Nearly 1 million downloads achieved by the development of a Hungarian student
A former ELTE student developed a highly successful mobile application at the EIT ICT Labs Master School in Helsinki
Since October 2013, SongArc has been downloaded more than 950,000 times, thus has become the most popular music game app and is ranked number six in the Windows Phone Store. The chief designer of the app, Ádám Kapos got acquainted with developing mobile phone game apps as a student at the Software Development BSc programme of Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE). At the moment, he studies in Helsinki, at the Master School of the ICT innovation community of the European Union and he will continue his studies in Budapest at ELTE after September.
The SongArc success story
“The EIT ICT Labs Master School boosted the development of the music game app considerably, since here I can get a high-level education both in service design and engineering as well as in business development from the best experts of Finland. It was particularly appealing for me that I could study at Aalto University, because Finland has a vibrant startup scene.” In SongArc, one tries to touch the dropping geometric, colourful forms before they touch the bottom. The forms drop in accordance with the music the player has chosen, creating the illusion that he or she is actually playing the song. Ádám Kapos started studying game development at the ELTE Faculty of Informatics and his first app, RumRun was awarded 3rd price on Microsoft Imagine Cup in Australia, as a member of the Turtle Games team. Turtle Gams has created the SongArc programme together with András Velvárt and it was finalized with the support of the Finnish app accelerator AppCampus.
EIT ICT Labs Master School – in Central Europe only at ELTE and BME
“The purpose is that ICT students, similarly to Ádám, make a hit of their ideas, therefore with the EIT ICT Labs master’s programmes we create a new education model in Hungary. Those students who want to spend the second year of the programme in Hungary can study at one out of 7 universities of 5 countries in the first year. In Budapest, students can choose three technical majors: Service Design and Engineering (SDE), Security and Privacy (S&P), and Digital Media Technology (DMT). Besides high-level ICT courses, students can acquire innovation and entrepreneurship skills as well.” – says Dr Zoltán Horváth, Dean of the ELTE Faculty of Informatics. He adds that students who complete the programme get a double degree, in addition to an EIT ICT Labs innovation and entrepreneurship certificate, and they can gain experience due to study trips abroad and internships.
The admission requirements include a BSc degree in ICT, electrical engineering or mathematics. ELTE and BME expect applications until 30 May 2014 from those students who want to spend the first year in Berlin or Trento and the second year in Budapest. Certificates on English proficiency as well as on education have to be enclosed to the application, in addition to the letter of motivation and the description of an innovative idea. Those who plan to study in Helsinki, Stockholm or at Dutch universities in the first year and in Budapest in the second year could apply until 1 April 2014.
European idea contest: Idea Challenge
EIT ICT Labs supports the development of successful apps like SongArc not only by offering master’s programmes but also by financial support and professional coaching: EIT ICT Labs calls for applications from young innovators with the drive to start a new business and from early stage startups. Successful participants not only win up to 40,000 Euro cash; victory also means office space for six months, where international investors companies can get acquainted with the innovations. Applicants from all over Europe can submit their proposals online through the competition website (www.ideachallenge.eitictlabs.eu) from March 11th to April 20th for the topics Health & Wellbeing, Smart Spaces, Cyber-Physical Systems, and Future Cloud. Ideas that address Cyber Security and Privacy, Internet of Things, Urban Life and Mobility can be submitted from September 1st to September 30th. The rights to designs and creations from the teams will belong to their developers, giving them the opportunity to decide what they want to do in order to progress their ideas.
What is EIT ICT Labs?
EIT ICT Labs is one of the three Knowledge and Innovation Communities that were set up by EIT, the EU’s Institute of Innovation and Technology in 2010. The purpose of EIT ICT Labs is to support innovation in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The community consists of 7 nodes and 2 associate partner groups (a local network of universities, research institutes and ICT companies), with the aim of integrating educational, business and research activities. At the moment, Berlin, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Paris, Stockholm, and Trento are the full members of EIT ICT Labs. Besides, Madrid and Budapest are associate members of the community. The Budapest Associate Partner Group at ELTE coordinates the cooperation of Hungarian ICT researches, business partners and higher education programmes in the field of ICT.
The EIT ICT Labs Budapest Associate Partner Group consists of Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Ericsson Hungary, Cisco Systems Hungary, Nokia Solutions and Networks Hungary, and GE Healthcare Hungary.
Idea Challenge: www.ideachallenge.eitictlabs.eu
Last modified: June 10, 2016