Children from all over Slovakia were able to realize their business ideas for the fifth time thanks to the iKid project. This year´s winner has become a newcomer from the elementary school in Turňa nad Bodvou, which presented a simple but effective solution against winter skidding. The winning teams will travel to the European headquarters of Facebook and Google in Ireland.
At the beginning children have to identify a problem they often encounter, but there are no simple products or services on the market that can solve them. With the help of a mentor, they have to find a way how to implement a functional prototype, build it, set a price and choose appropriate distribution and marketing channels. More than 440 children have actively participated in the iKid project and came up with over 3100 creative business ideas.
“This year's winners have shown that this type of competition is not only for premium-school students. Children's creativity and way of looking at issues is unique, and teams often come up with ideas that are competitive and sometimes more interesting than traditional "startup" projects," said Karin Stankayova, iKid project manager.
The winning prototype STOPSLIP, which was introduced by the team of girls from Elementary school in Turňa nad Bodvou, is actually a sticker on a rugged outsole that prevents slipping on ice or slippery surfaces. The target group is mainly seniors who slip easily and are very exposed to unpleasant injuries.
The second best team NoMess from CZN Narnia in Bratislava presented a functional prototype of a simple system of stackers, which makes it possible to store things in a transparent way, effectively utilizing the space beneath the school desk. The third best was the SunShower Team from Béla Bartók Elementary School in Velky Meder. They created a prototype of garden shower that uses solar energy.
The iKid 2017 final took place at the Old Marketplace in Bratislava with the support of KPMG in Slovakia, the ESET Foundation, the O2 Foundation and the DELL, Neulogy and Fleming companies. Members of the jury were - Simona Bubánová, CREATIVE DEPARTMENT; Radoslav Voľný, O2; Ladislav Kossar, PROVIDA and Ján Záborský, TREND.
The winners will travel to Ireland, where they will visit the European headquarters of Europe's technology giants Google and Facebook.
iKid is open to students who are between 10 and 14 years old and who study at elementary schools or 8-year secondary schools. The goal is to sow the seed of innovation and support kid´s creativity via providing a safe environment for playing with entrepreneurial ideas. Under the supervision of teachers and mentors from the business environment young innovators build their own startup. Throughout the six months kids go through the path typical for every new entrepreneur or an already mature company – from generating ideas, market research through building a prototype to marketing. An iKid mentor is a person from actual business environment who volunteers to collaborate with an iKid team. They meet at workshops, visit actual companies and help kids to prepare for a final presentation in front of a professional jury. Read more about iKid: http://en.ikid.sk/
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