Tallinn Tech Start-Up Participated in an Intensive Training in Silicon Valley
The winners of the MEKTORY business model competition - Elena-Corina Celoiu, Anton Vedeshin, and Tomas Potesil - participated in a 2-week entrepreneurship training in Silicon Valley.
During the training, they visited lectures at Stanford and UC Berkeley universities, training sessions at the headquarters of Google and Facebook, several start-ups, including MobileWorks and Double Robotics and several start-up focused events. The students pitched their start-up idea, LifeInU, a remote monitoring system for pregnant women, to potential investors and mentors. Most notably, the team had an exclusive meeting with Steve Blank, the father of Lean Start-up movement where they gained valuable feedback for further development. In addition, they networked with other talented founders and learned valuable lessons from Silicon Valley luminaries.
More information about the training can be found here.
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Professor Nyman-Metcalf Lectured at Stanford about E-Government in Estonia
On November 13th, Professor Katrin Nyman-Metcalf, who is currently a visiting fellow at the Stanford H-Star Institute, gave a lecture at Stanford on "E-Government Design, Models and Issues." During the presentation, she discussed how e-government works, what the legal implications are and what other countries can learn from the Estonian example.
Tallinn Tech Presented at Stanford University Career Fair
Tallinn Tech presented at Stanford Fall Career Fair on October 3. It is the largest career event at Stanford that is visited by 4,000-5,000 students. This fair serves Stanford students from all academic programs and degree levels.
Although the main purpose for Tallinn Tech was to promote European Innovation Academy program as well as cyber security and health care technology master’s programs, we were approached by several PhD students who were interested in employment opportunities at Tallinn Tech.
Tallinn Tech Students Participated in an Intensive Training in Silicon Valley
The winners of the MEKTORY business model competition - Alina Kester, Helen Tiitma, Kristjan Ahven, and Märt Lepik - participated in a week long entrepreneurship training in Silicon Valley.
During this week, they visited DataWeek 2012 Conference, Stanford and UC Berkeley universities, Google headquarter and several start-up focused events. The students pitched their winner-project Benefactory, a donation medium for private individuals and NGOs, to potential investors and gained valuable feedback for further model development. In addition, they networked with other talented founders and learned valuable lessons from Silicon Valley luminaries.
The students returned with the understanding that an idea costs nothing; what matters the most is execution. The winners are those who are open-minded and not afraid of failure.
The students’ trip was sponsored by the City Enterprise Department.
More information about the trip can be found here.
Good luck with building their start-up!
Tallinn Tech Students Learned about Product Life Cycle at Guzik Test and Measurement
The winners of the MEKTORY business model competition - Alina Kester, Helen Tiitma, Kristjan Ahven, and Märt Lepik - visited Guzik Test and Measurement in Silicon Valley. They got to meet Lauri Viitas, the Director of Business Development at Guzik Test and Measurement.
Lauri showed them how during the past year, he has taken some of the core competencies of Guzik Technical Enterprises and expanded the product offerings outside of data storage and focused on electronic signal capture and analysis applications. Guzik Test and Measurement in an official Agilent Technologies Solution Partner and, is run like a modern day hardware start-up.
During the walk through of the company’s 65,000 square feet premises they got to see the whole product life cycle from concept, to design, to manufacturing, verification and testing.
Guzik Test and Measurement is a division of Guzik Technical Enterprises, which provides solutions to general purpose test and measurement industry. Guzik Technical Enterprises, founded in the early 80's by Dr. Nahum Guzik, develops innovative test solutions aimed at verifying signal and overall magnetic recording integrity for disk drive heads and media. The company holds over 65 patents which form the basis for the various electronic, optic and mechanical innovations at the core of the products.
Tallinn Tech Presented at UC Berkeley Study Abroad Fair
Tallinn Tech presented at UC Berkeley Study Abroad Fair on September 21. There were more than 75 organizations represented at the fair that offered study, work, intern, teach, and volunteer opportunities abroad.
Study abroad opportunities are popular among UC Berkeley students. Each year, over 1,200 students study abroad while UC Berkeley hosts over 300 exchange students from around the world.For more photos from the fair, click HERE.
New Business Model Competition: Win a Trip to Silicon Valley in Spring 2013
MEKTORY announced a new business model competition. The winner of the competition will spend a week in Silicon Valley. Top 3 teams will have a chance to participate in European Innovation Academy's winter session for free.
More information can be found here.
Tallinn Tech at U.S. Largest College Lifestyle Festival
On August 19 – 20, Tallinn University of Technology participated for the first time in Caltopia, the largest experiential college lifestyle festival in the US. The event is annually hosted by University of California, Berkeley in California. Each year, the festival attracts more than 30,000 students to explore the latest products, services and programs from more than 100 exhibitors.
