Ideating in Manchester
text by Peter Purg
photos by Tina Smrekar— media and public are kindly invited to attend the student project pitching event on Wednesday Feb 25 at 3.30 pm at YHA Potato Wharf, Manchester (2nd Floor, conf. room 2) —
At the first interdisciplinary workshop of the IDEATE project students and mentors from Lithuania, Finland, Slovenia and the UK are jointly developing innovative solutions for the Europe of tomorrow. This year they are exploring new possibilities for “Better Access to Quality Food”, starting off in Machester February 22 to 26, finishing in Gorica (Slovenia) end of March to to present two winning projects. The EU-supported project connects University of Nova Gorica School of Arts (Slovenia), Vilnius Business School (Lithunia), University of Turku (Finland) and the home Staffordshire University, developing an internationally validated entrepreneurship module and a programme of teacher training.
In groups combining artistic innovation, novel business solutions, bio-technology advancements and applied computing, students are tackling the multifaceted challenge under support of their mentors Peter Purg, Dalia Rimkūnienė, Terhi Heino and Lesley Drumm. The workshop is co-lead by the Slovenian start-up guru Mitja Mavsar (D-LABS), while the assessment of project ideas will be supported by Fumi Kitagawa from Manchester Business School (University of Machester).