Opening Week: Microchip finds everything

Around 1,500 first-semester students at Leuphana University of Lüneburg developed ideas and concepts for the aging generation—Winning teams from the Opening Week competition will travel to Brussels and Jordan

LÜNEBURG. A universally applicable GPS microchip that can help find lost objects—this is the business idea belonging to the winning team of this year’s Opening Week. Around 1,500 first-semester students spent five days confronting the challenges of an aging society as part of the traditional start to the winter semester at Leuphana University of Lüneburg. They were especially concerned with the question of how people in an advanced age can continue to have a vital and fulfilling life. The discussions centered on health care systems, emerging business sectors, and entrepreneurial ideas. The first-semester students discussed their suggestions with numerous international guests and experts from the world of politics, science, and government, including representatives from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, the MIT Media Lab (USA) and the Open Society Foundation.