The Rene W. Wagenaar Students Bazaar
The Bled eConference 2019 was about Humanizing Technology for a Sustainable Society. We are engaged in the fourth industrial and economical revolution made possible by paradigm-shifting digitization. Preceeded by major innovative steps like EDI, eBusiness, mBusiness, self-servicing, big data, Internet of Things and Blockchains, we continue to be in a digital transformation.
We focused on many aspects pertaining to the dawn of the Digital World as well as how to seize the numerous new opportunities it brings through research and business papers, panels, workshops and more. Further we examined issues such as how organizations can benefit from digital innovations, how new businesses are created, but also from the perspective of the individual, including: the empowered (ageing) citizen, the entrepreneur, the patient, the consumer, the student, the lecturer and the employee.
As the theme of 2019 Bled eConference was Humanizing Technology for a Sustainable Society, the Bled Students Bazaar is specifically dedicated to applications and software-based solutions that transform people’s lives in a value-sensitive way. Think of apps that help patients to cope with their medication intake, that help them stop smoking, which warn them if air pollution is endangering their allergy. But also think of software solutions for citizens that leverage (big) data smartly in a smart city context, for example enabling sustainable and healthy mobility choices, or think of software prototypes that demonstrate new business models, by e.g. leveraging Blockchain technology. The possibilities are endless. But what really works? These are the key considerations of this call for proposals.
We call honors, masters, and PhD students in information, computer, organization, management, innovation, health and related disciplines, from all countries, to write a proposal in which the idea is thoroughly described (max. 2000 words, in English). In addition, the following structure must be adhered to for submissions:
- How does it work (e.g. show screenshots or mockups of the PoC that is being developed);
- Trends (that have impact on the design or how the concept influences trends);
- Business Canvas (this will demonstrate the feasibility and sustainability of the concept);
- Open challenges/risks;
Submissions will be evaluated on different aspects such as business innovativeness, technical innovativeness, security and privacy, feasibility and sustainable added value. When accepted, you will get invited to show and demonstrate the concept during the students bazaar, by means of an oral presentation. Important instructions for this presentations are as follows:
- The time slot for each presentation is ten minutes, with an additional five minutes of questions after the presentation. The track chairs will monitor the time and stop the presentation if you exceed ten minutes during the presentation;
- The presentation must be given in English;
- Try to gain the attention of the audience by combining high-quality slides, images, audio, video, etc.;
- The presentation must contain a demonstration of the concept (can be physical, digital or both);
- Be sure to convey important aspects of the concept (e.g. problem statement, challenges, issues, goals, innovation power, security and privacy and its business model).
Examples of concepts presented during the previous editions of the students bazaar:
- S1REN: A system that pushes load-balanced emergency routes to mobile devices during building fires;
- Meddy: An app that assists in the communication between citizens and physicians, while analyzing healthcare needs to provide medical advice;
- Festitrace: A wristband that can be used to pay by consumers and allows for crowd control by organizers during large events;
- iFocus: An app that, in combination with a device, aims to decrease mobile phone use while driving a car;
- Boxey: An app that standardizes security for IoT devices using a singular platform;
- DocIn: An app that manages automatic registration for events when a user enters the perimeter with the goal to decrease waiting lines and paper use;
- Happly: A platform that matches volunteers and elderly people to meet with the goal to decrease loneliness;
- Meditext: An app that allows medical personal to communicate in a whatsapp-style environment with a high-level of security and privacy within the hospitals perimeter;
- Disharelicious: An app to promote sharing leftovers amongst known and unknown people aiming to decrease food waste;
- Traindezvous: An app that allows both regular and business users to meet during regular train rides in order to have a lovely date or to do business;
- Social Power: An app that provides a gamification approach to reduce electricity consumption.
Students Bazaar Co-chairs
, University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, Netherlands
, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, The Netherlands
Roger Bons, FOM Hochschule, Germany
Janko Burgar, Cosylab d.d., Slovenia