This year everything at the TU Austria Innovation Marathon is online, there're no physical meetings. But everything really has worked so far. The team was really convinced before, that it could work, that was the sumption and now it is really nice to see, that things are working out as we planned them to.
The coaches are usually working in companies with companies. Now they're working with a team of students from all over the world. The huge difference? The energy you get from a very mixed and diverse student team with different backrounds and different studies. They challenge each other, they have very different perspectives because they're engineers, they're medical students, they have different backrounds and different cultures they're coming from. That's definitely good for some heat debates and very interesting ideas.
So far it was really exciting to see the students share their first ideas and the details of it, that they have been fearlessly working on with the company representat...
High above the rooftops of Graz, in the rooms of TU Graz's Rooftop Mensa, the organisation team has set up its Mission Control Center for this year's TU Austria Innovation Marathon. It's the place, where normally hundreds of students, researchers and lecturers from TU Graz have lunch, drink coffee, chill out, enjoy the view and exchange ideas.
Ideas are also exchanged here during these hours, with students from all over the world via Zoom. The virtual event works outstandingly well, which you can see for yourself on facebook.com/innovation.marathon.
The TU Austria Innovation Marathon is always special, but this year even more. Not only are we all under the spell of a worldide pandemic, but the students also face the challenge of a virtual marathon by forming teams across the world: from Cairo to La Paz, from Munich to Nairobi, from Lisbon to Graz, without knowing each other personally.
Punctually at high noon project leader Mario Fallast has rang the gong for this year's TU Austria Innovation Marathon!
We give you a glimpse behind the scenes! Experience and see the students and the whole TU Austria Innovation Marathon Team in action on facebook.com/innovations.marathon.
Videos of this year's TU Austria Innovation Marathon can be found on YouTube
Ivan Knechtl is a participant of this year’s TU Austria Innovation-Marathon at the European Forum Alpbach. Read about his expectations and why he can hardly wait for the official program to start.
My name is Ivan Knechtl, I study Environmental System Sciences at TU Graz and I come from Maribor, the second largest city in Slovenia. Looking back on my life, I recognise four things that have accompanied me constantly: genuine curiosity, problem solving, perform to best of my abilities and the factor of awesomeness.
These are good qualities for the TU Austria Innovation-Marathon. By the way, what are your expectations?
I strive to bring my knowledge to the team in order to solve the proposed problems. I would be proud if we could find a really good solution that fully addresses the problems or maybe even disrupting the current standards in the selected industry. I would be happy to meet and get in touch with the amazing team of the organizers of the TU Austria Innovatio...