Is your IT project the best in Europe? If so you could win one of three €200,000 (Euros) prizes in Europe’s biggest information technology prize – and 20 finalists will each win €5,000. Any European company or laboratory can enter a novel product with a high IT content and evident market potential. The closing date for entries is 5 May 2004.

The European Information Society Technologies Prize is organised by Euro-CASE, the European Council of Applied Sciences and Engineering, and the European Commission. The Royal Academy of Engineering represents the UK on Euro-CASE.

Twenty finalists will be invited to display their product at the European IST Event in The Hague on 15 November 2004. A panel of experts nominated by Euro-CASE will assess entries at this event and announce the three Grand Prize winners. Dr Pasquale Pistorio, President and CEO of STMicroelectronics, will chair the Jury.

UK adviser: Richard Smallwood, Royal Academy of Engineering

Notes for editors

  1. The European IST Prize is open to any organisation (company, university or research institute) based in the EU, its Associated States or in Switzerland. The Associated States include Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
  2. Euro-CASE, the European Council of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering, on which the Royal Academy of Engineering represents the UK, is a European non-profit organisation consisting of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technology and Engineering from 18 European countries. Euro-CASE has access to the most distinguished experts in Europe and provides impartial, independent and balanced advice on technological issues with a clear European dimension.
  3. Founded in 1976, the Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship - comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers - provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.

For more information please contact

Jane Sutton at the Royal Academy of Engineering