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This Saturday, we turn off the lights during Earth Hour 2012

March 30, 2012

This year, we join Earth Hour 2012 for the second time on Saturday March 31, in the struggle against climate change. An effort we all need to be making together.

A simple gesture, turning off the lights for one hour (from 8:30pm to 9:30pm) will be enough to make a difference. Individuals, institutions and companies around the world are supporting this initiative.

ideas4all is joining Earth Hour 2012, why don’t you join us too?

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ideas4all, or how to be an entrepreneur in times of crisis, at the 4th International Excellence Convention

February 16, 2012

The 4th International Excellence Convention took place this last Wednesday, February 8 in Madrid. In this year’s edition, the central theme was “Entrepreneurship and Growth in difficult times”.

We at ideas4all were grateful for the invitation to take part and share our experience. Our colleague Ana Amelia Serrano was in charge of the presentation, as she shared what we believe have been the keys that have made our effort and hard work a success:

- Build a good team that is proactive and hardworking, enthusiastically involved in the project and prepared to follow a leader with the experience required to guide the team in the right direction.

- Have a good idea that can be carried out. In our case, it was an innovative idea for something that had not yet been developed.

- Adapt and be flexible if the course you had in mind for the project needs to change or is not what you expected, while always remaining focused on where we want to go, and clear about the idea you wish to communicate.

- Select the right financing solutions, as every project has different needs.

- Passion, lots of passion in what you do. This is an indispensable, common trait to all entrepreneurs.


Maria Mazariegos from ideas4all

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What if children’s ideas came true?

November 15, 2011

In Barcelona, the Museu d’Idees i Invents (Museum of Ideas and Inventions) has organized an interesting competition whereby they intend to create real prototypes of inventions by children. After all, they are the most creative among us.

The project is known as Mini Miba. Participating children are between 5 and 12 years old, and are asked to draw their idea on a sheet of paper, and wait to see if they can see it become reality. The 30 winning ideas, 3 ideas being chosen every month during a period of 10 months, will be patented under the name of their small inventors and a prototype will be built.

Those 30 winning ideas will then travel around the world, to international invention fairs. A great challenge to show us what can come out of a child’s mind.


Maria Mazariegos from ideas4all

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The winners of the Big Bang Challenge receive their 18,000 euro prize

October 27, 2011

Standing, from left to right: head of Marketing at ideas4all, Ana Trullos, General Director of Fundación AstraZeneca, Federico Plaza, the members of Azoteas Vivas, Judith Bilbao and Laura Barragues, President of Forética, Juan Pedro Galiano, Communication Director at AstraZeneca, Pilar García de la Puebla.

The organizers of the 2011 edition of the Big Bang Challenge, Forética and AstraZeneca, met with two of the three components of the winning idea, (96683) Azoteas Vivas, Judith Bilbao and Laura Barragues, to sign an agreement whereby they engage to implement their project.

Their idea suggested the use of spaces that are particularly overlooked in cities, building rooftops, to create new “living spaces with the installation of urban orchards and vegetable gardens”. The idea will first be implemented in the city of Bilbao.

We wish them very good luck!

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Ideas4all was at the Global Education Forum 2011: ideas for education

October 18, 2011

The second edition of the Global Education Forum was held in Madrid this past October 6. The event brought together innovative ideas to help us improve education and evolve from immobile and rigid education systems, to something that will make the future population ready for a world of technology, and its unquenchable thirst for new ideas.

Some of the people who better understand the changes taking place in education shared their ideas and ideas4all wishes to thank them for attending and supporting the forum, where there was room not only for criticism, but for new solutions and methods to the problems faced by education.

Tony Wagner spoke of passivity in most education systems, “all they really do is create habits, and they are not innovative”. Meanwhile, “only those who innovate in whatever they do will be guaranteed a job in the future”.

Perhaps the most radical changes were suggested by Lisa Nielsen’s ideas:
“I’m sorry for publishing companies, but I don’t believe in text books. They need to reinvent themselves with new IT”…and her view on evaluation methods, “If we don’t need exams in real life, why do we need to worry so much about taking exams at school?”

