Grand Jury 2012



From the length and breadth of the digital world, a fine crème de la crème of experts gathers together with just one thought: select Europe's best and brightest entrepreneurs under 30 years.


Adam Montandon
E-Concept Associate Professor at Erhvervsakademiet Lillebælt
Adam Montandon is an E-Concept Associate Professor at Erhvervsakademiet Lillebælt, and a specialist consultant for innovative businesses. He co-founded the digital production agency HMC Interactive in 2003. In 2005 Adam Montandon founded the HMC MediaLab Organisation, a future focused digital arts community. In just 2 years HMC was named as one of the top ten showcase technology companies with the Best of British award. In 2007 HMC Interactive was acquired by Twofour group, the largest media company outside of London. For 7 years Adam Montandon oversaw the research and development of countless innovative and unusual projects, designed the future focus of the company. In 2009 Adam Montandon had the fantastic title of Head Of Imagination working across the whole of the Twofour group, working on a range of projects for TV, the web, and real world digital installations. Also in 2009 Adam Montandon was awarded the position of President of the Europrix Multimedia awards in Austria, the largest awards of its kind in Europe. The Europrix is the Multimedia Oscars, encouraging entries from over 33 different countries and hundreds of different universities across Europe. In 2010 Adam Montandon left HMC Interactive and TwoFour to become an independent specialist. He is now a teacher at the Lillebaelt Academy of Professional Higher Learning, in Odense, Denmark. His new book, The Awesome Department, is out later this year.

Antti Salomaa
Facilitator, DEMOLA Open Innovation Platform for Students and Companies
Antti Salomaa is working as a facilitator in DEMOLA, an award winning innovation platform in Tampere, Finland. He has been involved in dozens of projects providing assistance and collaboration between universities and companies. He is also hosting an annual summer job campaign that was awarded the best summer job in Finland in 2011 by Akava.

Arnau Gifreu Castells
Lecturer, Researcher, University of Vic
Arnau Gifreu Castells is a lecturer, researcher and producer in the audiovisual and multimedia field. Audiovisual Communication graduate from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Master’s Degree in Digital Arts and PhD Candidate from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Professor at the Universitat Ramón Llull (URL), Universitat de Vic (UVIC) and at the Master’s Degree in Creative Documentary at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He has been visiting professor at TAMK (Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland, Erasmus Programme), at Universitá degli Studi di Milano (italy) and research professor at the University of York (Toronto, Canada, pre-doctoral fellowship for research). His research focuses on interactive nonfiction applied in the case of the interactive documentary. Member of the I-Docs Community (co-editor of portal) and the I-Docs Conference. He is member of the Digital Interactions Research Group from the UVIC and collaborator of the Digidoc (UPF Research Group). He leads the Final Degree Projects Management on Interactive Communication and serves as a coordinator of the UVIC_Lab, the MA on Interactive Digital Communication and member of the Studies Council at the Communication and Business Faculty (UVIC). He was Editorial Head of the magazine Ictineus (El Periodico de Catalunya). Co-organiser of Musiclip Festival and regular collaborator of the Activa Films production company, the E-week (Vic’s Digital Week) and La Casa del Cine, among other events. He has worked and collaborated in the production tasks of televisions like 25TV or TVC (Televisió de Catalunya) as well as in production companies like Tasmania Films or MediaPro. He is currently producing documentaries for television and the Net.

Christian Kittl
CEO, Evolaris Next Level GmbH
Christian Kittl is Scientific Director at evolaris next level, a major research centre focusing on the business aspects of mobile and interactive technologies in Graz, Austria. He holds a master degree in telematics from the Graz University of Technology and received his PhD in business administration from Karl-Franzens-University. Christian Kittl worked as project manager and served as steering committee member in EU projects. He authored more than 40 publications, is a member of IFIP Working Group 8.4 (E-Business: Multi-disciplinary research and practice) as well as numerous programme committees of international conferences and journals in the field of e- and mBusiness. Christian has been active as member of the ALADIN (Alpe Adria Danube universities INitiative) Steering Committee since its foundation in 2002 and currently serves as Captain and Mentor of the 2010 class of Information Technologies & Business Informatics at Campus02 University of Applied Sciences in Graz.

James Norwood
Associate Professor, Erhvervs Akademiet Lillebælt
James Norwood is a lecturer on the MMD (Multimedia Design), BA E-Concepts and Pba. i Innovation og entrepreneurship educations at EAL (Erhvervs Akademiet Lillebælt) Odense, Denmark. Subjects covered include business, design and interaction. He has recently become focused on more welfare tech projects, joining the Healthgames and Applied health initiatives (EU funded joint projects between OUH Odense University hospital, EAL Academy of Lilleælt, UKSH Universitätsklinikum Schleswig-Holstein and Fachhochschule Kiel). In addition to this he is currently involved with the development of the InnoEvent festival format, helping students to innovate, collaborate and develop business opportunities in welfare tech. James was a former founder and director of London based specialmoves, an award winning interactive digital production company. With over 16 years in digital media he has had the opportunity to be involved in some ground-breaking work over a multitude of digital disciplines. Working on a myriad of brands and projects ranging from unique interactive digital content, online advertising, edutainment titles to developing online games.

