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Samsung Electronics Romania Starts the Second Edition of Solve for Tomorrow 2022 National Competition

by Samsung September 20, 2022

Samsung Electronics Romania announces the start of the „Solve for Tomorrow” competition, now at its second edition organized at national level. Run in partnership with Junior Achievement Romania, an international non-profit organization known for its economic and entrepreneurship education programs, the competition is addressed to all high school students aged 16-18 and aims to bring together technology, education, efficient and sustainable solutions to solve problems that students identify in their communities. By combining technology with education and creativity, young people can bring their ideas to life with the help of mentoring sessions and Sustainable Design Thinking courses organized by Samsung Electronics Romania.

During the competition launch event, Mr. Sorin Ion, State Secretary for Pre-University Education, Ministry of Education, stated: “Digitalization is a priority topic on the agenda of the Ministry of Education, as we are extremely open to everything that happens in the technology area. Among the measures taken in this respect, I can mention the fact that this is the first year when we added the Robotics discipline within the competitions’ calendar. There are teams coordinating robotics projects in nearly 38 counties across the country. For this reason, we are aware of the importance of digitizing education in attracting young people to modern technology.”.

Simona Panait, Marketing Director Romania & Bulgaria, Samsung Electronics presented the objectives of the program: „We are excited to mark the start of the second edition of “Solve for Tomorrow” competition, having the same objective – to look for the coolest ideas for a sustainable future. In the first edition, we discovered how the high school students in Romania see the future through the 242 projects registered in the competition, and this gives us confidence that the second edition will raise the same interest from their part. For the 2022 - 2023 edition, we aim to continue to provide the necessary context for young people so that education, technology, and effective and sustainable ideas can come together, resulting in innovative solutions aimed at improving the standard of living in communities. We believe in young people and their ideas”.

All high school students from Romania, aged between 16 and 18, can enter the competition between 14 September to 31 October 2022 on the platform, in the four competition categories: Environment, Diversity and Social Inclusion, Education and Sustainable Development.

The national „Solve for Tomorrow” competition is structured in two stages. In the first stage, students can enter individually or in teams of up to five members by filling in the entry form. Following the evaluation, the jury will select 25 of the entries to participate in the activities in the second stage of the competition. Those selected in the second stage will benefit from workshops and mentoring sessions that will help them develop their innovative ideas to find solutions to various challenges in our society. Please read all the details in the terms and conditions of the competition.

The calendar of the Solve for Tomorrowcompetition, second edition, 2022 - 2023:

  • Launch of the competition – 14th of September, 2022
  • Closing date for entries – 31st of October, 2022
  • Assessment by jury of registered projects – 1st – 4th of November, 2022
  • Announcing the participants selected for the second phase on the competition web page – 7th of November, 2022
  • Design Thinking workshops – 14th of November – 15th of December, 2022
  • Participants are developing the ideas registered in the competition – 15th of November – 20th of December, 2022
  • Entrepreneurship workshops – 16th – 22nd of January, 2023
  • Mentoring sessions

Session I: 5th – 9th of December, 2022

Session II: 30th of January – 7th of February, 2023

  • Demo Day event – 16th of February, 2023
  • Pitch Day & Awards Ceremony – 21st of February, 2023

Loredana Poenaru, Educational Director, Junior Achievement Romania stated: „Solve for Tomorrow is a complete learning experience - from exploring community needs, to generating innovative solutions and developing them into feasible projects. We are delighted to be partnering in the second edition of this project in Romania and working alongside young people whose creativity and determination have the power to reshape the future”.

In the first "Solve for Tomorrow" edition organized in Romania, 242 projects were registered at national level. Following the selection process, the jury chose 25 projects to go forward to the second stage of the competition. For the 75 participants (individual or team entries), 5 weeks of intense preparation followed, supported by mentors from Samsung Electronics Romania and Junior Achievement Romania, to develop their proposed solutions to the problems identified in their communities. The students learned about Sustainable Design Thinking, participated in training and mentoring workshops - all aimed at helping the students refine their ideas leading up to the final day of the competition.

The PartJob team from Timisoara came first in the judging process. The team's project, entered in the Diversity and Social Inclusion category, aims to develop a part-time job platform dedicated to young people from the age of 16, to help them, on the one hand, to gain professional experience and, on the other hand, to have the satisfaction of securing a part of their income while still in high school. The team stood out for their commitment, the accuracy with which the project was presented to the jury and the improvements they made to the project during the second stage of the competition.

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