Daniel Pink insisted on the subject of evaluation, “If you offer a student or a worker more independence, he or she will be more creative. If you offer more money or better grades, they will become robots”.

Some specific projects were mentioned, with tangible examples such as 4education, Transforma España, Edutopia, or Fundación Telefónica’s Movimiento E3, in collaboration with ideas4all.

It might all be summed up in the words of Xavier Sala i Martín, “We need to create an education system where we encourage people to have ideas and make them work”.

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The founder of ideas4all attends the inauguration of the 7th Conference of Ibero-American Women Leaders

October 4, 2011

The Spanish minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Trinidad Jiménez, took part in the official inauguration, and stated “we women must try to make the most of this crisis, to conquer new spaces for our own participation, and take a qualitative leap in our struggle for equality”.

Ana María Llopis, CEO of ideas4all and president of the Board of Directors of DIA, S.A., was a keynote speaker on “Parity in an economic, financial and business environment”. In her speech, Ana María stressed, “when a company is committed to women in senior management, it results in benefits for the company, but the introduction of laws that impose quotas is often necessary in order to see significant progress in terms of parity”.

Presentations will continue until October 6, with the participation of 22 Ibero-American women in this forum for reflection and debate, on all the challenges women face in order to achieve equality in the Region. The initiative is organized by Fundación Carolina and the Spanish Institute for Women’s Affairs (Instituto de la Mujer).

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Ferrari opens its doors to the world of ideas with the Ferrari World Design Contest 2011

August 2, 2011

Even Ferrari has now opened the gates to the world of ideas, in search for new creations that are making their way to them from around the world. Every year, Ferrari celebrates the Ferrari World Design Contest, where the world’s youth are asked to submit their ideas for projects that describe how they imagine Ferrari in the future.

Interestingly, this year’s winners are a group of young Koreans who presented a new Ferrari model they called “Eternita’”, including a Hydrogen generator and a superconductor electric engine, as well as breathtaking design.

Luca di Montezemolo, president of Ferrari, stated during the contest:

“Promoting creativity among our youth is an essential strategy in all walks of life.”

We are glad to see how large corporations have come to understand the value of opening their minds to creativity, wherever it may come from.

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Maria Mazariegos from ideas4all

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A generous and supportive idea: School Land, a school built in Facebook, and becoming reality in Zambia

May 26, 2011

Ideas have the ability to lend their support to those who need it most, and UNICEF believes social networks can help their idea make it even further.

UNICEF Spain and ING have created School Land: a game that works as a Facebook application, and lets you participate in the construction of a school in Luapula, Zambia.

The school is ready to take the step from the digital to reality, offering children a place to study, valued at 75,000 €, with the first 20,000 € having been donated by ING, thanks to its ING Chances for Children program.

The game works with real donations, via PayPal, credit card or SMS.
Watch this video to find out how it works:


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We celebrate Internet Day

May 17, 2011

Today, May 17, is Internet Day and ideas4all wants to celebrate with you.
Because it is the Internet that brings our platform to life, letting us connect with you and your ideas, and allowing us to cooperate with one another.

In this seventh edition, we want to celebrate the fact that the Internet is present in more places than ever, and accessible to more and more people. This graph, presented by Gigaom, shows Internet access by country and the percentage of web users.

The 7th edition of Internet Day takes new technologies out to the streets of 23 countries, thanks to a variety of programmed events, which you can look up here.

Join us!

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ideas4all plants over 400 trees in China, with the help of university students

May 9, 2011

At ideas4all, we are committed to helping our planet, with ideas to make it a better place, making it become somewhere we can all live in, and keeping it that way. That is why ideas4all China, the completely Chinese version of ideas4all, has sponsored a tree-planting campaign, which began this past April 12.

The initiative was open to all university students who registered and submitted an idea in ideas4all China. The result was over 200 students meeting in Fangshan, a district of Beijing, and planting over 400 trees!

Here are some photos of how it went:

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