UP FTŠ Stoudio Turistica among the winners at the Hack Startup Village Hackathon

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At the end of October, Turistica participated in the hackathon Hack Startup Village 2022, organized by AgriFood Lithuania and sponsored by the European Commission. Our Student sustainable TOUrism Development & Innovation Office – sTOUdio Turistica team celebrated their win at the weekend challenge.

The team consisted of four active members of UP FTŠ sTOUdio Turistica: mentor Tadej Rogelja and students Jaka Godejša, Rudi Medved and Anna Marie Strmecki. They tackled the challenge: Let's create an attractive village to live in, where they looked for innovative solutions to create an attractive village for living, working, and doing business.

It was a very intense, but at the same time extremely successful weekend for the team, because with the idea of ​​a "Living Learning Lab", which would physically connect digital nomads, students, and local providers in the villages, they swept away the competition and won. The team convinced the jury with their five-minute pitch and with answers to the questions asked, thus securing a cash prize of €2,000 and an invitation to present their idea at one of the leading European forums, the Startup Village Forum, organized by the European Commission.

Tadej Rogelja, the team mentor and lecturer at Turistica, said that "challenges related to the search for innovative solutions/concepts for the development of the (often neglected) rural areas and the empowerment of local stakeholders are very important today, and he is very much looking forward to participating in the Start Up Village Forum, where they expect to present a plan for the realization of the prototype version of the winning idea."

Depopulation, uncompetitive economy, brain drain, lack of infrastructure, low income levels, limited access to services, environmental and social issues are buzzwords often used while describing rural regions. The Startup Village concept proposes a new, different approach. Tthe young Turistica team showed this approach as well and proved that the rural area can also have great development potential.

Our sincere congratulations to the whole team!

Check out the 5-minute pitch which made the UP FTŠ sTOUdio Turistica team winners at the Hack Startup Village 2022.