Innovation in VT Hackathon

31.10.2018
Over 300 students have participated in the second Entrepreneurship in VT hackathon. Now it's time to make the teams for the ideation phase!
Students, teachers, and Repsol volunteers taking part in the Entrepreneurship VT events in Cartagena

The new edition of the Entrepreneurship in VT programme is now up and running in Murcia, Tarragona, Ciudad Real, and A Coruña, with the participation of 30 Vocational Training (VT) centres. 

The first phase of this programme is the ideas hackathon, an educational session designed to find innovative solutions to specific problems. In total, 13 hackathons have been held in the four regions. So far, 325 students and 42 VT centre teachers have participated in these sessions, as well as 15 Repsol volunteers that are employees of the energy company.

The sessions have been lead by Néstor Guerra, who encouraged the participants to work in groups through different activities, using design thinking and lean startup techniques. Following this activity, a group of experts is selecting the students that will lead the teams during the rest of the programme.

The students, professors, and Repsol volunteers will now work in teams to design a technology-based project. Those who are interested can sign up using this form before November 8th. 

At the end of the programme participants will defend their project in front of a jury, competing against the other teams in their area. The two best projects from each area will receive a prize.

This is Fundación Repsol's second Entrepreneurship in VT programme, an innovative project to promote entrepreneurial culture and improve the employability of Vocational Training students.

Thanks to the Entrepreneurship in VT training, the students can improve their employability. They will develop skills like creativity, teamwork, or innovation, necessary qualities to connect with the job market.

Over the the 2017 – 2018 academic year, over 1800 people participated in Entrepreneurship in VT in A Coruña, Región de Murcia, Puertollano, and Tarragona.

In A Coruña, the winners were Crowdsolving, an initiative by two students and a teacher from Centro Urbano Lugrís and two students from Fernando Wirtz Suárez. They designed an online platform that connects students with companies to solve problems and challenges.

In the Región de Murcia, the victors were Ecocírculo Mar Menor, an initiative by six IES Politécnico de Cartagena (Murcia) students and their teacher, who proposed the creation of pools to collect water used to irrigate vegetable gardens. This water could then be reused for agriculture, reducing the effects on the Mar Menor.

The winning team in Ciudad Real was Valer, a project by four students and their teacher from IES Leonardo Da Vinci, along with an IFP Virgen de Gracia de Puertollano student. This team presented an initiative to improve energy efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of sludge generated by treatment systems through SCWG (super critical water gasification) technology.

Tarragona's winning team was Fenix 4, a team of four students and their teacher from the IESD Horticultura y Jardinería de Reus that developed an innovative, semi-automatic method of detecting smouldering fires using image recognition.