Vodafone presents Campus Lab commitment to Spanish universities

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This article was written and published in Spanish and has been translated into English via Google Translate. Click here to read the original article.

Vodafone has announced the launch of 'Vodafone Campus Lab', an initiative designed to solve, through university-company collaboration, more than thirty technological challenges not only related to innovation and digitalization of the business but also linked to a social purpose.

The new Vodafone program reflects the company's commitment to Spanish universities and young talent and its inclusion in the labor market, and its intention to reduce the gap between the profiles that companies demand, especially in technical areas, and the real offer of young professionals. Thus, Vodafone has decided to go a step beyond the recruitment programs for interns and recent graduates and to support research and innovation in the university environment.

In this sense, it will do so through three initiatives. The first of these is the implementation of an innovation platform, where young people from different disciplines will work as a team to create solutions to different innovation challenges, which will have to do with the use of technologies such as IoT, Big Data or blockchain for increase and / or improve productivity in rural areas of Spain, or the incorporation of technologies such as virtual reality or augmented reality in the stimulation rooms of special education centers.

This experience offers, in addition to a prize to the winning team of 20,000 euros for the development of their product and / or service, along with 3 months of mentoring provided by Vodafone professionals, an opportunity to learn techniques such as thinking, lean and agile. It also includes three weeks of training for all teams and another nine weeks for those who pass to the second phase of the program.

As reported by Vodafone, the universities will be responsible for choosing the tutor of the project, as well as the team of seven students. Of the applications submitted, the company will select the 20 participating teams of the program.

The second of the initiatives, within the framework of the Vodafone Campus Lab, is a program aimed at facilitating the completion of master's or doctoral projects. In this way, Vodafone will award 18 scholarships for master projects on Network / Radio, Customer Processes, Digital Innovation, Human Resources and Social Projects of the Vodafone Foundation, with a grant of 3,600 euros for 6 months; as well as other two directed to the accomplishment of projects of doctorate on Data Analytics / Big Data, with a endowment of 16,800 euros by 12 months, for each selected student.

Finally, the company will also grant three economic grants -of 50,000 euros each- to scientific research projects, basic or applied, within the context of digital transformation, and in one of the following areas: Applied Artificial Intelligence to convert a radio network of telecommunications in predictive, improvement of Red 5G, or Data Analytics / Big Data, algorithms that understand human behavior in social communities.

This article was written and published in Spanish and has been translated into English via Google Translate. Click here to read the original article.

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Acerca de Lucas Vargas:

  • Empezó en Grupo ZAP como el VP de Sales y en 2016 cuando la empresa tenía 60 empleados. Fue nombrado COO de VivaReal tomando el mando de Brian Requarth el Co-Fundador. VivaReal lanzó en Colombia y se trasladó a Brasil. En 2017 se hizo CEO del Grupo ZAP.
  • Ha trabajado en Mexico en PWC y en el Banco Santander
  • Tiene un Master de Business Administration de Harvard
  • En noviembre este año después de la fusión de OLX Brasil y Grupo ZAP fue nombrado el CEO del OLX Business Unit. Lidera la empresa junto con Andries Oudshoorn y Marcos Leite
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Simon Baker is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Online Marketplaces and Property Portal Watch. Involved with property portals for 15 years, he’s a well-recognized expert and industry consultant.
As former CEO/MD of the REA Group for 8 years, Simon led the group to its current market-leading position. When he joined REA Group in 2001, it had $4m in revenues, $6m in losses and an $8m market cap.
By 2008, the company presided over $155m in revenues, $35m in EBITDA and enjoyed a peak market cap of $1b. Simon is currently Chairman of the Mitula Group and Real Estate Investar and a serial portal founder and, investor.