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About the Innovation in Politics Awards

The annual Innovation in Politics Awards recognise creative politicians from across Europe who are breaking new ground with innovative solutions for today’s challenges. The Awards are presented to those politicians in recognition of their exemplary projects based on European values of social balance, democracy and human rights – regardless of their party affiliation or level of government.

Each year, a Citizen Jury of more than 1,000 Europeans evaluate all projects to determine the finalists and winners in the Awards’ categories: democracy, climate protection, democracy technologies, government improvement, social cohesion, local development, education, and party innovation.


THE GALA (2 May, 2024: 20.30-23.00)

At the Innovation in Politics Evening Gala, the winners of each of the seven Awards categories will be announced and presented with their trophies in a festive evening with food for thought (and the other kind), music and entertainment. Every year, 500+ leaders from politics, civil society and the business world from all over Europe come together to meet and greet their peers across borders and party lines to acknowledge the exemplary initiatives. If you’d like to join us in celebrating innovation in politics, you can claim your free ticket herePlease note the event is in-person only.


Doors open


Opening/ Welcome address


Gala Ceremony Discover the winners from the categories: Democracy, Social Cohesion, Education, Local Development



Keynote Speaker: Simona Levi , activist, lecturer and founder of Xnet


Gala Ceremony – Discover the winners from the categories: Democracy Technologies, Climate Protection, Government Improvement.


Ending with Drinks and Finger Food

Politics, Coffee & Cake (2 May, 2024: 15.00-18.00)

The round table discussions with finalists of the Innovation in Politics Awards provide an opportunity to learn more about exemplary political projects, to get inspired by state-of-the-art solutions and engage in enlightening talks on trends and topics that shape political work. Please note the attendance to the Politics, Coffee & Cake Exchange Session is by invitation only. If you are an organisation, policymaker, or social entrepreneur interested in participating, please reach out to us via email at awards@innovationinpolitics.eu to request an invitation.Please note the event is in-person only.


