Living Dead — On the Trail of a Female / Laura Deborah Cinti (IT/ZA) Credit: C-LAB

S+T+ARTS Prize Africa

Grand prize of the European Union promoting
a S+T+ARTS approach to digital innovation in Africa 

S+T+ARTS = innovation at the nexus of Science, Technology, and the ARTS: STARTS is an initiative of the European Commission to foster alliances of science, technology and artistic practice. The focus is on people and projects that contribute to mastering the social, ecological, and economic challenges. 

The STARTS Prize Africa will highlight and award regional best practices in the field through the launch of the African edition of the well-known STARTS Prize. The STARTS Prize has been a major contributor in building the foundations of a community interlinking artists, companies, scientists, researchers, and businesses. This movement will now be enhanced with the first edition of the STARTS Prize Africa. 

The STARTS Prize Africa welcomes initiatives that strive towards a positive social, humanitarian, economic or political impact and promote a diverse and sustainable society. Embracing the powerful intersection of arts and technology, it supports endeavors that address the pressing issues of the continent and facilitate digital transformation within the creative sector. 

The STARTS Prize Africa recognizes the projects that use creativity to drive positive change and highlights examples of collaborations between individuals, collectives, and organizations from diverse sectors. We are especially interested in projects that focus on societal challenges and promote sustainable practices on the continent. 

Credit: Ars Electronica / Martin Hieslmair
STARTS Prize Trophy by Nick Ervinck (BE)

Prize Money: The STARTS Prize Africa prize money amounts to € 30.000 and will be distributed among:

  • Grand Prize of € 15.000
  • 5 Awards of Distinction each € 3.000

Award Ceremony and Symposium: The winner of the STARTS Prize Africa Grand Prize makes a commitment to accept the award in person at the Award Ceremony and to present the work at the STARTS Prize Forum. Both will take place during the Ars Electronica Festival on September 4 – 8, 2024 in Linz, Austria.

Exhibition: If the submitted work is selected and honoured by the Jury, the artist is committed upon invitation to present the submitted work at the Ars Electronica Festival 2024, as well as at the consortium members’ events. 

January 9, 2024
March 11, 2024 
April 25 – 28, 2024
June 25, 2024 
September 4 – 8, 2024

Open Call 
Extended Submission Deadline
Jury Meeting 
Announcement of the Winners
Exhibition and Award Ceremony at the Ars Electronica Festival 

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STARTS4AFRICA is funded by the European Union under the STARTS – Science, Technology and Arts initiative of DG CNECT (GA no. LC-01960720). Views and opinions expressed are those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or DG CNECT. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.