From the 1st to the 4th of April, EPFL was hosting the fourth annual meeting of the FBI project and an entrepreneurship workshop in Lausanne. Already the weekend before the meeting, most ESRs (aka. Agents) gathered together to explore the surroundings. Igor and Maksim lead us to the peak of the mountain Rochers de Naye (2200m). The views from the rack railway while climbing the mountains were stunning. The weather was at its best and allowed for some sliding in the snow. On the way back to Lausanne we enjoyed a stroll on the promenade in Montreux and boat trip on the Lake Geneva.
The first two days of the meeting were dedicated for an entrepreneurship workshop. On the first of these days, we learned the basics and some tools for starting up a project and we formed teams around ideas, which we submitted a few weeks before. On the second day, we experimented with a few different tools to shape our start-up, the idea and our pitch. We finished the workshop with a pitch competition presenting our ideas in a very spontaneous and challenging setting, which was a great learning experience.
On the 3rd and 4th day of the meeting, the ESRs and work package leaders presented the progress in their respective projects and we were able to gather some valuable input from the other members. The meeting finished with a supervisory board meeting. The ESRs that did not participate in the board meeting were able to follow Igor and Maksim around the labs at EPFL for an interesting and inspiring tour.
I would like to thank Igor, Maksim and everyone else involved, for organising the event and hosting us in Lausanne. You did a great job as did everyone before you. Tahir, Benjamin and me are looking forward to return the favour to host everyone for the next meeting in Copenhagen at DTU and NKT Photonics from 20-22 Nov. 2019.