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Road to GES kick-off session: ‘empowering mental wellbeing Generation Z’

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International mission 

“Everyone has the right to good healthcare.” That is the message from the World Health Organization (WHO) that was announced last Sunday during World Health Day. This international mission will be continued in The Hague this Thursday. The results of a study into the mental health of Dutch youth are presented at the Hofstad town hall. And a number of entrepreneurs, government agencies, educational institutions and youth organizations are jointly looking for solutions to enhance that mental well-being.

Mental well-being of youth

Recent research shows that too often young people struggle with their mental state. According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 5 experiences mental problems, and depression is one of the most important causes of illness in adolescents worldwide. Young people’s mental well-being therefore deserves attention and investment.

Prevention & Self-Care

Fortunately, there are ways to ward off the mental unrest among young people. According to WHO, prevention and the promotion of ‘self-care’ are the keys to success. That means a shift in focus (from cure to care) and the correct deployment of information and communication technology. But it seems that there are still insufficient solutions available, that young people are not informed about them, or do not have access to them.

Kick-off session
for acceleration of innovative solutions

Three parties, The Hague Youth
Ideas from Europe and 125Procent, are committed to paving the way for actions and solutions that make young people more (mentally) resilient. That is why they are organizing a kick-off session on 11 April for relevant stakeholders on this theme. Of course the most important stakeholders are also present: the young people themselves. Together, they want to look at the theme from different perspectives and discover which steps can be taken.

Research and action

This kick-off session is part of the ‘Road to GES’, a series of events that lead toward the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 4 and 5 in The Hague. Here, entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers from all over the world come together to enter into valuable partnerships. The results of the kick-off session will be used to conclude deals that serve as the basis for a session about the mental health of Generation Z during this summit in June.

More information

Do you want to contribute to, or make an item about this kick-off session on April 11? Sign up below, or contact Pamela Logjes: 
+31 (0) 6 25 13 56 85

Swedish Finals winner counteracts bullying

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The winner of the Swedish Ideas from Europe has been announced! Please meet Speak UP!, the app that counteracts bullying among students.

Speak Up! allows students of all ages anonymously report bullying – It’s for primary and secondary schools, as well as and universities. “The goal of Speak UP! is to give students all over the world a voice and together with parents and schools they learn to battle this global epidemic.” Currently the app is being used in different countries, including the US.

Speak Up! will represent Sweden in the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe on November 22 in Tallinn, Estonia. There, all the member states of the European Union will present their best ideas on tackling global challenges. The ten most innovative ideas will be in the final of Ideas from Europe in the spring of 2018 in the Knight’s Hall in The Hague, The Netherlands.
For more on Speak Up!, visit their website at:

Micreos winner of the Dutch Finals of Ideas From Europe!

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Micreos is the most innovative idea on the podium of Making Waves event on the Afsluitdijk. Micreos will represent the Netherlands at the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe in Tallinn. Rain(a)way was voted best by the public.

The jury, chaired by Kajsa Ollongren, judged the ideas, solutions and presentation of 17 Dutch innovators who had solutions on water-, climate-, food-, energy-, health- and security challenges.

According to the chairman of the jury Kajsa Ollongren, it was a difficult decision. “This project is really helping the world. The difference between the winner and the others is that this project is already beyond prototype, beyond the garage. If they do the right thing, the can really reach out to the world.”

Runners up
The jury also selected four runners up: Aquista, Bluerise, Slowmill and Villagepump. “We felt that amongst the competitors there were a number of ideas that have impact. We hope that you will find the network that can help you.” The four are invited to come to the semi-final


With Micreos’ endolysin technology, for the first time we can kill only the unwanted bacteria – including antibiotic resistant strains – while preserving the beneficial bacteria, essential for our health. Micreos’ Staphefekt SA.100 is an enzyme (endolysin), that kills only  Staphylococcus aureus, including the very resistant MRSA.

It is already available under the Gladskin brand in many countries and has had a life changing impact for thousands of people with eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, acne and wound infections.

Rain(a)way winner public voting
The audience and viewers of the live stream could also participate, by voting for their favourite idea. Almost 1500 votes were casted. With over 23 percent, Rain(a)way was voted as the most inspiring idea. Rain(a)way discovered how rainwater can be used as a quality. Paving in which rainwater is visibly integrated shows the natural beauty of water and addresses the rainwater problem.

From the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment they’ve received a 5000 Euro budget, which can be used for training purposes and innovative development. The award and the check was presented by Henk Ovink, ‎Special Envoy for International Water Affairs at Kingdom of the Netherlands.

EasyPeasyCoding winner of the Maltese Finals of Ideas From Europe!

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During the official launch of Ideas from Europe on April 6 in Malta, the first semi-finalist of Ideas from Europe has been announced.

EasyPeasyCoding! Congratulations! This young Maltese startup has been selected as one of two most innovative ideas from Malta to represent Malta during the Ideas from Europe semi-finals of Ideas from Europe in Tallinn in November.

Easypeasycoding makes children think, and uses technology as a catalyst to do so. One of the platforms they use is the popular game Minecraft. They further use lights and other attributes that whirr and beep, while simultaneously teaching kids actual programming too. Their programs include after-school and joint parent/child classes. They also train teachers, and can provide schools with classroom-ready resources like student workbooks, as well as guidance on how to link coding to core curriculum subjects.

Klaus Conrad is one of the founders of Easypeasycoding. He trained as a musician and teacher, but quickly moved into computers and technology. Over the past 18 years he has worked with some of the top companies in the world in the field of data and big data analytics. In 2015 Klaus created the concept for what would become Easypeasycoding: a way to address the skill gap that exists in technology education through a set of purposely designed services and products for teachers, parents and young children.

Teaching children early on how to make the best use of computers, technology and science is the best way to ensure they are equipped for a digital future. It is one of the reasons the jury of Ideas from Malta selected Easypeasycoding to represent Malta at the Ideas from Europe semi-finals in Tallinn.