It was a great opportunity for Tallinn Tech to introduce their academic programs to the students of UC Berkeley. Tallinn Tech mainly focused on promoting their European Innovation Academy Summer School as well as Health Care Technology and Cyber Security Master’s programs.
Find the pictures from Tallinn Tech Facebook from HERE.
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Tallinn Tech Will Host Latitude 59 Conference in June
On June 7-8, Tallinn Tech will host a 2-day venture capital (VC) and start-up conference Latitude 59, which will bring together premier VCs and start-ups from all over the world.
Keynote speakers of the event will be Toby Ferenczi, a Co-Founder of the major solar energy systems developer Engensa, and Ravi Belani, the Founder of Alchemist Accelerator and a Lecturer at Stanford University.
The conference will focus on start-ups a wide range of fields, including mobile, communications and biotech. For example, the topics of panel discussions will include biotechnology and genetic manipulation, green technologies, mobile entertainment and start-up financing.
The conference aims to provide a great platform for innovators and start-up entrepreneurs to meet investors, lawyers and potential partners.
Latitude 59 in an annual conference organized by Enterprise Estonia and the International Technology Law Association in Tallinn since 2008.
The full conference programme can be found here: http://latitude59.ee/program
Dr. Lisa Harper of UC Berkeley Gave an Open Lecture at Tallinn Tech
On Wednesday, April 25, Dr. Lisa Harper, a Professor at the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, gave an open lecture at Tallinn Tech on the nature of genes and genomes and on how this relates to genetically modified organisms. She discussed the thousands of genes we all have in common with all other creatures and how this illustrates our common evolutionary history. She also talked about the nature of genetically modified organisms, and how they are used in the US.
Dr. Harper received her PhD in 1996 from the University of California at Berkeley in the field of Plant Genetics and Development. Currently, she works in two areas: Discovery of genes involved in cell division, and in the assembly, annotation and display of the maize genome sequence. Dr. Harper also does outreach and education about the Corn plant.
Professor Peter J. Davies from Cornell University Gave a Lecture at Tallinn Tech
On Tuesday, April 17, Professor Peter J. Davies, a Jefferson Science Fellow at the United States Department of State and a Professor of Plant Physiology at Cornell University, gave a public lecture at Tallinn Tech on "Crop Biotechnology: Science and Sustainability".
Humans have been genetically modifying plants for crop use for thousands of years. The difference is that modern genetic engineers can move genes, which regulate plant characteristics, much more precisely. This ability depends upon that of a bacterium, Agrobacterium, to insert genes that have been placed into the bacterial DNA, into plant DNA, and also the development of a method for blasting genes into plant cells. Whole plants can then be produced from single plant cells. Currently-available biotech crops include those that have resistance to insects through Bt, a protein that inhibits insect feeding, or tolerance to a benign, universal herbicide, which enables very efficient weed control. This has resulted in increases in yield, so that more can be grown on less land, at the same time as a decline in the use of pesticides. Additional environmental advantages include less soil erosion and less fuel use. Further developments include disease resistant and drought tolerant crops, as well as crops with improved nutritional characteristics.
Peter J. Davies is a professor of Plant Physiology at Cornell University in Ithaca New York, USA, where he has been a member of the faculty for 42 years in the departments of Plant Biology and Horticulture. He holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Reading in England, and an M.S. from the University of California at Davis, USA. Prior to going to Cornell he held a position at Yale University. His expertise is in the field of plant development, especially plant hormones, and crop biotechnology. He has published over 100 papers and several books, including three editions of the principal monograph in the field of plant hormones, and is also the editor for plant physiology for the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. At Cornell he teaches plant function and growth, especially to students of agriculture and horticulture, and a course educating non-biology students in the societal implications of advances in biology, covering diet to disease, DNA to deforestation. At the United States Department of State he is a science advisor in the area of agricultural biotechnology.
U.S. Ambassador Michael C. Polt Gave a Speech at Tallinn Tech
On Tuesday, April 17, Michael C. Polt, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia, gave a speech at Tallinn Tech on “Does America Still Matter in the 21st Century?”.
The Ambassador pointed out that U.S. sets an example to the rest of the world in terms of freedom, economic growth, and human fulfillment. This has defined the U.S. role in history as well as indicates its commitment and constant effort to move towards a more perfect union.
"America’s leadership is a reflection of the world’s collective aspiration to create a more perfect community of nations," concluded the Ambassador.
