This June, three EIT Alumni teams were selected to take part in HEInnovate in Ruse, Bulgaria.
The two-day event, designed to support institutional change in higher education in Europe, was organised by the European Commission, in partnership with the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science and Ruse University.
A key part of the agenda was the 'Innovative Youth Expo', which featured entrepreneurial and innovative projects of students from Bulgaria and across the European Union. Following an internal selection procedure, the EIT Alumni was able to send three fantastic teams to showcase their ideas and represent our Community at the event.
Each team was given a specific stand during the expo and the chance to pitch their idea on stage to all participants. They were also invited to attend the rest of HEInnovate and make the most of the inspirational talks and informative workshops.
Team 1: BLAir
BLAir have created a life-support drone that offers a very fast response to cardiac arrest patients, therefore increasing their chances of survival by decreasing emergency response time. They see a future where these drones can be strategically located across cities, and activated immediately to provide basic life support to those in cardiac arrest.
Team 2: NevroTech
Nevrotech, based in Portugal, used the opportunity at HEInnovate to showcase their innovative method to treat phobias by connecting virtual reality and neurosciences.
Team 3: Trenvio
The idea for Trenvio was developed during the EIT Digital Master's School by six students who were studying in Paris. Trenvio, a combination of the words Travel and Envio (shipping in Spanish), is a crowd shipping company by which travelers work on commission to bring products to customers. The idea is to allow customers to purchase products which are either locally unavailable or of low quality.
Following the event, the teams got in touch with the EIT Alumni to express their pleasure at being selected to attend HEInnovate on behalf of our community.
"Regarding the recent event hosted by the university of Ruse, I was pleased to find such talented students at a relatively unknown university but with a strong back in technology. By going around the Expo hall I was intrigued by the diversity of projects ranging from drones to tourism and from remotely controlled vehicles to sports cars and autonomous agricultural measuring instruments. During the two days of our visit we learned new and interesting details of future developments that are needed in the educational system and also the promoters of a good education. We participated at the Expo after winning an EIT Health Alumni competition to be selected on behalf of the EIT Alumni Association. As a conclusion I would say that this event was definitely a well rounded event as it included all major stakeholder of education from pupils to national and international figures.” Nicholas Kormos, Team BLAir, EIT Health Alumnus
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.
Keep up to date with the EIT Alumni 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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