Our Goals For #Waterkant19
From the beginning we have set ourselves the goal of reaching a wide range of people, this year we will work even harder to provide each visitor with an individual learning experience. The focus of the programme will be on interactivity and new technologies in order to intensify the exchange between the participants.
We want and will initiate sustainable cooperations between start-ups and companies and enable interdisciplinary knowledge exchange to strengthen Northern Germany as a location. Especially the cooperation with cooperation partners from Denmark has proven to be fruitful since the founding of the festival in 2016.
For the Waterkant.sh Festival 2019 we will not only move closer to Denmark, but also focus on the exchange with the other Scandinavian countries and the Baltic States. We will have international speakers for this and make sure that workshops and other formats are offered by our Northern European partners.
In recent years we already had valuable cooperations with other coworking spaces, incubators or innovation hubs, which are to be deepened. For founders in particular, discussions with international guests are very relevant, as they gain a better understanding of how markets abroad work and what strategies they can pursue for internationalising their ideas.
Start-ups and Companies
Last year, we started with an area that provided an improved exchange between start-ups and companies. On the basis of the positive experiences, this thematic deepened and improved. Through early communication with companies we will ensure that these with explicit tasks and challenges to the Waterkant.sh Festival and then startups and other visitors can work on exactly these problems.
Visibility For Start-ups
The founding scene in Schleswig-Holstein is growing and it is elementary to give the founders more visibility. At the Waterkant.sh Festival they can present their ideas, present products and get valuable feedback. The exchange with startups from other cities and countries is a core element of the event since the first Waterkant.sh Festival helps the founders to learn from each other’s experiences.
Especially the coming together of many start-ups in very different phases of their foundation can be very fruitful. We will provide sessions and workshops, which enable an uncomplicated transfer of knowledge. In one area of the festival, founders will have the opportunity to present their explicit challenge to an interested audience in order to receive new input, constructive feedback and possibly assistance for their problems.
Young Talents / #YoungWaterkant
Many companies in Schleswig-Holstein have the problem of finding suitable junior staff. The Waterkant.sh Festival can make a contribution to introduce young talents to these companies. The direct exchange between potential employees and companies from the region will become an even stronger focus of the event.
On the one hand, we are helping to make the companies more visible and to make it clear to the young talents what opportunities they offer as employers. On the other hand, junior employees at Waterkant.sh will have the direct opportunity to get to know the corporate culture and employees from the companies in order to enable an exchange at eye level.
The Waterkant Fesitival will be extended again by Young Waterkant in 2019. With the help of our initiative Seed.schule (Sociale Entrepreneurship Education) we motivate more than 500 students from all over the country to actively shape their and our (digital) future and to familiarize themselves with the new tools and inspiring people.
With the Frontend WebDev program, in cooperation with Digitale
Woche Kiel, we launched a program where the participants learn to program in seven months. For this, we have developed an accompanying programme and won a large number of companies as partners. 50 interested people applied for the initial 20 places. We have now given 34 optimistic people (people without an apprenticeship, drop-outs, students, career changers, pensioners) the opportunity to start the programme and want to place as many participants as possible into the regional labour market.
At the upcoming Waterkant Festival we will set up a special area for them so that they can share their experiences. The message is: Anyone can learn programming.
An important element of the festival is to depict technological trends, to reduce fears and to enable visitors to playfully deal with new technologies. Regardless of whether they are dealing with topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality or Blockchain, for many there are hardly any points of contact with these topics and some of them still seem completely abstract. Since we will be confronted with these processes more and more in the future, it is important to provide more information and to make positive experiences possible. The aim is not only to point out trends and talk about them, but also to create memories and thus make digitalisation an experience.
Every visitor to the festival should leave the event with the feeling of having learned something new.