Exciting new app projects aimed at making cities smarter and safer, dreamed up by young developers, received €35 000 in cash prizes at the InnoApps Awards Ceremony, held yesterday in Brussels.
The InnoApps contest, launched by Huawei in cooperation with the European Young Innovators Forum (EYIF), gives a leg-up to talented young people who contribute their creative ideas towards city life in tomorrow’s digitally connected Europe.
The first prize went to Parkio, an app project connecting drivers with parking spaces in real time. When launched, the app could become the first EU-wide parking platform ever created. The project was developed by Rob Kramer from Austria and Mihai Negrean from Romania, who believe the contest is a stepping stone enabling them to make a real difference for mobility in Europe: “Thanks to InnoApps, EYIF and Huawei, we were able to team up with the right stakeholders who will enable us to improve the parking landscape in Europe faster”, said Rob Kramer.
Andrei Toma from Romania and Jean-Benoit Henry from Belgium scooped the second prize with their app project Verdi, which consists of an endothermic, energy-efficient envelope that can adapt its thermal resistance based on weather patterns in real time.
The third prize was awarded to Sam Harris from the UK for CrowdCare. This smart health app concept aims to provide instant access to local life-saving assistance before emergency services can arrive, thereby reducing the number of fatalities. This is achieved by unleashing the power of the crowd to make available local data where and when it matters.
“Huawei wants to see innovation become the norm in the younger generation. It is important to encourage young entrepreneurs to innovate freely. It is they who will provide many of our solutions for the future and help us to design a better society,” said Tony Graziano, Vice-President of Huawei’s European Public Affairs and Communication Office. He stressed that, as a leading global provider of smart city solutions, Huawei was ideally placed to help young people achieve just that.
This view was echoed by Nicholas Zylberglajt, co-founder of EYIF, who highlighted that EYIF was a perfect match for Huawei in this common endeavour, helping the company reach out to the European community of young innovators. “We, at EYIF, are glad to welcome 12 finalists from 9 different countries, who gathered today in Brussels to showcase their smart cities apps at the final event of the InnoApps Challenge. We are ecstatic to continue fostering the development of innovative solutions to today’s problems by supporting change makers across Europe,” said Nicholas Zylberglajt, co-founder of EYIF.
The final contest on 9 February, preceded by a one-day hackathon in Brussels, culminated in a live pitching session that saw the 12 finalists, paired up into six teams, present diverse and exciting ideas to the jury.
InnoApps is the only pan-European smart city app competition. Open to young European students and professionals between 18 and 36 years old, the competition was launched back in 2013 to support young people by giving them a platform at which to aim their ideas – and so helping them transform their creativity into viable business propositions. The competition provides long-term mentoring and commercialisation support for the winning app project.
The initiative aims to contribute to the development of a more socially inclusive society in Europe, through fostering e-skills, promoting entrepreneurship among young Europeans, and ultimately contributing to economic growth and a digitally inclusive, better connected society.
Find out more: innoapps.eu
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