EDUHACK

EduHack: Innovation and technology for education

Eduhack is an ERASMUS+KA2 project where educational institutions and companies from all over Europe cooperate

 

EduHack aims to develop innovative curricula through innovative educational methods such as hackathons and workshops for schools, institutes and educational centres and using the potential of ICTs.

EduHack aims to work with the potential of innovation as a co-creation process, incorporating this practice into the co-design of the tools for organising Educational Innovation Hackathons. This will be achieved through the establishment of multi-stakeholder Educational Innovation Hubs in each partner country.

The Hubs aim to bring together expertise from local educational fields, innovation centres, universities, industry, local government, information technology, creative people and companies, to name but a few. Work in these Hubs will include local meetings and workshops, plus two intensive short-term international workshops for mutual learning and exchange. Their function is to gather the contributions needed to design the format of the hackathon. Important crucial issues will also be explored that will be “hacked” during four different hackathons that will take place in different partner countries during the course of the project. The Educational Innovation Hackathons take place in Latvia, Estonia, Turkey and Spain and are organised to test and improve the tools and find solutions to problems in education.

Hackathons aim to reach different profiles – technology and design enthusiasts, students, industry professionals, marketing companies, museum/guide workers, software developers, etc. Each hackathon will include a mentoring board that will consist of education experts and education professionals (i.e. teachers, directors).

 

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The world is changing; why shouldn’t education? To “hack” education, we need to focus on the relevant issues and work collaboratively to achieve the best impact. EduHack adopts radical collaboration as a paradigm to identify important challenges and frame Hackathons’ scope in a win-win game. Hub members are professionals, practitioners and experts who come from different perspectives with various interests. They participate voluntarily and will jointly manage the project’s operations at national level, defining the scope, programme, requirements and success criteria of the Hackathon.

 

Members of the project

  • AHHAA Science Centre – EduHack Coordinator, Hackathon Toolkit Task Leader: AHHAA is the largest science centre in Estonia, focusing on practical science education, playful learning and interactive exhibitions.
  • Hugin & Munin – EduHack Communication Management:  H&M  is a creative communication agency based in Madrid, Spain, formed by a multidisciplinary team specializing in bold and daring solutions.
  • Dublin City University – Organiser of the outreach event:  DCU, based in Ireland, has been placed among the top 50 young universities in the world. EduHack’s activities are joined by the Department of Education, Innovation and Global Studies of DCU’s STEM School.
  • Tekkeköy MEM – EduHack Monitoring Task Leader: Tekkeköy MEM is a provincial national education coordinator in Turkey, responsible for implementing all educational activities, including formal and informal education in the Tekkeköy region.
  • ZINOO Science Centre – The leader of creating the pilot Hackathon: ZINOO is a science centre in Latvia with a mission to awaken people’s curiosity and encourage them to discover things for themselves.
  • Ergon – Coordinator of EduHack’s educational innovation hub: Ergon is a private provider of vocational education and training in Italy, providing 60 thousand hours of training per year. Ergon specialises in business networking, public-private-citizen partnerships and participatory design and tools.

HOPU on EduHack

HOPU is responsible for launching and managing the project’s online platform. HOPU has a long experience working on international projects focused on creating agile communication channels, serious games and new media contents that make citizen participation evolve using different devices and tools. HOPU has developed different solutions based on the needs of citizens and visitors. The HOPU team includes experts in communication and creativity and specialists in software and hardware development. All other partners are actively involved in the action (giving input and suggestions on visual aspect and functionality).

To ensure the continuation of the efforts made during the project, an online platform is necessary. The idea is not just to build a website, but to provide a more sustainable, user-friendly and interactive tool that offers the possibility of collaboration and has more opportunities than a normal website. The online platform itself is intended to be the main source of information about the project, the guidelines for organising a hacker marathon, all the hacker marathons’ results, and being the tool for collaboration on an international level.

The platform also provides the opportunity to monitor the process of organising hackathons worldwide and create connections between them. This tool not only provides support on how to create educational activities and organise a hackathon, but it will also give access to various products/services (toolkits) that have been created during this project. This means that if during an educational hackathon in Estonia a service or product is developed, all network members can test the product, service, or idea in their country. Cooperation through the platform is based on mutual interest.

