There will be some 80-100 lectures at each stop, with the aim of helping Hungary’s next generation prepare for future careers. High schoolers today face vastly different challenges than older generations. Due to advances in digitalization, robotics, and other technologies, students need to be aware of the skills they need to succeed. The roadshow also seeks to inspire and find students who will be Hungary’s next innovators, spearheading new enterprises, research, and ideas.
The goal is to create an environment where youth can learn and find support for their endeavors. It also helps Hungary tap into the next generation of talent. Startup Campus’ Managing Director, Zsolt Kovács, said, “It is important to create a stimulating environment where the best students can be discovered, inspired and supported to formulate, develop and implement their ideas and research. We believe that conveying the values and knowledge of startup culture and community through this series of events can facilitate this process. We want to find all kinds of good ideas and talents.”
One successful young innovator, Blanka Novak, had this to say about her experience: “Research is, on the one hand, a curiosity-fueled passion in a discipline held by perseverance and the hope that it will once affect many people’s lives and, on the other hand, a hobby that breaks through a myriad of essential thoughts.”
The Hungarian Innovation Association’s 29th Youth Science and Innovation Talent Competition will also be promoted. Organizers will select a few ideas from the applicants to develop into actual start-ups. The students behind these ideas will be able to attend five workshops in Budapest to help them learn how to set up/develop a business and attract investors. The program is in partnership with the National Office for Research, Development and Innovation
The roadshow already has dates for Kaposvár, Miskolc, Debrecen, Győr, Pécs, and Szeged, and there will be four more cities added for 2020. The organizers hope to double the number of stops for 2020-2021 school year.
Dates, locations, and registration for the lectures/workshops (as well as the competition) can be found here.