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UNIVERSITY OF EASTERN FINLAND

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The Coordinator, University of Eastern Finland is an experienced Horizon 2020 and Framework Programme actor and has participated the activities since FP4. With approximately 15,000 students and 2,800 members of staff, the University of Eastern Finland is one of the largest universities in Finland. The university campuses are located in Joensuu, Kuopio and Savonlinna.

 

The University of Eastern Finland is a multidisciplinary university, which offers teaching in more than 100 major subjects. The university comprises four faculties: the Philosophical Faculty, the Faculty of Science and Forestry, the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies. The activities of the university underscore multi-disciplinarity. The university’s key research areas are built around four global challenges: Ageing, lifestyles and health; Learning in a digitized society; Cultural encounters, mobility and borders; and Environmental change and sufficiency of natural resources.

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Professor Markku Tukiainen 

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Professor Kati Mäkitalo-Siegl 

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Dr. Calkin Suero Montero 

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Dr. Ilkka Jormanainen  

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THE EUROPEAN LAB FOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

The European Lab for Educational Technology – EDUMOTIVA brings together professionals active in the area of Educational Sciences and Learning Technologies. EDUMOTIVA’s aim is to offer learners of all ages education and training that will improve their lives, influence their thinking, impact on the communities within they act. EDUMOTIVA maintains close ties with primary, secondary, vocational and higher schools, public institutions for adult education and various associations with educational, cultural and societal focus.

 

Through this network and through EDUMOTIVA’s training scheme, access to learners of all ages is ensured. Key activities include: educational research, instructional design, evaluation of learning interventions, education and training with a special focus on ICT in education.

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Dr. Dimitris Alimisis 

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Rene Alimisis 

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Emmanouil Zoulias 

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Dimitris Loukatos 

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MÄLARDALEN UNIVERSITY OF SWEDEN

Mälardalen University (MDH) is one of Sweden’s large institutes of higher education. The University has over 14,000 students studying our 52 programmes and 1,000 courses, and almost 900 faculty and staff. Mälardalen University is situated in the densely populated and expansive region around Lake Mälaren, about one hour by train from Stockholm and Uppsala.

 

MDH has been in close cooperation with companies, organisations and the public sector for 35 years, which gives us a unique competence and experience. We believe in cooperation that is valuable and beneficial, with new knowledge for a national and regional development together.

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Dr. Baran Cürüklü 

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PM. Gunnar Widforss 

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PhD Student. Afshin Ameri 

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ZENTRUM FÜR SOZIALE INNOVATION

Zentrum für Soziale Innovation GmbH is a private non-profit research organisation, established 1990 with officially recognised common public interest. It is among Austria’s largest social science organisations.

 

Zentrum für Soziale Innovation GmbH aims to contribute to a better understanding of societal change and has gained significant expertise of the process of social innovation, both its encouragement and its diffusion and replication. This is most notably exemplified by Zentrum für Soziale Innovation GmbH’s lead role in running the 2011 Challenge Social Innovation Conference. Zentrum für Soziale Innovation GmbH has hosted and organised several citizen conferences and is active in the implementation of the European Citizen Initiatives.

 

Zentrum für Soziale Innovation GmbH s key activities are clustered in three dedicated units: (1) Work and Equal Opportunities, (2) Research Policy and Development and (3) Technology and Knowledge. Scientific expertise of the 60 employees encompass labor market, (e-)inclusion, governance and partnerships, migration research and the potentially enabling capacities of novel and emerging technologies. Zentrum für Soziale Innovation GmbH works in science and praxis, linking systematic research with application. Many Zentrum für Soziale Innovation GmbH projects not only transcend scientific domains, and thus are interdisciplinary.

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Dr. Christian Voigt 

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Dr. Margit Hofer 

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THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

The University of Oxford is a world-leading centre of learning, teaching and research and the oldest university in the English-speaking world. The Oxford University Department of Education (OUDE) prides itself in being able to combine its international standing as a research-intensive department with the highest quality teaching. In 2014 the evaluation of research in the UK (The Research Excellence Framework) placed the Department as the clear leader for educational research in the country.