 

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Smart Region, a regional initiative for Murcia’s Smart Cities

The Smart Region project is the roadmap for the region’s smart territories.

Smart Region project

This initiative of the Region of Murcia will make available to all municipalities in the region (45 in total) the possibility of evolving towards a Smart City with developments and solutions of the last generation. This project seeks to use the new technologies (ICTs) for public administrations & citizens to facilitate the understanding and management of the city, and to evolve towards the objectives of the European Green Pact, which seeks to transform Europe into a global reference against climate change.

The first step of this project is based on a platform at the regional level of Smart City in which 2 million euros will be dedicated between 2020 and 2021. This platform will act as the basis for the Smart Region and will be global, allowing this process to be carried out in all territories regardless of their size. In this way, the management team of the region pretends to create Smart City opportunities equally throughout the region.

Smart Region will create to create Disruptive Technology Demonstration Centers to show projects related to Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things and Big Data to place the Region at the forefront of the digital transformation.

Javier Celdrán, president of the Regional Ministry of Presidency and Finance, highlights the priority to collect information from our cities. This action will be included within this Smart Region project allowing municipalities to access other new funding such as the Innovation Fund, from the European Green Pact. These funds, aimed at combating climate change, require an initial environmental diagnosis of the territory and compliance with the KPIs proposed through the subsidised initiatives to receive 100% of the requested funds. Therefore, Smart Region also seeks to provide its municipalities with the necessary infrastructure to be able to know the state of the territory, to be able to define some concrete actions to be carried out, based on data and to be able to evaluate the impact of these actions through IoT infrastructures and thanks to the Big Data.

Smart Region: Monitorización de datos de calidad
Smart Region: Monitoring of high-quality data for European Initiatives such as Green Deal, Innovation Fund, ERDF and Next Generation

Smart Region Conference “The Future of Intelligent Territories”

As one of the first actions to raise awareness in the Region of Murcia and to disseminate the possibilities within this project, the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, together with the Integra Foundation, has organised a conference called The Future of the Intelligent Territories. These sessions have been promoted by the Directorate of Economy and Finance and by the ERDF funds. During October, November and December, these sessions discussed topics related to mobility, tourism, intelligent beaches (Smart Beach), intelligent lighting, waste management, social welfare and different success stories of Smart solutions.

Sesiones Smart Region
Sesiones Smart Region: HOPU pitch for the 5 sessions about success stories

 

On December 1st, in the session focused on the success stories of Smart solutions, a more realistic view of solutions already on the market was shown. Francisco Abril, General Director of Local Administration of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, opened this online event by highlighting the role of companies in the Region of Murcia that is dedicated to this sector of the Smart Cities to place Murcia as a technological reference on the map. In the same way, the Director-General urges companies to evangelize citizens and administrations so that they know that not only smart cities are for big cities, but also small municipalities must start their way towards this evolution. 

Francisco Abril has highlighted initiatives such as “5K”, a project where eight municipalities under 5,000 inhabitants (Villanueva, Ricote, Ulea, Ojós, Albudeite, Campos del Río and Aledo) are going to become a testbed for smart solutions to promote other municipalities in the region to take this technological step.

During the case study session, different solutions of all kinds were presented by companies such as Neosistec, HOPU, IURBAN, A4RADAR, NEUROMOBILE MARKETING.

From HOPU, we have highlighted our role as a company focused on the monitoring and visualization of environmental data, to contribute to the sustainable urban design of the territories and our aim to develop solutions designed for easy management and understanding of the data by the different administrations. 

Antonio Jara, CEO of HOPU, highlights the territorial expansion of this SME, which is already working in more than 35 cities throughout Spain such as Cartagena, Madrid, Algeciras and at a European level, with more than 500 sensors deployed. HOPU’s mission is to help municipalities combat climate change. As a company involved in research, HOPU has a strong presence in European initiatives such as the Green Deal or Next Generation (NEXT CARM in the Region of Murcia).

