Idea Storm brought together 200 students brimming with ideas!
On Thursday, 16th of February around 200 students, entrepreneurs and start-up mentors gathered at Dorpat Convention Centre to generate and share ideas at the inspirational event “Idea Storm. 100 ideas that could change the world”. The discussions were held on 21 different topics, every discussion was led by an entrepreneur from particular field. Later on, the best ideas and solutions from every table were presented.
Idea Storm began with inspirational stories shared by Asko Seeba – co-founder of a software development company Mooncascade and one of these guys who made Skype actually happen, and Eda Vallimäe – IdeaLab’s STARTER programme graduate and now among TOP30 finalists at the largest business idea competition Ajujaht.
Insipred by entrepreneurs’ stories, participants started generating ideas themselves – they divided to discussion tables based on their area of interest. Topics varied from space technology to design industry and from medicine innovations to sharing economy, therefore everyone could find a heartwarming topic for themselves.
After intensive brainstorming round, every table had one minute to pitch their most awesome idea to the whole audience, for example:
- eyescanner that can identify your whole healthcare information with one eyeblink;
- smart rubbish bin that analyses itself what kind of waste is it dealing with and how to recycle it;
- Tinder for sports which will make people be active together;
- brand choosing application that asks for your values and then tells which brands to choose;
- web platform where usual people can create art that is connected to social problems;
startup platform that collects all important parts and people in order to
create the perfect environment for the formation of great startup-environment.
After the event room
was loaded enthusiastic students and crazy ideas.
Many participants agreed that the coolest part of Idea Storm was idea generation in discussion tables. Participating for the first time, student of University of Tartu Merili
Kaasik was surprised how much substance everyday life gives for developing new
and innovative ideas. “For example we discussed how will the role of sign
language interpreter change in the future,” said Merili.
Idea Storm was the kick-off event for STARTER: a semester long program that consists of interactive seminars and workshops, helping students to turn their ideas into validated business models. STARTER programme ends with the biggest youth business and project ideas competition in South-Estonia - Kaleidoskoop! The first event of the STARTER, Ideation and Team Building takes place already on 22th of February, so don’t miss the chance to meet new people and share even more great ideas!For IdeaLab's further events check our event calendar and follow our Facebook page!
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Event was funded by the European Social Fund.
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