EIT Digital Summer School students respond to real-world business challenges

August 10, 2016 - London: 41 students from 23 different countries have been working together in London to apply their skills to real world challenges set by companies including global technology company, Intel and EIT Digital supported scaleup, Soma Analytics.

The two-week London Summer School this year focuses on health and wellbeing and is part of an annual programme being held in nine European Cities. The Summer School encourages both EIT Digital Master School students and external entrants from academia and industry to apply their technical skills and practical understanding of the wellbeing market and develop their understanding of how to move from great ideas to delivery of innovative and viable commercial solutions.

During the Summer School students attended lectures and worked in small groups on selected business challenges while exploring how ideas are converted into marketable solutions, as part of EIT Digital’s unique Innovation & Entrepreneurship curriculum. Students also heard directly from high-tech startup companies and met and discussed their business ideas with young entrepreneurs. The week ended with a final pitching session in front of a judging panel to select a winning solution.

Dennis Moynihan, UK Director – EIT Digital said:
“We’re thrilled to host this diverse, creative, and vibrant set of students at this year’s London Health and Wellbeing Summer School. Having met the attendees, I’m confident that we’re looking at entrepreneurial leaders of tomorrow. On behalf of my EIT Digital colleagues, we’re proud we can play a role in shaping their future. EIT Digital is committed to helping learners build innovation and entrepreneurial skills, not only to create great opportunities for individuals but also to help ensure a strong pool of technical talent for cutting-edge European companies.”

“Successful companies rely on having markets for which their products are relevant, therefore it is essential to have boots on the ground – teams who work with scientists, researchers, clinicians and tech startups to help support their activities with great computing experiences. In this way, Intel supporting EIT Digital events benefits everyone because it helps encourage the next wave of technological innovation whilst also ensuring that computing technology is tuned to modern workloads.” Commented Jonny Hancox, Health & Life Sciences Group - Intel Corporation.

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