Red Bull Basement 2021 World Final, which supports entrepreneurs interested in technology and gives college students the opportunity to develop projects that will change campus life, was held in Feriye, Istanbul between 25-27 March. Within the scope of Red Bull Basement 2021 Global Final, 44 finalist student teams from 43 countries had the opportunity to meet with the global social innovation circle in Istanbul and introduce their projects to the whole world. The winner of the grand final, in which Turkey was represented by ToplaGel, was Jotted from the USA.
Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Red Bull Basement continues to support college student entrepreneurs, code writers, and innovation thought leaders who leverage the power of technology to build a better future in many countries today. With the world final held every year, Red Bull Basement also provides the opportunity for young entrepreneur candidates to be discovered and develop their ventures in the international arena.
Jotted wins Red Bull Basement 2021 Global Final
This year, 44 finalists selected from among more than 4000 applications from 43 countries around the world came together in Istanbul Feriye between 25-27 March to convey and develop their projects, as part of the Red Bull Basement 2021 Global Final. The winners of the competition have become the Jotted team consisting of Brinlee Kidd and Sylvia Lopez from the USA.
Jotted, which is defined as a more rational way of taking notes, aims to prepare students to overcome academic difficulties with flashcards and practice exams, and is planned to be implemented as an application by making use of additional resources in the near future; It left its mark on the event by being selected first by the jury composed of world-renowned names in the field of entrepreneurship.
Expressing their happiness to be the winner of the Red Bull Basement 2021 Global Final, Brinlee and Sylvia said:
“Everyone has been very interested since the day we came here, we made very good friends and learned a lot here. Every time someone went on stage for a presentation, we looked at each other and said, ‘We hope they win,’ because there were so many good ideas and projects. Thanks to Red Bull Basement, we learned a lot about business life and technical perspective. Winning was not our priority when we came here, but of course we are very happy and we are already very excited about the steps we will take from now on.”
‘Education’, ‘Smart Cities’ and ‘Body and Mind’ were top categories in the competition
In the Red Bull Basement 2021 Global Final, first of all, the top 10 projects and the top 4 projects before the grand finale were determined. Most of the ideas focused on categories based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, with the top three focus areas being “Education”, “Smart Cities” and “Body and Mind”.
The 10 projects that were evaluated by the final jury in the exciting final process are Circle One (Austria), Digital X-Ray Visions (South Africa), H2Whoah (Canada), Jotted (USA), NCMS (Japan), Open Grid (Australia), Smart Capacit. System (Hungary), Starry Light Tiles (UK), Vego App (Spain), and Wrest (Czech).
Inspirational meetings with global entrepreneurs
College student have come to Istanbul from all over the world by qualifying to represent their country in the Global Final with their projects in the Red Bull Basement 202. In addition to turning their ideas into reality with the contributions of mentors from different countries, they were also included in an international training program that lasted for three days.
As part of the Red Bull Basement 2021 World Final, students attended various workshops and panels with prominent entrepreneurs from around the world, such as SuperSocial CEO Mathias Haas, World Wide Generation (WWG) Founder and CEO Manjula Lee, and Gener8 Founder and CEO Sam Jones and had the opportunity to listen to their inspiring stories. In addition, with specially organized events, students had the chance to experience a Q&A session with Kudzi Chikumbu, the leader of the community and creators of one of the world’s largest entertainment short-form video platforms, and a free-running workshop with Turkish athlete Hazal Nehir.