After a two-year break, ITQ GmbH invites young students to the 6th SMART GREEN ISLAND MAKEATHON. ITQ GmbH is organizing this year’s innovation festival on Gran Canaria from March 1st to 4th, 2023 with the aim of training future engineers to become innovative and creative specialists and bringing them into direct contact with companies.

At the 6th SMART GREEN ISLAND MAKEATHON, about 300 young students, representatives from universities and international companies from various industries will meet to work together on innovative and sustainable project ideas. The aim of the four-day make-marathon is to get young people excited about digital progresses, to enable them to work on sustainable ideas and to design the first prototypes.

The Young Talents gain important experience in project management and improve their soft skills. A special highlight this year is the hybrid participation from Colombia’s capital Bogota. Smart Farming Systems are already being set up there. Together with a team from the Universidad de los Andes, these systems are to be simulated on Gran Canaria and controlled via an IoT platform in Bogota.

In this way, the first prototypes are created within just four days, which advance the idea of ​​a Smart Green Island – a climate-neutral island of Gran Canaria – with the topics of sustainable technologies as well as environmental and climate protection. The MAKEATHON also offers a new recruiting platform for all participants from 15 nations to network and get to know industry-leading companies.

A total of 25 companies are taking part in the MAKEATHON. In addition to financial support, the sponsors develop initial ideas for sustainable projects in advance, which are then implemented in prototypes by the participants.

The 6th SMART GREEN ISLAND MAKEATHON is financially supported by national and international sponsors. Special thanks go to the Platin-Sponsors: B&R Industrial Automation, Murrelektronik, igus, Beckhoff Automation. Gold-Sponsors are: Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Spegc, Fundacion Sergio Alonso, Vishay, Lorenz, MathWorks. Silber-Sponsors are: TRUMPF, OPTIMA, AGCO/Fendt, Honda R&D Europe, MVTec, Gruppo ASA, Packaging Valley.

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