The EIT Alumni Challenges: a new way to solve challenges

The EIT Alumni Community launched the EIT Alumni Challenges: a series of online ideation challenges, focused on solving current societal and environmental challenges. This is the opportunity for you, EIT Alumni to connect with one another, harness your talent and work together on developing cutting-edge ideas and solutions to build long term resilience for society. 

EIT Alumni Challenge #2: EFSA Hackathon 'fake news detection'

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and EIT Alumni are looking for developers and designers with innovative ideas for designing a prototype of Artificial Intelligence (AI) solution to detect fake news using EFSA’s body of scientific opinions, to safeguard the credibility of information in EU about food and feed safety.

You can participate as an individual or as a member of a team.

All registered participants will receive an invitation to access, if they wish to, an Hackathon platform, which will allow interaction, collaboration and matchmaking between applicants in view of stimulating the creativity and enhancing the quality of the designed solutions according to the Hackathon collaborative knowledge creation process.

Timeline of the challenge

  • Deadline for registration: 28 January, 14:30 CET
  • Contest start and release of contest challenge: 19 February, 16:00 CET
  • On-line Hackathon event (optional): 20-21 February 2021
  • Closing date: 22 February, 14:30 CET
  • Award Ceremony: 19 March

You should start working on your idea before applying, based on the rules of contest and the topic of the challenge published by EFSA. Following the assessment of a jury, the first five solutions (i.e. top 5 team rankings by overall score) will be invited to a half-day on-line award ceremony event. At that stage, your solution needs to work and you will have the chance to present it!

Possible prizes

  • 1st place: EUR 7.000
  • 2nd place: EUR 6.000
  • 3rd place: EUR 5.000
  • 4th and 5th place: EUR 3.500

 

Details of registration

Send an email to EFSAProcurement@efsa.europa.eu with following documents: Administrative Data Form, Legal Entity Form, Declaration of Honour on Exclusion.

Participation in this contest is open on equal terms to all natural and legal persons falling within the scope of the EU Treaties.

 

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EIT Alumni Challenge #1: Covid-19 Map & Act

The Covid-19 pandemic influences our lives, relationships and ultimately society, in an unprecedented way. The global response to the crisis has been quick and innovative, whether it be at a national or regional level. We have seen measures that relieve our healthcare systems, sustain small and bigger businesses, and spontaneous industry. Entrepreneurs have risen to the challenge to find ways to better collaborate to produce important supplements or help the transition to online learning and working. We will feel the impact of the pandemic long after the immediate threat and restrictions are lifted. We will have to adapt to a new normal it in both our private and professional lives. Now is the time to take stock, think outside of the box and come up with new ideas that will help a resilient recovery.  

Topic of the challenge

Our first challenge, COVID-19: Map & Act, covered all aspects of the COVID-19 crisis. Participants were able to map good practices and lessons learnt and came up with innovative ideas for immediate response or long-term measures.  The challenge took place on Be-novative, a European online innovation platform. All EIT Community members as well as external participants were welcome to register and join the ideation process. 

What can European citizens and institutions do to mitigate and overcome the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on our society?

  • What are good practices in your country, region or community, that could be widely adapted? 
  • Which areas of improvements do you identify?  
  • What ideas can emerge from the EIT Alumni Community and its diverse expertise? 

Timeline of the challenge

The ideation challenge started on 18 May 2020, with an Opening Seminar. Participants had time until 1 June to submit their ideas. Selected experts reviewed all inputs from 4 to 10 June. The Closing webinar and announcement of the top 5 ideas took place on 11 June.

Opening Webinar 

Inspiring speakers will bring different insights and share their experiences about the initiatives they carry out and/or support for mitigating this crisis. The Webinar will be moderated by Miguel Amador, EIT Alumni President and EIT Health Alumni President and will welcome as panelists:

Emanuele Baldacci 

Director of Digital Services at the European Commission's Directorate-General for Informatics

Mari Hanikat

CEO at Garage48 Foundation and experienced hackathon organizer. #HacktheCrisis initiative

João Figueirinhas Costa

Organizational strategist and CEO at Humaniaks and Volunteer spokesperson for tech4COVID19

Laurent Roux

Impact Officer for the Entrepreneurship and Business Creation at EIT

Watch the Opening Webinar

Closing Webinar

Get ready to learn about some Covid-19 response initiatives and support programmes from some EIT Knowledge Innovation Communities, but also to discover the 5 winning ideas and their owners and the next steps they will go through for further development. The session will be moderated by EIT Alumni President and EIT Health Alumni President Miguel Amador, and will welcome as panelists:

Nestor Coronado

Business Creation Director at EIT RawMaterials

Laurent Roux

Impact Officer for the Entrepreneurship and Business Creation at EIT

Ursula Mühle

Jury panel - Former EIT Health Education Director. Helping Bavaria manage COVID-19 crisis

Ildiko Meny

Jury panel - EIT Education Support Officer - Public Health background

How did it work?

The first EIT Alumni Challenge was split in a preparation phase and two main phases.

 

Participants were able to

  • Develop innovative ideas tackling the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Work together with participants from various professional backgrounds.
  • Meet inspiring speakers dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Get feedback from a diverse community and experts from the EIT ecosystem.
  • Get the chance to see your idea appear in the top five winning ideas that will receive visibility through the EIT Community and be explored for further development.