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The third edition of the Esko Innovation Days; that is 3 days of full concentration and 76 associates from around the world, divided in 25 competing teams.
Innovation is one of our core values, and we stimulate all employees to innovate at all times. With the yearly innovation days we give all R&D employees worldwide the opportunity to work on their innovative ideas full-time.
On Tuesday morning October 18th we kick-off the Innovation Days with an information session and some creative warm-up exercises. All participants have to hum along to the acapella version of the star wars movie theme, but to mislead their brains; they have to move downwards while raising their voice, and vice-versa. Needless to say that this is a funny moment to witness.
After the kick-off, the teams start working on their innovative ideas and create a prototype where possible. In 1,5 days’ time they finish their projects as good as possible and make a short video presenting their project. The teams for sure are motivated, working late on the first day – the last team leaving the building at 11:30 PM – and ordering pizza to keep up the fun and the good work.
By noon on the second day the teams send their video, presenting their innovative idea, to a panel of 18 judges from different departments within Esko. This panel selects the 5 teams with the most innovative ideas to go through to the second round.
In the second (and final) round the teams present their project in person to a larger audience of Esko associates. The winner is selected based on four criteria: relevance to Esko, innovation, progress made and quality of the presentation.
The winning team gets Esko’s full support to work out their innovative idea, while a second team is rewarded the public prize.