The question “Does America Still Matter?” was initially posed by a Tallinn Tech student last year when the Ambassador spoke on the continued relevance of Europe on the world stage.
Tallinn Tech Signed a Partnership Agreement with Stanford's H-Star Institute
On Monday, April 9, Tallinn University of Technology and H-Star, the Human-Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute of Stanford University signed a partnership agreement to broaden collaboration for researchers and scientists of Tallinn Tech.
The agreement was signed by Alar Kolk, Vice Rector of Vice-Rector of Innovation and Internationalisation at Tallinn Tech, and Keith Devlin, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Stanford's H-STAR Institute.
H-STAR is a Stanford interdisciplinary research center focusing on people and technology, including on how people use technology, how to make it more usable, how to utilize technologies in research, education, business, and many other fields.
Tallinn Tech Students Participated in an Intensive Training in Silicon Valley
The winners of the innovation business model competition Stratos Futuris - Kaarel Oja, Kadri Tolsberg, Mairo Leier, and Zahhar Kairjak - participated in an intensive training in Silicon Valley to learn, network and pitch their idea to potential investors. It was an exciting trip for the ambitious Tallinn Tech’s start-up team that resulted in valuable take aways and contacts to proceed with their business idea.
Events and activities included:
- Startupism startup conference where keynote speakers were Phil McKinney, CTO of Hewlett-Packard, and Steve Jurvetson, Partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson.
- Startup Speed Dating to network and find partners for their startup.
- Lecture by Steve Blank.
- Full day of entrepreneurship related lectures at UC Berkeley Haas Business School.
- Pitching their MiTV business idea to several potential investors and advisors.
- Full day of pitching and learning sessions at Plug and Play Tech Center, a startup accelerator.
- Networking lunch at Media Camp, an accelerator program focused on the media space.
More information about the trip can be found here
Tallinn Tech Showcased at UC Berkeley Study Abroad Fair
On Friday, September 23, Tallinn University of Technology participated in a Study Abroad Fair at UC Berkeley in California.
The Study Abroad Fair provided UC Berkeley students with an opportunity to explore studying, working, and volunteering opportunities abroad.
In addition to the Study Abroad Fair at Berkeley, during their tour in the US, Tallinn Tech also introduced their scientific research and study opportunities at Stanford University and University of New Mexico.
Tallinn Tech currently has 800 international students who are enrolled in 15 different curricula taught in English.
Tallinn Tech Opened an Office in the Heart of Silicon Valley
On Thursday, September 22, Tallinn University of Technology opened its representative office in Silicon Valley. The office is located next to the world’s greatest IT-companies, such as Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, IBM, Intel, etc.
“In order to enhance the quality of research and education at our university, it is important to be in a place where the newest scientific ideas, technologies and applications are created. Currently, the world’s IT capital is Silicon Valley. An international university like Tallinn University of Technology cannot expect to become international only in Tallinn. We must make ourselves available at our partner universities and companies where the world’s top entrepreneurs develop their technologies and finance them in cooperation with venture capitalists,” said Alar Kolk, Vice Rector of Innovation and Internationalisation at Tallinn Tech.
The US representative office of Tallinn Tech is located in Silicon Valley at 440 N. Wolfe Rd. Sunnyvale, California 94085. Google started its successful journey in the very same house. The office of Tallinn Tech is also opened to be exploited for the nearly 200 companies on the campus of TUT who engage in daily cooperation with the university.
Tallinn Tech Professors Discussed Future Collaboration Plans with CETR
On Wednesday, September 21, Tallinn University of Technology professors visited CETR to discuss future research and collaboration opportunities. CETR is a world's leading producer of mechanical and tribological test equipment.
Tallinn Tech Professors Visited Nokia in Silicon Valley
On Wednesday, September 21, a delegation of Tallinn University of Technology's professors and researchers visited Nokia's office in Silicon Valley. The main focus of the visit was to discuss future research collaboration plans as well as creating internship opportunities for the students of Tallinn Tech.
Microsoft Vice-President and CFO Alain Crozier visited Tallinn Tech
On September 7, 2011, Alain Crozier, Microsoft’s Vice President and CFO, visited Tallinn University of Technology to initiate talks with Alar Kolk, Vice Rector of Innovation and Internationalisation, about potential collaboration on research projects with Tallinn Tech’s faculty and students.
"Microsoft is a global trendsetter, and Alain Crozier is the man behind innovations that we use daily," Kolk told ETV. "This meeting is an important milestone marking the start of cooperation toward innovation."
Crozier and Kolk also spoke about future internship prospects for Tallinn Tech students at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington.
Crozier finished his visit with a public talk at the university.