On the 19th of July, 9 members of the EIT Alumni Community were invited to attend a 2-day Innovation Retreat at the idyllic Tataj Studios in Barcelona.
The retreat, a prize offered by Tataj Innovation to the winning ideas of the EIT Alumni Startup Days - Barcelona, was designed to further develop those ideas created during our event, and connect them with key local stakeholders who have the capabilities and connections to make their ideas a reality.
During the Barcelona startup Days participants where tasked to come up with feasible projects to re-reinvent Badalona, an industrial mid-size city in Spain. Once upon a time, this area was called the ‘Catalan Manchester’. Now it is an extension of the urban transformation known as 22@ Innovation District Barcelona.
On the first day of the retreat, the participants were invited to work on their projects, practice their pitching, create campaigns for their projects, work on video designs, and make use of the team of experts assembled to assist them on their journey.
On the second day the Mayor and deputy Mayor of Badalona were invited to the studio to listen to the pitches of the teams and to discuss how these ideas could be implemented.
It was an inspirational couple of days, and a valuable opportunity to see the impact our community can have in Europe. It's great to see the potential of our community being harnessed in an area such as Badalona.
Hopefully the teams continue to work closely with Tataj Studios and we can see some of the ideas implemented in the Badalona area in the near future!
There were five innovative projects that were invited to the retreat. These consisted of:
1. The Bridge to China
Re-imagine the Port of Badalona and transform the area into a bridge connecting
Europe and China, boost the local economy and revitalize the land. Merge Chinese and Catalan cultures connected by such values as the entrepreneurial spirit and respect for family and tradition.
2. BADALONA 4.0
Develop Moll Capitana in the Badalona Port as the Artificial Intelligence Living Lab: a centralized hub for experiencing AI technologies and a multifunctional space for training and networking. Use the renowned ENDESA power plant with its three chimneys as the global signature building for AI future.
Build an entirely energy neutral district, which combines public, commercial and residential land use. Develop a blueprint for new living schemes, a zero carbon footprint housing, green houses and urban farms, all connected by sustainable mobility solutions.
4. PICO BLAU
Deploy Italian technology to create an artificial reef for surfers at Badalona the city with the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Sea. Build on Club Natacio Badalona renowned transitions to develop new sport disciplines and promote a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
5. OPEN SOCIAL LAB
Turn the beloved power plant into a hotspot for social activity and innovation with a 3D Print Hub and a Makers’ Space for global entrepreneurs, innovators, artists, designers and visionaries.
Many thanks to Daria Tataj and the team at Tataj Innovation for joining us in Barcelona for the Startup Days and for organising this fabulous retreat.
We look forward to continued collaboration!