For participants, we provide a compelling learning experience. For professors, we make integrating the Innovation Days in courses seamless by providing you with free resources and support.

 

For participants

Gain experience

Innovation is something you get better by doing it. This is your opportunity to gain hands-on experience by solving novel challenges.

Learn with others

You will work with a team with different skillsets and mindsets to come up with innovative solutions.

Create opportunities

Interact with companies to explore career opportunities and build your network.

For Universities

Engage with the real world

Get your students out of the classroom talking with potential customers of their ideas, getting feedback from experienced managers and sharing their creations with the public.

Compelling hands-on learning opportunity

During the Innovation Days students work on creating something they are passionate about. Participants will build the skills they need in the workplace.

 

Balance academic learning and hands-on work

Before and after the event we offer you resources on innovation, product development and the lean startup method. The Innovation Days provide the space and time for a hands-on innovation learning experience.

How it works

1
Challenges

Our company partners frame their innovation challenges.

2
Ideas

Participants create their ideas in preparation for the event.

3
Prototypes

Participants pitch ideas, form teams and show their prototype after 48 hours.

4
Pilots

The best solutions get company support to move toward proof-of-concept.

Your are in good company

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4_California
4_UniversityofSF
3_Linnaeus
3_Stockholm
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Q&A for participants

Who can participate?

Everybody is invited to join. We hope to get people with diverse skills and entrepreneurial minds.

How much does it cost?

Nothing. Participating is free. Registration is required.

Where can I register?

Even if you participate with your university course, please register first. As soon as the registration is open, you can register via Eventbrite. You can find the links on our event website and Facebook.

What will I learn?

You will work through the course as a group of people with different backgrounds and go deeper into the prototyping process by applying it to a real-world innovation challenge provided for you.

What should I bring?

A lot of openness to have fun, creativity, and everything else you need to be creative. Your laptop and presentation material can help you with that.

Which language is spoken during the Innovation Days?

The main language is English.  For events in non-English speaking countries, the opening and closing parts will be in the native language and some company partners or mentors might choose their first language. You are free to pitch in English, make that the official language of your team and speak English while you showcase your prototype. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask the Innovation Days Team.

Do I need to come to the Innovation Days with an idea?

You can choose whether you pitch your own idea or join a team. The challenges are announced before the event and we encourage you to prepare your idea before the event. You can seek feedback by sharing it in the closed Facebook group.

Can I use videos and other media tools to pitch?

Absolutely. Please integrate video and others into your pitch as supporting tools. Also, don’t forget to keep the time factor in mind.

Can my idea be unrelated to the company challenge?

Your solution should solve the problem framed by the company. If you are already working on idea, try to make it relevant for the company to potentially get their support. The better you are able to solve the company’s innovation challenge, the higher the chance to get their support.

Do I need to bring my own team?

Teams form around the ideas on the first day of the event. The ideal team size is four. You can’t have less than three and more than five team members. So for your idea to be developed you need to convince at least two other people to join you. Each team is required to have three different roles represented: design, technical and business. You should also mix with students from other institutions. You will learn the most and get to the best outcomes if your team is mixed.

How will the prototypes be evaluated?

A jury, consisting of the company partners, sponsors and mentors will evaluate your solution to the challenge. They will consider the following criteria:

Feasibility: How feasible is it to realize the solution and did the team thoroughly think through all issues?

Innovativeness: How innovative is the solution?

Progress: How much progress did the team make within 48 hours?

Challenge fit: How well does the solution solve the innovation challenge?

Continuation: How motivated is the team to launch their prototype and collaborate with the company or start their own venture?

Who gets the collaboration incentive?

A jury, consisting of the company partners, sponsors and mentors will evaluate your solution to the challenge. They will consider the following criteria:

Feasibility: How feasible is it to realize the solution and did the team thoroughly think through all issues?

Innovativeness: How innovative is the solution?

Progress: How much progress did the team make within 48 hours?

Challenge fit: How well does the solution solve the innovation challenge?

Continuation: How motivated is the team to launch their prototype and collaborate with the company or start their own venture?

What are the terms of participation?

Please take a look at the terms.

More questions?

Email hello@innovationdays.org

Hope you can join us!