Thought Starters

Welcome to a sampling of ideas from last year. Scroll through to check out the creativity of students worldwide and get inspired yourself. From initial thoughts to early-stage start-ups, all kinds of ideas are welcome.

How would you use technology or innovation to drive positive change at university today and in the world tomorrow?

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#Accessibility
#Inclusion

CAMPASSIST

CampAssist is a one-stop solution for the most vital, unexpected problems that students face in their everyday lives. We will build an app that lets students borrow, exchange and help each other with different needs instantly. Our platform also includes a discussion forum, better utility for critical requests such as smart car-pooling, teacher reviews and much more. With CampAssist, our aim is to different student problems smartly and bring the campus together!

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#Accessibility
#Empowerment

Edublock

Edublock enables students and everyone without in-depth IT skills to realize their ideas with ease. Just use our actuator and sensors, let them speak to each other via new generation wireless standards, use our web app to set up your scenario in a flow-based fashion and you are ready to go! Edublock helps you to focus on the problem you want to solve with technology and not get stuck by it. While using Edublock you will be able to rapidly prototype your project while learning the basics of IoT, hardware and the web, making future challenges more tangible. Giving the power back to the people making everyone a problem solver and inventor. Edublock – Make your idea your reality.

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#Sustainability
#Other

ENERGYBRID

What if we can generate electricity from all the walking we do ? Energybrid does this! Our idea Energybrid, is a piezoelectric grid system present in pathways which converts the pressure of walking into electricity and stores it. Imagine implementing this in an area with heavy foot traffic? We can use the electricity generated to power our entire University campus!

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#Empowerment
#Inclusion

First Friday's Group - A Place For Creativity

We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue their creative passions. We provide college students with the resources & mentorship to pursue creative endeavors, such as Djing, videography, or photography. Then we organize inclusive social events where they can showcase these talents. Our goal is to build a digital skillsharing platform where students & other young creatives can easily learn technical art forms such as DJing, Photography, or Music Production, & network with other likeminded creatives.

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#Accessibility
#Empowerment

Listen & Learn with Audvice

Audvice is an app, that offers you everything you need to easily create, share and listen to playlists and tracks related to your studies. We want to encourage students to make use of more learning methods than just reading and re-reading. By actively recording, listening and repeating you can increase your memory retention by up to 50%. Audvice can not only be used by students, but also by teachers, as an easy-to-use blended learning tool, that allows them to flip their classrooms and make it more interactive.

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#Empowerment
#Other

miniRabits

Establishing good habits and sticking to them is a real challenge. The secret to achieving goals is having a combination of personal and social reward systems. Knowing this, we are creating “miniRabits”, an app that helps students form good habits with ease and fun. We want university students to study and work regularly on uni work with friends, to help avoid cramming. Other habits such as exercise and yoga are also encouraged because physical health is equally important in maintaining a healthy mind. As a result, students will avoid last-minute stress and be more resilient to anxiety, if it strikes. This will immensely improve their mental health and university life. Join us and rabbit-up your habit with "miniRabits".

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#Accessibility
#Inclusion

NOROSHI

Noroshi is a platform that uses beacons that send customized notifications to devices in the proximity, and organizes that information in one app. Paper mail and emails from different departments or student organizations can quickly accumulate and cause important messages to be lost or overlooked by students. Location-based beacons will help minimize this by relaying relevant information to each building, department, class, or student organization. Our platform will allow the sharing of specific, relevant information to be delivered more easily and reliably.

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#Empowerment
#Inclusion

Sightly

We are creating a VR platform for students to gain exposure and feel more comfortable in common, anxiety-inducing situations. Our concept is based on the highly researched and vetted technique called exposure-therapy. Recent studies link promising results to the use of VR in delivering a cost-effective and scalable method.

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#Sustainability

Smarttle

Integration of RFID's to the regular bottles and make them SmartBottle's and reusable for people. Providing drinkable water for bottles from automates. Aim is to reduce the plastic consumption.

_01 This Year's Categories

Want to participate in Red Bull Basement but not sure where to begin? Try these categories to spark your inspiration. All share a common theme of sustainable and positive development in the world, and whether you explore one of these categories or something different, you’ll get a feel for the possibilities.

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Empowerment

Enabling all people to build a stronger community together. How can you ensure equal opportunities for leadership? Or enhance the use of technology to inspire involvement? Think where and how you can contribute around this theme.

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Education

Facilitating ongoing quality learning opportunities on campus and beyond. Think about how you could leverage technology to share learning strategies or empower other students. How can you make a difference?

III
Clean Water

Increasing availability and sustainable management of water for all. Now more than ever, water scarcity is a topic of interest worldwide, and it's our time to make an impact. Whether at home, at university or in the larger world, can you find a solution that increases water-use efficiency or helps ensure access to safe water?

IV
Energy

Improving access to reliable and sustainable energy. What if you could create a tech solution that helps optimize energy use across your campus? Is it an app that notifies you when you leave a light on? An innovation for charging devices? Think of ways you can leverage your skillset and interests to make the world a better place.

V
Career

Exploring future career options and ensuring work opportunities for all. Imagine creating a community space where students can exchange questions and ideas about their future, or an app that helps job applicants prepare by connecting them with former employees. Think from experience: What tech solution could boost your own journey toward the career you want?

VI
Body & Mind

Promoting mental and physical well-being all around you. Start with thinking of your routine: eating, sleeping, exercising... How could you use technology to improve mental and physical health? It is more important than ever to be aware of our health and create a sustainable lifestyle. How can you make an impact on others’ well-being and add value in this category?

VII
Accessibility

Enhancing inclusion, access and representation for all. Think about: What are the challenges to accessibility? How can I make our buildings –or outdoor spaces –more accessible? Can I help ensure there are equal opportunities for everyone to feel included in our community? You are one solution away from making a difference in this category.

VIII
Smart Cities

Making campuses and cities inclusive, safe and sustainable. Take a closer look at your surroundings: Where on campus do you need a smart solution? Could this solution be helpful for your whole city? Where could you optimize efficiencies? Think of inventive ways to support positive urbanization.

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Climate Action

Taking action to combat climate change and its impacts. Climate change continues to affect our world and our lives. What problems can we solve, or which areas can we optimize, to play a part in combating climate change? Your idea today offers answers for the world tomorrow.

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