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7th January 2019 - No Comments!

Women@EIT – Women4IT

At the end of last year, the EIT Alumni were contacted by Digital Europe to take part in the 'Releasing Women's Potential for the Digital Economy - Women4ITevent in Brussels on December 12th.

Taking full advantage of this opportunity to boost the visibility of our activities related to Women entrepreneurship, we reached out to the co-founders of Women@EIT.

Dóra Pálfi, alumna of EIT Digital, agreed to take part on our behalf. She presented the activities of the EIT and EIT Alumni, and offered some insights into Women@EIT and her own career in ICT. Dora sat on the panel ' Why Women in ICT' alongside Eva Fabry from the European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT), and and Susanna Makela from Microsoft.

Following the event, Dora got in touch with us and shared her account of the event. Read her take below:

"On December 12th, the “Releasing Women's Potential for the Digital Economy - Women4IT" launch event was hosted by DIGITALEUROPE. Policy makers, leading representatives of the digital economy ecosystem represented in Brussels, the founders of the EEA and Norway Grants Fund for Youth Employment, and representatives of the media all had a chance to discuss the issue of diversity and gender equality in the tech sector.

Changing this situation will take time. Meanwhile, engagement and actions at all levels are paramount to show young women that technology provides valuable tools for boosting creativity and real-world problem solving.

The first panel “Why women in ICT?” addressed questions around why the lack of women in the ICT is even a “problem” and what understanding we have about the root causes of this issue. Speakers on the panel included Eva Fabry from the European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT) who discussed the Norwegian approach, and Susanna Makela from Microsoft who has presented Microsoft’s recent study that has found that girls already at a young age, before starting high school, begin to shy away from technology and engineering.

As the co-founder of women@EIT and a woman starting her career in tech I had the unique opportunity to contribute to the discussion from the perspective of female students aspiring for a career in ICT. Beyond discussing the various initiatives the EIT supports in order to encourage female participation in technology and entrepreneurship I had the chance to share how women@EIT brings a unique addition to the ecosystem: while we also believe that role models are important, one of our key pillars is having an active peer network of female students and professionals in technology/entrepreneurship."

You can view the full album of photos from the panel “Why Women in ICT?”  here.

4th January 2019 - No Comments!

Look for your wing-person and be one for others, too

By Mark Aguinaldo, EIT Climate-KIC Alumni Representative to the EIT Alumni Board

That's my takeaway from the workshop session at the EIT Health Alumni Summit held in Lodz, Poland earlier this month. Indeed, pursuing one's goals becomes manageable when you're receiving support from people you trust. Like in an air combat mission, the lead pilot needs a wing-person - someone to guard their blind-spots and ready to support their next, often daring, maneuvers.

Straight from the last EIT Alumni Board meeting for 2018, hosted at the EIT Health headquarters in Munich, I traveled to Lodz as an EIT Climate-KIC Alumni Community representative to the 1st EIT Health Alumni Summit. As an additional privilege of being part of the EIT Alumni network, I got the chance to attend the 3rd edition of the annual EIT Health Summit. Both events, hosted at the Medical University of Lodz, celebrated the tremendous efforts of EIT Health's network of best-in-class healthcare innnovators in delivering solutions to enable European citizens to live longer, healthier lives.

At the EIT Health Alumni Summit, Alumni & Communications Manager, Miriam Irle and EIT Impact Officer for Entrepreneurship and Business Creation, Laurent Roux, delivered the welcoming remarks. Miriam reported on the steady growth of the EIT Health Alumni community in terms of membership since their foundation in 2017. This gave them the impetus to intensify their efforts in providing job offers, mentoring activities and workshops to aspiring entrepreneurs, and developing an attractive platform for Startups to promote their businesses and touch base with potential partners within the healthcare sector and beyond.

 

Later that day, Miriam presented the EIT Health Alumni board members, and gave a recap of their activities in 2018 which focused on enhancing the wider EIT Health community by bringing into contact their members to the different initiatives of EIT Health Campus, Innovation Projects, and the business creation program EIT Health Accelerator, among others. She also announced the appointment of Miguel Amador as the incoming President of the EIT Health Alumni board.

