The InnoApps Hackathon and Award Ceremony are just around the corner and we would like to present you the finalists of the 3rd edition InnoApps Challenge, organized in collaboration with Huawei. Check out each profile and join us for the final event that will take place at Autoworld! Register for free here.


Andrea Ballan

I was born in 1989 and I come from Treviso, Italy. I work as a Web Developer and I’m passionate about Web Design and online businesses. I started 3 startups in the last 3 years because I love to be busy and embrace new projects. Competition is my bread and butter.



Andrei Toma

Pursued to become a leader by learning the rules of the game. Worked as telecommunications engineer on Tier1 infrastructure prior joining a 3 years course in Architecture where researched ICT tools for architects and urban designers to improve the quality of their work. Founded first company in 2011 and voted in the top 100 most innovative company in UK in 2015. Now he is developing various high tech for architects, toys and has a passion Ffor energy efficiency.



Jean-Benoit Henry

Currently studying Artificial Intelligence Engineering and Business Engineering at the University of Louvain.

As a student, I organize my time in order to be able to get involved in a lot of interesting projects besides school assignments. I am always eager to learn more about various topics. I like to always keep myself busy: I really like getting in touch with other ways of thinking, other projects and discovering other cultures. That is, among other things, why I learned Chinese for some years or helped to launch a project aiming at building bridges between our two Belgian communities!

My experiences in different disciplines such as Law (Jeugd Parlement Jeunesse, Models of United Nations), Entrepreneurship (Yncubator, student-entrepreneur status, Smart Papy, CovEvent), Engineering (my university studies, LSM Conseil) and even travelling (Rotary Exchange Programs, UWC Short Course, Huawei Seeds for the future) have made me even more thirsty for new challenges and discoveries. My role as COO of a Junior Enterprise of 50 members is probably my most intense challenge this year!

My dream is to create my own company. While I am still at the first stages of the process (thanks to my CovEvent company), I already know that I want it to be ethical, socially oriented and environmentally conscious. In other words, a company that will bring something positive to society.


Sergiu Petean

Entrepreneur, experienced Software craftsmanship, passionate about working with game-changers and bright people. Dedicated to build findmybicycle – IoT startup that aims to rethink the security of bicycles by using the latest IoT technologies.

Specialties: entrepreneurship, software development, decision making, business development, business planning and fundraising, strategy, financing.


Jurgen Schmidt

Jürgen Schmidt studied computer science at the university Vienna and was discussing during the bachelor thesis with his professors of how to create and implement a smart shopping cart.




Sam Harris

At university I launched my own logistics company to reduce pollution in city centres. I grew it over 4 years and before successfully selling.

I have stayed attracted to entrepreneurship and ran a business accelerator for a year before moving into tech. I worked on energy system platforms, emotion recognition engines and am currently a developer for a  uber-style recruiting app start-up in London.

In my spare time, I run the ‘Hack for Good London’ meetup and am recording my first series of a podcast on innovation.


Mihai Negrean

I am a software developer with about 5 years of experience, mostly server-side programming. I graduated from the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca in 2013. Lately I have discovered a new field that is of high interest for me: entrepreneurship. Last year we founded Approd – an ambitious project that aims to change the face of bureaucracy in Romania. 



George Stengos

I am the founder and CEO of Cyclefi, with already 8 years of experience in business development, process management (operations) and strategy consulting across IT, energy, and environmental services. I have an extensive experience from the industry, as in the past I focus on developing sustainable competitive advantages, by taking into consideration consumers response in the frame of behavioural science. I also have strong competencies related to technology transfer, and prototype development and specialised skills and expertise on recycling and waste management services and on developing tracking applications for effective waste monitoring.

I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University, in the US, where I obtained my Master of Science in Environmental Engineering & Sustainability. I am currently a PhD candidate at the School of Mechanical Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, where my research, focuses on the applications of Big Data Science and the Internet of Things (IoT) in the field of Waste Management Systems.


Aleš Kovačič

Aleš Kovačič is a self-taught programmer and entrepreneur, with more than 10 years of experience in the field of computer, web and mobile development. He looks at technology as a tool for solving problems. Currently, he’s a lead programmer on projects focused on environmental issues and waste reduction, using latest cutting-edge technologies such as machine learning, big data, image recognition and deep neural networks.


Robert Kramer

Robert Kramer is now the acting CEO and co-founder of Parkio, a Dublin based Software/Technology Company focused on Smart Cities and the parking sector. With Michal the brainchild behind the idea they are developing a European wide platform that connects drivers with parking spaces, in real-time. He got into the finals in Wexford’s 2016 IBYE (Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur). The start-up teamed up with some strong partners: Orange Telecom, Trinity College, Pervasive Nation and Enterprise Ireland. Prior becoming the head of Parkio he helped co-founding Protec One, a drone and professional services firm based in Copenhagen and Abidjan.

The year before that Rob created World’s 1st Smart Bakery/Café concept that was launched in his first start-up Krüst Bakery. The concept was featured in multiple magazines and outlets across the world.(google it:)

in 2012 he got a degree in Investing and Financial Services from Dublin Business School. His inspiration to get involved in tech came from his jobs during college. For a few years, he got to work with the crème de la crème: eBay, Microsoft and Bentley Systems.