Festival of Innovation: open applications for hackathon, startup competition and conference

Author: Nikolina Zeljko | Category: Events | Posted: 26.09.2019
Announcing a handful of new things that we have prepared for you this fall. We’re talking about the Festival of Innovation powered by the City of Mostar, which will be held from 4 to 8 November 2019 at SPARK and Mostar Hotel. The five-day event will consist of hackathon, startup competition and conference, aimed at people with new ideas, startup founders, companies, investors, and other members of the startup and business ecosystems. 4.-5.11.2019 Next Innovation Hackathon / SPARK We will start the week with the Next Innovation hackathon, where great products are created in just 24 hours. Competitors will show their IT and business skills while developing innovative solutions on topic Mostar - Smart City. This topic implies innovative solutions in the areas of culture, tourism and generally Mostar life improvement. With the support of the City of Mostar, this way you can solve problems in theaters, concerts, tourism, traffic and the like. A total of six teams will work on product and service development (eg mobile, web and desktop applications) and prizes are truly compelling: 5,000 BAM, 3,000 BAM and 1,500 BAM in cash. For 24 hours, each team should design and create their own product and afterward, demonstrate their work. We are looking for developers and gamers, but also people with a business background, marketers, project managers who could contribute to the business side of the solution and win these fantastic prizes. You can apply through the application form in a team of a minimum of three and a maximum of six people, not later than 30th October 2019. 7.-8.11.2019 Next Startup x BETAPITCH startup competition / SPARK and hotel Mostar This competition is a must-attend for all startups as it is a global startup competition by betahaus in Berlin. It is held in more than 12 cities across Europe, with winners from each city going to Berlin to meet potential partners at Investors Day, as well as to compete with other startups.  Other than winning the trip to Berlin, the best startup in Mostar will also be awarded 5,000 BAM in cash, which will come in hand with launching a startup. The second best startup wins 3,000 BAM in cash, and the third one 1,500 BAM. Do not miss the opportunity to present your innovative and exciting product to investors, media representatives and other participants. Find investors, promote your brand, build business relationships, expand your network and get inspired by others. We are looking for 8-12 startups that can apply no later than 30th October 2019. Accommodation costs for selected startups are covered by SPARK, while you can apply for the Western Balkans Mobility Fund to cover your transportation costs. 8.11.2019 Next Thing conference / Hotel Mostar The Next Thing conference is a new IT, business, and startup event in Mostar. It will be held on Friday, 8 November 2019 in hotel Mostar premises, organized by SPARK with the help of City of Mostar and support of other partners and sponsors. The main goal of this event is to gather all individuals, startups, and companies who predict and oversee the next big things in the business world, so they can exchange it with each other and interested visitors. The conference will consist of seven keynote speeches, a startup competition, business meetings, and networking. Each of the speakers has a lot of experience in business, whether it is owning their own startup and working in successful corporate companies. The topics these keynote speakers will cover are entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, management, leadership, innovation, smart cities, and culture.  LINEUP 09:00 - 10:00 Registration 10:00 - 10:20 Opening 10:20 - 10:40 Keynote: Have a Mission and Mean It, Slavko Fodor (LotusFlare/PWNRS) 10:40 - 11:00 Keynote: Implement Influencer Marketing in Your Startup 11:00 - 11:20 Keynote: Mastering Growth + Sales in New Era of Business 11:20 - 11:50 Coffee break 11:50 - 12:10 Keynote: A Founder’s Bumpy Journey to Successfully Managing Company 12:10 - 12:30 Keynote: Creative Leadership for Continued Innovation 12:30 - 12:50 Keynote: The Next Big Thing in Smart Culture, Darko Bilandžić i Mario Mikić-Vučak (Culex) 12:50 - 13:10 Keynote: The Next Big Thing in Smart Cities 13:10 - 14:00 Lunch 14:00 - 15:30 Startup Pitching 15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break 16:00 - 16:15 Fireside Chat 16:15 - 16:30 Panel discussion: The Funding Landscape 16:30 - 16:40 Winner Announcement As part of the Innovation Festival, we will also organize a two-day workshop on cultural innovation, which are reserved for all who work in the cultural institutions of City of Mostar. In this way, we will help integrate the IT component in the promotion of the city and culture, to attract young people to Mostar with new technologies and together to design and implement new ways of promoting tourism in Herzegovina. Workshops will be held at SPARK premises on 6 and 7 November 2019. Join us from 4th to 8th November 2019 for high-quality lectures, exciting panels, startup workshops, and unique networking opportunities. The event is completely free for all participants thanks to our sponsors: the City of Mostar, NSoft, and Sportradar. #SPARKevent #FestivalInovacija #NextThing #SPARKstartup

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