Based on his experience in the Smart Cities market, the CEO of HOPU highlights the importance of metrics that allow municipalities to transform all data coming from sensors, databases and other sources into clear indicators of the environmental situation of the territory. An example of this use case is the indicator service that HOPU has already deployed in cities such as Cartagena, which makes it possible to identify where a city’s pollution comes from and to differentiate the percentage produced by traffic and by industry.

 

Finally, from HOPU, the catalogue of sensor services for air quality (gases and particles in suspension), noise, climate and other aspects related to tourism such as noise and flow of people has been exhibited. As a FIWARE company and from the role of Antonio Jara as a Member of the FIWARE Board of Directors, the use of this available technology has also been promoted, which is accessible and affordable for all municipality.

The event was closed by Joaquín Gómez Gómez, General Director of Strategy and Digital Transformation, who highlighted this last session based on innovative solutions in the region. He underlines that in this Smart Region project, they intend to promote first regional companies when implementing Smart City projects. In the early months of 2021, the platform of the project will be tendering, and they are working on other projects to make the Smart City more dynamic, some of which have already been started, such as La Manga 365 as another global solution for various municipalities (San Javier and Cartagena).  

As a novelty, the Director-General mentions a new line of financing that will come to light during the first four months of 2021, which will allow the different municipalities in the region to acquire technology and integrate it into the Smart Region platform.

 

Access to the pitch of Antonio Jara, CEO at HOPU on 5 session about success stories

 

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HOP Ubiquitous - Select 4 Cities

International Global Competition to join in Smart Cities cluster.

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Select 4 Cities - International Global Competition to join in Smart Cities cluster

 

Hop Ubiquitous, along with 9 other companies and consortiums, have been worldwide selected for the development of an IoE (Internet of Everything) project focused on the cities of Helsinki, Copenhagen and Antwerp.

Intelligent Cities are booming and there is an increasing in those who want to join the benefits of new technologies and IoE with the aim of improving citizens quality of life. It is time for three European cities: Helsinki, Copenhagen and Antwerp. They have decided to become Smart Cities and look for the organization which best knows how to focus on its needs.

However, as can be expected, the more market, the more competition. For that reason, Selec4cities has deployed an election system of worldwide companies to choose those that best fit to the needs of these cities. It is a competition which has 3 phases to find that company or consortium and to design fake rolex and develop an IoE platform for smart urban innovation. In the first phase, 57 organizations have been presented with 28 proposals ..

First call of this global competition has finished and 10 companies have been chosen; among them is HOP Ubiquitous that has presented its candidacy based on the platform of innovation “Homard”. It is an IoE platform able to manage Intelligent Cities remotely. Homard is part of a larger project called Harmonie which unite Homard, Fiware (it is an independent community, in which Hop Ubiquitous is a “gold member“, that is committed to “build an ecosystem of APIs and open source for the development of intelligent applications”) and other platforms. Homard is focused on three use cases: health, measuring air quality such as emission of gases, noise, temperature and humidity, energy consumption and mobility.

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HOP Ubiquitous - Siidi Beacon

5 things you need to know about Smart Destinations

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– What is Smart Destinations Tourism?HOP Ubiquitous Mock Up Ceuti App

– What benefits does it have?

– How does it work?

– Where it can be applied?

– What is the HOP approach for Smart Destinations?

 

  1. What is Smart Destinations Tourism?

HOP Ubiquitous launches the Smart Destinations Solution focused on the creation of tourist experiences through immersive interactions between physical places and personal devices such as Smart Phones. To this end, HOP Ubiquitous has developed an innovative device to be deployed in Points of Interest to make them interactive and smart; this device is called Smart Spots.

Smart Spot offers an interactive solution based on an innovative technology called “Physical Web”, it means that Web pages and multimedia content are made accessible exclusively in
physical places through Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, without requiring any native Application, simply by enabling WiFi or Bluetooth in the visitor*s smartphone to get a notification and start to interact with the venue.HOP Ubiquitous Siidi Beacon

This tourist experience is designed to discover the city during a visit and to get notified about more exciting details, insights and tips that make much more natural and comfortable the experience, when we compare it with other solutions such as Tourism Apps with plenty of information totally out of context or nothing more than copy paste from online guide books. The proposed solution offers access to information at the proper time, at the proper place in order to enhance one*s experience in a specific physical place.

