Europe’s largest youth event for sciences and technology has started in Hanover
The eighth IdeenExpo will once again transform the Hannover exhibition center into the largest classroom in the world. Under the motto “Just do it!” Young people can discover a lot of exciting professions in the fields of mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology (STEM) for nine days.
This Saturday morning, Lower Saxony Prime Minister Stephan Weil, Dr. Volker Schmidt, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of IdeenExpo GmbH and Gunnar Kilian, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, solemnly opened Europe’s largest youth event for natural sciences and technology.
From 2nd to 10th In July, 280 exhibitors offer more than 720 hands-on exhibits and over 750 workshops. On well over 100,000 square meters, which are spread over three large exhibition halls and large parts of the outdoor area of the former World Exhibition, the young people can try themselves out in thirteen exciting subject areas and thus experience the diverse STEM professions up close. The spectrum ranges from planet sustainability to the digital worlds and the energy field to the fascination:space. With its extensive participatory offer, the IdeenExpo shows young people in concrete terms which professions, training paths and perspectives exist in the STEM sector.
Prime Minister calls for a visit to the IdeenExpo
“I am very pleased that it is finally starting and that the exhibition center in Hanover is once again transforming into a large experimental kit. Young people can immerse themselves in the world of technology and natural sciences and, above all, try out a lot – control robots and lasers, make music visible and generate new energy from waste. Experts give tips for starting a career and can report on the very good career prospects in the field of technology and natural sciences from their own experience. I cordially invite all young people to come to Hanover to try new things, make exciting discoveries and have a lot of fun.”
Why IdeenExpo has been an unbridled success for 15 years and is still urgently needed, explained Dr. Volker Schmidt, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of IdeenExpo: “We lower the hurdles of dealing with STEM, mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology, through a unique mixture of show program, hands-on stations, career orientation, job offers, music concerts and visits to social media stars.” IdeenExpo is a technology show in the best sense, its concept unique with communication that appeals to the target group. “We also manage to reach those who find it a little harder to choose a career. And we are courageously opposed to the shortage of skilled workers. Because – even skilled workers have delivery time!”
There was also a greeting message from Berlin – from Bettina Stark-Watzinger, Federal Minister of Education and Research: “If you can STEM, you can the future. These four letters contain our everyday life, they shape our lives. Our tablets, our e-bikes, our wind turbines – they are full of STEM knowledge. And if you understand how they work, you can have a say in how we use them and how we can make them better.” The IdeenExpo is a good place for companies and future trainees to meet and get to know each other, emphasized Stark Watzinger, who could not be there in person at the opening ceremony, but already announced her visit for the coming days: “I will also come by. Take the opportunity!”
IdeenExpo offers young people new perspectives
A greeting via video message from Brussels came from a very special IdeenExpo fan, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. “Here at IdeenExpo you can find out how ideas actually turn into the future. Because only with innovations can we cope with the big tasks: Through, for example, new technical processes that protect the climate and the environment. Through digital solutions that serve people, but also save resources. The best thing is that the IdeenExpo always shows how to participate and where you can get involved.”
Gunnar Kilian, member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG, Human Resources and Truck & Bus, also welcomed the visitors at the opening event. IdeenExpo inspires young people for technology and natural sciences. As a driver of digital transformation, we as Volkswagen support this important commitment to open up completely new perspectives on the professional world of the present and future for young people. In addition, more than 400 of our trainees with exhibits such as the all-electric ID. Buzz or exciting workshops on software and user experience enrich the exhibition and share their impressions from young people to young people. Since our trainees are the best ambassadors of modern and innovative vocational training for me, I am convinced that visitors will take shapeable moments for their own professional future from this IdeenExpo,” he explained why Volkswagen AG’s participation in IdeenExpo is so important.
Organizers expect over 300,000 visitors
This assessment is shared by numerous exhibitors who have repeatedly found new employees at IdeenExpo over the past 15 years. IdeenExpo regularly arranges contacts with future trainees who attend the event to find out about career opportunities. In addition, more than 30,000 students from more than 50 universities recently attended the event to get in touch with potential employers. The organizers expect more than 300,000 visitors again in 2022. “This would make IdeenExpo by far the most popular event at the Hanover exhibition center this year,” says Dr. Schmidt.
In addition to the guests from politics, another prominent IdeenExpo fan, also welcomed the guests of the opening event by video message: Formula 1 racer Nico Rosberg. “The IdeenExpo totally inspires me with what I have seen. As a young person, where else can you try out exciting technologies, develop your own ideas for sustainable living and thus even actively work on a better future?” he asked and emphasized: “The future needs your ideas today more than ever. It is designed by those who try out, develop and implement!”
The opening event, moderated by the well-known science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar, also gave first insights into the thrilling stage and concert program at IdeenExpo. Ranga Yogeshwar offered a foretaste of his live talk with exciting guests in conversation with Laura Hinze, a 25-year-old exceptional physician who researches cancer in children. In addition, social media star Rewinside was there – one of numerous prominent influencers who announced their visit to IdeenExpo this year.
After the opening event, Lower Saxony Prime Minister Stephan Weil, Dr. Volker Schmidt, Gunar Killian and Rewinside take a picture of exhibitors and exhibits themselves during a tour.
New theme worlds
Two of the 13 subject areas are brand new this year. The fascination:Space invites visitors to emulate everyday life on a space station one-to-one and to gain insights into climate-neutral flying, the exploration of the planets and the topic of space debris. Also the first time at the start: PlanetSustainability. Looking at the question “How can we counteract climate change?” This is about the responsible use of the finite resources of our planet. Waste prevention, sustainable consumption and upcycling will be discussed. In addition, the ClubZukunft offers targeted career orientation. Young people, parents and teachers can find out about training paths, career opportunities and entry opportunities here.
Daily stage program
On the stages, visitors can expect a daily live program with experiments and guests. Among other things, the best-known German TikToker Julesboringlife is expected. And on the two weekends it’s time to clear the stage for a rousing concert program, presented by N-JOY, the young radio program of the NDR. Mathea and Delay & Disco No. kick off on Saturday evening. 1.
The youth event, which has attracted more than 2.2 million visitors over the past 15 years, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the IdeenExpo with all concerts, events, workshops and hands-on exhibits is free.