Doors open




Politics, Coffee and Cake: Exchange with the Awards Finalists Round 1


Finalists of the Innovation in Politics Awards 2024


Politics, Coffee and Cake: Exchange with the Awards Finalists Round 2


Finalists of the Innovation in Politics Awards 2024


Round up and Networking


  • Advancing Low-Carbon Mobility in Cascais, Portugal
  • Buzzwatch – Safeguarding Our Bees, Belgium
  • Creating One of the First Permanent Reuse Centres in Slovakia, Slovakia
  • Exchange Energy for a Better World, Austria
  • Food Loss & Waste Prevention Unit, Municipality of Halandri, Greece
  • Panda Labs Junior for Just Transition, Bulgaria
  • Schwammstein (Sponge Stone) – Sustainable Rainwater Management for Urban Green Spaces, Austria
  • SeaProtectorOne, Aarhus, Denmark
  • Shame On You! – Anti-Smog Social Campaign, Poland
  • The Preschool Hoppet: Sweden’s First Fossil-Free Construction Project, Sweden
  • Citizens of Ankara: Re-Assemble!, Turkey
  • Community Power, United Kingdom
  • Let’s Think Up Lublin Together: creating the participatory intelligence Strategy Lublin 2030, Poland
  • Mini.Stadt 2025 Strategy, Switzerland
  • Next Generation Academy (Academia Próxima Geração), Portugal
  • Participatory Children and Youth Million, Austria
  • School Participatory Budgets – Development of Student Self-Government in Lublin, Poland
  • The Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics: imagining new ideas on politics and culture, United Kingdom
  • The Mar Menor (the Menor Sea) has Rights, Spain
  • Youth Participatory Budgeting in Rybnik, Poland
  • Change It (Změň To), Czech Republic
  • Condominium E-Voting – Successful E-Democracy, Ukraine
  • Decide Madrid, Spain
  • Democracy Guide – Giving Responsibility a Face, Germany
  • Democracy in Action: innovative consultations & citizen participation, Greece
  • DIPAS_navigator, Germany
  • Hacknime.to – The New Era of Government, Slovakia
  • Košice 2.0 – Unleashing the Future of Urban Living, Slovakia
  • Open Data Catalogue & Data Portal, Hradec Králové Region, Czech Republic
  • Presenting TrollWall: The Digital Shield Against Online Hate, Czech Republic
  • Big Bocs Bwyd, United Kingdom
  • La Compañía (The Company), Spain
  • Lithuania’s Testbed Programme for EdTech Startups, Lithuania
  • Mayority, Austria
  • Rein ins Rathaus! (Into the City Hall!), Austria
  • spreuXweizen – Fakt oder Fake (Fact or Fake), Germany
  • TechUcation@school, Germany
  • Vilnius is a School, Lithuania
  • Virtual Visits to the Municipal Art Gallery of Chania, Greece
  • Zero Waste Education in Rybnik, Poland
  • Dec112, Austria
  • Drone-Integrated Rescue System, Pilsen, Czech Republic
  • e-Justice Portal for Inmates, Estonia
  • Easy Government, Spain
  • Electronic System Installation to Control Water Leakages, Greece
  • Mapping Roads with AI-Cameras in Garbage Trucks, Sweden
  • Remote, Digital Perinatal Care for Pregnant Women & New Parents Living on Small Islands, Greece
  • RettungsNetz-5G – 5G-based Emergency Services in the Metropolitan Region Rhine-Neckar, Germany
  • sKIn: AI-supported skin cancer diagnostics, Germany
  • SYMON: an Intelligent Monitoring System for the Elderly, Spain
  • Apadrinaunolivo.org, Spain
  • B-MINCOME: guaranteed minimum income & active social policies in deprived urban areas, Spain
  • Circular Economy of Waste for Land & Environment, Italy
  • Healthy villAGE: a participatory & comprehensive model for active ageing in rural areas, Spain
  • Lyon Metro: an occupancy warning system pilot, France
  • Madrid Innovation Lab, Spain
  • Preserving Kyiv’s Culture through Virtual Heritage, Ukraine
  • Project HELIX, United Kingdom
  • Testing the City – Living and Working in Görlitz, Germany
  • The Abandoned Houses Project, Finland
  • Basic Income for Care Leavers in Wales Pilot, United Kingdom
  • Beatriz Galindo Center for Homeless Women Victims of Violence, Spain
  • Building Hope: Lenartov’s Journey to Inclusive Living, Slovakia
  • Foodcard – dignified state food aid for people in need, Estonia
  • Housing Cooperatives in Barcelona, Spain
  • Housing First Austria – Arriving Home, Austria
  • La Noche es Joven, Spain
  • Life Mentorship Programme, Lithuania
  • Phosphoros Theatre, United Kingdom
  • Understanding – the Key to Political Participation, Austria



Join Us at the Gala of the Innovation in Politics Awards – Claim Your Free Tickets!

We warmly invite you to the Gala of the Innovation in Politics Awards, a festive and engaging evening where we celebrate the year’s most creative and impactful political innovations. 

At the heart of the event is the award ceremony, where we will unveil and honour the winners of this year’s Innovation in Politics Awards. It is a moment to applaud those who are reshaping the political landscape with their groundbreaking ideas.

This gala is more than a celebration,  it is a vibrant blend of intellectual stimulation, bringing together forward-thinking individuals and changemakers from the world of politics, accompanied by finger food,  music, and entertainment. Engage in enriching conversations and enjoy the lively atmosphere filled with music and festivities.

Secure your free tickets now for an evening of inspiration, celebration, and networking at the Gala of the Innovation in Politics Awards. We look forward to welcoming you!
Please note the event is in-person only.


Maritime Museum of Barcelona

We are thrilled to host the Awards at the Maritime Museum of Barcelona. The architectural complex of the Drassanes Reials de Barcelona, the seat of the Maritime Museum of Barcelona, is one of the most important civil gothic industrial buildings still standing. It is a first-class cultural facility located in the historic centre of Catalonia’s capital, perfect for hosting events.

The Maritime Museum of Barcelona is a space for interpreting and sharing Catalan maritime culture in a way that is innovative, participative and in touch with society and the country through research, conservation and the protection of our heritage.

