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Innovation Challenge NEXT powered by ZEISS (Status: Completed)

As an innovation-driven company, ZEISS supported this event to develop groundbreaking innovations in the imaging market for every days life. And: to turn your ideas into everyone's reality.

About the Company.

ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. In the previous fiscal year, the ZEISS Group generated annual revenue totaling more than 5.8 billion euros in its four segments Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology, Consumer Markets and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology (status: 30 September 2018).

For its customers, ZEISS develops, produces and distributes highly innovative solutions for industrial metrology and quality assurance, microscopy solutions for the life sciences and materials research, and medical technology solutions for diagnostics and treatment in ophthalmology and microsurgery. The name ZEISS is also synonymous with the world's leading lithography optics, which are used by the chip industry to manufacture semiconductor components. There is global demand for trendsetting ZEISS brand products such as eyeglass lenses, camera lenses and binoculars.

With a portfolio aligned with future growth areas like digitalization, healthcare and Smart Production and a strong brand, ZEISS is shaping the future far beyond the optics and optoelectronics industries. The company's significant, sustainable investments in research and development lay the foundation for the success and continued expansion of ZEISS' technology and market leadership.

With approximately 30,000 employees, ZEISS is active globally in almost 50 countries with around 60 of its own sales and service companies, more than 30 production sites and around 25 development sites. Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. The sole owner of the company is the Carl Zeiss Foundation

About the Challenge.

People face new challenges almost every day. But they often don´t have the possibility and knowledge to solve them. Are you creative, enthusiastic and passionate in solving these issues?
Then you are the right person to participate in the ZEISS Innovation Challenge. We enable you to create solutions for your challenges and support you with our diverse competencies. 


ZEISS is an internationally leading technology enterprise operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. ZEISS spends around 10% (~600 mil €) of the revenue every year in research and technology in order to offer high-tech products in different markets ZEISS is operating in. With this Challenge new markets will be explored together with innovative people.

By participating in the ZEISS Innovation Challenge, you have the opportunity to work together with other creative people from all over the world and a team from ZEISS on new products for consumers. The innovation challenge will take place in Vienna (3 days), where you will jointly create new products for solving your issues in the fields of the "perfect movement", "mobile flexible lighting" and "perfect beautiful picture".

Mobile flexible lighting

Search field

"We are looking for a mobile, wireless hardware solution, which allows the consumer to create the desired lighting conditions for photographing/filming with simple operation always and everywhere.

Small, low power consumption, high brightness, creative settings must be made possible, it must fit into a photo bag, the color temperature and brightness must be adjustable. Direct and indirect lighting should be possible. There should not be a need to edit light settings after taking the photo.


For whom?

Consumer, No B2B, No professionals, not for the medical sector. It should be a mass product and should not only be sold in specialist stores. Most of the customers should us the solution for hobbies.


Until when?




Business Model, Service, Software and/or Product.


Degree of innovation?

A leap in benefits, not necessarily new to the world


LEAD User Profile


Lighting companies, Light architects, Automotive industry (light), Cinema sector, People who create things that change their transparency (glass, plastic), Smartwear (fluorescent suit), Screen manufacturer, Flashlight manufacturer


Physicist who makes gas glow, Biologists (fireflies), Illuminators (from the film set).


From which industries could we learn?

Manufacturer of paints, Ultrasound, Manufacturer of digital projector, Image engineering, Metrology laser measuring instruments, Event lighting technology, Projectors (theme lighting), Power management.





We wanted you to describe your ideas in order to apply for an invitation to the ZEISS Innovation Days from the 25th to the 27th of July 2019 in Vienna:

The conference

The LEAD User Conference will take place from 25 to 27 July 2019 (arrival the day before) in Vienna. Travel, catering and accommodation will be organized and taken over by us.

Who were we looking for?

For example: Physicist who makes gas glow, Biologists (fireflies), Illuminators (from the film set).



The aim of the conference is to develop revolutionary concepts for the search field "Mobile flexible lighing". Concepts and detailed descriptions of the ideas should be prepared on site.

Your benefit.

Create groundbreaking, new ideas for the mobile flexible lighting

Work together with creative thinkers from all over the world with a lot of networking possibilities

Travel to Vienna to participate in the Innovation Days (travel, conference location, hotel and everything around it is paid and organized by us)

The LEAD User Conference generates solutions.

The multi-day LEAD User Conference brings together LEAD users from the target market, analogue sectors, the client's internal team and the LEAD Innovation team. The result of the conference will be specifications at business plan level for the selected search fields.

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Innovation Challenge powered by ZEISS

Thank you very much for registering for the Innovation Challenge!

The submission of your ideas was possible until 17 June 2019 and is now over.

After entering your contact details, we contacted you immediately to request your ideas. We have collected, evaluated and selected ideas until June 17, 2019. You were then contacted by us if you were invited to participate in the Innovation Challenge.

A registration for the Innovation Challenge is no longer possible.

The registration for the Innovation Challenge has been completed