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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.

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.

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!

4th July 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni Board of Boards – The Journey Continues

On Saturday the 30th of June the Boards of the EIT's Alumni Communities assembled once more to discuss strategy, share knowledge, strengthen connections, and define the value of our Community at the annual EIT Alumni Board of Boards meeting.

The EIT Alumni Community continues to expand, as more and more alumni graduate from EIT education and business acceleration programmes, but also as new Alumni Communities join our network of networks.
This growth was certainly displayed at this meeting, where not only did we welcome 30 participants (double the number of last year!), but we also had the delightful opportunity to welcome EIT Raw Materials Alumni into our family for the first time.

To reflect this expansion, we thought it appropriate to host the meetings in a new location -Brussels, an ideal location for collaboration, and, handily, home to the new EIT House! 🙂

The meeting kicked off with a group speed-dating session. A number of highly diverse discussions arose, each presenting very important insights into our fellow members, such as: who liked to dance, and who hated to dance!  Who was allergic to eggs, and who thought beach volleyball was the best sport in the world! (World cup allegiances were kept to a minimum.... we were there to strengthen bonds, not break them.)

Most importantly, of course, we got to know each other, and had the chance to better understand the motivations of why people want to actively engage in the EIT Alumni Community, a desire that was shared by everyone present.

Following a brief round of updates from each Alumni Community, we dove into an intense discussion on a combined Community feedback presentation. This gave all participants the opportunity to outline what the EIT Alumni means to them, how the EIT Alumni positions  itself as the 'umbrella' of the other Alumni Communities, and to explore the added value that arises from being part of a multidisciplinary network of networks such as ours.

Much of the afternoon was taken up by knowledge exchange. Tables were divided into 5 topics: event organisation, leadership, community engagement, team-building, and social media. Participants were invited to flow around the room, engaging in which ever topic best suited them and their position in the EIT Alumni Community.

The chance to exchange knowledge between Alumni Communities is one of the prime benefits of the Board of Boards meeting. All are at different stages of maturity, so an afternoon dedicated to the sharing of best practices was very popular among all who attended.

Thanks again to everyone for attending! We are already looking forward to the next one!

Stay tuned for upcoming action points and feedback from the meeting.

25th June 2018 - No Comments!

Dora Palfi, among the 30 semi-finalists of “The European Social Innovation Competition”

Written by Tiziano Antico, Marketing and Communications Officer on the EIT Digital Alumni Board

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.

The competition is held in memory of the Portuguese innovator Diogo Vasconcelos, and is a great opportunity for talented people to get their social innovation idea off the ground.

EIT Digital alumna Dora Palfi, co-founder of Women@EIT, decided to make the most of  this fantastic opportunity. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of ImagiCase and joined the competition with her startup. 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.

This year, the competition was very tough, only 30 projects out of 731 eligible entries from 39 countries have been selected to enter the next phase of the competition! It's a huge success already that ImagiCase is one of them!

Dora and Imagicase are now moving to the next stage: an intensive three-day training programme called “The Academy”, which this year takes place in the beautiful city of Cluj in Romania. Here, the 30 semi-finalist projects will receive mentorship from experienced social innovators and entrepreneurs, and will have the opportunity to develop what, for many is just an idea at this stage, into a viable business proposition. Of course, they all hope to secure a place among the 10 finalists in the next selection round, and to, ultimately, be one of the 3 winners in the November final.

We want to wish Dora the best of luck with the next stages of the competition, and many congratulations for her great achievements thus far!

4th June 2018 - No Comments!

Women@EIT makes its way to Budapest

Written by Dora Palfi, Co-founder of Women@EIT

When we started women@EIT a year and a half ago we wanted to bring together the female students, alumnae and women affiliated with the EIT to form a community, a network. We have been working towards that goal through local events in Stockholm and Berlin and through our online community as well. Our goal has been to not only develop our own network, but also to inspire female students and professionals to become part of the EIT network, and we have also been hoping to reach to other Communities of the EIT.


In May 2018, for the first time, we organised an event at the Budapest EIT Digital CLC where we showcased two inspiring stories.
Dora Ballo is a Senior Project Manager at HungaroControl where she is currently managing the Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research program. Dora shared details about four projects she is working on and how she is bringing innovation into her industry, and also talked about her experience in coming from a management background and entering a technical, male-dominated field. It was through her perseverance and commitment to acquire industry specific knowledge that allowed her to become successful in her job!

Our second speaker, Sara Volom told her story about following her passion and how she started Photon right after graduating high school! Sara already worked as a professional photographer for years as a teenager and as she participated in Uschool, an entrepreneurship program for high schoolers, where she became equipped with the basic knowledge needed to start one’s own venture. Combining her experience with the photography market and the knowledge acquired at Uschool she took a leap and started Photon.  


The event in Budapest has a special place in my heart. Not only because of the two amazing speakers who shared their stories with great enthusiasm but also because i was able to organise an event in my home town!

