We want to give each of you the chance to organize an event in the name of the Foundation: thus, we have released these “ground rules” to support your planning and promotion, and we invite you to please read it thoroughly so that your event will be a success!
What is in for you as an organiser?
- You expand your professional network and meet skilled individuals.
You give visibility to your company, startup or personal projects.
You bring friends together and give back to the community.
Why do we organize events?
The mission of the Alumni Foundation is to bring our members together, even though these are no longer part of the EIT Digital ecosystem. In this perspective, the easiest way to reunite people is through local gatherings and occasional meetups, with the aim of building small local communities which are eager to encounter because of “being part of something meaningful”.
What kind of events could you organize?
These are some example of possible events you could run in your city. However, we’re more than happy to receive proposals for different types!
TALK: an entrepreneur, a researcher, a member of our community working at a cool company etc. gives a presentation about their innovative technology, research or their lessons learnt. Participants can listen, ask questions and enjoy networking drinks straight after. Find examples of previous talks here and here.
WORKSHOP: train participants on a specific topic or soft skill! Invite an expert (or one of our Alumni) to teach attendees practical concepts which could enhance their careers. See examples of such workshops here and here.
SOCIAL GATHERING: there are so many members of our community around you! Do you know them all? Set up an informal gathering to strengthen the local group, share experiences and stories over a drink and, who knows, ideate on future events in town. Examples of previous Social Gatherings can be viewed here and here.
COMPANY VISIT: this is particularly interesting if your company is hiring or launching a new product. Arrange a visit to a tech firm, or invite the Alumni over to your company: show them the spaces, and enjoy some great networking, as was already done here.
HACKATHON: we are still tech people, and several of us love developing stuff. And all our website is open-source: meet with other Alumni who loves coding and build new features or fix bugs, we provide food and drinks ;) Here you find the first hackathon we organized on our website.
Of course, hackathons can also be on other topics, or more business-oriented or challenge-focused, like the Startup Days.
SHARED EVENT: our community is such a pool of talents and resources you should definitely engage with. How about a shared event? You can co-brand it with your company and offer your spaces as venue. Also, speakers could directly come from such a partnership. See an example here.
Which events can the Foundation fund?
The Alumni Foundation can cover all expenses associated to your event (up to a reasonable amount), provided there is a learning or professional part in it. Give us more details here.
Do I need particular skills or expertise?