I went up to Hannover this week to check out CeBIT 2011. For those of you not familiar with the event, it’s the world’s biggest computer expo. To put it simply — this place is HUGE! With over 300,000 attendees, it’s easy to get lost in the crowd. So many cool gadgets, gizmos and amazing innovations developed by lots of smart people.
In keeping with the spirit of big things, we announced not one — but three exciting new initiatives for 2011 and beyond. We know that innovation and game changing products can come from the unlikeliest of places. Back in 1968, two guys started their own company, and that small company has grown into the Intel® we know today. The entrepreneurial spirit and dream is the driving force behind many of today’s largest companies. We want to promote and develop that spirit in the next generation of entrepreneurs here in Europe, which is why we’ve announced these new programs.
Intel® Embedded Competition
To promote embedded computing innovation in Europe this competition, which is aimed at students who are pursuing a technical degree will fund the best ideas, help them grow and market their ideas. They will also be entered into the entrepreneurship program at UC Berkley.
Intel® Challenge Europe
This competition allows students from all over Europe to submit their hardware and software innovations. Intel® in cooperation with other educational institutions and entrepreneurship organizations evaluates and chooses four winning teams, who are then entered into the international competition Intel® Challenge, held in Silicon Valley. The finalists receive a comprehensive training program to help them start a company, and launch their innovations on the market.
Expanded Social Entrepreneurship program
We will be expanding our existing entrepreneur partnership with “Junior Achievement-Young Enterprise” to promote and reach even more students. We aim to reach more than 8,000 students and 500 teachers in 16 countries, and help them complete entrepreneurship training programs.
Innovation is alive and well here at CeBIT, and who knows – next year, the next big thing could be a young entrepreneur who had a dream today.