Red Bull’s global student innovation program, ‘Red Bull Basement’ is back for 2021 and will again be open to students who are looking to showcase their innovative ideas using technology. Students can avail of resources such as mentoring, workshops, networking events throughout the course of the program with it culminating in a Global Final where thought leaders, entrepreneurs, and visionaries from around the world will collaborate with student teams representing each of the 44 participating countries.
Students that are interested in taking part can apply for Red Bull Basement before 24 October 2021. Entrants will need to upload a video that clearly and concisely explains their team idea. Entrants must be 18+ years old and currently enrolled in third level.
The public will be able to give online “shout-outs” to their favourite ideas, and those shout-outs will be part of the criteria that judges consider – along with feasibility, creativity and impact – to determine the national finalists. Then the national teams will have five weeks to further develop their ideas with the help of resources including an international mentorship program before attending an immersive, three-day Global Final in Istanbul, Turkey, where teams will pitch their projects to a panel of experts.
Numerous teams from previous Red Bull Basement events have gone on to expand their ideas on the world stage. The top team from 2019, Austria’s Audvice, has made important strides since their participation, recently receiving six-figure funding in the first investment round for their learning and collaboration tool. And last year the UK’s Lava Aqua X team wowed the experts as they pitched an ecologically friendly reinvention of the washing machine. With the momentum they gained, they are now working to bring their product to market.
Ireland’s 2020 finalists, Ben Ralph and Tadhg Crowley, have been working hard on the continued development of their sustainable energy solution DemRes, driving the development of an app which has garnered interest from key players in the Irish energy industry.
Now – 24 October:
Application window is open. The Irish public are invited to give “shout-outs” to their favorite teams.
25 October – 2 November:
National judges select one team to represent Ireland at the Global Final, concluding with a simultaneous announcement of all selected teams.
13 – 15 December:
The international teams connect and pitch their ideas at the Global Final in Istanbul, Turkey.