This socially designed experience promotes another type of interaction as well with the tourist, since it involves a co-creation process where experiences are augmented with culture, differences, emotions, and insights that contribute to the final user experience.

  1. What benefits does it have?

Tourism developed through Smart Destinations is an application that allows the user to create their own experience, marking their own rhythm. Thereby, the mobile device is the new guide in an interactive way, connecting and discovering by proximity the interaction points, accessing all the information available and providing the proper insights and tips without requiring major attention. It is what we call an “agile experience”.

3. How it works?HOP Ubiquitous Ceutí Smart POI

– First step: Join through the invitation you receive on your mobile phone in the points of interest or central areas of the destination you are visiting.

– Second step: Don’t worry, just discover the city, you do not need to do anything else, smart spots that are near you in the points of interest will raise a notification to you when relevant content  is available based on  you, so you do not need to look for them, just enjoy, discover and insights / tips will flow to you in a natural way.

– Third step: Enjoy and access all the available information, take in local culture, shopping entertainment and offers, insights, suggestions etc.

– Step Four: Complete the experience with traditional or experimental food.

  1. Where could it be applied?

We are an international company with a strong commitment to technology innovation and experiential development. HOP is defined as Human Oriented Products; therefore, our main focus is on the users, a reason why the development of tourism through Smart Destinations is available for installation in any part of the world. HOP Ubiquitous develops intelligent solutions supporting the sustainable development of your destination, committed to the socio-cultural and environmental aspects. Our Smart Spots are produced with encapsulations based on natural products; the original design, both indoor and outdoor, is designed to blend in as much as possible to the aesthetics of the point of interaction, while offering all the technological advances in terms of connectivity, outdoor protection for weather conditions, and with support to make totally green and sustainable through its solar power.

Nowadays, Smart Spots are being applied outdoor and indoor in cities such as Aarhus, Denmark, Mexico City and also in Ceuti, Murcia, Spain.

  1. What is the HOP approach for Smart Destinations?

HOP Ubiquitous is approaching Smart Destinations through the Internet of Things (IoT) using technologies such as beacons, physical web, WiFi access points, etc.

Smart destinations implement and increase the use of technology by connecting different spaces offering services to people.

HOP Ubiquitous is committed to the process of a city that wants to carry out an active engagement of citizens and visitors, as part of an open and collaborative development of urban spaces. Thereby, citizens and visitors are both consumers and producers of information, improving the management, content and experience of your tourism resources.HOP Ubiquitous App Ceutí

 

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FIWARE - Open APIs for Open Minds

HOP Ubiquitous has joined as Gold member the FIWARE Foundation

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In the search for a collaborative market in the development of a Digital Single Market that facilities the development of key domains such as Smart Cities and industry 4.0. For this purpose, HOP ubiquitous has joined forces with the FIWARE Foundation, as a company that has seen how FIWARE defined a disruptive action in the development of digital services. Thanks to FIWARE technologies, the digital revolution is possible through the promotion of economic and social sustainability. Although the idea was born in Europe, the orientation of FIWARE is international, reaching the creation of an open source system scalable to the whole world.

 At the FIWARE Open Day held on 7 March, the European Commission transferred FIWARE initiative to the FIWARE Foundation, with the ambition to maintain and develop FIWARE technology.

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HOP Ubiquitous relies on the future of this open source philosophy, and we want to be part of it, ensuring its sustainability with our research and innovation efforts and department. We aim to lead the FIWARE IoT Ready programme, with the development of hardware and sensors that connect worldwide in this same platform, committing to share the data collected using Open Standards and harmonized data models. For this purpose, HOP has become as a Gold member of the FIWARE Foundation.

HOP Ubiquitous aims to support the FIWARE IoT Ready Programme for the development of sensors that are connected to FIWARE, such as the connectors / agents to existing and emerging technologies as already done with OMA LwM2M, and also for the emerging protocols and technologies for Smart Cities in FIWARE such as LoRA and NB-IoT. Technologies that are also taking benefit of OMA LwM2M protocol and addressing the Smart Cities and Smart Metering market needs.

