The Innovation Days connect companies with entrepreneur to prototype solutions in 48 hours.

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6th Edition

We are excited to run the Innovation Days from June 6-8, 2018 for the sixth time in Innsbruck.

During 48 hours, participants pitch their ideas, get support from mentors and work together to develop prototypes to solve your company’s innovation challenge.

Challenges

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How might an innovative restaurant-shop concept of the nature kitchen Tyrol look like?

Wie kann ein innovatives Restaurant-Shop Konzept der Naturküche Tyrol aussehen?

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TIROL 2050 energieautonom

How can the Tyroleans identify with the goal of energy autonomy and motivate them to act sustainably?

Wie kann ich in der Tiroler Bevölkerung Identifikation mit dem Ziel der Energieautonomie schaffen und diese zu nachhaltigem Handeln motivieren?

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In 48 hours from idea to prototype

During 48 hours participants pitch their ideas and work together to develop prototypes to solve companies innovation challenges.

DAY 1 / Pitch & Team Up

Participants pitch ideas to solve innovation challenges to corporate partners, judges, mentors and visitors. Teams form around the ideas. Each team needs to have managers, designers and engineers.

June 6

17:00 Check-In & Networking

17:30 Welcome & Challenges

17:45 Pitch your Idea

18:30 Team Building

19:00 Register your Team

Open end Start to work,
discuss with company partner

DAY 2 / Work & Get Advice

Participants develop prototypes during 48 hours. Mentors and corporate partners coach teams.


June 7

9.00 Welcome, Program Overview, Thematic Introduction

13:00- Mentoring Sessions, Feedback Coaches
15:00

Open end Work on your ideas

DAY 1 / Show & Get Support

Participants show solutions during prototype expo. Winning teams receive pilot project budget to work towards proof-of-concept.

 
June 8

9.00 Welcome, Program Overview

10:00- Mentoring Sessions, Feedback Coaches
12:00

14:00- Expo, Present your Prototype
17:00

18:00 Presentation best ideas, winner announcement

Open End Networking

FAQ company partner and participants

Have a question? You can find the answers for the most common questions below. Further questions? Email us.

Q&A for company partner

Why should we become a company partner?

The Innovation Days are a powerful vehicle to bring smart, qualified people into a venue for a multitude of opportunities. Opening up your innovation efforts, recruiting, marketing opportunities, networking, product showcases, enhancing community relations and making ideas happen: these are but a few of the many reasons to participate.

What is my role as a company partner?

Company partners propose an innovation challenge. During the event you are expected to listen to the pitches on Day 1, work with the teams as a mentor on Day 2 and evaluate the prototypes on Day 3. You are asked to provide a collaboration incentive.

What kind of innovation can we expect?

You will identify innovation opportunities. The Innovation Days support you in opening up your innovation efforts to co-create new products and services with external innovators.  During the event you will hear many ideas, learn from the teams and receive at least two prototypes. The actual outcome depends on different factors like the challenge, your instructions, the participants or teams that form around your challenge.  Our workshops before and after the event guide you through the whole process. However, our open format makes predicting outcomes difficult. We guarantee you that you will be inspired by the results. If you are not satisfied, we don’t expect you to pay.

What are the costs for company partners?

We ask for a fee to contribute to our costs of organizing the event. The fee depends on the event. In addition we expect you to offer a collaboration incentives that attract participants to your challenge and motivate the best teams to continue working with you beyond the Innovation Days. Sample incentives are paid internships, customer development trips, company workshops or paid pilot projects.

What do we receive in return to the fee?

You can receive a workshop to define your innovation challenge (face-to-face or online) before the Innovation Days. During the event you will hear many ideas, learn from the teams and receive at least two prototypes. You will receive all pitch decks and contact information of the teams in your category. We offer a follow-up workshop on how to foster startup-driven innovation after the Innovation Days. Furthermore, you are included in the Innovation Days communication material. The event offers you different promotion opportunities. We  support you to showcase the opportunities your organization offers for startups and companies.

How do participants prepare for the event?

We help prepare the participants with an online companion and classes to understand your challenge and refine their ideas. We encourage you to interact in the closed Facebook group to provide early input on the ideas generated. Please share relevant information with the participants to equip them with the knowledge necessary to tackle your challenge.

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.

What is my commitment as a company partner?

Challenge: We’ll work with you to form your challenge and your video which attracts the perfect participants to fit your company’s specific needs.

Time: At the event, you should join the idea pitches at Day 1 (1 hour), mentor your teams on Day 2 (2 hours) and evaluate the prototypes on Day 3 (2 hours). Usually, most partners are staying longer as they really enjoy the event.

Corporate Incentive: The incentive supports the development of your ideas after the event. Take this chance to implement the prototypes.

Fee: We ask for a fee to contribute to our costs of organizing the event

What companies have already participated?

We worked with a range of companies from global corporations like Swarovski, Sony, Volvo Cars or trivago, to SME’s and startups. You can browse through prior challenges here.

Who should be present during the Innovation Days?

We suggest to involve all relevant people. From the top level with decision power to managers who are working on relevant projects. At the minimum one company representative should be at the pitches on Day 1, mentor on Day 2 and evaluate the prototypes on Day 3.

How do we become a company partner?

Please get in touch if you are interested in an event via email (hello@innovationdays.org). If you would like to define the theme of an event or run your own event with employees and/or external innovators, let’s talk!

Are there other opportunities to get involved besides being a company partner?

Sponsoring an event is a good way to get exposure to relevant people.

If you are part of a small company without the resources to participate, one option might be to form a consortium with other companies. We are happy to help you, so let us know!

More questions?

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 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!

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Thanks Die Bäckerei Innsbruck for having us.

Die Bäckerei Innsbruck
Dreiheiligenstraße 21a
6020 Innsbruck

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