Falling Walls Lab Ankara is calling all talented students, researchers, and early career professionals to showcase their most innovative ideas!

The aim of the Falling Walls Lab is to provide a diverse and interdisciplinary pool of students, researchers, and early-career professionals with a world-class platform that helps them drive their innovations, develops their communication skills, and connects them with each other, creating a global network and impactful and sustainable community of innovators and changemakers.

Selected participants are given the opportunity to participate in a pitch competition and present their work to peers, a high-calibre jury of experts from academia and business, and the general public, competing to win a trip to the global Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin, Germany on 8 November 2021 and a ticket to the Falling Walls Conference. At the global Finale, 100 finalists from all over the world compete to become the Breakthrough Winner in the Emerging Talents category of Falling Walls, taking home the title and prize money, and receiving the opportunity to pitch their idea once again on the grand stage of the Falling Walls Conference.

The Falling Walls Lab is organised by the Falling Walls Foundation and generously funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Berlin-Senate, Google, and Huawei. It is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

How to join the event

*** DEADLINE EXTENDED ***Applications are due 29.07.2021

The call for applications is now open for Falling Walls Lab Ankara 2021!

Students, researchers, and early-career professionals can now apply for Falling Walls Lab Ankara on 15.09.2021 to present their innovative ideas – in 3 minutes each.

Applications are due 25.07.2021

Students, researchers, and early-career professionals are invited to apply with their groundbreaking research, business models, and initiatives from all disciplines.

Applications can be submitted online via www.falling-walls.com/lab/apply

All winners of the Falling Walls Labs who wish to establish a scientific start-up business, can apply to participate in the Innovation Week workshops and lectures at a TU9 University.

Applicant FAQ

You have questions regarding applying to or participating in a Falling Walls Lab? Find answers to common application questions and competition information in the applicant FAQ.

Who is eligible?

Falling Walls Lab aims to reach a broad range of people from all professional backgrounds at the beginning of their careers. We are looking for university students, entrepreneurs, early-career researchers, and academics of all disciplines. Our aim is to provide our target demographic with a platform where they can present their innovative ideas and connect with fellow researchers and entrepreneurs from various fields. In order to pinpoint and reach these early-career innovators, we needed to develop a mechanism. We introduced our eligibility criteria to help us reach our target group and provide a level playing field for all participants.

You must be 18 years or older when submitting your application. There is no upper age limit for applicants.

You must fulfil at least one of the following formal requirements:

  • You are currently enrolled in university and/or are currently a postdoc
  • You received a Bachelor’s degree no more than 10 years ago
  • You received a Master’s degree no more than 7 years ago
  • You received a PhD no more than 5 years ago

*An MD (medical degree excl. a doctoral dissertation) is considered equivalent to a Master’s degree. A Dr. med. (medical degree incl. a doctoral dissertation) is considered equivalent to a PhD.

Can groups apply?

Group applications are not permitted, since individual factors such as grades are important parts of the evaluation process. Therefore, only individuals are allowed to apply to and present at a Falling Walls Lab. If you are a member of a group project, please select a group representative to submit an application. It is important that they clearly highlight their individual contribution to the group project in their application and presentation.

Can I submit multiple applications?

No, you may not submit multiple applications. Please choose the Lab that is located closest to you and submit the project that you would most like to present.

Are there any costs?

There are no costs/fees involved in participating in a Falling Walls Lab. Please note, however, that the Falling Walls Foundation and our international Lab organisers cannot cover the costs of travel/accommodation for international Labs.

What are the evaluation criteria? 

The jury uses three criteria to evaluate presentations:

  1. Breakthrough factor (50%): How innovative is the proposed idea?
  2. Relevance/Impact (40%): How relevant is the idea to the discipline and beyond?
  3. Structure/Performance (10%): How convincing was the presentation?

Can I reapply after having participated?

Participating in a Falling Walls Lab is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. As such, once you take part in an international Lab, you are no longer eligible to apply for a future Lab.*

Due to the pandemic, an eligibility rule change will be made for 2021. For the 2021 Lab season, those who participated in a 2020 Lab and remain eligible based on the other criteria will be eligible to apply to an international Lab. This eligibility rule change will only be valid for 2021.

Review - Virtual Falling Walls Lab Ankara 2020

Falling Walls Lab Ankara 2020 – the first digital Lab worldwide!

In the light of the developments of COVID-19 and the worldwide measures taken to slow the spread of the virus, the Falling Walls Lab Ankara 2020 event couldn’t take place as a personal gathering this year.

In response to the ongoing situation and with the strong belief that science communication is more important than ever, we had nevertheless decided to continue with the organization of the Lab in a different way, that considers the health and well-being off all involved, to discuss breakthroughs in science and society.


Review - Falling Walls Lab Ankara 2019

8 Mayıs 2019 tarihinde DAAD Ankara Danışma Merkezi Orta Doğu Teknik Üniversitesi ile birlikte (ODTÜ) üçüncü kez Falling Walls Lab Ankara etkinliğini düzenledi. Bu yıl etkinlik ilk defa Co-Working-Space CoZone ODTÜ Teknokent’in Bilişim Inovasyon Merkezinde gerçekleşti.

15 genç araştırmacı ve genç girişimcileri tanıttıktan sonra, katılımcılar 3 dakika içerisinde farklı uzmanlık alanlarında yenilikçi fikirlerini 7 Jüri üyesinin önünde ıspatlamaları gerekti.

Farklı konuları değerlendirebilmek için Jüri üyelerimizin arasında muhtelif calışma alanlarından profesörler ile ekonomi ve sivil toplum kuruluşlarından uzmanlar yer aldı.