After arriving to Graz comfortably by coach, the students jointly entered the festival premises. During the day, they were free to explore what the festival had to offer: keynotes by international speakers on various stages, such as the “personal growth stage”, “marketing stage”, “sports stage”, “tech-stage”, or “new work stage”. Moreover, the festival’s spacious exposition area was filled with fascinating companies from Austria and abroad. In between, visitors could enjoy the broad culinary offer, which was 100% plant-based in the spirit of sustainability. The excursion was a wonderful opportunity for IBM students to network among each other, with other festival participants, and with international companies.
After a day full of multi-faceted impressions, students let the evening end with a joint dinner at a local restaurant in Graz and then travelled back to Carinthia. The students were joined by IBM Program Director Prof. Dietmar Sternad, Martin Gruber, part-time lecturer and Vice President for Corporate Strategy at NXP Semiconductors, and junior researcher Verena Fink.