Innovative Competition (Bell Lab Prize- 100000 USD)

Bell Labs is one of the most advanced telecommunications companies and industrial research organizations in the world. The distinguished challenge is aimed to discover influential and creative ideas to enhance our lives and social interactions. Applications from innovators from participating countries around the globe is welcomed.

Entry deadline: April 25, 2018

Proposal Submission deadline: September 7, 2018

Winner announcement: December, 2018

About the prize

Bell Lab announce the winners at an event on December, 2018. The winners will get an opportunity to collaborate with Bell Lab researchers and extend their ideas. In addition, Bell Labs will be granting three prizes:

  • 1stprize of $100K,
  • 2ndPrize of $50K
  • 3rdprize of $25K.


Web application, Mathematics of network, Data Privacy, Software defined network, sustainability, wireless system, network architecture, cloud services and other relevant categories


 How will you be evaluated?

Bell labs researchers will look for the 3 following principles in your submitted concept:

  • Creativity Potential
  • Technical competency
  • Possibility
  • Business Impact

The Process of participation in the competition

1.     Call for proposals

Esteemed applicants who wants to attend the competition may register on the website On March 1, 2018. On the application form you will be asked to write about your idea (not more than 250 words) based on one of information and communication technologies fields. To represent your thought you can also submit 3 pages of text or images.
Your proposal will be reviewed by a panel of Bell labs researchers and in case of selection as a finalist to enter Stage 2, an email will be sent to you by June 1.

2.     Proposal submissions

Each of finalists will be given a bell Labs researcher partner (BLRP) to strengthen your idea and turn them into a proposal. Also they can visit a Bell Labs location and meet their BLRP. 10 Candidates will be selected for the challenge to win the 3 prizes.

Online Application

For more information please visit the Bell lab