15 startup projects earned their spot to show themselves last week at the HITS@ITU exhibition to the audience of ITU Telecom World 2015, a prestigious international ICT conference, which attracted hundreds of policy makers, corporate decision makers, ICT professionals, and economic diplomats from around the world to Budapest. The winners of HITS@ITU were BeachEgg, Route4U and SpringTab.
The exhibitors selected from among the applicants to an open call had a chance to pitch their projects in the physical centerpoint of the event, the Hungary Pavilion, in the afternoon of the first day of the conference. Judging their pitches and their products showcased at the HITS@ITU Pavilion were an expert jury – consisting of Szabolcs Kun, founder of award-winning secure communications service CryptTalk; Dávid Maász, founder of the Entrepreneurship Foundation Hungary and leader at Angel Investment Partners; and Echelon Corporations CEO and president Ron Sege – and a truly international audience of conference participants.
According to the jury and audience votes, the winners of HITS@ITU are BeachEgg (a portable personal IoT safe), Route4U (Waze for the wheelchair-bound), and SpringTab (a web content auto-personalization platform). More information on them and the other exhibitors can be found in our earlier blogpost.
On the last day of ITU Telecom World we organized a string of workshops covering a range of topics and formats. In “Experience live 3D printing” by FreeDee Printing Solutions participants were able to explore 3D printing and 3D scanning, have their faces scanned into a print-ready format, and witness an object being built layer by layer by a MakerBot 3D printer. The “Build your own robot from discarded trash” workshop by REBOT was devised to introduce newbies to programming and robotics through a playful and environmentally friendly approach: through building their own robots out of discarded household garbage. The participants of “Accelerate innovation” by Digital Factory learned some of the recent trends and behind-the-scene tricks of startup acceleration. Kitchen Budapest‘s “Format workshop“ guided participants through the creation process of new social formats for collaboration and cooperation, relying on “motivation architecture” as a design concept. And those picking the “Tinkering with Arduino” workshop by FabLab Budapest learned about the micro-controller Arduino, and started using it for simple interactions and for building simple prototypes of electrical systems.
Our photos taken during the four days are posted on our Flickr site, and the recap videos (a shorter and a longer version) are here below.
The shorter one:
And the longer one: