InnoDays Spring 2022

At the InnoDays, everyone comes together to create something new – no matter if you are an entrepreneurial student, designer, engineer or business leader. The InnoDays is where you’ll turn ideas into prototypes in 48 hours. The spring edition will run in a hybrid format during the Vienna UP’22.

For companies: Tackle your innovation challenge

The InnoDays enables your company to collaborate with young talent to open your innovation process.

💡 Fresh ideas

Get innovative ideas by opening your innovation efforts to co-create solutions with external innovators. Receive tangible prototypes for your challenge from multiple teams.

👩‍💻 Access to talent

Identify the best participants to collaborate or hire. By mentoring the teams, you will see who is a good fit for your needs.

💭 Inspire employees

Empower your employees to experience the InnoDays process. Collaborating with external innovators will inspire them and enhance your company’s innovation culture.

 

For participants: Contribute to important challenges

We believe complex problems are best solved collaboratively. Everyone is welcome to join the InnoDays. Participants are students, employees, freelancers, creatives and hopefully you.

🏅 Create opportunities

Interact with companies to explore career opportunities and build your network. The best ideas get the company partner’s support to make your idea happen.

🛠 Build skills

Work in a team with different skillsets and mindsets to come up with innovative solutions and learn with others. You’ll receive mentoring by inspirational leaders.

💪 Gain experience

Innovation is something you get better by doing it. This is your opportunity to gain hands-on experience by solving critical challenges.

Challenges

Will be announced soon

 

How it works

  • Step 1. Sign up

    Sign up here to get invited to our collaboration platform.

    Join our slack channel to get updates.

  • Step 2. Understand

    Understand the challenges and study the context, the company, and customers.

    🙋‍♀️ Join the Challenge Briefing webinar on 18. May 2022

  • Step 2. Inspire

    At the InnoDays, you can either pitch your own idea or join a team. Every participant needs to introduce themselves with an idea (if you’ll pitch) or an insight relevant for a challenge (if you’ll join a team) in a short video (max. 2 min). Teams are formed based on the best ideas and mixing skills.

    🎬 Share your inspiration video on Sprintbase.

Schedule

Mentors

Get support from mentors from our company partners and other experts. 

Sign up as a mentor

FAQ

Do I need to pay to participate in the InnoDays?

No, participation is free.

Where will the InnoDays take place?

The InnoDays will be entirely virtual. Workspace might be available at selected locations.

What language do you speak at the InnoDays?

The InnoDays’ language is English. Teams can choose to work together in whatever language they want, but the outcomes of the event will have to be in English too.

Who are the participants?

The event is free for everyone to join. Our main group of participants is university students with diverse backgrounds including business, design, and engineering. The only requirement for participation is your full-time commitment during the 48 hours event.

How do you deal with time differences?

The event will run in CET (Central European Time). If participants join from other time-zones, they will have to self-organize work with their team members.

How does the application work?

The application process is two-steps. First, you will have to register on our website. Second, you will have to submit a video that summarizes your idea for the innovation challenge.

What if I don’t have an idea to submit?

In this case, you can apply with a video introducing yourself, your interests and skills, and motivation for joining the InnoDays. Moreover, you will have to briefly explain an industry trend or inspiration relative to the challenge you would like to tackle.

How do teams work?

At the InnoDays, you can join individually or in teams. Teams may have up to 5 people. When submitting the video, you can indicate the names of your team members. Even if you join as a team, all team members need to sign up for the event independently. If you don’t have a team after registration, we will assign you to a team based on your application.

How does the 48 schedule look like?

We will kick off with a welcome session on May 5th. Day 1 will be dedicated to ideation, Day 2 to prototyping, and Day 3 to validation. Teams will have daily check-ins with the lead mentors, and office-hours with experts and company partners.

Are the daily check-ins mandatory?

Yes, daily check-ins are mandatory.

What kind of support will participants receive at the event?

Teams will have access to a platform showcasing useful resources to progress on the idea. Webinars, check-ins, and office hours will complement the support.

How will the winner be selected?

Each team will have to submit a pitch-deck showcasing its idea and a pitch-video. A jury composed of company partners, experts, and mentors will evaluate the submission based on innovativeness, feasibility, challenge fit, progress in the 48 hours, and motivation to continue working on the idea.

Are there any pre-requisites to joining?

No, there is no pre-requisite besides your commitment throughout the 48 hours.

More questions?
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Education partners

WU
TUWien
Ostschweiz FH
TUBerlin
MCI
NDU

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