Bell Labs challenges Australian innovators to redefine the future as it launches the Bell Labs Prize

Friday 27 June 2014

Bell Labs, the legendary research arm of Alcatel-Lucent is offering Australian innovators and inventors the chance to introduce their ideas to the world, and collaborate with world-renowned Bell Labs researchers.

The Bell Labs Prize is a competition rewarding 10 game-changing proposals in the field of information and communications technologies and related software systems and applications. The competition is open to anyone in one of the participating countries, including Australia, who owns an idea and meets the eligibility requirements.

Three prize winners will receive a grant of either US$100,000 (grand prize), US$50,000 (second place) or $25,000 (third place), with the option of working with Bell Labs to see their research project to fruition, when possible. Additionally, through the process, Bell Labs may engage with other contest participants as part of the company’s recruitment investment in top talent.

The prize is open to anyone in one of the 40+ countries where the prize is registered and whom is unencumbered by intellectual property restrictions (e.g. of an employer) and looking to change the future of ICT. Ideas can be in a wide variety of categories including sustainability, intelligent networks and computational sciences.

The deadline to enter the contest is Tuesday, July 15, 2014. For more information, visit:

Bell Labs has a presence in Australia through its collaboration with the University of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government in the world-leading Centre for Energy Efficient Telecommunications (CEET) focused on reducing the global internet energy demand.