Students from 47 further education establishments in 17 European countries will take part in the European final in the Grand Duchy.
The Morpheus Cup, the first higher education European championship for the ICT sector, will take place this coming 19th May. The challenge is officially recognized by the European Commission and is being directly supported by Commission Vice-President (Digital Single Market) Andrus Ansipt. A hundred teams of students from 47 European higher education establishments will pit themselves against each other at the New Conference Center Kirchberg (NCCK) where the challenge will push their IT knowledge and their innovative ideas for the ICT world to the limit. This grand final will take place during ICT Spring Europe, which presents an excellent opportunity for the students to meet with many Luxembourgish and international companies in the ICT area. These international organisations, for their part, will be able to exchange ideas with Luxembourgish ICT companies and bring themselves up to date with all the latest local developments in the market.
A Future for the ICT Sector in Luxembourg and in Europe
The ICT sector is becoming increasingly important to European economies, both domestically and internationally. More and more start-ups are being created, international companies are being obliged to include digital planning in their corporate strategies, and to continue to develop their existing digital infrastructure. At the same time, both in Luxembourg and across Europe, there is an acknowledged shortage of young talent coming through in the ICT domain. The EU estimates that by 2020 there will be 825,000 ICT posts vacant owing to a lack of suitably qualified candidates. (http://ec.europa.eu/digital-agenda/en/digital-jobs-0)
A further indication of how important the need for ICT expertise is perceived to be locally came in the form of the visit to “Ecole 42” in Paris by a Luxembourgish delegation led by Nicolas Schmit, Minister for Work, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy. This school’s curriculum is specifically oriented towards an education in the digital spheres of influence.
How to Identify and Encourage Young Talent?
The Morpheus Cup recognises these issues and aims to offer young talents a platform upon which to show their creativity and to promote new and innovative ideas.
This digital challenge will take place on 19/20 May 2015 at the NCCK. A hundred teams of 3 students will take part in the event. The teams will battle each other over the course of 20 different tests designed to prove their skills and demonstrate their innovative thinking. Twelve students from the University of Luxembourg will be a part of the event.
Apart from the challenge itself, the students will be able to develop contacts, meet companies and entrepreneurs and present their new ideas to potential investors. Independent of their performance in “The Cup”, a jury will decide the “Best European Students Project”, where the winning team of students will win prizes to a total value of 50,000 euro.
The jury is made up of experienced ICT industry movers and shakers including Didier Rappaport (Happn, CEO and Dailymotion, Co-founder), Julie Demarigny (Warner Bros Digital, VP International), Fabio Gallo (FC Barcelona, Digital Business Development Manager), Bas Lansdorp (Mars One, CEO) and Ulrich Grabenwarter (European Investment Fund, Head of Strategic Development, Equity).
Fabien Amoretti, CEO of Farvest and originator of both The Morpheus Cup and ICT Spring Europe explained “The idea of The Morpheus Cup is not only to give an opportunity for students to measure themselves against their peers, but also to promote an international exchange of ideas. These youngsters are enormously creative, energetic and enthusiastic, and our platform will hopefully provide them with a momentum and support, and in so doing to make a positive contribution towards the future of the ICT sector.”
Build a Network of Contacts at ICT Spring Europe
Networking is the keyword at such a high calibre event, and this will apply across all levels at ICT Spring Europe. The international ICT industry will be present with over one hundred top quality speakers, and will offer an attractive programme for experts across all the fields of ICT. Internationally renowned figures such as Rupert Keeley (PayPal, CEO Europe and Senior VP EMEA), Bas Lansdorp (Mars One, co-founder and CEO), John Matonis (Bitcoin Foundation, Founding Board Director) and Jérôme Maman (Unisoft, EMEA Head of eCommerce) will share their points of view on different subjects across the domains of Fintech, Digital Strategies and User Experience. To this you can also add presentations from representatives of the Luxembourgish economic sector and of Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna.
(The complete list of speakers can be found at www.ictspring.com)
Discover Start-ups and Established Companies Alike
ICT Spring provides stands equally for start-ups and established ICT companies to allow them to present their products and ideas at ICT Spring Europe.
To visit the exhibition and to attend the speakers’ presentations simply sign up at www.ictspring.com. All places for the Morpheus Cup are already taken, but it will be possible to meet the talented young participants during ICT Spring Europe. Planning for the 2016 edition of The Morpheus Cup is already under way.
For more information please visit:
Twitter: @ICTSpring / #ICTSpring
During the ICT Spring Europe 2015, you will find additional updates on dedicated Facebook and LinkedIn pages:
Morpheus Cup / ICT Spring Europe
19-20 May 2015
New Conference Center
4, place de l’Europe
The press release published here reflects only the opinion of the author: Morpheus Cup / ICT Spring Europe