InnoDays Spring 2022

At the InnoDays Spring 2022, 210+ participants and 40+ experts came together to tackle the #SmartCircularKitchen challenge during the Vienna UP’22. Participants turned ideas into initial prototypes in 48 hours. We hope our company partners and participants will continue the journey of making the ideas happen.












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How it works

  • Step 2. Understand

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

    🙋‍♀️ Join the Challenge Briefing webinar on 19. May 2022, 15:30-17:00.

  • 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

  • Day 1: Ideate

    Pitch ideas to tackle innovation challenge.

    Identify customers and design value proposition with your team.



You can see all inspiration  videos here.


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

Sign up as a mentor

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.


Hybrid format

The InnoDays Spring is a hybrid event. We’ll combine a virtual event with optional in-person components. So you can join from wherever you are. If you want to work individually or as a team at our location in Vienna, we’ll have dedicated space for you and the safety measures in place.

Virtual components

The full event can be experienced online with the following tools:

💻 Coordination: Stay up to date with Slack

⚒️ Collaboration: Make progress with Miro

💬 Communication: Participate in meetings via Zoom

In-person components

We offer the following optional in-person components:

🏢 Dedicated individual or team workspace

👨‍🔧 Physical prototyping in small groups

🤝 Network with participants during the ViennaUp


Thanks to SPACES for hosting our in-person participants in Vienna.


Do I need to pay to participate in the InnoDays?

No, participation is free.

Where will the InnoDays take place?

The InnoDays will run in a hybrid format. The main workspace will be in Vienna, but we will allow remote participants to join online.

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 consists of filling out a registration form. In the registration form, you will have to upload 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 6 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 June 1st. 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.

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Smart circular kitchen ecosystem partners

Coca Cola

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Education partners

Ostschweiz FH
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