Falling Walls Lab Namibia calling for students to apply

By Confidente Reporter

TALENTED students, early career professionals, entrepreneurs and academics from all disciplines are invited to apply with their groundbreaking research, business models and initiatives.

The Falling Walls Lab Namibia is hosted by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD Namibia) and will take place on September 30 at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST).

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 change-makers.

Selected participants for the lab 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 November 8 2021 and a ticket to the Falling Walls Conference.

At the global finals, 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 DAAD all over the world supports tertiary education through scholarships, exchange programs and partnerships between scientific institutions.

The DAAD assists over 100 000 German and international students and researchers around the globe each year – making it one of the world’s largest funding organisation of its kind.

It also promotes internationalisation efforts at German universities, helps developing countries build their own systems of higher education and supports German Studies and German language programs abroad.

The DAAD has been funding around 110 Namibian postgraduate students and researchers per year for more than 20 years.

For Namibia, the DAAD offers many scholarship opportunities at the postgraduate level, including in-region scholarships, research and short-term visits to Germany, the SPACES (Sciences Partnership for the Assessment of Complex Earth System Processes) Program, winter and summer German language courses, as well as other post-graduate scholarships in areas with relevance to developing countries (EPOS) and in the area of public policy and good governance (PPGG).

The initiative 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.

Applications for the Namibian Lab can be submitted online via www.falling-walls.com/lab/apply until June 30.