Work with company leaders in an international team!

University of Szeged has joined Demola Global franchise last year. This Finnish initiative provides a scene for students and researchers to work together with company leaders and top managers. Companies come up with the problems that they would like to get an innovative solution. That’s what you can help with. 

How does it actually look like?

It is basically an 8-week project that you will work on, closely with other students and high-level company representatives as an equal team member. We are intentionally looking for different disciplines to be represented in the team. The reason is that we are seeking a team that can look at a problem from various aspects. It usually requires students from different fields and backgrounds.

We don’t expect you to have professional knowledge/experience, but we encourage students with thinking out of the box. No matter where you are in your studies right now, this opportunity is for everyone willing to put their time into the 8-week project period.

It is just a great opportunity for many reasons:

  • Team working skills
  • International team
  • Worth of an internship
  • Additional value in your CV
  • Additional points for most scholarships
  • Work with top managers and company leaders

We are glad to announce that the application for the third Demola project period has started. The next case came alive thanks to Univer Product Plc. They are a prominent player in the food industry and trade field. Their challenge is focusing on health-consciousness and food consumption. 

Read the challenge: https://applications.demola.net/cases/585

The application period ends on 27 March and will be followed up by an interview because of the high number of applicants. After the team of selected students formed, you will get to know the company side as well as your Demola facilitator at a Kick-off event on 1 April.

Apply today and don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!

University of Szeged students respond to industrial challenges

University of Szeged students presented their innovative solutions to various industrial challenges at the Demola Demo Day, held at the University of Szeged, November 27, 2019. After working on two industrial case studies for eight weeks, the four teams demonstrated their results to industrial partners at the closing event organised at the ceremonial hall of the University of Szeged central building.

Demola challenge participants presented their ideas and innovative solutions at the Demo Day closing event, held November 27, 2019. Demola is an integrated part of the Virtus Enterprise Catalyst Programme of the University’s Directorate for Research and Development and Innovation. 

The Demola methodology connects students and industrial partners to brainstorm together with the aim to develop original solutions to the challenges submitted by the industrial partner. Multidisciplinary teams of students work together with business executives: collaborative work is facilitated by trained Demola facilitators. Two Demola semesters are launched during an academic year, each semester lasting up to eight weeks.

At the end of the eight-week period, the students, in collaboration with industrial partners, presented the solutions to the challenges submitted from the fields of the food industry and biometric identification systems. Between 1 October and 27 November 2019, four student teams were actively working on two industry case studies.

According to Hussein Atwi, a student at the University of Szeged, this programme is an excellent opportunity to establish working relationships with business executives and fellow students, so hard work not only results in an innovative prototype, but also in new professional relationships.  – I had the opportunity to work with my teammates on the Univer project. Currently the company focuses on offering products to new markets, such as the Asian. For this, we had to find innovative solutions and respond to the challenge of selling a Hungarian product on Asian markets. We have conducted market research and worked out a specific product proposal – the Faculty of Economics student sums up.

Amazing atmosphere at the DEMOLA fall season opening event in Szeged

The opening event of the Demola Programme was held on Friday, October 4th. Nearly 30 university students, including 12 foreign students, represented 16 majors of  6 faculties of the University of Szeged.

Enikő Pitó, head of the Directorate for R&D and Innovation at the University of Szeged, opened the series of events. In her speech, she told the University of Szeged joined Demola, the international innovation community, as part of the Virtus Enterprise Catalyst Programme last year. During the Demola event series, students work in international teams for 8 weeks to tackle real market challenges submitted by the companies. During this batch, they immerse themselves in creative and co-creation methods with the help of their mentors and have an excellent opportunity to expand their network too. They also gain an entrepreneurial spirit, learn more about team-based project work, and receive a Demola Global Certificate that adds additional value to their resume.

The kick-off event aimed to bring students together and help them build a team spirit as well as to connect participants with company leaders and present the company challenges. The inspiring tasks were coordinated by Erik Nyroos, co-creation expert of Demola, who brought the methodology, that has seen a decade of success so far, and the spirit of the programme to Szeged from Demola’s home country, Finland. The groups of students and mentors first had to challenge themselves in constructing tweezer towers. During the seemingly easy task, they had to contend with the instability of their structures, and in the midst of bursts of laughters, there were some who, for that reason, had to start building all over again. Following the team building tasks, participants learned something entirely new and were introduced to the Team Canvas and Context Canvas methods. In Team Canvas, team members were able to identify their individual abilities and then jointly determined what different individualskills they could take advantage of during teamwork. Context Canvas helpedgroups understand the corporate problem and identify target groups andstakeholders.

