2b AHEAD Prize

2b AHEAD PRIZE Against Violence and War

2b AHEAD PRIZE Against Violence and War challenges Teams from around the world to help to make this world a safer place and reduce or eradicate violence and war.


Teams are encouraged to employ technology such as internet technology, social networks, social media, artificial intelligence, bio technology or internet of things in order to reduce physical violence and warfare either globally or in a specific conflict.


The goal is to demonstrate quantifiably how physical violence occuring in war, organized crime, street violence, gang violence, ethnic or religiously motivated conflicts are reduced by the technology developed.

Competition information you find here.


Is it possible to prevent violence by the use of Social Networks and six-degrees of separation theory? In the 1960s, the notion “Small World Problem” was used by scientists like Michael Gurevich and Manfred Kochen in order to describe the increasing connectedness of the modernizing world. Several studies, such as Stanley Milgram's small world experiment, have been conducted to measure this connectedness empirically. The phrase "six degrees of separation", although possibly even an urban scientific myth, is often used as a synonym for the idea of the "small world" phenomenon made famous by Stanley Milgram’s article and his 1967 set of experiments, indicating that you may be connected via six degrees of separation to most other people. We encourage teams worldwide to explore how this phenomenon can be used to prevent violence and war. We speculate that in any armed conflict, there may be a six (or lesser) degree of separation between the opponents. And we assume that today’s technology should give us the means to reduce violence and end armed conflicts by employing social networks. Paired with the creativity of modern internet-age entrepreneurs, contemporary representations of social relationships, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, or Xing should give us the chance to prevent or reduce violence and war.


Today’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology clusters and organizes information very fast, e.g. allowing us to recognize faces from photographs or videos at amazing speed. We speculate that this could be combined with systems to understand emotions from facial display (like the Facial Activity Coding System) that have been researched in psychology since the late 1970’s in order to prevent physical violence. Biotechnology and genome decoding has made strong advances, allowing us to even understand if we have common genes and ancestries with someone we may see as an opponent in a violent conflict. We encourage teams worldwide to explore how these technology advances can be used to prevent violence and war


We are moving towards a world in which most things will be connected. This will mean that any weapon, e.g. a handgun or knife, may be a connected device, too. Maybe weapons will not only be connected, but also contain decision logics and ethics. Or a handgun fired may simply automatically call the police. We encourage teams to employ and combine such modern technologies in order to prevent physical violence and make our world a better place.

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