Thereby, HOP Ubiquitous joins a foundation lead by key technology disruptors such as NEC, which have just joined the FIWARE Foundation, sharing a segment with Telefonica, Orange, Atos and Engineering.

FIWARE Foundation focuses on the sustainability of FIWARE over time. The valorisation of an open source system in the development of fake rolex projects and the support for SMEs, public institutions, governments and IT industry.

FIWARE has also presenting an excellent expansion in the Smart Cities market, where has already reached a high impact in USA, India, Mexico and emerging in Latin America market with actions in Brazil and in Africa.

In definitive, FIWARE is being defined as the essential tool for the creation of a global platform that supports the digitalization of key markets such as Smart Cities and the development of a Digital Single Market in Europe and beyond its borders.

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HOP Ubiquitous - Beacons in Aarhus

HOP Ubiquitous has created a new way of communicating: Smart Points of Interaction (Smart POIs)

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These interaction systems invite users such as visitors and citizens in the City to actively participate and get involved in the city development. For this purpose, Beacons and Physical Web over Bluetooth Low Energy are being used as a new medium to interact, access to context-based content and collaborate through your Smart Phone.

This context-driven and opportunistic interaction between users and Smart POIs offer a unique opportunity to engage with citizens. As a difference with classical tourism Apps, installing anything in your phone is never required such as native Apps, you do not need to go through menu, submenus and multiple options to reach the information that you would like about the place that you have in front of you. Smart POIs are context-aware, your location is the driver and it not only provides the classical Wikipedia kind of content, as well an agile experience with tips, insights and the content that you need to enhance your experience.

HOP Ubiquitous Beacons from Aarhus

In details, Smart POIs are supported by the advanced beacons developed by HOP Ubiquitous called Smart Spots. These physical resources are the technology which permits interaction with any Smart phone and multiple physical places. Simply, Smart Spot sends a notification to your Smart Phone inviting you to participate (as a typical SMS or WhatsApp notification). This notification grants you access to the Web App which enables interaction with the multimedia content.

HOP Ubiquitous has used these Smart Spots as a project of citizen co-creation, generating a platform which allows for projects validation and opening a suggestion box in Aarhus, Denmark (visit www.siidi.eu for more details).

Additionally, Smart Spots have multiple applications, such as local trade impulse, promotion of touristic points and infotainment. Smart Spots are also equipped with environmental monitoring capabilities such as temperature, gases emission, humidity, noise, ground-borne vibration and even city luminosity. These devices make easy the management and maintenance of the different energy sources of the city, and this contributes to the sustainability and resource optimization.

Smart Spots are integrated into the surroundings through design enclosures built with natural materials which have strength and durability. They are designed by HOP Ubiquitous, the design is oriented to optimize their lifetime to the maximum in outdoor conditions, at the same time as they offer a compact size and organic design for its seamless integration with the city.

Learn more and discover how this technology is helping to co-create in Aarhus, Denmark, where It will be available until 27th February in the coming post.

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Hop Ubiquitous launches the Siidi App in Aarhus city.

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Hop Ubiquitous installed yesterday in Aarhus city the platform of citizen co-creation Siidi. It will be available in the Dokk 1 building and in the Institute for X until 31 March.

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Siidi aims to carry out a co-creation process that allows valuable feedback on the running of each city, particularly in the development of new areas. The App is adapted to the necessities of the cities, looking at efficiency and tailoring the design and information to each user in each place. Co-creation service is possible thanks to Smart POIs technology that makes the interaction easy and agile.

Hop Ubiquitous realized yesterday in Aarhus the deployment of 19 Smart POIs of Siidi technology. With them, the citizens will be able to collaborate in the development and maintenance of their city and they will participate in the draw of an IPad in gratitude for their contributions. So… What are you waiting for to come and participate?

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You should only approach to the Smart Spots with your Smartphone, allow the notification come in it and give your opinion about the promotional products topics asked. The more you comment on, the more participations in the draw.

All these opinions will save in a database allowing local authorities to know the preferences and suggestions of the citizens to work on the issues dealt with in a coherent and respectful way with their city.HOP Ubiquitous from Aarhus

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