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Innovation Challenge powered by ZEISS (Status: Completed)

As an innovation-driven company, ZEISS supported this event to develop astounding solutions for future consumer products that are much more than optics. And: to turn your ideas into everyone's reality.

About the Company.

ZEISS is a global technology group in the optical and optoelectronic industry. The ZEISS Group develops, produces and sells measuring technology, microscopes, medical technology, eyeglass lenses, photo and film lenses, binoculars and semiconductor manufacturing equipment. With its solutions, the Group is advancing the world of optics and helping to shape technological progress.

ZEISS is divided into four divisions: Research & Quality Technology, Medical Technology, Vision Care/Consumer Products and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. The ZEISS Group is represented in more than 40 countries and has more than 50 sales and service locations, over 30 production locations and around 25 research and development locations worldwide.

In fiscal 2016/17, the Group generated sales of around 5.3 billion euros with around 27,000 employees. The company was founded in Jena in 1846 and has its headquarters in Oberkochen. Carl Zeiss AG manages the ZEISS Group as a strategic management holding company. The sole owner of the company is the Carl Zeiss Foundation.

As the world's leading manufacturer of precision optics ZEISS helps to combine technical expertise and innovative ideas into exceptional customer experiences.

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 field of consumer health, personal safety and 360°-experience.

Your Task.

We want you to describe your ideas in the following fields in order to apply for an invitation to the ZEISS Innovation Days from the 10th to the 12th of September 2018 in Vienna:

Consumer Health

Consumer Health

We are looking for products that make daily life easier in old age. Important points are: Intelligence (prevention), convenience (saving effort), self-determined life and destigmatization.

Personal Safety

Personal Safety

We are looking for solutions with which women feel safe and are safe.

360° Experience

360° Experience

We are looking for a simple (= intuitive, stress-free) way to be able to relive and/or experience moments and experiences as realistically (= emotionally intensive) as possible.

Your benefit.

Create groundbreaking, new ideas for a consumer market

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)


Want to be part of the ZEISS Innovation Challenge?

Choose your Category:

Consumer Health
Personal Safety




Innovation Challenge powered by ZEISS

Conditions of participation

Submit your idea and work with LEAD to shape tomorrow's life!
 You can also win a brand new smartphone if your idea is in the final selection on the Innovation Days. 

What your submission should include:

  • a smart title of your idea
  • a teaser description
  • a detailed description

Date of the Innovation Days:

10th to 12th of September 2018, Vienna




After submitting your contact details, you will receive an email with a link in order to submit your idea. We will collect ideas until the 3rd of August 2018 and will evaluate and select until the 14th of August. You will be contacted until the 21st of August, if you are invited to participate at the Innovation Days.

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

Contact information:

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Julian EBERLING

Registrations for the Innovation Challenge are no longer valid.

This Innovation Challenge has been completed