Source: EIT Health Alumni Facebook page

On the other hand, Laurent introduced the EIT Alumni as a community for all graduates and alumni of the EIT Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs), which so far includes those of EIT Climate, EIT Digital, EIT Health, EIT InnoEnergy, and EIT Raw Materials, making it an interdisciplinary and multicultural network of networks where every member can learn from each other, and potentially form multi-skilled teams to foster innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Summit participants also learned about the EIT Alumni flagship activities namely the EIT Alumni Startup Days, a hackathon style event held several times a year where participating alumni from different Innovation Communities challenge themselves to co-design solutions to societal challenges, and the EIT Alumni CONNECT which serves as an annual meetup event where members can partner and co-create on projects and collaborate on how to further strengthen the community.

Using tools from positive psychology, team-building activities were facilitated for the rest of the afternoon by Yunel Founder & Managing Partner Kerstin Humberg. The ice-breakers were so entertaining that in no time, us participants have created circles of friends. For instance, the speed dating style session gave us the opportunity to discover our partner's motivation and expectation to join the Summit. By the way, we definitely enjoyed the coffee breaks in between, a smörgåsbord of delish Polish snacks.

"At some point during the group exercises, Kerstin highlighted the significance of being a wing-person to one another. It resonated with me. Be it in building a startup and pursuing professional success or when it comes to our personal endeavors, we tend to be more and achieve more with trusted friends and allies around. Now imagine we belong to a community full of wing-people. We've got nothing to lose. Only endless possibilities."

For the next workshop, the participants were divided into groups and were tasked to brainstorm and visualize what constitutes a healthy city of the future. Oh what fun it is, knowing that we were in a safe place to discuss ideas, not to mention the diversity of talents in the room, we're able to come up with innovative ideas for our vision boards.

I came to the Summit with my personal advocacy, which is climate action. So I envision a healthy city as a climate-resilient city, where healthcare management is responsive to the changing climate. While I believe that we still have time to limit climate change catastrophes, small and poor countries in the Pacific such as mine have long been affected by climate change disproportionately. Definitely closer to home.
The Philippines was listed as the No. 1 country most affected by climate change in the 2015 Global Climate Risk Index. The most glaring health issues relating to extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change are the prevalence of Dengue, Thyphoid, Cholera, and Malaria epidemics during seasons of higher temperatures while more women are endangered and killed, even at a younger age, when impacted by natural hazards such as droughts, storms, and floods (Climate Change and the Philippines: Executive Brief, 2018).

Hopefully, as we collect and analyze climate and health data, more targeted developmental and humanitarian assistance can be extended to the most affected areas of the world. How much more if we do our part? Well, how about having wing-countries?

This article was taken from Mark's personal blog. Read the full article here.

 

11th December 2018 - No Comments!

Intelligent Alumni @ Artificial Intelligence workshop

On the 23 November, the EIT held a joint workshop with the JRC in Brussels on the Legal and Regulatory Implications of Artificial Intelligence with a focus on autonomous vehicles, e-health and data mining.

We thought this would be a great opportunity to involve some of our EIT Alumni members, so carefully selected two who were working in the field of AI and who brought their own innovative ideas to the table.

The first was Julia Wache, alumna of both EIT Health and EIT Digital, and a 2017 EIT Award nominee for her company Feelspace, which produces a vibrotactile compass belt that functions as a sixth sense.

The second was David Pribil, an alumnus of EIT Digital who participated in EIT Alumni CONNECT 2018. He currently works on AI solutions in Healthcare for Kheiron Medical in London.

"In the workshop I learned a lot about the background and current challenges of AI. With our health product at feelSpace there are some interesting links and I became more aware of possible future applications and combination possibilities. I feel more informed about the topic and better prepared to reach out for corresponding opportunities. " Julia Wache, Feelspace

This one day event, held at the EIT House in Brussels, consisted of a series of speeches in the morning, looking at the various AI related activities of the European Commission, the EIT and the JRC. The afternoon offered 3 parallel workshops.

Given their background in E-health, both Julia and David chose to participate in Session II Legal challenges in e-health. Both found the discussions informative, and felt like their input was a valuable addition to the event.

"This workshop was very useful for me to understand the regulatory perspective a bit more and I also feel that my input was useful for the other participants." David Pribil, Kheiron Medical

David has put together a great photo diary of the whole day. Read his story here! 

