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.