YEAD Board Member 2012-2013

YEAD - Young Enterprise Alumni Denmark Board

On the 29th of September 2012 I was elected member of the Young Enterprise Alumni Denmark Board.

The YEAD board’s mission is to serve the former Young Enterprise participants, to encourage networking and continuous learning within the field of leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation.

I was elected as secretary of the board and will primarily be assisting the president and vice-president of the board with administrative jobs.

Furthermore, the board is responsible for a series of events arranged for the members of the organization. Of events can be mentioned the popular Leader for a Day, YEAD Camp, the YEAD Dinner, and international events, such as for instance the annual JA-YE Alumni Conference.

My board position will run for a period of one year, and the board will be re-elected at the next General Assembly.

Victory to “Be My Eyes”

Team Work at Arla Food

I took part of this year’s Appy Days, which is an event bringing together companies and developers, with the shared purpose of developing a mobile App!

The event started on a Mondays morning in the idyllic Danish town of Silkeborg, with some interesting speakers speaking a language that only nerds understand. First speaker was Frank Allan Hansen from the Alexandra Institute. He gave a great overview of the development within applications for cell phone devices and summed up the different development platforms and their market share. Frank was followed by Martin Esmann from Microsoft, who gave a quick introduction to the Windows Phone Platform and why it belonged in the marketplace. Furthermore, was given a quick introduction to app development on the Windows Phone platform, which surprisingly seemed fairly easy to work on. That was also one of Martins primary sales arguments for the Windows Phone oppose to IOS or Android. According to Microsoft the cost of app development on the Windows platform was up to 50% cheaper than Apple IOS.

“Lunch also very much appreciated”

The presentations were all very technical, and it required full attention to keep track of the details. Therefore, was lunch also very much appreciated and some great networking took place.

After lunch the companies pitched their ideas to the forum of developers, graphics people and people like me called project managers. Some very interesting ideas were presented and after the pitch it was time to find the perfect match between developers and companies. I choose to join Arla Foods and immediately after the team had been settled, the discussions about features and functions began.

For the next two days our team of 5 would be working hard on saving time for families with kids, planning their weekly meals. The solution would be an app working across Iphone, Ipad and Web, all synchronised with the Arla’s Database supplying more than 4000 professionally tested recipes.

“You might think we were guinea pigs”

The two days at Arla HQ was a great experience and included a lot great snacks supplied by the wonderful ladies from “Karolines Køkken” (the kitchen where all recipes are developed.) You might think we were guinea pigs, but I like to think of us as the luckiest individuals at work. Thanks a lot to Arla for great treatment.

The final day of Appy Days was the day of the grand finale, where every team presented their app prototype. There was even a team that had a fully functioning app operating and ready to be place in the app store, which must be considered a great achievement for 72 hours of work. However, this app was not the winner of the completion. Instead the concept from “Be My Eyes” took victory for their solution to connect blind people with a community of volunteers ready to help out via a video conference call.

The concept of Appy Days was great, and my impression was that both developers and companies made good use of each other and that connections was made.

The Idea behind the Campaign

Behind the Scene Video Studio

What is the idea of the “I need your help to find a job” campaign and what is the incentive behind it.

The whole campaign is designed to work as a job ad, and the primary intention is to SHOUT OUT LOUD for some attention. However, it is not just any kind of attention. With the campaign I hope to communicate Out Side The Box Thinking and the values that I stand for, which can be extremely hard to communicate in a job application. It is really about doing something different and letting the world know that I am available at the job market.

I have done a lot of job applications, but getting my first interview seems to be harder than first anticipated. It is understandable due to the current market situation, where there is an overload of available labour. This is why I as job hunter need to be creative and must do anything possible to stand out in the crowed.

I hope the campaign will be sufficient for creating the necessary attention needed to get my first job interview. But I am also depended on the goodwill of my network for the campaign to reach its target audience, which are potential employers that might look for an individual with my qualifications.

Have you not yet seen my campaign video, you can find it all at my job page AlexanderHold.com/job