At the Annual Forum in Milan the Top 5 projects of this year’s EUSALP youth competition were presented on stage in a pitching session. The audience voted live in order to choose the winners of the three prizes worth 2,000, 3,000 and 5,000 Euro. The jury and the audience congratulated the candidates, aged between 16 and 25 years, for presenting their original and relevant projects to tackle the current Alpine Region’s challenges. and the winners are:
The project with the most support by the audience was presented by Finn Wilkesmann and Mario Traunsprunger from Germany. The aim of their app and website “MyCabin” is to mediate legal and close to nature overnight accommodation in the Alps without damaging the sensitive nature. This idea earned the 1st place and 5,000 Euro prize money.
Sofia Farina and Nicolas Rodigari from Italy presented their project of a complementary local currency as a form of payment exclusively in local businesses in the Alpine Region. “Edelweiss” is intended to support local shopping and the local economy. The two young Italians received the 2nd place and 3,000 Euro which they can use in order to make their idea become reality.
3. Don’t Drain Out Your Alps
This project was presented by Alice Alcaini, Riccardo Omacini and Stefano Trapletti from Italy. The purpose of their project is to establish terraces with dry-stone walls in order to collect and re-use rainwater. This should not only reduce hydrogeological risks but also foster workplaces in the Alpine Region. Their idea won the 3rd prize and therefore 2,000 Euro to implement their project.
Also the other finalists, Matthäus Jost, Dominic Gstrein and Bastian Fettinger from Austria with their ride sharing app “Eichi & Aussi” and Matteo Mori from Italy with his “Zero-Waste Hiking” awareness-campaign received a great recognition and encouraging applause for their ideas.
True to the Olympic motto, taking part in Pitch Your Project 2019 was everything. The five finalists had the opportunity to present their project to an audience of decision-makers and high-level experts from the Alpine Region. All their projects were well-received and have clearly demonstrated that the youth has a lot to say about the sustainable development of the Alpine Region. Further, all finalists received an invitation to be a part of the kick-off event of the French EUSALP Presidency in Lyon 2020.
Pitch Your Project 2019 was sponsored and organized by the European Commission, the Land Tirol and the Italian EUSALP Presidency. The prizes were handed over by Jean-Pierre Halkin, Head of Unit at the Competence Centre Macro-regions and Territorial Co-operation of the European Commission, and the President of the French region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Marie-Marguerite Dufay. To ensure the continuity of youth involvement in EUSALP, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté will take over the leadership of the youth involvement process “youth.shaping.EUSALP” within the French Presidency 2020.
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