In the fall semester of 2019/2020, students will respectively work on two market challenges of two internationally recognized companies. The groups choosing the case study of Univer Product, a prominent player of the Hungarian food industry, went through the joys and trials of the kick-off day with company director, Attila Avramucz. For the rest of the semester, they all will work together with their teammates representing the traditions of their individual countries to develop new product categories that are in line with international trends. Members of the other student group will examine case studies submitted by an internationally renowned company from the robotics and automation sectors and help with their creative ideas to integrate biometric and other modern identification methods into the corporate system.

The SZTE Virtus team, which also hosts the Demola programme, aspires to promote entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial spirit among students and researchers. In this international programme, students and researchers with innovative ideas are welcomed throughout the yearto kick off and implement their ideas with the assistance of Virtus mentors. Each semester, the Virtus Programme organises events and competitions toenhance students’ skills. In the fall semester, for example, anyone interestedcan register for a series of prototype design workshops, beginning with anOctober 11th event, focused on graphic skills. The programme has attractedstudents‘ interest so much that available spaces were filled in less than aweek, so the organisers urge students to submit their applications for laterevents as soon as possible.

Demola is a Finland-based international innovation challenge platform which currently operates in 17countries. It brings together students and leading brands: multidisciplinary project teams work on real company challenges, with co-creation method, for 8weeks to develop the best possible solution to the challenges submitted by the participating companies. The team must demonstrate and pitch the results of the project work to the representatives of the sponsoring company.

The University of Szeged joined the Demola Global in 2018, within the framework of the Virtus EnterpriseCatalyst Programme, aiming to create a young, open, multidisciplinary community at the University that works with creative ideas and methods to solve realmarket problems.

For any queries about Demola at the University of Szeged, contact Zsolt Nagy at zsolt.nagy@demola.net


Óriási hangulat a Demola program őszi nyitó rendezvényén Szegeden

A Demola programsorozat első, ismerkedős tréningjét október 4-én, pénteken rendezték meg. A Szegedi Tudományegyetem 6 karának 16 szakját képviselte a közel 30 egyetemista, köztük 12 külföldi hallgató.

Pitó Enikő, a Szegedi Tudományegyetem kutatás-fejlesztési és innovációs igazgatója nyitotta meg a rendezvénysorozatot. Beszédjében elmondta, hogy a Szegedi Tudományegyetem Virtus Vállalkozáskatalizátor Programban tavaly csatlakozott a nemzetközi innovációs közösséghez, a Demolához. A Demola eseménysorozat során a hallgatók 8 héten keresztül, nemzetközi csapatokban dolgoznak egy vállalat valós piaci problémájának megoldásán. Ez idő alatt kapcsolati hálójuk növelésén felül, kreatív és co-creation módszerekkel ismerkednek meg, amelyeknek megvalósításában mentoraik segítenek. Ezen felül a versenyzők elsajátítják a vállalkozói szemléletet, a csapatban való projekt alapú munkavégzést, valamint az önéletrajzukat színesítő, Demola Global bizonyítvánnyal is gazdagodnak.

Az október 3-i rendezvényt a hangzatos kick-off névvel illették, aminek célja az ismerkedés és a csapatszellem kialakítása volt, valamint az hogy a résztvevők megismerkedhessenek a cégvezetőkkel és a cégek által behozott kihívásokkal. Az érdekesebbnél érdekesebb feladatokat a finn származású, Erik Nyroos, a Demola program Co-Creation szakértője koordinálta, aki a Demola hazájából hozta el Szegedre az egy évtizede működő finn módszertant és a program szellemét. A diákokból és mentorokból álló csoportoknak először csipesztorony építésben kellett megmérettetniük magukat. A könnyűnek látszó feladat során meg kellett küzdeniük építményeik instabilitásával és akadtak olyanok is, akiknek ebből kifolyólag nevetések közepette újra neki kellett látniuk az építkezésnek. A későbbiek során a csapatépítő játékos feladatok mellett már ez alkalommal is tanulhattak valami újat a résztvevők, hiszen a versenyzők megismerkedhettek a Team Canvas és Context Canvas módszerekkel. Előbbi során a csapattagok azonosíthatták egyéni képességeiket majd közösen meghatározták, hogy a különböző egyéni készségeket a csapatmunka során mire tudják hasznosítani. A Context Canvas pedig segített a csoportoknak a vállalati probléma megismerésében, valamint a célcsoportok és az érintettek meghatározásában.

