Categories for 2017

This years EDF Energy Pulse Awards theme is 'Energy in a digital world'

Blue Lab innovation challenge

We’re looking for the next big thing, so if you’re working on innovative ways to create insight and value from energy data using artificial intelligence and machine learning or developing amazing new devices, controls or approaches to make energy better for our vulnerable customers – we would love to hear from you today.

This challenge is an opportunity for you to work with our experts to accelerate your idea to the next stage. This year's Blue Lab challenge categories: 

  • Making life easier for our vulnerable customers
  • Creating value for customers from energy data
  • Wildcard
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Improving our approach to nuclear safety

Using creative ways to drive behaviour change and utilising digital technology to support more effective engagement around nuclear safety.  

The Integrity of Things

Keeping systems secure in the face of an ever more interconnected, integrated world by predicting future evolution of structures and components. 

Predicting cyber attacks

Helping prevent cyber attacks is one thing, but helping predict when the next attack may come is the aim of the game for this category.

Diversity and engagement in the workplace

At EDF Energy we are looking for innovative solutions to ensure we can recruit and engage high performing talent from diverse backgrounds. 

Timeline: challenge stages

Watch video: Pulse Awards: How EDF Energy is Supporting Innovation
17 Feb 17

Pulse Awards 2016 final

Innovators' Day concluded our 2016 EDF Energy Pulse Awards by celebratring the caterogry winners as well as providing a platform for the finalists from Blue Lab’s 10-week accelerator programme to pitch for the £30K grand prize. 

19 Sep 17

2017 Applications open

27 Nov 17

Applications close

  • Diversity and engagement in the workplace
  • Predicting cyber attacks
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15 Dec 17

Applications close

  • Improving our approach to nuclear safety
  • Integrity of Things
Watch video: EDF Energy Pulse Awards 2016 (short)
18 Jan 18

Pitch day

Shortlisted applicants get the chance to pitch their idea to the EDF Energy Pulse Awards judges.

Watch video: Blue Lab Connected Home and Business Challenge
5 Feb 18

Blue Lab accelerator begins

Blue Lab's 12 week accelerator programme begins:

12 weeks' free desk space at Blue Lab's South coast office
Expert mentoring and coaching
Real consumer insight
Scale up: develop business models and trials with our customers

25 Apr 18

Demo Day

Demo Day will see the finalists from the Pulse Awards present their winning ideas and finalists from Blue Lab’s 12-week accelerator programme pitch for the £30K grand prize. 

27 Apr 18

Blue Lab accelerator ends

2016 winners and highlights


Winner of the Blue Lab challenge 2016 & EDF Pulse Awards 2017

We're excited to annouce that Howz has won the EDF Pulse Awards 2017, surpassing over 500 of Europe’s elite start-ups!

Detective Dot

Winner: Inspiring Young People into STEM 

The company's mission is to inspire kids, especially girls and underrepresented groups, into STEM and coding.


Winner: Data Solutions for Improving Health and Safety at Work category

Slalom are a purpose-driven consulting firm that helps companies solve business problems and build for the future.

Viridian Consultants

Winner: Monitoring and Inspection Solutions for Energy Generation Assets category

Viridian provides the nuclear sector with instrumentation solutions, expertise and training. They're developing tools to sample and analysis radioactivity on decommissioning using nuclear characterisation sensors.

Ultra Electronics PMES

Winner: Monitoring and Inspection Solutions for Energy Generation Assets category

PMES provide power conversion, power control, and high integrity sensor solutions to a range of international customers in the defence, transport, and energy industries.

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