Address: Av. de les Drassanes, 1, Ciutat Vella, 08001 Barcelona, Spain

If you arrive in Barcelona by train, the most likely arrival station is Barcelona Sants (Estació Sants), which is the main railway station in Barcelona. From there, you have several convenient options to get to the Museu Marítim:

  • Metro:
    • The easiest way is to take the metro. Barcelona Sants Station is served by Line L3 (Green Line) of the Barcelona Metro.
    • Take the L3 metro towards Trinitat Nova.
    • Get off at the Drassanes station, which is the closest metro station to the Museu Marítim.
    • The museum is just a short walk from the Drassanes station.
  • Bus:
    • Alternatively, you can take a bus from near Barcelona Sants to the museum.
    • Bus routes such as D20 and H16 have stops relatively close to the Museu Marítim (Drassanes bus-stop on Passeig Josep Carner or Portal de la Pau stop)
  • Taxi:
    • Taxis are readily available outside the train station.

If you fly to Barcelona, you will arrive at Barcelona Airport–El Prat (BCN). From there, you have several options to get to the  Maritime Museum of Barcelona. You can take a taxi or public transportation.

By Taxi:

  • Taxis are available at the taxi ranks outside each terminal at the airport.


By Train and Metro:

  • From the airport, take the R2 Nord train to Barcelona Sants Station (Estació Sants).
  • At Barcelona Sants, switch to the metro and take Line L3 (Green Line) towards Trinitat Nova.
  • Get off at the Drassanes station, which is the closest metro station to the Museu Marítim.
  • The museum is just a short walk from the Drassanes metro station.

By Aerobus and Metro:

  • Take the Aerobus (A1 or A2) from the airport to Plaça Catalunya.
  • From Plaça Catalunya, take the metro Line L3 (Green Line) towards Zona Universitaria.
  • Get off at the Drassanes station.
  • Walk from the Drassanes station to the Museu Marítim.

By Bus:

  • From Barcelona Airport via Plaça Espany to Museu Marítim
    • Take bus number 46 from the airport. This bus departs from both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 and goes to Plaça Espanya in Barcelona.
    • Once you arrive at Plaça Espanya, you can transfer to a city bus that goes towards the Museu Marítim area.
    • You can take bus number D20 or H16. Both of these buses have stops near the Museu Marítim. The ‘Drassanes’ bus stop on Passeig Josep Carner, served by bus line D20, is quite close to the museum.

If you are coming to Barcelona by car, you can either leave your car at your hotel or accommodation and use public transportation, or park directly at the Maritime Museum of Barcelona at a nearby parking facilities:

  • Drassanes Parking Garage is located at Carrer Portal de Santa Madrona, 10.
  • Moll de la Fusta Parking Garage can be found at Passeig Colom, 23.

If you want to take a taxi, you can flag down one of the many taxis driving around. Alternatively, you can call a taxi company to book a ride. There are several reputable taxi services you can rely on:

  • Barna Taxi:
    • Phone: +34 933 577 755
  • Radio Taxi 033:
    • Phone: +34 933 033 033
  • Radio Taxi Barcelona:
    • Phone: +34 932 933 111
  • Fono Taxi:
    • Phone: +34 933 001 100
  • Taxi Amic (Specialized in services for people with reduced mobility):
    • Phone: +34 934 208 088

Taxis are usually black and yellow and have a green light on top when available. Additionally, most taxis in Barcelona are equipped with credit card payment systems, and drivers generally speak basic English.

The museum is also easily accessible by metro:

  • The closest station is Drassanes on Line L3, using the Portal de Santa Madrona exit.
  • Alternatively, you can use the Paral·lel station served by Lines L2 and L3, taking the Avinguda Paral·lel exit.


For those who prefer cycling, there are several Bicing stations nearby:

  • Station 425 at Carrer Cervelló.
  • Station 56 at Portal de Santa Madrona.
  • Station 57 at La Rambla, 2.
  • Station 361 at Passeig de Colom (near La Rambla).
  • Station 410 also on Passeig de Colom (near La Rambla).


Previous Awards events

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