ITQ GmbH is inviting young people to the SMART GREEN ISLAND MAKEATHON on Gran Canaria for the seventh time from 28th February to 2nd March, 2024, to get them excited about technology and promote innovative and sustainable ideas for digitalization worldwide

Last year’s MAKEATHON was very well received internationally, so ITQ GmbH is expanding the innovation festival into the SMART GREEN ISLAND WEEK. At three events, around 900 interested people aged between 6 and 66+ will engage with innovative technologies and network internationally. The 19th Eurocast Conference will kick things off on February 25, 2024, inviting high-tech experts to discuss topics related to computer-aided systems theory. From the middle of the week, the SMART GREEN ISLAND MAKEATHON will be all about innovative prototypes and recruiting for 500 participants. At the same time, around 250 children and young people will be able to gain their first programming experience at various technology workshops and experience ways of digitalization at first hand

The main event, the 7th SMART GREEN ISLAND MAKEATHON, will take place from 28.02. to 02.03.2024 at the Infecar Feria de Gran Canaria. 170 company representatives and 330 young talents will take part in the MAKEATHON. They come from 61 different universities/vocational schools and 41 nations (including India, Colombia and North Africa in addition to Europe). Over the course of four days, the participants will turn creative ideas for a more sustainable future into initial prototypes. The focus will be on Smart Green Mobility, Smart Farming, Smart Automation, Smart Poduction and Smart Warehousing.

In addition to ITQ GmbH, the SMART GREEN ISLAND MAKEATHON is made possible by the financial and content-related support of 33 national and international sponsors. The sponsors submit ideas for sustainable projects and application examples from the business world in advance and thus pose the so-called Industry Challenges.

A win-win situation for everyone involved and a sustainable recruiting measure: “If we want to stop or slow down climate change, we need well-trained people who are courageous and creative in driving digitalization forward. Our sponsors have recognized the recruiting potential of the MAKEATHON to get to know young, future applicants in a relaxed atmosphere,” says Dr. Rainer Stetter, Managing Director of ITQ GmbH and founder of the innovation festival.

Sponsors secure the next generation

Special thanks go to the Platinum Sponsors: Government of Gran Canaria (Cabildo de Gran Canaria), B&R Industrial Automation, Murrelektronik, Vishay igus and Beckhoff Automation. Gold Sponsors: Canarian Foundation Fundación Sergio Alonso, MVTec, TRUMPF, Krones, Lorenz, Böllhoff, and Würth Elektronik. Silver Sponsors: SPEGC, IES El Rincon, OPTIMA, ISG, MathWorks, Gruppo ASA, VDMA and Packaging Valley.

The second part of the innovation festival is aimed at the youngest. Around 250 children and young people between the ages of 6 and 18 from local schools take part in a variety of technology workshops and can gain their first programming experience. The 14 workshops are being organized by the Canarian Foundation Fundación Sergio Alonso, students from local schools, who act as technology coaches, and the German Mittelstandsakademie Bayern.

The 19th Eurocast Conference will also take place in Las Palmas from 25.02. to 01.03.2024. In 22 workshops, they will inform an international audience of experts from science, research and teaching about robotics, artificial intelligence, IoT, smart energy and the circular economy

Gran Canaria as ideal venue for the festival

With its different climate zones, the Island of Gran Canaria has the ideal conditions for a sustainable and self-sufficient supply of renewable energy. ITQ GmbH is addressing the digital transformation and the necessary global networking to alleviate the shortage of skilled workers with a variety of projects on the island.

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