Expo Innovation Challenge: Milan Oct 9-11, 2015

There are no shortage of opportunities to engage in challenges these days — one in particular has come onto my radar screen because I am going to attend, give a workshop and float around the challenge as a mentor for one day.

This particular challenge is in Milan Italy.  Here is the link:Expo Innovation Challenge

The focus this year picks up on the theme of Expo 2015 in Milan:  Feeding the Planet and Energy for Life.  The EXPO Innovation Challenge aims to promote and inspire smart food production by attracting and connecting talented minds.

Here is the info from the web-site:

The EXPO Innovation Challenge is about creating solutions to real challenges through purpose-driven tech. We want to bring together the most innovative, daring and talented programmers, entrepreneurs and designers, and provide them with a supporting environment to build high-impact and scalable solutions under the theme “Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life” in less than 72 hours.

During the weekend, the selected participants will receive skill-sessions related to coding, design thinking, and pitching, as well as inspirational sessions delivered by industry-experts. Participants have the chance to pitch their own ideas relating to the theme of the event, and, if selected, work on them in groups. Participants also have the option to tackle the real-life case study related to innovation within the food industry value chain developed by our Premium Sponsor, DAFZA, a leading Dubai free trade zone.

The winning teams will be awarded up to 20,000 EUR and have the opportunity to go through an unique process of incubation and mentorship, provided by leading European incubation hubs for 6 months, in order to give them an opportunity to develop their ideas into successful startups. During this period, the startups will be supported by mentors, tutors and various industry experts.

It will be a fun, challenging and very hands-on weekend. Participation is free (upon competitive selection process), and participants will be provided with breakfast, lunch and dinner for the whole weekend – and the option of staying at the venue all night. In addition, participants will gain a network of international developer, designer & entrepreneur colleagues.

EXPO Innovation Challenge is for those who want to make an impact and aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo. Will you be there?

It is still possible to register.  See you there!

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