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Michiel Stol

Rythm’s Dreem enhances our sleep to enhance our performance

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We spend a third of our lives sleeping, yet most people still know relatively little about sleep and its implications for our bodies. With their breakthrough wearable technology that improves deep sleep quality, Hugo Mercier, CEO of Rythm not only studies our sleep behaviour but actively enhance our deep sleep, which improves both cognitive and physical performance throughout the day. Rythm is France’s speaker at Ideas from Europe.

By actively influencing user behaviour, the device goes beyond typical wearables that only monitor and report physical activity, making it the world’s first active wearable. When sleepers exhibit brain activity indicating they are in deep sleep, the headband stimulates sound to enhance the quality of deep sleep. Rythm’s Dreem brings numerous sensors including electroencephalogram (EEG) to monitor and analyze brain electrical activity in real time.

“The brain is the most complex system known today, and within that field of study, sleep is a new domain that presents a variety of complex problems and solutions,” said Hugo Mercier, CEO & Co-founder at Rythm.

Hugo Mercier will represent France at the Ideas from Europe semi-finals in Tallinn this November. He will try to convince the jury of the importance of his innovative idea and why Rythm should be on the Ideas from Europe stage in the Knight’s Hall in The Hague in April 2018.

Solar powered benches throughout the city

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It’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon and you are sitting on a bench, enjoying the view of the city and decide to take some photos. When you reach to your pocket, it turns out your phone’s battery is at 5%! SEEDiA has created solar powered benches where you can recharge your phone.

The benches from SEEDiA are working as hotspot, powered by solar panels and equipped with USB ports, beacons and a battery. The benches are eco-friendly – they utilize solar energy thus do not emit CO2.

The solar products are made from both steel and wood. They are not prone to vandalism, because the solar panels are covered with safety glass, and weighing over 100kg, they are also thief-proof and can handle all kinds of weather conditions. There are different kinds of models and they are already in use throughout Poland.

SEEDiA will represent Poland during the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe in Tallinn on November 22. Be sure to follow the pitches, not just form SEEDiA, but all the speakers that will be there.

Using kinetic energy for safer cities and to power them

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A smart way to reduce road accidents in cities and creating new energy to power the same city. The Portuguese company Pavnext has found a way to do both. That is why they were selected to represent Portugal in the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe in Tallinn.

Every year, over one million people die in road accidents. In urban environments, these accidents often occur at pedestrian crossings. Francisco Duarte of PavNext has come up with a solution to reduce those accidents: a device that that slows down vehicles, by absorbing the kinetic energy of the vehicle and reducing its speed. Without any action of the driver.

The energy captured by Pavnext, is then converted in to electricity and can be used to power devices like streetlamps or traffic lights, without new CO2 emissions. And Pavnext also monitors traffic, speed and energy, allowing to manage the electrical consumption of the place in real time, saving energy from the grid and protecting the environment.

Francisco Duarte will present Pavnext’s idea to the jury in the Ideas from Europe semi-finals in Tallinn in November. They will decide if his idea should be on the main stage of Ideas from Europe in the Knight’s Hall in The Hague in April 2018.

Building social skills of students with Mightifier

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Anxiety and bullying are the main threats to student well-being, their creativity, teamwork skills and basically their ability to learn. Creating a safe and encouraging learning environment, helps them developing the social skills needed. And Mightifier from Finland helps these students.

Mightifier is a positive peer communication tool with measurable impact for classrooms. It turns students into active good-doers by making them experience how great it feels to do good things to others and make others happy.

“It develops social-emotional learning, which can be seen in better self-esteem and class spirit, decreased anxiety and bullying and in the long run, better learning outcomes,” says Mervi Pänkäläinen, CEO of Mightifier.

Mightifier will represent Finland in the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe in Tallinn. With 25 others they will pitch their idea and try to convince the jury they have to be on the stage in the Knight’s Hall in The Hague in the Netherlands in April 2018.

Hungary sends Be-novative to Tallinn

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Finding solutions to the world’s big problems, even everyday life situations, requires the power of creativity and community. Be-novative from Hungary brings this creativity and the community together to virtually brainstorm together. They will represent Hungary at the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe in Tallinn this November.

Be-novative is a collective creativity cloud platform that helps you boost and facilitate your innovation processes. Rooted in solid applied scientific findings, Be-novative’s methodology fuses gamification, crowdsourcing, and design thinking principles in a fresh, high-ROI solution. The platform produced breakthrough global results in product/service development, organizational development, process improvement and ecosystem mobilization.

Be-novative was chosen by the Hungary to represent them on the Ideas from Europe stage in Tallinn, Estonia. Now it is up to the jury to see if they will go to the finals in the Knight’s Hall in The Hague in April 2018.


