The jury watched the pitches remotely and selected the winners directly afterwards.
The winners were announced after the six finalists had pitched their solutions to a jury of experts. They had five minutes to define the challenge and enlighten the audience about the solution, followed by two minutes of a Q&A round with the jury members.
While the jury deliberated their selection, moderator Karin Helmstaedt interviewed Sotiris Makris, LMS Head of Robotics, Automation & Virtual Reality and Executive Director of the Teaching Factory Competence Center on the role of teaching factories for manufacturing. He is strongly in favour of Teaching Factories, as they enable collaboration between academia and industry which students, professors and industry representatives benefit from.
From left to right: Sotiris Makris, Alissa Zaccaria and Giuseppe Spanto
This point was also supported in the panel discussion with, Giuseppe Spanto, Managing Director of IS CLEAN AIR and Alissa Zaccaria, EU project coordinator Intellimech, both challenge owners, and Sotiris Makris. Alissa Zaccaria pointed to the importance of connecting research with real-life industry issues and Giuseppe Spanto mentioned that beyond the win-win situation related to the challenge, also the social value of interacting with different stakeholders could not be underestimated.
Both challenge owners recommended to try our teaching factories for the student perspectives, which brought out-of-the-box thinking to the table and were also unimpaired and unconstrained by previous experience.