Promoting IT Innovation between Companies and Students in Ruhr Metropolis and Israel
The Ruhr-Israel Cyber Activator is a unique promoting open innovation through tailored solutions to the challenges facing established companies in the Ruhr Metropolis.
Companies from the Ruhr Metropolis present actual cyber challenges for the teams – comprising German and Israeli students from the ﬁeld
IT-security. The challenges come from companies in areas such as healthcare / medtech, media, smart city, logistics or Industry 4.0.
in the field of IT security
from Germany and Israel
from the Ruhr Metropolis
Businesspeople and students from the Ruhr Metropolis and Israel form international teams and participate in an eleven-week programme, consisting of a kick-oﬀ workshop, a virtual co-operation stage and a pitch session to the companies. The teams are supported throughout the programme by highly-qualiﬁed mentors, in order to ﬁnd tailored solutions for the challenges proposed by the companies.
Part I. Kick-off workshop in the Ruhr Metropolis
The four companies and 16 students participating in the RICA programme come together for an intensive kick-off workshop in Essen and Bochum, at which the four challenges are introduced and the individual binational teams formed.
Part II. 1. Virtual co-operation stage (nine weeks)
The teams develop custom solutions for the challenges of the companies and are supported in this by virtual mentoring and online tools for ideal co-operation.
Part III. Pitch session in Israel - 1-3 June 2020
In the course of a two-day workshop at the Tech 7 in Be'er Sheva all those involved in the RICA programme come together and the student teams present their innovative solutions to the companies.
Successful attack of our video platform without getting recognized
Harm or Charm: a campus wide Bluetooth low energy network
•Integration of innovative, tailored solutions into the product/service portfolio of the company
•Examination of business models and ideas by a team of motivated students and companies
•Potential foundation stone laying for an innovative start-up
•Intercultural exchange with the innovative specialists of tomorrow
•Reviews and feedback from experienced mentors and start-up specialists from Israel and Germany
•Growing Network of Innovation Bridge Israel