Students’ Innovation Competition – “New technological solutions in animal health and animal husbandry”

What is this about?

You are invited to an exciting intellectual competition, where we are looking for creative and feasible solutions for real burning problems in our world.

The competition will be in the form of a VETATHON. If you are not familiar with the term, this is a marathon (e.g. 24 hours) competition, where teams of 4-6 are working to solve the given challenge and create a demonstration of the solution with the available means.

Eligible teams consist of minimum 2-2 students (out of maximum 6) from the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest and the University of Óbuda. At least one veterinary student has to come from the third year or above. One student per team can come from a third university.

(Hence the name: VETerinarymarATHON.)

Why should I participate?

The VETATHON is excellent to test your creativity, develop your team-working skills, to broaden your horizon and it has even happened that a VETATHON team became founder of a startup based on their solution.

The benefits of getting to know students from a very different university, and experts from industry, to broaden your network are not negligible factors at all from the point of view to develop your social life and career.

What is the topic of the challenge?

The central topic of this year’s competition is “New technological solutions in animal health and animal husbandry”. As we approach the day of the event, the participating students will learn about the challenges within the central theme, but more specific, embodying a real problem, from which each team can choose one. By the end of the competition in response to these challenges, the organizers expect solutions that will provide new approaches by combining the two fields (animal health and engineering/informatics), which can even be developed and utilized into an actual product or process. The solutions must therefore apply both veterinary and technical knowledge.

Based on previous similar competitions, the organizing universities expect student teams to develop unique approaches, expand areas of application, and even new research directions occur at the VETATHON, which can even result in startups or form the basis for marketizable products relevant to the sponsors.

How is the competition organized?

The competition is open to international students, therefore it is conducted in English. It means that not only the advertisements and briefings will be available in English, but at the end of the 24-hour marathon, the presentation must be prepared and presented in English. The venue for the April 21-22 competition will be provided by the University of Óbuda. Before the event, we will also organize a personal briefing, where not only useful and practical information will be shared, but we will also help to find a team for those who do not have one yet.

At the end of the VETATHON each team has to present its solution in English to all the participants and the jury. The decision about the final ranking will be decided by a jury consisting of well-known experts from academia and industry, taking into consideration the opinion of the mentors.

Will there be prizes?

The teams (and their members) who rank high at VETATHON will receive valuable prizes! Students who are interested should keep an eye on related news, the organizers will soon provide more details!

How can I apply?

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