Intel Announces Winners of Intel Challenge Europe 2011

at European Forum of New Ideas

Winning projects from Denmark, Poland and Israel range from ways to make the most of an organization’s collective wisdom, to controlling devices using brainwaves

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Over 128 projects submitted online to the Intel entrepreneurship competition and 33 teams were selected to attend the European Finals in Sopot, Poland.
  • First and second place prizes were awarded by Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament, to teams from Denmark, Israel and Poland during the European Forum for News Ideas* and Christian Morales, VP and General Manager Intel Europe, Middle East and Africa .
  • European winners will compete at the Intel® Global Challenge at UC Berkeley in November 2011

 

 

SOPOT, September 29, 2011 – Intel Corporation today announced the winners of Intel Challenge Europe 2011, a business plan competition designed to identify and support Europe’s strongest entrepreneurial university students.

Two winning teams from both Eastern and Western Europe were selected by a panel of venture capitalists, business leaders, academics and industry experts to represent Europe at the Intel Global Challenge 2011 Finals at UC Berkeley from 8-10 November 2011.

The first prize recipients, each receiving $20,000 in prize money, were BUCKY’o’ZUN from Denmark and Photo-Genie from Israel. BUCKY’o’ZUN proposed a new material that blocks 99.99% of UV light when applied to skin or materials prone to fading, while Photo-Genie makes looking good in photos easy for everyone.

The second prize winners, who received $10,000 each, were NeurON from Poland and WeDecide from Denmark. NeurON created  software that uses thoughts, feelings and emotions from brainwaves to control devices, create colors, or control a ‘mind-keyboard’, while WeDecide is a software system that is designed to help organizations realise their collective wisdom in an incentivised, engaging and transparent online decision process.

Other entries included software applications that assist with shopping and cookery tasks, through to developments in medical sciences and motoring technology.

Now in its 6th year, the competition aims to shape a new generation of entrepreneurs and feed the innovation culture by helping to instil interest and development of technological projects with strong business and commercialisation potential.

“Creative young minds can devise some of the best innovations. With support from educational institutions and entrepreneurship organizations across Europe, students are able to develop and commercialize their ideas through coaching and feedback from successful entrepreneurs and investors that create real business value,” said Christian Morales, Vice President and General Manager, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Intel Corporation.

Morales also hosted a roundtable session at the Intel Challenge Europe alongside representatives from Intel Capital and the company’s Corporate Affairs team on the importance of entrepreneurialism. “Entrepreneurialism fuels our future growth,” said Morales, “instilling an entrepreneurial spirit is vital for Europe if we want to stay ahead of the curve.” The roundtable considered why young people must be given the critical thinking and problem solving skills from an early age to ensure they are prepared for lifelong learning. “The Intel Teach program has trained ten million teachers globally on how to use technology in the classroom to inspire learning. Students must be active participants in their education because there are no longer assurances of a job for life in a single profession. Today’s learners are likely to have any number of employed or self employed roles in their careers and it’s our duty to prepare them for tomorrow’s job market,” added Thomas Osburg, Director Europe – Corporate Affairs, Intel. For Marcin Hejka, Managing Director, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa for Intel Capital, inspiring an entrepreneurial spirit is vital for Europe’s competitiveness: “Entrepreneurialism is the crude oil of job creation and success directly creates jobs. We also need to help entrepreneurs understand the value of failure because not every new venture can succeed but every attempt helps them refine their ideas.”

The next destination for the lucky Intel Challenge Europe winners will be Intel® Global Challenge at UC Berkeley, based in the global technology hub, Silicon Valley. The contestants will be invited to tour some of Silicon Valley’s most recognised start-up companies and meet with investors, while competing for the global title against US and APAC finalists.

 

 

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Note to Editors:

The Intel Challenge Europe Finals 2011 were collocated with the European Forum for New Ideas (ENFI) conference in Sopot, Poland from 28 – 30 September 2011. The conference is bringing together business and political leaders from Europe to consider new ideas and realistic solutions to the critical challenges that Poland, Europe and the world are facing today. More information can be found at: http://www.efni.pl/index.php.

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At the 23rd annual European Union Contest for Young Scientists (EUCYS), three up-and-coming scientists from Ireland, Switzerland and Lithuania have taken home a total of €21,000 prize money.

 

The contest, set up by the European Commission, aims to identify young people who have an interest in science and provides encouragement as they embark on their scientific career path. This year, the winners beat 87 entries from 37 countries worldwide to the top prize with projects in computing, engineering and medicine.

