This article originally appeared on http://innoapps.eu.
Huawei Technologies, the Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company, and the European Young Innovators Forum have renewed their partnership to relaunch the InnoApps competition on 22nd June.
“Smart cities are the future!”
The InnoApps Challenge, open to young European students and professionals under 36 years old, is a joint initiative of the European Young Innovators Forum and Huawei that aims to contribute to the development of a more socially inclusive society in Europe by fostering “e-skills,” increasing “e-participation” and promoting entrepreneurship for young generations in Europe today.
The new edition will focus on Internet of Things, as a cross-cutting technology domain and Smart Cities as a vertical application area, to address specifically challenges regarding safe cities.
In contrast to other competitions, InnoApps provides long-term mentoring and commercialization support for the winning App, to create a feasible and concrete pathway for the winning developers to market their creativity and effort investment in the real-world. The challenge runs in several phases, the idea phase that ends in October, followed by a phase of online mentoring for selected candidates and finally, apps development phase for selected ideas that culminates in a live-pitching final in February in Brussels.
“Together with Huawei, we are looking forward to embarking this new edition, as part of Grow Global Year activities. InnoApps programme has become a recognized brand of an innovative app competition focusing on technology innovation and youth entrepreneurship with a strong mentoring element”, said Kumardev Chatterjee, EYIF Founder and President.
The launch event will take place at the European Parliament, on 22nd June in the presence of Huawei representatives, as well as policy-makers, InnoApps 2015 Finalist – Levente Slajchó and a joint audience of young students and entrepreneurs. You can register for this event here.
The hackathon and the final event will take place at the end of January and in the first week of February 2017. A short roundup about InnoApps 2015 Winners can be found here.
Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Our aim is to build a better connected world, acting as a responsible corporate citizen, innovative enabler for the information society, and collaborative contributor to the industry. Huawei’s 170 000 employees worldwide are committed to creating maximum value for telecom operators, enterprises and consumers. Our innovative ICT solutions, products and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world’s population.
Huawei currently has over 10 000 staff based in Europe, of whom 1 570 are working in R&D. We run 18 R&D organisations located in eight European countries (Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and the UK) and operate numerous joint innovation centres in partnership with telecom and ICT partners.