3rd December 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni @ CommUnity Days, Lisbon

Written by Stefano Imoscopi, EIT Digital Alumni Representative to the EIT Alumni Board.
(Originally posted on EIT Digital Alumni website)

As an Alumnus of EIT Digital appointed to shape the future of the broader EIT Alumni community, I had the pleasure of being invited to the Community Days by our friends at InnoEnergy. This is their flagship event, taking place once a year. It brings together alumni of InnoEnergy programs with leaders and entrepreneurs in the energy sector, to network, co-create and discuss the challenges and opportunities of transitioning towards a sustainable energy economy. This year the event took place in Lisbon from the 26th to the 28th of October.

I was keen to meet people from a different background than mine and curious to learn more about the energy transition in Europe and beyond. The event kicked off on Friday evening at the Academy of Sciences in the center of Lisbon, a beautiful 18th century building with a stunning library hall and an inner garden. After the welcoming and inspirational words from the CommUnity Manager Falko Döring, the CommUnity Officer Claudio Geyken updated us on the state of their community and their vision for the future. Claudio highlighted the importance of communities dedicated to energy transition, with their goal of becoming the reference European community in the field. He stressed he is strongly inspired by TEDx and would love to push their Community to organise more local, high-quality events on topics related to energy transition.

Mathis Wackernagel, CEO at Global Footprint Network, gave an inspirational keynote on the importance of measuring the energy and waste impact of each person on the planet and made us reflect on the effects our actions have on the environment. After that, we had dinner in the beautiful inner garden, with plenty of opportunities to meet new people and discuss ideas over a nice glass of Portuguese wine.

The Community Manager Falko Döring welcomes us at the event, with his emphasis on not being greedy and self-centered during the event, but rather being open to give before asking.  

Saturday followed with the Open Space Studio, a co-creation session in which we came together in small groups to brainstorm and reflect on challenges brought by startups and SMEs. In my group the topic was brought by Greenlytics, a startup based in Stockholm trying to predict future wind power generation accurately using machine learning and weather data. This was an interesting opportunity for me to hear perspectives from people from an energy-engineering or energy-policy background, as we discussed and tried to come up with ideas and solutions on how to unleash the power of data for the energy markets.

Open Space Studio, the co-creation session between alumni and industry taking place in the beautiful library hall of the Lisbon Academy of Science on Saturday morning.

After a tasty lunch, the event went on with the career fair, where many startups and institutions presented their career opportunities to the attendees. I took the chance to present the EIT Alumni community along with Robin Maxton from the EIT and the other Alumni Community representatives at our booth. The sun was shining on the inner garden and managed to keep everyone warm despite the cold wind. We talked with many interesting people who were happy to learn about EIT Alumni and the growing synergies between all our alumni communities.

After talking with many companies and learning about their job offers, it was time for a coffee break before going into the speaker sessions, divided into 3 themes: “Growth and Sustainability”, “Tech and Human Behaviour” and “Governance and Individual Responsibility”. I liked how they had a combination of both senior speakers from the industry and alumni presenting their experiences and ideas.

Sebastian Haglund El-Gaidi, CEO and cofounder of Greenlytics, during his talk “AI and Energy: going from data to decisions”

After a dinner discussing about all we learned and shared during the day, the party started with live music from Penelope (voice, piano) and Victor (guitar, electronics), two InnoEnergy Alumni who invited us to sing along with their music. The live session lasted much longer - since it became a jam session/karaoke in which all of us sung and played music together. It was a great moment of bonding between people and plenty of fun! Something we could take inspiration from for our next Annual Meeting too! 🙂

On Sunday most of us made it on time for “Live the life of an entrepreneur, interactive session” by Renato Braz, Business Creation Manager at InnoEnergy. He shared his most important insights on how to succeed as an entrepreneur. Know yourself was the one he stressed as most relevant, inviting us to reflect on the necessity of sacrifice that comes with the choice of becoming an entrepreneur.

Renato Braz’s key points on how to succeed as an aspiring entrepreneur.

After a coffee, it was time for the Idea Accelerator, where everyone was encouraged to share startup ideas around which teams would form for discussion and improvement. It was a great way for people interested in launching a business to network, find weak spots in their ideas and even possibly find a co-founder. I liked the bravery of this session and the fact that we were in a non-judgmental environment where people felt safe to share their business ideas, no matter how crazy and far-reaching they were.

