Award Winners 2015


Improving the world with creativity–
the winners of the N.I.C.E. Award 2015

Garrelt Duin, Minister for Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia presented the N.I.C.E. Award in Essen to five international projects in the course of the Forum d’Avignon Ruhr.

213 applicants from 29 countries had submitted projects to this year’s topic ”Solving the World`s Major Challenges – A Call for Innovations”.

The project ”The Machine to be Another“ from Brazil receives the first prize (8000 euros). Using digital technology the installation makes it possible to immerse oneself in the body and thoughts of another person and to view oneself in the body of the other person.


Jury Chairman Charles Landry: ”The project is impressive due to its unique combination of art and
science and employs technology beyond known limits.“

Further prizes go to ”PlanEt“ from Great Britain and the Netherlands (5000 euros), which evaluates data of plants in cities and is thus a component of future ”Smart Cities“. ”WikiHouse“ from Great Britain (3000 euros) revolutionises house building and enables citizens to co-design the city. Two further prizes went to ”Home back Home“ from Spain and ”Creative Technologies in Classroom“, from Sweden (2000 euros each).

The Minister for Economic Affairs of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia Garrelt Duin: ”The N.I.C.E. Award is about visibility. The potential and performance power of creative persons is all too often overlooked. The prize and its presentation within the very special setting of the Forum d’Avignon Ruhr make sure that a spotlight is switched on which illuminates the innovative strength of the sector.“

Dieter Gorny, Managing Director of ecce: ”The N.I.C.E. Award distinguishes the Ruhr area as a location for cultural innovation – entirely in the tradition of the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010.“


The five winners together with Garrelt Duin, Minister of Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia
The winner of the first place is BeAnotherLab, represented by Philippe Bertrand, with the project "The Machine to be Another"