Enschede, Netherlands, 16-4-2015 — /EuropaWire/ — A team of students from the UT’s Creative Technology programme is one of eight teams nominated for the SpinAward for Young Talent, a pitch contest for talented young people. The SpinAwards are prizes for creative concepts that take digital thinking to a new level. The UT team developed a new social platform (Headway) that enables users to store experiences.
Headway is a new social network focusing on people between the ages of 16 and 30 years. It enables them to show their friends what they are currently experiencing and allows their friends to share in their pleasure. Headway was developed by Janwillem te Voortwis (20), Jason van Eunen (19), Bouke Regnerus (21) and Raoul Fasel (21), all students in the Creative Technology programme. Current social media reflect what people are going to do or what they have already done. Headway does it differently. Headway is an app that has a structured way of reproducing experiences. For instances, a holiday (but also a course or a personal goal) is regarded as a separate experience. All photos and moments experienced during the holiday are incorporated into the experience so that everything can easily be accessed again. This provides you with a better summary of your own digital life.Read more about Headway on www.headway.me or on the website of SpinAwards.
SPINAWARDS FOR YOUNG TALENT
The SpinAwards, which first came into existence in 1998, are organized by the independent SpinAwards Foundation, which has set itself the goal of encouraging creativity and effectiveness in digital media.The Young-talent contest is a separate part of the SpinAwards. The SpinAwards Foundations feels that Young Talent plays a large role in this. This is why, many years ago, in collaboration with educational institutions, they set up the special Young Talent SpinAwards to reward the best young digital talent in the Netherlands.The prizes will be presented to Dutch and Belgian contributors during the annual SpinAwards Night, this year on 16 April in The Warehouse, Elementenstraat, Amsterdam.
FIRST UNIVERSITY TO PARTICIPATE
The University of Twente is the first university that has become affiliated with the SpinAwards Young Talent. Gerrit van der Hoeven, programme director of Creative Technology: ‘By participating in the SpinAwards Young Talent, we are providing our students with an extra incentive in entrepreneurship, creativity and digital thinking. We are giving them a platform and an opportunity to mingle with the best digital talent in the Netherlands, as well as an opportunity of taking their ideas to the next level in response to the advice of the expert jury.’
Jochem Vreeman, Science Communication Officer, tel +31 6 12 22 12 53