József Fülöp
Professor, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest
József Fülöp is animation film director, illustrator and visual communication designer. József has worked as an art director of several TV channels and animation studios in Hungary (Minimax, Varga Studios, etc) and as freelancer producer for various project. (e.g. TV ads, moving images, corporate identities, interactive applications). He has been leading MOME Animation (Animation programme of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest) since 2005, and produced some award winner productions, such as animated shorts, and interactive applications.

Katharina Norden
CEO & Founder, Three Coins
After her studies in lawyer, political science and business, Katharina found her passion in social entrepreneurship as a more pragmatic, more hands on, more impacting way of making a difference. In her Masters in International Relations in Washington DC and Vienna, she focused on the impact of social entrepreneurship on the international development models of the World Bank. She joined Ashoka in Austria with a focus on the Youth Venture as well as regional development.

Kristian Bruaroy
Interactive Producer and Project Manager, TV 2
Kristian Bruaroy studied and worked with digital media and content distribution since 1998 with key skills to focus on the user experience, including the content itself and how to interactively engage the user. His projects are deployed on several kinds of devices, from Handheld and Mobile products, to computers and devices connected to the big screen. As a project manager he also has the knowledge and skills to define and establish production chains for digital products and digital content delivery. Having a broad international contact network from all aspects of the broadcast media industry, he is often invited as speaker related to digital products and innovation which had helped him to establish a broad contact network inside media, software innovation, the governmental innovation institutions and Universities.

Marie-France Zumofen
Deputy Head, Gobelins l´Ecole de l´image
Marie-France Zumofen has been Deputy Head at Gobelins, l'école de l'image since November 2010. A graduate in History and Art (specialising in Cinema), she also took a Multimedia Director/Conceptor course at Gobelins. After her studies, she joined Hachette Filipacchi Presse as a Multimedia Conceptor, later going on to oversee video game production. Then, in 1997, she formed CliqueZ, a company specialising in multimedia, whilst also teaching in the Multimedia department at Gobelins. Four years later, she took up the reins of the department before creating the Management of Interactive Digital Projects course in 2004. Since 2006, she has been head of the school's Animation department and has introduced several new projects including a new video game course in Paris and a 3D animator programme in Annecy (2010).

Milena Stosic
Psychologist, Journalist, European Youth Press / Wave Magazine
Milena Stosic is a psychologist, journalist and trainer from Serbia with significant background in non-governmental sector and youth activism. She writes for International youth web magazine WAVE and also coordinates online project for young media makers in Serbia.  Interested in psychological angle of media and media consumption,  social justice, social democracy, human resources and individual perspectives on micro level in ever changing society.,

Pavel Varbanov
EU Projects coordinator, European Software Institute Center Eastern Europe
Pavel has an 8-year experience in development and management of projects that support educational development, social services, competitiveness development and civil society development. He is certified instructor on social entrepreneurship and trained in CSR models and methodologies in the framework of 3-year program for social entrepreneurship in NGOs, funded by USAID. Nowadays Pavel monitors the funding opportunities provided by EU funds, develops and manages EU projects in regional cooperation for raising the ICT industry competitiveness and providing support to disadvantaged social groups through IT education and employment.

Zsófia Ruttkay
Associate Professor, Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest
Zsófia Ruttkay is associate professor at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest.  She is the founder and head of the Creative Technology Lab at the  Média Institute. She is involved in teaching programming and maths for art students, and running projects on applying the technology for socially relevant, useful and appealing applications (e.g. serious games, e-learning, cultural heritage). The projects are realized by interdisciplinary teams,  with students, national and international partners. She graduated in Mathematics at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, made a PhD in Computer Graphics, and – before joining MOME  - had an academic carrier 25 in computer science, particularly, artificial intelligence, computer graphics and human-computer interaction.



Peter A. Bruck
Chairman, World Summit & European Youth Award
Peter A. Bruck works as CEO and Chief Researcher of the Research Studios Austria Forschungsgesellschaft which is mandated by the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research to manage the innovation from universities into markets. He is Honorary President of the International Centre for New Media (ICNM), Salzburg, Chairman of the Board of the European Academy of Digital Media (EADiM), Netherlands, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the World Summit Award. Mr. Bruck studied at the universities of Vienna, Iowa and McGill, Montreal. He holds doctorates in Law and Communications, and master degrees in Sociology and Economics. He has taught at universities in Canada, the US and Western Europe plus Israel and Poland and has over 25 years of experience in research and consulting in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Portugal, the US and Canada. Mr. Bruck has founded the University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg, headed research institutes at universities and national research organizations in Canada and Austria, and initiated EUROPRIX, Europe’s leading multimedia award. Mr. Bruck has worked in business and industry and on the Board of Management of the Telekom Austria as the Chief Content Officer for the Group and the head of the business division of interactive media for two years. Within the framework of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), Mr. Bruck has organized the World Summit Award in e-Content and Creativity as a global event and process since 2003.