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Hack & Design Challenge 01-04.03.2019 in SofiaLab


On 1st of March in SofiaLab (1 Serdika Str, 3rd fl) starts Hack & Design Challenge. The event is organized by Data Science Society in partnership with Sofia Development Association. From 1st to 4th of March the video game industry will cooperate with developers of artificial intelligence. The challenges will be to make games with elements of AI (to produce a certain number of AI games by category). They will enable the expansion of creativity, knowledge and aesthetics of all game designers, players, game developers, and AI researchers.

SDA is a project knowledge partner in the NGS project under the Danube Transnational programme, co-founded by the EU funds (ERDF and IPA), http://www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/newgenerationskills.

SDA team lead workshop in Graz transnational meeting under NGS project


On 11 - 12 December in Graz was held the 4th Transnational Partners Meeting. SDA team lead the workshop facilitating the finalisation of the Local Action Plans developed by the cities. Partners shared what were their best action implemented and were looking for solutions to the challenges they face in front of the actions plans finalisation.

During the workshops dedicated to the Youth Innovation Lab and dynamic learning programs Denitsa Lozanova and Svetlana Lomeva shared with other partners information about the activities held, participants who joined them. For only two months Sofia Youth Innovation Lab hosted more than 40 events and welcomed more than 1100 participants.

SDA is a project knowledge partner in the NGS project under the Danube Transnational programme, co-founded by the EU funds (ERDF and IPA), http://www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/newgenerationskills.

 

Dynamic Learning Package in progress


On October 23 and 24, 2018, Sofia Innovation Lab hosted a training of young people with entrepreneurial spirit having a social cause. The participants discussed and practiced the essentials of financial literacy and management - fundraising, crowdfunding, bookkeeping for social causes. The training was organised in partnership with UNICEF. The YIL is established under in the NGS project under the Danube Transnational programme, co-founded by the EU funds (ERDF and IPA), http://www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/newgenerationskills.

THE FIRST “INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES IN NUCLEAR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY” HACKATHON IN SOUTHEASTERN EUROPE

The first Hackathon on Information Technologies in Nuclear Science and Technology held in Eastern Europe is now over. After an intensive day of lectures, exchanges with scientists and businesspeople, brainstorming and programming, the five school teams presented their work over 12 hours, prototyping solutions to the problems and opportunities in the field of nuclear science.

The project by team “John Atanasoff” is called “Nuclear Energy and its Safe Application.” The students believe there can be no innovation unless people are convinced that nuclear energy is safe and don’t confuse nuclear bombs with nuclear power plants. This is why the team proposed a wide platform for educating the public and adapted a robotic arm they had previously designed for disarming explosives to be used in high radiation scenarios.

The ELSYS team proposed the “Optimization of Nuclear Reactor Design via a Genetic Algorithm.” The problem this project addresses is that the optimization of a nuclear reactor has many different purposes, many variables, and many local problems, i.e. there is no guarantee that a particular optimization would lead to the best general design. The genetic algorithm the team used is derived from nature and contains the phases of population, selection of the most appropriate elements, pairing and mutation of the elements placed in an appropriate environment. The team generated a simulated model of a nuclear reactor and applied the genetic algorithm to outline the most effective optimization of the design, based on variables such as price, number of reactors, fuel and others.

NHSMNS (physicists and programmers) developed a demo version of a nuclear physics educational website. The site compiles information arranged by topic, resources, video lectures and tests, as well as a discussion forum the team plans to develop in the future. The test section allows users to register and learn on the basis of interactive educational games: correct answers win a badge, while incorrect responses return the user to the information from that section of the test to re-study, and then automatically generates a new test. The site includes a section for news and events.

SHSM team #2 took on the problem of radiation pollution of water resources. The example the team worked on is the Rossen mine and the polluted beach Vromos near Chernomorets. Their proposal is to use zeoliths (minerals that can absorb certain elements with a specific mass) to reduce the radiation pollution and to clean the beach using centrifugal sedimentation.

SHSM team #1 also saw the information gap in the area of nuclear physics, and designed an educational website full of graphs and images intended to help students in this area of physics and to prepare them for physics competitions. The website links up students with theoretical physicists, and students compete amongst themselves in real time and can keep track of their rating and success.

The jury awarded first prize to SHSM team #2, who received 500 leva and an invitation to the European Parliament from MEP Vladimir Uruchev. Second place went to NHSMNS, who received 300 leva, and third place to ELSYS, who won 200 leva. The team from “John Atanasoff” won the special award for the best presentation, and SHSM team #1 won the special award for the best design.

SDA is a project knowledge partner in the NGS project under the Danube Transnational programme, co-founded by the EU funds (ERDF and IPA), http://www.interreg-danube.eu/approved-projects/newgenerationskills.

      

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