Unfortunately the event had come to an end, and after the farewell lunch all together, it was time to say goodbye to each other and go back to the airport and to real life.

I am very thankful to both the EIT Digital Alumni and InnoEnergy for the opportunity to attend this event. I have seen a community of talented and driven alumni and learned a lot by talking to them. I hope most of them will get active also within the broader EIT Alumni family too, and that the possibilities of collaboration and the sharing of ideas between us and the other alumni communities will keep on growing in the future.

26th November 2018 - No Comments!

Women@EIT Leadership Intensive: Watch out for our new events in 2019!

Written by Shruti Kuber (EIT Digital Alumna) and Giulia Marzetti (EIT Climate-KIC Alumna)

Women@EIT was started with the passion to work towards a common goal: ‘Bringing the  female community of the EIT together and creating a sense of belonging’. After receiving a great response in Stockholm and Berlin, it was time for us to expand across Europe.

From our experiences, we found that while there is a lot of enthusiasm around such communities, very few want to lead. We realised a potential in these shortcomings and decided to organize a workshop to impart the necessary leadership skills.

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Thus was born the idea of the ‘Leadership Intensive’, an annual workshop aimed at empowering women from across the EIT Alumni Community who are eager to take the initiative of Women@EIT forward.

The first edition of our leadership intensive took place from the 9th to the 11th of November, 2018 at the EIT Digital CLC, London. Special thanks to CLC manger Justina Senkus for supporting us and offering the venue.

We had the privilege of hosting speakers like Gen Ashley: Director of Women Who Code London, Reemma Puredath: Co-Director of She++ and Catalina Butnaru: CITY.AI Ambassador for London.

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Our founders Dori Palfi and Maria Kanov conducted interesting discussion and team bonding sessions. Meanwhile, I talked about the aspects we need to touch upon as organizers. The participants were then provided with templates for event proposals. At the end of the event, the participants presented their event proposals and received valuable feedback from the organizers and other participants.

View the full event photo album here.

Read what Climate-KIC Alumna Giulia Marzetti has to say about the event:

"On 9th-11th November I was honored to take part in the first cohort of the Women @ EIT leadership intensive course. I was one of the 10 women alumni selected. The weekend brought together some amazing women with varied backgrounds, who have already contributed to building and supporting the EIT Alumni community. Almost all the Innovation Communities were represented, with attendees from EIT Climate-KIC, EIT InnoEnergy, EIT Digital and Health joining us.

The Leadership Intensive weekend aimed at strengthening the community, fostering initiatives to promote women in STEM fields and increasing the visibility of the EIT among potential female applicants of the EIT’s education and business acceleration programmes.

During the 3-day event, we got introduced to leadership techniques to encompass the Women@EIT core values of Diversity, Professionalism, and Integration and we had the chance to discuss and exchange ideas and experiences among us.

During the weekend, we had the chance to submit event proposals for 2019 and discuss the future of Women@EIT. These ranged from talks with female leaders, coding boot-camps, hackathons aiming at solving real issues, and summers schools.

A major takeaway from the event was that I am finally part of a community of driven women who are passionate and committed to make the EIT thrive and to share their love for science and STEM. I felt empowered, part of a community, and I can tackle going out there and organize events and creating opportunities.

I am looking forward to organize events in my city, bringing female influencers on board and to organize the next Leadership Course and welcome attendees of all the Innovation communities.

Do you have any ideas of a good event to promote women and EIT? Feel free to get in touch."

13th November 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumna represents the Community at EIT Awareness Day in Malta

On 31 October, the EIT held an awareness day in Valetta, Malta to showcase the EIT Community, and help power Malta's innovators.

The EIT Alumni, as the direct link between the EIT and the young professionals and innovators of the EIT community, were invited to send a representative to sit on the afternoon panel discussion: 'Experiences and insights: What is it like being part of the EIT Community?'

Ayse Tolunay, EIT Health alumna and board member, was selected to attend on our behalf and present her journey in the EIT Community.

Read Ayse's story of the event below:

"I worked as a lecturer at a technical university for eight years. In 2017, I decided to change my career to work with refugees, which brought me back to being a student. Now I’m a Master's student at the University of Copenhagen, studying Migration.

