by: Christoph, Jenia, Robert, 14 Sep, 2023

We happily announce that we, LAION, won the Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year 2023 Award in the category Science and Innovation Management for "democratizing AI research by providing open access to advanced AI models, tools, and datasets, fostering public engagement and awareness, and promoting international collaboration to create a transparent and inclusive AI ecosystem that benefits everyone." This recognition is not just for the select few but for our entire LAION community of hobby scientists, university professors, students, and enthusiasts all united with a shared vision - the democratization of AI research.


About the Award

The Falling Walls Science Breakthrough of the Year Award, bestowed by the non-profit Falling Walls Foundation, celebrates groundbreaking achievements across various academic disciplines. Inspired by the historic fall of the Berlin Wall, it embodies the spirit of overcoming barriers to forge a brighter future for society.

Recognized globally, this prestigious award spotlights innovative research addressing today’s pressing challenges. It facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration, underscoring the transformative potential of science in building a better future.

The accolade spans six categories, recognizing ten finalists in each, handpicked from over a thousand applications by a panel of expert jurors. It culminates in the Falling Walls Science Summit, a vital hub for dialogue between global science leaders and society.

Grassroots Leadership

This acknowledgment is not just a testament to our dedication but a clear indication of the significant role grassroots communities play in advancing the world through open-source AI research. It highlights the fact that with unity and shared vision, even grassroots initiatives can spearhead meaningful change, demonstrating that we are not only contributors but essential players in fostering a better, more inclusive future.

Join the Movement

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the Falling Walls Foundation for acknowledging our efforts and to every member of the LAION community for being an indispensable part of this journey.

As we celebrate this monumental achievement, we invite you to become a part of this vibrant community. Together, we can foster a culture of open dialogue, collaboration, and innovative solutions. Join us on Discord as we continue to break walls and democratize AI research for the betterment of society globally.

For more details on the award, visit the official announcement.