Innovation Labs 2016, the mentorship and training programme for young people passionate about creative technologies and entrepreneurship, has announced the winners of the Bucharest Hackathon, an event that took place at the Bucharest Polytechnics University. After an intense night in which ideas were transformed into basic prototypes, the top 24 teams were selected for the pre-acceleration stage backed by Tech Lounge Association in partnership with Orange, Carrefour and The Romanian-American Foundation.
The Bucharest Hackathon gave the start to the fourth edition of the Innovation Labs programme. Three other Hackathons are up next, set to take place simultaneously in Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu and Timisoara on March 12-13.
Over 200 youngsters took part in the Bucharest Hackathon, presenting dozens of creative ideas in the programme’s four directions: agriculture, cybersecurity, health and lifestyle, commerce. 72 teams signed up on the first day of the event, presenting their innovative product ideas. For instance, the Beenocular Team is developing a sensors-based solution that will allow beekeepers to automatically monitor the well-being of their bees, saving them dozens of work hours each month and obtaining precise and relevant real-time data. The Beenocular innovation consists mainly on diagnosis based on sound analysis. The ENTy Team proposes a disruptive device in order to identify balance problems, useful for periodically testing people who work at high altitudes – pilots, rope access technicians, or climbers. Unlike the current equipment used in clinics in order to test balance, the ENTy device is small, low-cost and offers information that can be easily interpreted by doctors.
The winners of the Hackathon will now enter a three-month training period. During this time, they will meet their mentors on a weekly basis. The youngsters will share their experiences with top-level entrepreneurs and will have access to the latest technologies. Thus, the teams will refine their concepts and prototypes in order to place them on the trajectory toward a product of global impact.
At the Demo Day, on May 24, finalists will present their prototypes before partners, media representatives and potential investors. The most convincing teams will be awarded and will benefit from Innovation Labs’ support after the end of the programme too.
Innovation Labs 2016 is a programme organized by Tech Lounge, Simplon, the Sibiu and Banat IT Community Foundation, with the support of Orange, Carrefour, The Romanian-American Foundation and of the following partners: Microsoft, Intel Software, Adobe, IXIA, Ericsson, Bloomberg, Electronic Arts, Cisco Romania, Flashnet, Cyberint, Aqua Carpatica, the Software Industry Employers Association (ANIS), together with the following academic partners: the Bucharest Polytechnics University, the Babes-Bolyai University, the Cluj-Napoca Technical University, the ‘Lucian Blaga’ University of Sibiu and the West University of Timisoara.