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Dr. Niall Winters 

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SYNYO GmbH

SYNYO GmbH, a leading SME based in Vienna, Austria, is an independent research, innovation and technology hub that explores, develops and implements novel technologies to tackle business and societal challenges. SYNYO GmbH analyses the impact of emerging technologies on business and consumers, and provides clients with novel insights on innovations affecting their investments and
businesses. Understanding social, economic and political dynamics within society are indispensable prerequisites for identifying future technological demands.

 

As such, the interdisciplinary team at SYNYO GmbH consists of highly motivated employees specialized in various social and technical fields, including research studies, requirements analyses, application design, software engineering,
data analytics, and information visualization. This technical expertise is applied to tackle contemporary challenges in various disciplines such as big/open data research, digital futures, ehealth, citizen inclusion, and smart technologies. The research processes and proprietary methodologies are designed to convert complex information into clear and precise insights for
developing definitive actions.

 

Beyond its research expertise, SYNYO GmbH boasts a selective development team to carry out ICT related innovation from analyses to deployment. Key system attributes for SYNYO GmbH include collaborative systems operated by large end-users groups, creating modern graphical interfaces to transmit a bigger visual human perception, as well as keeping security and
lean management as a baseline for successful solutions. Furthermore, SYNYO GmbH has access to a vast network of technology providers, industry leaders, academic institutions, and city networks.

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Edin Agbabic BEc., BSc.

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UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE

The University of Dundee is proud to be recognized as one of the UK’s leading universities, internationally renowned for its expertise across a range of disciplines including science, medicine, engineering and art, and as a university which promotes translational research, stimulates new ideas where disciplines intersect and which is focused on meeting the challenges of the 21st century. The University of Dundee has undergone a period of fundamental change over recent years, realigning its resources – intellectual, financial and physical – as well as building on existing research and educational strengths. The University completed a £200 million redevelopment programme to create state of the art platforms for teaching, research and partnership activities. With a vision to become Scotland’s leading University, Dundee was recently voted one of the top five scientific workplaces in the world by Scientist Magazine. Consistently found in the world’s top 200 university rankings, it has also recently been voted top in Scotland by the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for the fifth year running.

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Dr. Andrea Alessandrini Ph.D. 

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UNIVERSITY OF PADOVA

University of Padova has 32 departments, more than 2000 professors and about 57000 students. The Dept. of Information Engineering of the University of Padova (UNIPD) (http://robotics.dei.unipd.it) is a leading centre for education, research and technological development in the area of robotics, computer science, electronics, quantum physics, automatic control, photonics, telecommunications, and bioengineering. Since 1999, at University of Padova the Intelligent Autonomous Systems Laboratory (IAS-Lab) has started to operate in the field of autonomous robotics. In particular, since 2006 IAS-Lab is active in educational robotics.

 

The partners at University of Padova will use the IAS-Lab and LITTE (Laboratory for Innovative Technologies in Technical and science Education) facilities, among which there are 4 wheeled mobile robots, 10 LEGO Mindstorm NXT kits, 10 LEGO EV3 kits, 6 small humanoid autonomous robot platforms, 1 humanoid NAO robot by Aldebaran, 2 Arduino wheeled robots and few Arduino kits. Moreover 2 COMAU industrial manipulators and a sophisticated vision sensors network composed of 2D and 3D cameras. All these equipment are supported by the department’s digital infrastructure (fast wired/wireless LAN, fast Internet connection, technical support by expert staff).

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TECHNOPOLIS CITY OF ATHENS

Technopolis City of Athens is a unique cultural complex that promotes arts, innovation, lifelong learning, industrial heritage & public awareness. It is located in the old city’s gasworks, a rare industrial monument which has been transformed into the most vibrant multicultural space of Athens with more than 1.000.000 visitors per year, open and accessible to everyone. Technopolis’ vision is to enhance the development of different communities and to contribute in improving citizens’ quality of life through more than 800 events per year: live music shows, exhibitions, performances, screenings, educational programs, workshops and seminars on entrepreneurship, innovation and new technologies. Technopolis consists of a multi-arts Venue, the Industrial Gas Museum and INNOVATHENS-the Hub of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. In parallel, with an emphasis on its educational dimension, it offers a series of educational programs for school groups, kids, families and adults. Participants work in groups and stimulate their imagination discovering, through interactive activities, and familiarize themselves with STEAM, new technologies, industrial heritage, entrepreneurship & innovation. 