When I started my studies with EIT Digital at KTH in Stockholm I was suddenly in an environment where there is a lot of conversation about how to bring more women into technology and entrepreneurship, and where there are events and various initiatives targeted to promote role models and teach the necessary skills for women in tech on a regular basis. In Budapest this topic is starting to receive more and more attention and therefore it was very exciting to organise an event bringing together not only students, alumni and staff of the EIT but also professionals from outside our network and to tell them about the work of the EIT and women@EIT.

If you missed this opportunity don’t worry - there will be many more events for you to join, both in Budapest and across Europe! If you’d like to get involved you can always join our facebook group, follow our page or reach out directly! We would love to see more women@EIT events take place all around Europe!

Dora Palfi

30th April 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni @ Trento Smart City Week

In what proved to be a great collaboration between EIT Alumni board members past and present, on the 12th of April, former EIT Alumni President, Estefania Tapias, spoke at Speck&Tech, an event co-organised by our current EIT Alumni Community Officer, Francesco Bonadiman as part of Trento Smart City Week 2018.

The main topic of the week was 'Future Cities'.

With the event title: "From Smart Cities to Responsive Cities: how to bring citizens back to the center of urban planning processes", Estefania was the first speaker of the night.

Her talk looked at how a Responsive City can be seen as the next generation in urban development after the Smart City. Cities become first smart and then responsive and the two are differentiated by the dynamic behavior evident in responsive cities.

Smart Cities are technology-driven and produce large amounts of data, and so Smart Cities and Smart Buildings are in an early stage of development, as every building and every city is a prototype.
The Responsive City builds on Smart City technology, but places humans at the centre of decision-making, design, and management of the city. It uses the stocks and flows of information as the main driver of change. Data for the Responsive City come from smart buildings, smart infrastructure, and most important, from its citizens.

To deepen the knowledge about Responsive Cities, we define the concept of Citizen Design Science, a combination of Citizen Science and Urban Design. Both are conducted, in whole or in part, by citizens or non-professional scientists.
This approach is still in an early stage of development and, with the Responsive Cities research, we aim to explore its potential together with participants around the world.

Watch Speck&Tech's awesome video coverage of the event here!

 

5th April 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni Yearbook 2017

We have now officially published our EIT Alumni Yearbook for 2017!

This looks at some of our highlights of the year, including the annual events of the Alumni Communities, EIT Alumni Connect 2017 and an exclusive interview with the founders of Women@EIT.

31 December 2017 marked the end of the second year of an EIT Alumni Community guided by the EIT Alumni Board. As ever, the community continued to expand, as more EIT Label students graduate from their degrees and join the global network of EIT Alumni.

Want to know read more about the EIT Alumni? Read about our events and much more in the 2017 EIT Alumni Community Yearbook!

Or, check out our flip book version below:

26th March 2018 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni as Jury member at JADE Spring Conference 2018

A key goal of the EIT Alumni in 2018 is to improve its visibility through increased external representation.  One aspect of this is to offer alumni the chance to take part in interesting and inspiring events across Europe.
EIT Alumni Ambassadors will have the chance to further develop their entrepreneurial skills, while also supporting the growth of the EIT Alumni Community.

At the beginning of March, Jeroen van Lent (EIT Digital Alumnus), took part in the JADE Spring Conference as a Jury member on behalf of the EIT Alumni. He was asked to present the 'Most Innovative Junior Enterprise Award'.
This is the second time the EIT Alumni has collaborated with JADE. We look forward to a continuing productive and fruitful relationship.

Read Jeroen's story below:

From the 8th until the 10th of March, the JADE Spring Conference took place in Brussels. On behalf of the EIT Alumni, I had the pleasure to attend and to be a part of the Jury awarding their best Junior Enterprise. JADE is a European umbrella organization for Junior Enterprises, established and managed by students. Their Spring Conference brought over 400 representatives from all around Europe to Brussels, to attend workshops, exchange best practices and get inspired.

It was very insightful to see the incredible level of the Junior Enterprises in the JADE network. The pitches for the excellence awards were extremely high in quality and serve as a good example on how to establish a business. You can see that this incredible group of young people has a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship similar to the EIT Alumni Ecosystem. Just like us, they are very passionate about their businesses and the JADE network gives them unique opportunities for networking and further expansion.rollup

My role, as a part of the jury, was to award the “Most Innovative Junior Enterprise” award. Especially in this category the innovative potential of the Junior Enterprises was impressive. The enterprise JuniorISEP developed a very innovative concept reinventing medical consultations through a remote connection with the doctor, while Junior CentraleSupélec developed an innovative factory navigation to control the stock cycle based on the hololens technology. Both junior enterprises worked hard to impress their client using state-of-the-art modern technologies.

I would like to thank JADE and the EIT Alumni for the opportunity to participate in the Jury and look forward to many more great enterprises in the future!

It is great to see the EIT Alumni taking an active role in key EIT activities. Keep up to date with our social media channels for updates on other ways which you can put your entrepreneurial talents to use, attend exciting events and support the EIT Alumni Community.

 


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