MARTY JOINS XNODE
March 17, 2017
With 25 years of turning business innovation into revenue, XNode is proud to present Martin Daffner as the newest member of our dedicated team. Martin will be at the helm of XNode’s new focus on the Corporate Innovation scene as our Senior Innovation Architect.
Martin has spent the last 20 years of his glittering career living and breathing innovation and he will prove to be a vital asset for XNode’s future. His credentials are nothing short of brilliant: from working as an innovation practitioner for firms such as Procter and Gamble and Avery Dennison, to creating his own consulting practice in 2012 and working with firms like CISCO, Intel, Inchcape, and TE Connectivity, helping to build their innovation capability. In 2013, Martin’s work with CISCO as their Senior Innovation Architect was awarded the HBR/McKinsey M-Prize for “Innovating Innovation”.
Martin also has extensive experience developing innovation in the Chinese market having spent the last 10 years of his career working in China creating new capability development tools to drive business growth for startups and companies.
Apart from his work with companies and startups, Martin has also taught at some of the world’s most renowned universities and is the current Director of Innovation at Hult International Business School in Shanghai. He is also Faculty Supervisor and Professor of Design Thinking and Lean Startup at Jiaotong University and ShanghaiTech University.
January 19, 2017
At the Pitching Contest held on 19 January at XNode, International students presented their pitch and threw some light on the prototypes of their products. The event was a result of a 5-month long program called "Language, Culture and Innovation for Entrepreneurship". It has been designed for international students of master level or professionals.
The first team presented the idea of twin bracelets, wearable tech aimed at couples. It is being planned to be IoT enabled and will be connected through Bluetooth. The idea is to keep in touch with each other. Touching the bracelet will send vibrations of different kinds of intensity to the other wearer.
The second team presented the idea of a smart helmet which will send vibrations and light up as a way to caution and give varied directions to the cyclist. The team has built a prototype which is light weight and can be used by anyone.
Both the products are aimed for Asia market as of now.
The event was organised by UTSEUS, Sino European School of Technology of Shanghai, the first joint engineering school training 1200 Chinese students and more than 120 international students every year. UTSEUS is a higher education collaboration between Shanghai University and three French Universities of Technology: Université de technologie de Compiègne, Université de technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard, Université de technologie de Troyes.
StartupDelta & Prince Constantijn van Oranje are promoting the Dutch Startup Ecosystem
November 24, 2016
Constantijn van Oranje, Prince of the Netherlands visited XNode on November 24 to promote the country’s startup ecosystem ‘StartupDelta’. The ecosystem helps to garner, connect and strengthen the country’s thriving startup eco-system, a place to grow innovative companies.
He was accompanied by a delegation of eight promising Dutch startups: Agren New Energy, AtMall.com, Bambi Medical, European Water Stewardship, Simbeyond, Sound Insight, The Hyve, Widget Brain and Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship.
These startups are ready to step in the Chinese market and are actively looking for potential partners, investors and customers.
Several overseas and local XNode startups presented their adventure of setting up a business here in China. Two of the Dutch entrepreneurs based in Shanghai talked about their experiences of creating a successful environment for their business to grow here.
The prince’s visit was aimed to build bridges between China and Netherlands by creating the country as a gateway to enter Europe for Chinese companies. He pointed at the commonalities between the two nation which is a drive for innovation and technological advancements. He further talked about collaborations with Chinese and Dutch startups.
Prince Constantijn and Consul-General Anneke Adema further met with the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce that invited the Netherlands to be the Guest Country of Honor for the China (Shanghai) International Technology Fair (CSITF) in April 2017 and presented an invitation letter to Prince Constantijn to attend CSITF. They discussed innovation policies and opportunities for collaboration on startups and entrepreneurship.