Israel, the “startup nation”, has acted as a role model for countries wanting to foster innovation and entrepreneurship. It has grown to the become the second biggest startup ecosystem outside of Silicon Valley. Due to this, the START Summit 2016 used Israel as it’s geographical focus. Owing to this, a partnership was set up with the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
As part of the partnership, the Institute would interview and select some of the best students at their university to send to St. Gallen for the START Hack, and the START Summit which followed afterwards.
Around 12 students were selected and given the opportunity to experience a very different environment. The START Hack was actually the first time that most of the students had met each other, and gave the chance to work on a lot of different challenges and cases. One of the teams that were created at the Hack, consisted of 4 students from the Technion, and they came up with a peer to peer solution to solve the problems of people having to rely on wifi, and being left helpless when they don’t have access to it.
According to the team, this idea, dubbed “p2People” has a lot of potential applications, and no one else is really doing it. They leveraged the power of mobile phones to act as a network instead of the internet. This team actually went on to become one of the winners of the START Hack, and thus had the chance to present their startups on the main stage at the START Summit, among other perks.
The team expressed their deep gratitude for the START Hack and Summit teams for putting on a great and professional event, and giving them a good opportunity. They plan to pursue this idea in the future, so let’s hope we hear about them again soon!