250 students compete in the Morpheus Cup 2016 Written by Alexandre Keilmann on May 19th, 2016

83 teams, from 43 universities and 14 countries competed on May 10th for the second edition of the Morpheus Cup, held in Luxembourg, in parallel of ICT Spring Europe 2016. Organized to solve the shortage and need for young talents in Europe, as announced by the European Commission, the competition saw team “Homelife” from HEC Paris win the trophy, in front of a jury of seasoned and international professionals.

 

After scoring 450 out of 500 points in the morning challenges, and winning the FinTech challenge, sponsored by ING Luxembourg, Homelife, composed of Oliver Fournier, Stéphane Vukovic and Hélène Gautier, was awarded the MorpheusCup 2016 trophy, succeeding to the members of Team Goodwill from Warsaw School of Economics, the first ever winners of the European universities and graduate schools championship. Teams Ping, from the University of Luxembourg, and LYR, from Telecom Nancy respectively took the second and third places. The morning session was introduced by Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and included some specific challenges designed by Chanda Gonzales, Senior Director at Google Lunar XPRIZE and Taïg Khris, three times world ramp skating champion. Students also imagined their ideal workplace and participated in a Tweet contest (regarding to gender equality).

 

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Photo credits: Essencia Models

 

Tailored challenges, with the support of the government and local actors

For its second edition, Luxembourgish companies joined the organizers in the creation of specific challenges to test the creativity and knowledge of the European students. Placed under the high patronage of the European Commission and Luxembourg’s Ministry for Equal Opportunities, the Morpheus Cup saw challenges and projects created by ING Luxembourg (on the topic of FinTech), Deloitte Luxembourg (Coding), Tageblatt Lëtzebuerg (Business), NPG Wealth Management (Design), Telindus (Security), Cargolux Airlines International (Logistics), Vodafone (Procurement), Foundation Europeana (Smart Culture) and Lombard International Assurance (Wealth Management). Other sponsors and partners of the event were DuPont de Nemours Luxembourg, C-Services, Randstad Luxembourg, RTL Group, Temenos Luxembourg and Leopard.

 

Find below the list of the best performing teams:

Challenge Team University Country
Business Tigers Skema Paris France
Coding Got Map Technische Universität München Germany
Design Got Map Technische Universität München Germany
Engineering Physis International Space University France
FinTech Homelife HEC Paris France
Marketing FoodHub Antwerp Management School Belgium
Security Ping University of Luxembourg Luxembourg

 

The Best Project Awards and the Special Jury Prize

Prior to the event, students had to submit their projects to the organizers, on the topics of Healthcare, Engineering, Mobility, Procurement, Wealth Management and much more. On the day of the event, the winners of each category pitched their projects to the jury composed of renowned professionals. The Special Jury Prize was awarded to Homelife. The team form HEC Paris worked on a Healthcare project aiming at monitoring health data to lung transplant patients: “our solution provides patients with a connected device which takes all the necessary measurements and reports the data to the doctor through a platform” added the members of team Homelife.

Ping, from the University of Luxembourg and TempEmp, from EU Business School Barcelona were also rewarded for their projects on Education and InsurTech. Jury members were impressed by the quality of the projects submitted by the European students and delighted to be part of the second edition of the Morpheus Cup.

 

Find below the list of the winning teams for each project:

Projects Team University Country
Business FC Innovation Antwerp Management School Belgium
Climate LYR Telecom Nancy France
Coding Tum House Technische Universität München Germany
Design Poly Pockets ETHZ Switzerland
Education Ping University of Luxembourg Luxembourg
Engineering ProDIGIes University of Luxembourg Luxembourg
Fintech Neo University of Luxembourg Luxembourg
Food Mahaych Concept IMC France
Healthcare Homelife HEC Paris France
Legal Les Triphasés Telecom Nancy France
Mobility Neo University of Luxembourg Luxembourg
Space Ping – Space University of Luxembourg Luxembourg
Gaming In_Silico University of Abertay Dundee United-Kingdom
Insurtech Tempemp EU Business School Barcelona Spain
Logistics TempEmp EU Business School Barcelona Spain
Procurement Homelife HEC Paris France
Smart Culture LYR Telecom Nancy France
Wealth Management Tech Care University of Luxembourg Luxembourg

 

A Jury composed of ICT, Space and Digital specialists

This year, Dr. Philippe Pouletty, co-founder of Carmat, the first artificial heart was named president of the Jury. Through the day, he encouraged students and entrepreneurs to take “radical risks” to foster real innovation. Jean-Jacques Dordain, former ESA Director, also a member of the jury shared with the audience of the Space Forum (which took place in parallel of the competition) his pleasure to have young talents perform in the competition at such a high level, mixing, notably the space and digital environments. Other jury members were Jelena Djokovic (National Director, Novak Djokovic Foundation), Olivier Schaack (Creative Director, Canal +), Vaclav Smil (Distinguished Professor Emeritus and one of Bill Gates’ favorite authors), Andrew Barton and Chanda Gonzales (Google Lunar XPRIZE).