13. March 2024

The Practical Pioneers of Gran Canaria

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Würth Elektronik at Smart Green Island Makeathon 2024

Waldenburg (Germany), March 18, 2024 – A special kind of educational event was staged in Gran Canaria from February 28 to March 2, 2024. Several teams of students generated innovative solutions and built technological prototypes within a short period of time. These next generation of developers were supported with Würth Elektronik components and expertise.

Where others go on vacation, young talents from various universities hatched innovative solutions for industry in smart farming, smart green energy and mobility, smart automation, IoT, robotics, smart production, smart shipping, and the circular economy.

The Makeathon 2024 focused on practical aspects, in which each team had to come up with a solution to a specific problem and then develop and build a prototype. Over 600 participants formed 24 teams from 29 countries took part in the challenge. The partner companies provided the necessary equipment.

In the seminar “Get the right Voltage: Understand and Set Up Your Power Supply with Stepdown Converters”, the Makeathon participants were not only provided with the familiar Würth tools, but also with components from the Würth Elektronik eiSos Group, as well as relevant knowledge. The company supported the event with two experienced members of staff.

“The guiding principle of the Makeathon is ‘hands-on’. So of course we’re part of it,” stresses Alexander Gerfer, CTO at Würth Elektronik eiSos. “True to our ‘Creating Together’ mission, we supported this innovative event with expertise and components. Implementation of new ideas takes a reliable partner, so we’re happy to offer our services – as well as to inspire young talents in choosing a career at Würth Elektronik of course. In our efforts to preserve or even improve our living space, everyone has to pitch in. Or putting it in today’s language: Making things happen is like learning – only it takes it to the next level.”