My first experience with EIT Health was through a Global Health Case Challenge: Sexual and Reproductive Health of Migrating Women. This challenge brought together students with different backgrounds. I, a migration studies student, was in a team with students of medicine and public health. The 24 hours we worked as a team proved what I have advocated for for many years: that we need more interdisciplinary work to address global issues.

Currently, I’m doing my internship with UNHCR. I work with the tertiary education team, trying to provide equitable tertiary education for all. Through the EIT Health Alumni Network, I was given the chance to participate in a training program on Micro Learning. This made it possible for me to get in touch with other disciplines and widened my horizons.

I believe through interdisciplinary work we can create a better world and the EIT Community seems to be the right place to do it!

One of the latest examples that confirms this belief was the EIT Awareness Day in Malta which I participated in last week.

Firstly, the warmth hit my face as soon as I got out of the plane. It made me think: it took 8 hours to get there, and it was totally worth it. Like many islands, Malta is not an easy place to get to, but once you do it gives you the full Mediterranean experience with open arms and heart.

I went straight to the get-together organized by EIT from the airport, and although I was perhaps a little under dressed I was warmly welcomed by the EIT Malta team. It was so nice to be in an amazing venue with a beautiful view, great food and surrounded by so many interesting and engaging people. The get-together was a very nice introduction to Malta and its relationship to the EIT.  For me, the talk about block-chain and how a musician uses it was particularly inspiring.

The day of the event was gainful. I had the opportunity to listen to interesting talks that also relate to what I do as an intern with UNHCR. For instance, there was a lot of emphasis on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and also education in the morning sessions, especially in relation to Malta.

I took part in the panel discussion in the afternoon session. It was exciting to talk in front of everyone about my experience as an EIT alumna and how the EIT helped me to widen my horizons by providing cross-cutting opportunities: being a humanities “person” and having access to the EIT Health Alumni Network and partners provided me with a great network and the possibility to work on issues related to the health of people on the move. Even after this talk, people approached me and we discussed topics related to migration, education and health.

Although the Innovation Communities seem to stand on their own, the fact is that people who are part of the EIT Community are aware of the fact that cutting-edge solutions come out of cross-sectoral work, and the EIT Awareness Day in Malta was a proof of this approach."

You can read Ayse's full speech from the event here.

If you would like to get more involved in the EIT Community and represent the EIT Alumni at events, make sure to regularly check out opportunities page.

6th November 2018 - No Comments!

WeSpace, the first women focused co-working space in Switzerland

EIT Climate-KIC Alumna, and EIT Awards 2018 nominee, Estefania Tapias has recently launched the first-to-open women focused co-working space in Switzerland with her co-founder Laura Seifert.

The venture, named WeSpace, offers the renting of a co-working space for events and meeting in the heart of Zürich. Their slogan? - "co-working and community space designed by women, for women."
Their goal is to empower women by providing a platform to grow and become part of a larger community.

Earlier this month, their idea - Wespace - was featured in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung, a leading daily newspaper in Zurich.

The EIT Alumni got in touch with Estefania this week to learn more about her new initiative and to see how they plan to put it into practice. She said the following:

"Together we imagine a working world where feminine values and sensibilities are an asset rather than a liability. WeSpace is a co-working and community space designed by women for women. Our mission is to provide a space-based community to facilitate the leadership journey of more women across a variety of sectors within corporations, institutions, and entrepreneurial ventures. We provide an inspirational space to work, socialize and network as well as a community that empowers women."

Once they have developed a strong pool of members in Zürich, Estefania and Laura plan to expand all over Switzerland. Make sure to look out for them if you are in need of a co-working space in the future!

If you want to learn more about WeSpace, Estefania and Laura were recently interviewed by Startupticker about their intentions and ambitions. You can read the full interview here.

12th October 2018 - No Comments!

Imagilabs top 10 finalist of the European Social Innovation Competition

We are excited to announce that Dora Palfi, EIT Digital alumna and co-founder of Women@EIT, and her company imagiLabs (formerly imagiCase) have been selected as one of the top 10 finalists of the 2018 European Social Innovation Competition.