A 2019/2020-as őszi félévben a hallgatók két nemzetközileg elismert vállalat két-két piaci problémáján dolgozhatnak. Azok a csoportok, akik az élelmiszeripari szektor kiemelkedő szereplőjének, azaz az Univer Product tanulmányát választották, a cég vállalati kapcsolatainak igazgatójával, Avramucz Attilával együtt mentek keresztül a kick-off nap feladatainak örömein és megpróbáltatásain. A szemeszter hátralevő részében pedig ki-ki a saját országának szokásait reprezentálva dolgozik együtt csapattársaival, hogy új, nemzetközi trendeknek megfelelő termékkategóriák kerüljenek kialakításra. A másik hallgatói csoport tagjai pedig egy szintén nemzetközileg elismert, a robotika és az automatizáció szektorában tevékenykedő vállalat esetpéldáit fogják vizsgálni és kreatív ötleteikkel segíteni. Ők itt biometrikus és egyéb modern azonosítási módszerek vállalati rendszerbe történő integrálásán dolgoznak.

A Demola programnak is helyet adó SZTE Virtus csapata céljául tűzte ki a vállalkozói szemlélet és a vállalkozói kedv népszerűsítését az egyetemisták és a kutatók körében. Így e nemzetközi program keretében egész évben tárt karokkal várják az innovatív ötlettel rendelkező hallgatókat, kutatókat, hogy a Virtus mentorainak támogatásával segíthessenek elindulni ezen elképzelések beindításában, sőt adott esetben megvalósításában is. A Virtus Program keretében minden szemeszterben a hallgatók készségeit bővítő programokat és megmérettetési lehetőséget szerveznek. Az őszi félévben például prototípus-tervezési workshop sorozatra regisztrálhatnak az érdeklődők, amelynek első állomása a grafikai készségekre koncentráló, október 11-i rendezvény. E program annyira felkeltette az egyetemisták érdeklődését, hogy kevesebb, mint egy hét alatt beteltek a helyek, így a szervezők arra sarkallják a hallgatókat, hogy minél előbb adják le jelentkezésüket a későbbi eseményekre.

Demola is back!

Following a very successful introduction at the beginning of this year, Demola is back with two new case studies to spice this semester up. These new challenges are submitted  by the same partner companies,thus great workflow is guaranteed.

If this is the first time you hear about Demola, you might wonder; okay, but what on Earth is it all about?

To sum it up: Demola connects university students and researchers with companies. You, as a student or researcher,  get to work together with company leaders and trained Demola facilitators for over 8 weeks, aiming to find innovative solutions to a certain challenge. This challenge is brought in by the companies themselves .

So what are the benefits of joining?

  • You can closely work with the company leaders and learn a lot from their experience. They usually look for young talents too who they can offer internships to.
  • You also became part of an international team and you get to use your skills and, of course, acquire new ones, such as entrepreneurial and problem solving or presentational skills. Participation in a  programme like this looks great in your resume.
  • 2 credit points is also among the benefits and beside that, the programme is also accountable for scholarships.

We also made a one pager for you that nicely sums up what Demola is all about and what’s in it for you. Check it out!

Check out the two new challenges we have ready for you this semester:

Case study #1: https://applications.demola.net/cases/470

Case study #2: Coming soon! Stay tuned!

(You can submit your application through these links)

Please note that the application process is ongoingly open through the whole year, however, for these cases above, the deadline is 29th September.

If you are interested in the programme, you can find out more about Demola Global andother opportunities by following this link: https://www.demola.net/

If you have any question, please feel free to reach out to us at zsolt.nagy@demola.net