EUSALP "Pitch Your Project to the EU!"contest: these are the finalists!
Around 50 young people aged between 16 and 25 responded to the call and in total, 17 project applications were submitted. A jury consisting of members of the European Commission, the EUSALP Executive Board, the EUSALP Tyrolean Presidency and the Alpine Convention, selected the finalists for the pitch session, which will take place on 21 November at the EUSALP Annual Forum in Innsbruck.
11 young people are invited to Innsbruck by the European Commission to take part in the Forum and to put the motto "shaping.future.together. with the next generation." into action. They will present their five projects as a pitch to the Forum´s visitors. The Forum’s participants will then be able to vote for their favourites. Prizes worth 5,000, 3,000 and 2,000 EUR await the three winning projects.
Here is a sneak-peak of the selected projects, which pertain to the different areas of the macro-regional cooperation.
The youngest pitchers are 16 years old. With their project "Magical Alps" an entire school class from Austria invites us to explore legends and myths of the Alpine Region in the European Year of Cultural Heritage. As collective memories, stories help to shape the cultural identity of the Alpine countries. The pupils look into the similarities between different national narratives, which mostly interweave fiction and reality. They examine ethical, moral, social, scenic and natural aspects of the legends and myths. Their collection of narratives is to be accessible in various media forms, which will ultimately be presented on a website. This will serve as an exchange with other schools and residents and open up opportunities for interested people to visit mystical places themselves.
The "Beehave" project led by two young Italians aims to combine economic effectiveness and bees protection, as they are now particularly endangered in the Alpine Region. Sensors on the beehive will continuously measure temperature and humidity, in order to monitor the environmental quality and health of the bees. An application plays the data out to the beekeeper, who can then react more quickly and take further measures to improve the honey production. This also helps scientists to identify environmental changes and, by monitoring the sensitive bee population, to react to them at an earlier stage.
The French project "Sustain´ Ability" aims to link up in the longer term young people, especially students and skilled migrants, with companies working in the field of green infrastructure. For this purpose, a digital newspaper is used, which not only publishes the success stories of individual entrepreneurs from sustainable organisations, but also encourages exchange of experiences and advices as well as volunteering and traineeship offers. In addition, a workshop in June 2019 with the regions of Piedmont, Veneto, Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur and Franche-Comté will take place to develop networking between the universities, organisations and green companies.
"Match Strategies" aims to mediate between skilled university students and the business environment. Through Match Strategies' cooperation with SMEs and start-ups, students will have the opportunity to expand their skills and knowledge in concrete projects. Furthermore, this gives companies the opportunity to outsource projects and work processes at a fair price and to generate synergy effects with committed people offering different qualifications. Students' early contact with potential employers also opens up career opportunities at a later stage. The project will help to stimulate the economic power of the Alpine Region and prevent the emigration of young professionals.
"Alpine Ticket Network Meeting“
The members of the Cipra Youth Council are dedicated to the main topic of the Tyrolean Presidency: mobility. Their aim is to develop a joint solution for public transport in the Alpine Region that will enable cross-border travel with just one ticket at an affordable price. In order to change the travel habits of the young population in particular, the project group believes that an inexpensive and practical alternative to cars and planes is urgently needed. In order to achieve this ambitious objective, a network meeting should bring together the main stakeholders. By enabling the individual interest groups and decision-makers to enter into dialogue and express their views, the basis is to be created for raising awareness of this huge project concerning seven countries.
We are excitedly awaiting the pitch session and its outcome! Which project caught your eye?