This is the last stage of the competition, the finalists will be pitching at the Awards Ceremony in Brussels on November 8th for a chance to be in the top 3. The top 3 finalists will receive 50.000 Euro each.

As we reported when imagiCase made it to the semi-final stage earlier this June, the European Social Innovation Competition is an initiative of the European Commission that awards three 50.000 Euro prizes per year to the most innovative ideas developed to address social issues in EU Member States and beyond. Now, in its seventh year, the theme of RE:THINK LOCAL, is calling on projects that make use of locations unique characteristics  to create opportunities for young people in our changing economy.

On the 16th to 18th July, Dora and the 30 semi-finalist teams of the 2018 European Social Innovation Competition gathered in Cluj-Napoca, Romania for a three-day coaching Academy where they received training designed to prepare them to successfully launch and scale their innovations, as well as to complete the project development plan. This plan was then submitted to the judging panel in August and the 10 strongest projects were chosen as finalists.

Dora Palfi is the co-founder and CEO of imagiLabs (formerly known as imagiCase). Her company, based in Sweden, wants to provide a mobile platform for tangible and expressive coding education, built by girls for girls. The platform pairs with  imagiCase devices,  a phone case with an embedded LED matrix that can be programmed to display any text or pattern. This way users learn to code by customising their own accessory.

The platform also provides tutorials of coding concepts which guide the user's learning experience in a gamified way, while at the same time fostering an online community of girls, who share a passion for learning to code by giving them the possibility of sharing one’s creations on a design feed.

We are cheering for Dora and imagiLabs to secure a top 3 spot and we wish to congratulate her for adding finalist to her many achievements so far!

14th August 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni goes to Sziget Festival

On Thursday the 9th of August, the EIT Alumni joined EIT Climate-KIC Alumni at their recycling station at Sziget festival in Budapest!

This year the EIT Climate-KIC Alumni are making a name for themselves once again at Sziget. Stationed at one of the three recycling centres on the island, industrious alumni have been engaging festival goers, both the spritely and the weary, to promote recycling, environmentally sustainable living, and the values of the EIT Community.

One of they key messages of Sziget is environmental consciousness and sustainable development. This year they have made an extra effort to fulfill these goals by promoting a Love Revolution on the island, their way of celebrating that, together, we can achieve sustainable development and environmental awareness in our daily lives.
Of course EIT Climate-KIC Alumni chose to support them on this valiant mission!

We joined them on Thursday to see how they were getting on.

When we arrived at 11am sharp, the island was sleepy but the recycling centre was already in full swing. The ingenious idea of offering gifts and WiFi for plastic bottles and trash was luring passers by into the tent, while also cleaning up the island. Once inside, they were given the opportunity to participate in the EIT Climate-KIC quiz, with the chance to win some sustainable goodies.

This continued for much of the morning, as the sound systems from the main stage rumbled into action and provided a musical accompaniment to our recycling rhythm.

At 2pm we started setting up the area for the first EIT Climate-KIC Alumni workshop of the week - 'Creating your own mini sun collector'. Despite the baking sun (good for solar panels, not so good for festival-goers), over 35 people joined us to listen to Viola's captivating presentation on solar panels and learned how easy it is to make one for yourself.

Viola followed up her speech with an interactive workshop, where participants were taught how to butcher a traditional phone charger and transform it into you very own solar paneled contraption. Ideal for a festival such as Sziget!

For the rest of the afternoon the team fell back into the usual recycling routine. The make-your-own recycled clothing stand proved to be particularly popular, as passers by were inspired by Santhur's home-made, eco-friendly, multifaceted fanny pack.

At the end of a long day a local Hungarian blogger and video crew came by to interview Dorka Bauer, Communications Manager on the CKAA Board for 2018, and seasoned Sziget supporter. We look forward to hearing the interview when it is published!

After just one day of flying the flag of sustainability for the almost 500,000 Sziget visitors, we returned to Budapest, tired yet inspired!

Best of luck to the fearless eco-warriors of the CKAA who continue their crusade for the entirety of the festival, holding another workshop every afternoon at 2pm. For those of you at the festival, why not pop in and meet the team?

Don't forget: Reduce. Reuse. Recycle!

 

13th August 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni @ The Innovation Retreat

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.

3. eNEUTRAL 

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!