Martim Gois, a student of Finance minoring in AVP, was selected by IBM for the Best Student Award earlier this summer. Martim travelled to Amsterdam for a global three-day event, where he represented both AVP and Finland. 80 students were selected from across EMEA region to work on “Tackling global issue of food wastage” challenge.

Martim returned from the event excited and full of energy. During the three days he gained new insights into the issue of food wastage and participated in discussions on potential solutions. Martim and his team applied to the IDEO inspired ‘Design Thinking’ human centered process to understand the problem from the users’ point of view. Martim also had the opportunity to discuss his thoughts on entrepreneurship with Pierre de Wit, IBM Head of Innovation. On the final day of the event Martim and his team developed and pitched a business idea, which got selected as the second best idea of the event.

The event ended with expressions of gratitude, high fives, and goodbyes to fellow EMEA students. As he reflects on his trip, Martin writes: “In the midst of a cracking Eurozone, a security crisis in the East, lagging economic growth and an ageing population, the future of our continent looks murky. However, the powerful thoughts, discussion and solutions for one of humankind’s most acute problems sent me off back to Finland with a confident conclusion for the future: I believe in Europe.”