 

INNOVATHENS, executive partner of the eCraft2Learn project, is a highly equipped, vibrant and open space that promotes new technologies and open innovation while connecting young entrepreneurs, academics and creative people. It seeks to support citizens’ personal development and competitiveness in the job market through educational programmes & training workshops in hard and soft skills, new technologies, open/free software, coding, robotics etc., networking events and business acceleration & support units: more than 110.000 people participated in more than 650 events. Within 30 months after its launch, INNOVATHENS has been established as the tech-transfer center of the creative and entrepreneurial ecosystem of the city.

 

The Industrial Gas Museum, the first city’s industrial museum protecting and promoting the old gasworks that supplied energy and lighting in the Athens metropolitan area for 130 years, was founded in 2013. It promotes and enhances the industrial heritage consciousness of the wider public: more than 70.000 visitors have been guided through the one of the city’s most important industrial monuments, and participated in more than 600 tours, cultural projects and exhibitions. Additionally, the educational programs of the IGM offer an opportunity to the students to learn about the gasworks, the technologies of the 19th and 20th century and the working conditions.

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Sophia Manika 

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EVOTHINGS

Evothings is a development tools and expert company in the industry fields of industrial internet, internet of thing (IoT), and mobility. The company’s main business is to provide developers with a bespoke and highly customisable tool suite (software development kit, or SDK) to develop, prototype and field test mobile applications to support the creation of mobile services and applications within the industrial space. By providing libraries and templates for various hardware, protocols and data formats to the developer community, Evothings has formed a number deep relations with hardware and systems providers across the globe.

 

Apart from offering their development framework, the company can provide with non-recurring engineering solutions, training and testing for customers, foremost in the European region. Evothings is sprung out of research work carried out within EIT, at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. Evothings also made the finals of EIT ICT Labs Challenge for IoT 2014.

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ARDUINO

Arduino Verkstad is a Research & Development company that has evolved from being a small consultancy firm devoted to realizing art and design projects to become an entity capable of driving midsized projects, the development of new products and running pilot studies with thousands of users at once. Arduino Verkstad is made of a multidisciplinary team of open minded individuals, used to work in teams, brainstorm impossible ideas and follow design processes up to the moment of bringing a prototype to production. Being 5 years ahead of our competitors and striving to keep it that way forces us to create solutions to problems people cannot see by themselves.

 

The Arduino hardware and software was designed for artists, designers, hobbyists, hackers, newbies, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments. Arduino can interact with buttons, LEDs, motors, speakers, GPS units, cameras, the internet, and even your smart-phone or your TV. This flexibility combined with the fact that the Arduino software is free, the hardware boards are pretty cheap, and both the software and hardware are easy to learn has led to a large community of users who have contributed code and released instructions for a huge variety of Arduino-based projects.

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PM Marie Ehrndal 

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PC Sara Therner

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HR David Cuartielles 

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ULTIMAKER

Ultimaker 3d printers are known as the ‘fastest’ ‘most accurate’ desktop 3d printers. We have an open source philosophy which ranges from our award winning software Cura, to our collaborative design platform Youmagine.com. We are committed to sharing our knowledge and support open innovation. This belief in the sharing of knowledge makes Ultimaker 3d printers the perfect choice for education, business and individuals to enter into this exciting new world! As we say IMAGINE IT >>> MAKE IT.

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The CREATE Education Project

In association with Ultimaker, the CREATE Education Project brings together game changing technology with inspirational content and creative minds. This collaborative platform is designed to provide FREE resources and support to help educators to introduce and embed 3D Printing technology in the classroom. These include professional development resources, lesson resources, project ideas and inspiration.

 

Contributors and community members are provided with a network of people embracing the same passion for sharing and improving access to education. In order to ensure everybody has the opportunity to benefit from 3D printing and other exciting tech we reached out and asked educators and industry leaders what the challenges were and how can we make the best of the opportunities. We aligned these with our core values and the CREATE Education Project was the result.

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