STUDENTS WILL LOOK FOR SOLUTIONS TO IMPROVE MOBILITY AT THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL
In the Fall 2021 season of the innovation platform "Demola Latvia", students will offer innovative solutions to 11 challenges defined by Latvian companies and organizations, including looking for ways to improve mobility in the territory of the Children's Clinical University Hospital. Student teams will also develop tools to motivate children and adolescents who are with injuries, overweight, oncological conditions or limited mobility to move more.
The new Demola Latvia season will start on September 29. Students interested in participating in the program are invited to leave their contact information on the Demola Latvia website by September 15. The full application must be filled in on the website idejubanka.lv.

Demola Latvia is a cooperation platform between students, companies and universities. It gives students the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary teams in a real business environment. In turn, it is an opportunity for companies to bring new competencies and ideas to the company without high financial risk, to establish contacts with motivated, talented students, as well as to obtain an innovative and implementable solution. Demola Latvia is implemented by Riga Technical University (RTU) in cooperation with the University of Latvia (LU), but students of other universities can also participate in it. By participating in the program, students can apply for a monthly scholarship of 200-228 euros. Up to 2,500 euros of support is also available for teams to research and implement ideas.

11 challenges are offered by such companies as Sadales tīkls, Mitau Prefab, Valmiermuižas alus, Torena Investīcijas, MoIPort and State Real Estate, which also participated in the previous season and praised the students' performance in exploring the possibilities of a remote survey and assessment of land areas. The company purchased the study elaborated by students to develop digital solutions. During the autumn season, the company is interested in finding ways to remotely monitor construction sites to reduce security breaches.

In turn, the company MikroTik will support the creation of solutions to five challenges. The challenges are related to the Children's Clinical University Hospital, the Latvian HPC competence center SuperS and the smart city innovation space VEFRESH. In the case of VEFRESH, students will have to offer their vision on how to improve access for various groups of passengers to Čiekurkalns railway station and promptly inform people about planned road repairs and related traffic congestion.

The challenges of the new season are related to the research and development of IT and various technical solutions, as well as marketing and even the recycling of textiles, which the company Torena Investīcijas invites young people to think about.

Demola Latvia has been running for seven years, so far more than 100 companies and 550 students have participated in it. Since 2019, it has been a part of the ERDF co-financed project "Innovation Grants for Students" (No.1.1.1.3/18/A/001 "RTU Innovation Grants for Students" and No.1.1.1.3/18/A/007 "LU Innovation Grants students'').