 

The youngest winner, 16 year old Alexander Amini from Ireland, devised a tennis sensor data analysis system that automatically distinguishes between 13 different tennis stroke types. Alexander believes his computer software can be applied to all types of motion assessment scenarios such as, sports, physical therapy and emergency responses.

 

Elsewhere, 19 year old engineer from Switzerland, Pius Markus Theiler, invented a revolutionary commercial device for climbing which enhances the safety for climbers and labourers who work high above the ground. The final winner, Povilas Kavaliauskas, aged 18 from Lithuania conducted medical research into the role of houseflies in spreading antibiotic resistant bacteria, discovering that houseflies do not transmit bacteria over long distances.

 

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, and guest speaker at EUCYS, urged young people to pursue science related careers with the hope to one day support major scientific breakthroughs. "Young, talented researchers will help shape our future. We need to find answers to society's biggest challenges such as climate change, finding sustainable sources of energy, feeding the world or fighting disease” said Máire.

 

The international jury panel has granted an additional three teams from Israel, Germany and Malta to represent Europe region at Intel ISEF 2012. The teams, specialising in engineering and mathematics, were selected by the judging panel, Tapio Kosunen, State Secretary from the Ministry of Education and Science of the Government of Finland; Anneli Pauli, the European Commission’s Deputy Director-General for Research and Innovation; and Professor Maria Ana Viana-Baptista, the President of the Jury.

 

More information about the EU Contest for Young Scientists can be found at: http://ec.europa.eu/research/youngscientists/index_en.cfm

Intel is a strong supporter of entrepreneurs  as a critical part for future development and job creation. Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises – all of which were started by individuals – represent 99 per cent of all enterprises in the EU and account for 90 million jobs, making it important to identify and develop tomorrow’s entrepreneurs as the cornerstone of future prosperity.

 

The Finals of Intel's European business plan competion "Intel Challenge Europe" are going to happen Sep 26-28 in Sopot, Poland.

To participate, students submit a business plan and get the chance to present their innovative business ventures to a panel of venture capitalists, educational institutions and entrepreneurship organisations. The competition provides in-depth feedback on how to develop ideas and to turn them into real businesses. Participants also get the opportunity to network with other students and business leaders, all of which helps them to become successful entrepreneurs. The laureates of the European competition will be invited to join the global edition, Intel®Global Challenge@UC Berkeley, in November 2011.

 

Competition entries for the Intel Challenge Europe this year range from applications to assist with shopping and cookery tasks, through to developments in medical sciences and motoring technology. Over 30 teams from across Europe have been short-listed as semi-finalists and you can find a full list at the end of this page.

 

The Intel Challenge Europe finals will run in parallel with the European Forum for New Ideas. Christian Morales, Vice President and General Manager of Intel EMEA, will co-host a panel session at the Forum, on the future drivers of competitiveness of Europe and European enterprises, on 28 September 2011.

 

If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Diana Kaaserer, Intel EMEA Media Relations, +49 172 89 20 686 or Nick Fishleigh, Hill & Knowlton, +44 7584 205 500.

 

Intel Challenge Europe 2011 – Press Agenda

                       

Tuesday, 27th of September 

19:00 – 21:00 CET      Introduction to the Intel Challenge Europe and Innovation Poster Session with Intel Challenge Semi-Finalists

21:00 CET                   Announcement of Intel Challenge Finalists

 

Wednesday, 28th of September

08:00 – 10:00 CET      Breakfast media roundtable hosted by Intel: Supporting entrepreneurialism in Europe – how can we nurture tomorrow’s job creators?

10:00 – 14:30 CET      Intel Challenge Finals (Judging Sessions)

Interviews with Intel executives can be arranged. 17.10 – 18:05 CET      Intel Challenge Awards ceremony

17.45 CET                   Panel discussion “It’s the innovation, stupid!” at the European Forum of New Ideas hosted by Christian Morales, Intel VP and GM EMEA

 

 

Intel Challenge Europe 2011 – Semi-Finalists

 

Country

Project

Description

Denmark

DobreTech

DobreTech offers the next generation of motor protection for users of medium size electrical motors, which can provide a full protection to the motor for an affordable price.

WeDecide

Smart Group Decisions. WeDecide enables client communities to realize their collective wisdom by facilitating an engaging and transparent online decision process.

France

Appoke

Appoke is a social application market for Android phones. Its social network improves both users’ experience by giving them a new system to find apps and developers’ experience by offering them a way to spread apps inside a community.

