind the project. However, it is important that you clearly highlight the extent of your individual contribution to the project.
Are there any costs for participating?
After applying, the selected participants will be invited to join the Falling Walls Lab. There are no costs/fees for participating.

If you apply for an international Falling Walls Lab and you don't live near the city you selected, you will have to make your own arrangements for travel and accommodation. The Falling Walls Foundation and international Lab organisers cannot cover any of your costs.

The winners of each international Falling Walls Lab qualify for the Falling Walls Lab Finale on 8 November in Berlin. The hosting institutions for each Lab cover your travel epenses to Berlin. A scholarship will cover your accommodation expenses at our partner hotel from 8 to 9 November and a ticket to the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November.
What does a day at the Lab look like?
All Falling Walls Labs start with a short welcome and introduction speech. The moderator introduces the jury members and addresses the participants with a final briefing on the schedule of the event. The presentations will take place in a certain order, which is indicated on a list handed out to all candidates in the beginning of the event. Each presenter has three minutes to deliver their idea to the audience and the jury. The presenters can visualise their concepts using a PowerPoint template, which will be provided by the organisers. After each presentation, the audience can ask questions and make comments. When the time has run out, the next presenter takes over the podium.

After the last session, the jury evaluates the presentations and announces the winners. The day will be concluded with a reception and the opportunity for further discussion and networking.
I don't have a breakthrough yet. Can I participate anyway?
By breakthrough we understand an idea, a research project, a business model or social initiative, which is at the same time original and new, innovative (overcoming old ideas and concepts) and relevant to the problems of the world today. This means that your breakthrough could be a project you already realised, a research topic you are developing or a business idea yet to be built up. Our jury members will appreciate authentic presenters with a vision and proof of concept.
To present my idea in 3 minutes sounds impossible. How should that work?
You will find out that it works – and preparing your 3-minute presentation will provide you with a new perspective on the topics you are working with. Having to shape your topic into a so-called "elevator pitch" is a challenging restriction on the one hand – but it also emphasises what is most essential about the idea: What it is, how it works and what it can be used for.

Hint: to visualise your presentation explain to us which wall you would like to break down, why it exists and how you intend to break it.
By which criteria does the jury evaluate the presentations?
The jury looks at three different criteria: The "breakthrough factor" indicates if an idea is a real innovation, if it is original and catchy and has the potential to inspire other ideas. Secondly, they will look at the relevance and the scope of impact of your work. Does it make a valuable contribution to progress; does it address an existing or imminent problem or even offer solutions to it? The third category is related to the presenter and presentation itself: Did the participants deliver their presentations well? Did they explain their ideas in a clear and understandable way? Does the presenter show a proof of concept?
Can I apply for more than one Falling Walls Lab at the same time?
No, you cannot apply for multiple Labs at the same time. However, if you were not selected to participate in a Lab you can apply for another one. In the case that you have already participated in one Lab you cannot apply for another one.

The same goes for multiple projects you might have in your pipeline: you may only submit one application/idea for one Lab at a time.
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