The world’s leading trade fair for electronics development and production will this year create a new platform for young talents. From November 12 to 15, at productronica, students, graduates, young professionals, and startups will be able to gain some insights into electronics production processes and establish professional contacts.
As the 2019 VDE Tec Report shows, electronics companies see the shortage of skilled employees as the biggest obstacle to economic growth. Around 60 percent of more than 1,300 VDE member companies that were surveyed stated that a lack of trained staff has a negative effect on economic development. To optimize communication between employers and young professionals, this year, productronica will be focusing on the topic “Accelerating Talents” for the first time.
Between the first and third day of the trade show, students and young professionals from the field of electrical engineering, automation, mechanical engineering, and economics will face the tasks set to them by exhibitors at productronica. The participants have 48 hours to complete the challenge and present a solution. The winning teams will be awarded a four-digit cash prize each. The first Hackathon Challenge at productronica is supported by VDMA Productronic and the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM.
In addition, Komax, Schleuniger, the electronics associations SEMI and ZVEI, as well as the electronics magazine NEO, among others, will be sponsoring the Hackathon and will also provide representatives for the jury.
productronica has more offers for students, graduates, and young professionals in Hall B2. The Accelerating Talents area includes three large building blocks: Talent Gateway, Career Center, and Education Path.
In the Talent Gateway, visitors clear a course that highlights their special skills. The course modules include the Escape Truck, Agile Barista Training, QR Code Rally, and Tech Slams on the Talent Stage.
The Career Center provides insights into the job profiles of electronics production. In addition to job ads on the Job Board, a Career Café is available for personal meetings between companies and potential future employees.
On the Education Path, school leavers, trainees, and students can obtain information about the various options for starting a career in this area. Industry experts share their insider knowledge during personal meetings.
In addition to young professionals, the focus in electronics production is also on startups. Within the scope of productronica Fast Forward, startups show their products and solutions in a separate exhibition area and at a forum in Hall B2. The companies with the most viable solutions for the future will receive the productronica Fast Forward Award on the last day of the trade show.