WeCook.fr

WeCook.fr's aim is to help people plan meals matching their tastes on a weekly basis or for a dinner with friends and therefore to be able to order shopping lists online easily.

Germany

BUCKY'o'ZUN

BUCKY'o'ZUN is a new technology which, as the first in the world, can protect 99,99% against all UV-radiation making it able to prevent skin cancer and extend the lifespan of various materials.

EXTEND3D

EXTEND3D is revolutionizing the way of presenting information in industrial environments to significantly boost labor-intensive workflows.

Lingoking

Lingoking is an online-based platform, providing an accessible and user-friendly telephone interpreting service to anyone, at any time and from anywhere.

Greece

ELearning Motion Games

MS Kinnect based motion detection learning games for children with learning disabilities

Hungary

Hand-in-scan

Hand-in-Scan enables the immediate and objective verification of surgical hand disinfection. This allows for the correct education and strict control of personal hand hygiene in the medical environment.

SightQ

The sharp-sight-tester is which is based on IT and makes it possible to get quick, precise and without subjectivity sight testing with updated statistics and customised information.

Tresorium

Tresorium - The new generation cloud storage security

Israel

CUall

CUall develops an advanced collision warning system.

EFA project

Our purpose is to create a diagnostic tool for Attention Deficit Disorder that works using physiological parameters.

FRESH

New aero-dynamic, mechanical and constructive concept of Wind Turbine allowing to build giant (100MW) one.

GreenSafe

Integral double-rounded house-energy generating/accumulating system. Provides excellent clean energy generation/usage parameters. Provides house the high safety against earthquakes

Photo-Genie

Photo-Genie is about getting a great shoot, in one click, without being a photography expert.

Italy

Technoganga

The rising price of many electro-medical devices makes many of them not accessible by developing countries. Our aim is to improve the quality of the health system in these countries, proposing low cost versions of already existing devices.

Netherlands

Vooxl

Providing travelers with quality guiding using crowd-sourced audio tours, alleviating the pain of having to find quality reliable local guides.

Poland

BrainOptics

Portable tool to diagnose traumatic hemorrhage at accident situation. The background of the instrument is near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) technique that uses the light to get information of a brain oxygenation and/or blood-flow.

Innovators

RapidBasket is a modern, distributed system accessible from each Internet browser and even a mobile device which doesn’t necessarily have to be a high-end smart-phone. It uses the power of modern technologies in order to open the new era in a grocery shopping.

NeurON

Electronic device controlled by brain waves. We present a software and a headset that can use your thoughts, feelings, emotions for controlling devices, creating colors, music, arts, mind-keyboard.

P&P

A new generation mat for babies that helps keep baby sleeping and reduces the risk of cot death.

YumYum

Mobile application designed for cooking using recipes, diets and what you have in your fridge.

Romania

Alapago

RTVR offers a community driven platform for real-time visualizing malware spread. The service will provide real-time maps and relevant analysis for common users as well as free API access to researchers/industry/authorities to the database.

CleverTaxi

CleverTaxi aims to forever change the way we order taxis, breaking down through waiting timeouts, language barriers, getting you the closest, cheapest, best value taxi, wherever you are.

Switzerland

PreDiVine

By using wireless sensors, PreDiVine predicts the evolution of vineyard diseases and suggests adjustments and targeted treatments, reducing the impact of infection and the number of treatments while saving the production costs.

Nomad3D

Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) is the next revolution of TV and Mobiles. Fundamental problem: double complexity and reduction of battery life by 50%. NOMAD3D CODEC reduces the battery life by less than 10% and is a fast enabler for 3D FULL HD.

Turkey

Pikeman

Miner Instant Tracking System will be a system that simultaneously tracks positions of workers and equipment in the mine, records them and shows their location in a 3D map. Herewith, helping workers and saving equipment in any problems will be faster by knowing exact positions of them.

United Kingdom

buildr.com

Aimed at families, friends, colleagues and enthusiasts; Buildr automates book creation and gives everyone involved a chance to participate.

Heliomobil

Our mission is to provide affordable and easy-to-use supplemental technologies for residential solar energy collection systems that reduce initial investment costs, increase energy savings and promote global solar energy adoption.

In Touch

We propose to distribute a system directly to doctors that provides a single patient record that can be accessed and updated by different medical professionals whilst protecting the security of patient's personal information.

Eeve

Eeve is a mobile location-based social network for events. It allows users to discover and create the most interesting events in real time.

Scottson

The Scottson Mouse: the future of portable medical diagnostics. An affordable, pocket-sized, wireless ultrasound device making ultrasound diagnostics more accessible for all.

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