Samsung Electronics Belgium has announced the winner of the Solve for Tomorrow 2021 competition, during which teams of students from the University of Ghent (UGent) discussed innovative technological solutions to societal problems and challenges. During the closing, 10 teams presented their ideas to a professional jury.
Solve for Tomorrow is one of Samsung’s leading educational programs. It aims to increase the interest and skills of young people in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Solve for Tomorrow was launched in the United States in 2010 and has since sparked the work of more than 2 million students from 30 countries in its 12 years of existence.
Through a competition of ideas, they are invited to think about how technological solutions can help improve the local community. Along the way, professionals provide students with in-depth guidance not only on technological skills, but also on creative and critical thinking, communication and collaboration – skills that tomorrow’s workforce will have more than ever. Working on a project and solving real social problems motivate students to succeed and shape their future.
The program also stimulates their entrepreneurial spirit, giving them the opportunity to develop tangible innovations that can potentially be implemented on a large scale. The solution for tomorrow reflects Samsung’s investment in youth and its desire to inspire and support the next generation of leaders.
In the 2021-2022 school year, Samsung and UGent have joined forces again. After several successful Digital Economy Day issues in previous years, both partners launched an interfaculty challenge in October 2021: “How can technology contribute to community health and well-being? »
Several teams, consisting of students from different fields of study, came together, and each in its own way accepted the task. Understanding problems, identifying problems, formulating ideas, refining them and implementing them: The three levels of problem solving in the Solve for Tomorrow course were reviewed during the school year. Participants were then taught how to effectively present their decision with a view to a final agreement: a “pitch” to a professional jury.
An inspiring presentation event
The long-awaited moment came in early May: 10 teams proudly – and not without some nervousness – presented their statement to the jury, which included representatives of Samsung and UGent. In the presence of their friends, family, classmates and, among others, Sophie Braque (Head of Economics, Trade, Sports and Port of Ghent), they showed succinctly and accurately how their idea can help improve our society through technology. The jury evaluated each application according to 5 criteria: 3 on the content (possibility and viability, desirability and originality) and 2 on the form (performance and story). After counting the points and the final discussion, the GameYard project received a prize.
Elisabeth Smet & Rune Vandromme have come up with a concept where the countryside is transformed into an interactive play area. Thanks to individually controlled LED strips in the joints between the tiles of the square, you can choose from a variety of games on the touch screen, from a football field to a life-size chessboard. The concept not only offers a more outdoor physical experience, but also includes mobile technology to invite friends or invite to one of the games. Finally, it also promotes social interaction between participants and casual passers-by along the playground, between generations and social backgrounds.
Professor, Dr. Livien De Marez from the Department of Communication Sciences UGent:
“Dare to think, interdisciplinarity and integration of the workplace into learning is all that we always attach great importance to at UGent. Thanks to the cooperation with Samsung, we have the opportunity not only to combine these elements, but also to apply them to the problem of social innovation. Technological innovation as a tool, not an end in itself. »
“With Solve for Tomorrow, Samsung wants to be a catalyst for technological innovation developed, developed and presented by tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. In order to approach problems in a new way and find solutions to current social problems, the next generation must be more creative than ever. The ideas we saw this school year give us confidence that they “solve the challenge.” said Sven Adams, Samsung Benelux’s Sustainability and CSR Manager.