Austria’s winner helps refugees learn to program

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All over Europe, refugees want to be a part of the new society that they are in. On the other hand, businesses are looking for talented and skilled software developers. Refugees{code}, based in Vienna, has found a way to cater to both desires. With training programs for refugees, so that they can become a certified software developer.

Refugees{code} has created a nine month learning program especially for refugees to help them find jobs in the IT-market. The program consists of E-learning courses and a three month practical phase, were they are trained by professionals.

“We want to unlock the potential of new arrivals to programming. The main goal is to find a job, which leads to independence and integration,” said Stefan Rorhmanstorfer in the pitch Refugees{code} gave for the Austrian Social Impact Awards 2017.

The innovative project Refugees{code} will represent Austria at the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe in Tallinn this November. Together with 25 other innovative ideas that take on global challenges, they will try to get a ticket for final of Ideas From Europe, in April 2018 in the Knight’s Hall in the Hague, the Netherlands.

AgiliCity is designing the city of the future

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With more and more people leaving rural areas to relocate to the city, a good city planning is pinnacle to deal with migration. AgiliCity from Ljubljana in Slovenia has created a dynamic planning and design tool for urban planners: Modelur. They will share their idea during the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe this November.

Modelur is a parametric urban design software tool, developed to help quickly create conceptual urban massing. It calculates key urban control parameters on the fly (e.g. FAR or required number of parking lots) and delivers important information while the design is still evolving.

AgiliCity was chosen to represent Slovenia at the Ideas from Europe stage. There they will pitch the potential of their idea, in the hope to secure a spot on the Ideas from Europe stage in the Knight’s Hall in The Hague next spring.

Cleaning ballast water with Balmaris

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Ballast water is considered as one of the most important contributors of the transportation of invasive alien species (IAS) in aquatic ecosystems. Balmaris has the solution to clean that ballast water. That is why they will represent Croatia during the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe in Tallinn.

Ballast has an unique role in cargo shipping. Damaging effects of the IAS introduced via ballast water are recorded in the seas all over the world, having considerable economic, ecological, and environmental impacts, including the loss of native biological diversity. The costs of such impacts in the world are estimated to exceed 100 billion US$ per year.

Balmaris uses a system to filter ballast water without the use of chemicals and is also applicable in other areas like in waste water treatment, food industry and medicine.

They will pitch their idea to the jury on the Ideas from Europe stage in Tallinn in November, in the hopes that they will be send to the Knight’s Hall in The Hague next spring.

Virtual Medicine

Virtual Medicine to represent Slovakia

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Learning about the human anatomy with the help of Virtual Reality (VR). That is the aim of Virtual Medicine, found by four students of Univerzita Komenského in Bratislava. They will represent Slovakia at the Ideas from Europe semi-finals in Tallinn in November.

Virtual Medicine has created a revolutionary medical VR app that helps medicine students learn the anatomy of the human body. “Human anatomy is essential part of medicine. This app represents a unique approach of learning general anatomy,” says Tomas Brngal, CEO.

The VR-app is especially made for the popular Oculus Gear range of Samsung. Within a month of release on the Gear Platform, it was downloaded thousands of time by people all over the world. The company has been working almost three years on the project and has already won different awards with their idea.

Virtual Medicine will pitch their app on the Ideas from Europe-stage in Tallinn, which you can follow via a live stream, along with all the other ideas that will be presented.


Sensbar’s cricket flour to represent Czech Republic

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Billions of human beings need protein to exist. But the way we produce it today is destroying our planet. Sensbar is tackling this, by using cricket flour to produce protein bars. With their idea, Sensbar will represent the Czech Republic on the Ideas from Europe – stage in Tallinn in Estonia.

Insects are the easiest way to rapidly improve the quality and sustainability of our diet. The average adult westerner, on the other hand, considers biting into a mealworm worthy of reality TV. Sens was created with one goal: to overcome the cultural fear of insects. To communicate the nutritional, sustainability, and ethical benefits it has while demonstrating how tasty it can be.

“We’re creating a future where everyone fuels with healthy and sustainable sources of protein. Using cricket flour, we have developed unique protein and energy bars – gluten and lactose free, with the highest quality protein from crickets and premium natural ingredients,” says Radek Husek of Sensbar.

On the Ideas from Europe – stage along with 27 other innovative ideas to take on global challenges, Sensbar will show all the benefits of introducing insects into our diets . The ten most innovative ideas will be selected for the Ideas from Europe finals in 2018 in the Knight’s Hall in The Hague in the Netherlands.