Wayra was created to find and nurture the best technology ideas and talent, aiming to become an accelerator for the development of future ‘Silicon Valleys’ in the countries where Telefonica is present.
Wayra is set to become the world’s largest technology accelerator programme. At present, Wayra Academies are already open in eleven countries, >12,000 projects were screened and >140 startups funded. By the end of 2012, 12 Wayra academies will be operative funding approximately 250-350 startups each year.
The German WayraWeek is scheduled to take place during the Campus Party in Berlin from August 22nd to 24th where the selected start-ups will pitch their ideas to an independent jury. During this event, Wayra organizes workshops, speeches and panel discussions as well as providing the necessary mentoring to finalize the project pitches. Winners get invited to join the Wayra Academy in Munich and start their incubation in September until February when the next generation of start-ups moves into the accelerator.
You can check the agenda day by day to plan in advance your activities.
Tempelhof Airport is a place of global historical significance. Here, pioneers like Orville Wright and Ferdinand von Zeppelin made history in 1909, holding the world's first flight demonstrations. The airport became a symbol of freedom during the Berlin Blockade and the Airlift between 1948-1949, when Allied aircraft delivered fuel and food in one-minute-cycles, assuring the city’s survival.
Once the largest building in the world, Tempelhof has been remodeled and updated and together, the former airport building and the 300 hectare park make up ‘Tempelhofer Freiheit’ one of the most spectacular and historically significant venues in Europe.