Registration for the third edition of the Automotive Innovation Award is now open. In a personal video message, jury chair Jan Peter Balkenende invites innovative players in the automotive sector to participate. “Countless Dutch companies, organizations and research institutes are working on developments that make mobility cleaner, smarter and more efficient. With the AIA, we are putting the sector’s incredible innovative capacity in the spotlights and awarding the best ideas.”

The Netherlands has long played a major role in the automotive sector, including in technical product innovation, data management and processing, sustainability, and service concepts. “To stay at the global forefront in a sector that is also important for our economy,” Balkenende explains, “we have to exchange knowledge, work together and keep innovating. The Automotive Innovation Award supports this. I invite innovators in the sector to take this opportunity to bring attention and success to their work and register for the awards.”

The AIA is a biannual contest which began in 2015. The first of these prestigious awards went to Moby Park. The 2017 winners were TomTom, NXP, and Dutch Green Carbon. The award has three categories: Services, Technology, and Challenging Concepts. The first category is for innovative services that target consumers and solutions for consumers, and the second is for technical product innovations. The third category is for ideas that are still in the development phase, a category that is particularly interesting for start-ups, schools and universities.

Registration is open until October 1, 2018 via An independent jury led by Jan Peter Balkenende will assess the submissions on innovative capacity, relevance, and applicability. Nine finalists will be chosen from the nominatations. The award ceremony will take place on February 11, 2019 at the Louwman Museum in The Hague.

The Automotive Innovation Award is an initiative of ANWB, AutomotiveNL, BOVAG, LeasePlan, RAI Vereniging and Roland Berger