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IUC 2018:
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Konica Minolta International University Contest

The Konica Minolta International University Contest gives a unique opportunity to engage in an innovative international cooperation project between the worlds of academia and business. Our proposal is that students analyse a document or information workflow at their university and propose an innovative alternative that delivers improvements for their institution. Prizes will be awarded to the best proposals on national and international level.

Find out more about the contest and download the International University Contest leaflet.


International Award Ceremony

On 29th April, the International University Contest (IUC) took place in Berlin, Germany. Busisiwe Rekhostso, a student from the winning team from the Vaal Technical University of South Africa, emphasised “The contest was a wonderful experience and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet new and interesting people. Over the course of the competition, I spent many hours with many different people, listening to them and talking with them about their goals and plans for the future. It was incredibly exciting to be able to compete and interact with them. The experience has been tremendously rewarding and beyond breathtaking.“

The winning team was chosen by a top-class jury consisting of renowned members such as Alastair Creelman, a leading e-learning specialist from Linnaeus University, based in Sweden, and Steven Swift, founder of the IMPSGA alliance and industry analyst, who stated: “The event was a great opportunity for students to demonstrate innovation, and for the winners to meet with some of the world’s top technology investors and executives at the 2017 Pioneers Festival.”

Speakers completing the event included Oliver Csendes, CEO of Pioneers, who provided an overview of this year’s Pioneers Festival, and Milan Lakhani, client principal and innovation strategist within Konica Minolta’s European Business Innovation Centre (BIC), who gave an insight into Konica Minolta’s approach to innovation.

The jury

Konica Minolta representative: Olaf Lorenz

Steven Swift

Olaf Lorenz is General Manager of Konica Minolta Europe’s International Marketing Division and member of Konica Minolta’s European management board. With more than 20 years industry experience, Olaf is responsible for Konica Minolta’s European marketing strategy, and a key driver in the businesses transformation to becoming a leading global services provider.

Konica Minolta representative: Dr. Dennis Curry

Steven Swift

As a Senior Director of Konica Minolta’s European Business Innovation Centre, Dennis is responsible for developing Konica Minolta's Enterprise Innovation approach – as well as new services, software and hardware. With more than 25 years’ experience as a strategist, technical leader, innovator and enterprise capability leader, Dennis was formerly Global Director of HP Enterprise Innovation. Prior to HP, Curry was a Chief Technical Officer for NATO serving within the Communication and Information System Division.

Industry representative: Steven Swift

Steven Swift

Steven is a co-founder and principal consultant at IdeAs – an independent printing and imaging industry consultancy providing advice to both OEMs and dealers across Europe.  Steven is also a founder of IMPSGA an alliance of independent premium managed print service (MPS) providers located across Europe with members based in France, Poland, Ireland, Romania, UK, Spain, Czech Republic, Germany and the Netherlands.

Educated at Oxford, Steven was previously a Senior Consultant with Photizo Group, Vice President at Acco Brands Corporation, Senior Consultant at Newfield IT, and a Director of Ricoh Global Services Europe.

Academic representative: Alastair Creelman

Alastair Creelman

Alastair is an e-learning specialist based at Linnaeus University in Sweden. He is an educational enthusiast who spends a great deal of time monitoring developments and trends in the use of technology in education. His specialties include e-learning, distance education, social media, technology trends, open educational resources, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and quality in e-learning. Alastair is active in disseminating his findings in numerous articles, blog posts, through social media and at conference appearances.

Alistair is also a course leader on an open course for teachers (Open Networked Learning) in collaboration with colleagues from Lund University, Karolinska Institute, KTH and Varsity College, South Africa, and undertaken teaching assignments in teacher training programmes. Involved in two EU projects (LangOER and Tempus BLATT) and two Nordic (Nordplus) projects (Effective webinars, Silent Learners), Alastair is a member of an ISO standardisation committee (ISO 21001 Management Systems for Educational Organisations) and the Swedish representative in the Nordic Council's NVL Distans network.

International prize

The prize for the winning international team is a 3-day visit to the Pioneers Festival in Vienna in June 2017.

In the exciting environment of the Pioneers Festival the winning team will see some of the most innovative technological proposals from young European start-ups and enjoy the opportunity to contact the top entrepreneurs in this field.

Opening Speech

If you need more detailed information, please feel free to get in touch with us.

Manuel Arróniz
Konica Minolta Europe
Phone: +49 511 – 7404 5393

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