On 9 September 2015, the Rafael del Pino Foundation and A.T. Kearney organised the first edition of Falling Walls Lab Spain. Falling Walls Lab is an international forum that took place simultaneously in 18 countries, with the aim of promoting a better world by sharing ideas and strengthening relationships between under 35s. In this competition, the brightest university students from the best Spanish universities and business schools had the opportunity to defend their ideas, their initiatives and their society-transforming projects. The competition allowed participants to compete against students from other universities and business schools, entrepreneurs, scientists and researchers. Their ideas, presented consecutively in three-minute speeches, were evaluated by a prestigious jury made up of ten entrepreneurs and representatives of institutions linked to innovation.
The winner of Falling Walls Lab Spain: Cristina Tobías participated, representing Spain, in the final of the international competition in Berlin on 8 November 2015 - the anniversary of the fall of the wall. In this final, 100 innovative ideas were presented to a selection of jury members from the different participating countries.
The Falling Walls Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion and development of science and the humanities. It is supported by the German Ministry of Education and other prestigious foundations and private institutions.
Falling Walls Lab is, in turn, directly linked to the prestigious Falling Walls Conference which was held in Berlin the day after the international competition in the same auditorium. Twenty international opinion leaders from the worlds of science, business, politics and culture, including Nobel laureates, presidents and heads of state, intellectuals, etc., participated in this conference. They have to present, in 15 minutes each, the results of their latest discoveries and studies, offering solutions to the question "What are the next walls we need to tear down?