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Students in Iceland Open Innovation Website

In response to imminent unemployment among students next summer, some high school students developed an online social network, frumkvaedi.is, where people can pitch innovative ideas. Minister of Education Katrín Jakobsdóttir formally launched the website on Monday.

“This shows how we should think when times are difficult,” Jakobsdóttir said at the opening ceremony, which was held at the “House of Ideas” at Grandi in Reykjavík, Fréttabladid reports.

“We wanted to create a platform where everyone could get together and do something clever,” said one of the project’s initiators, Hreidar Már Árnason.

At the website, companies, associations and individuals can pitch ideas on potentially beneficial projects and on housing that can be used for working on these projects, as Sindri Snaer Einarsson, the website’s other initiator, explained.

Although the social network is open to everyone, it is especially aimed at young people since up to 30,000 high school students might end up without a summer job due to the current economic situation. That is also what sparked the idea.

Gudjón Már Gudjónsson of the “Ministry of Ideas” assisted Árnason and Einarsson on setting up the social network. He said the website is a good solution since the problem is not tied to a specific area; high school students all over the country are facing unemployment.

Gudjónsson added that the website can also be used by starter companies that would like to get in touch with young and eager people and that they could perhaps offer students internships, which is common abroad but not in Iceland.

Click here to read more about the “Ministry of Ideas.”

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