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WIRED Audi Innovation Awards 2016 ()

This post is produced as part of the WIRED Audi Innovation Awards. 

The WIRED Audi Innovation Awards are designed to highlight and celebrate people achieving extraordinary things. Judged by a panel of WIRED and Audi representatives, the awards will be presented at a ceremony in November. Keep up-to-date with the awards by using the hashtag #WiredAudiAwards. 

WIRED and Audi UK share a mission: to bring about progress through the creative use of technology. This awards series is a way to recognise the innovative, ground-breaking work being done around the world in a number of industries. The winners will be chosen by experts in each category, with input from senior Audi UK and WIRED representatives. The moonshot of the year category will be decided by public vote.

Artificial intelligence is coming, whether we’re ready for it or not. Computers can beat humans at games of knowledge, such as the TV show Jeopardy, and games of skill, like chess and Go. But which British individuals, teams and companies made the biggest impact on the field in 2016? Nominees in this category may be found in the commercial space or research institutions. 

Innovation requires daring. Who in the UK dreamed biggest and boldest in 2016?
We want the teams and individuals striving to go beyond business as usual and break down barriers in whatever sector they’re working in.

This category will be decided by the public. Details of how to vote will be announced soon. 

Which British company helped us see the world differently in 2016? This award celebrates the innovators in experience, from virtual and augmented reality to commerce, culture and creation.

Tech can – and must – do good. Charities, NGOs and big industry are all embracing digital and design technologies to improve the lives of millions of people around the globe. Which UK organisation or individual changed the world for the better in 2016? Nominees may be building physical products, working on policy or implementing large-scale reforms of services or tools.

WIRED loves great gear. But which UK designer, manufacturer or creative made the most brilliant and beautiful product in 2016? We’re looking for objects with incredible aesthetics – whether they be apps, analogue goods or appliances – that exceed our expectations of ergonomics. Which are the designs that redefine categories and re-shape how we think about goods? 

Which scientific breakthrough thrilled and amazed us in 2016? This award recognises the biggest breakthrough from the UK’s science sector – whether that’s inastrophysics, biotech or genomics. Nominees will have worked on discoveries that unlock long-standing problems and scientific endeavours with the potential to have a long-term impact on human wellbeing. 

Innovation requires leadership. This award was created to recognise the British leader who has inspired their personnel – or the public at large – to greater heights overthe course of their career. The innovative leaders nominated in this category may be working in private enterprises, public institutions, establishments of higher education and beyond.

Be sure to check in with the WIRED Audi Innovation Awards next month in WIRED magazine and on wired.co.uk, as we begin to announce the nominated people and companies in each category shortlist. You can also keep up-to-date with the awards by using the hashtag #WiredAudiAwards. 

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