A Free-of-Charge Summer Academy for Budding Entrepreneurs
Would you like to start an innovative company providing services for Cities of the Future? Do you have an amazing idea that could contribute to higher quality of life in cities? Are you interested in addressing societal and environmental challenges (e.g. aging population, pollution or inefficient energy use in the cities)? Do you have ideas for encouraging healthier lifestyle, improving care services and processes, or addressing food security challenges with the help of ICT?
If yes, Ljubljana Summer Academy ‘Cities of the Future through Service Innovation’ is an ideal stepping stone for you.
Join us between 13 and 22 July 2015 in Ljubljana, Slovenia and start your (ad)venture with Regional Development Agency of Ljubljana Urban Region (RRA LUR) & University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Computer and Information Science (UL FRI).
The Ljubljana Summer Academy will equip you with basic principles of and tools for conducting business in ICT as well as (design) methods for applying ICT solutions to solving societal and environmental issues (e.g. health care or food security challenges).
Work in an interdisciplinary team, incorporate design thinking and service design in your approach to societal and environmental challenges, test and perfect your idea, develop your business model and communication plan, explore funding opportunities and help build sustainable cities of the future with ICT solutions.
Two winning teams of the Summer Academy in Ljubljana will travel to the ICT 2015 Innovate, Connect, Transform conference in Lisbon, Portugal (free-of-charge) and attend an international business idea contest.
You can apply individually or in a team at: www.f6s.com/crea.
The deadline for applications is 8 July 2015.
See a draft programme, mentor CVs and hospitality document in attachments on the right.
More information about the Summer Academy in Slovenia and 5 partner Summer Academies from CREA project can be found at: http://www.creasummeracademy.eu/.
CREA Summer Academy Team
*Project CREA has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 644988.
Alenka Kavčič, PhD, is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana. She teaches programming languages and software engineering: including agile methodologies and development of mobile applications. She co-organized several summer schools and workshops for students and teachers. Her interests include multimedia and internet technologies, computer-based education and learning, and information technologies in education.
Matija Marolt is an assistant professor and head of Laboratory of Computer Graphics and Multimedia at the Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana. He also teaches subjects related to these topics at the Faculty and at Academy of Fine Arts and Design. His research goal is teaching computers to understand music. He was involved in organization of several summer schools and conferences, and has extensive industrial experience with software development.
Ciril Bohak, MSc, is a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana. His expertise includes computer graphics, game technology, music information retrieval, human–computer interaction (HCI), gamification and e-learning. He was involved in organization of several summer schools for students and teachers. He is one of the founding members of Slovenian HCI community and an active member of Slovenian Game Development community.
Matevž Pesek is a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana, and a PhD student discovering algorithms for music perception and understanding. He participated in organization of several workshops and summer schools for mobile development. He has been involved in several startups from the fields of electrical engineering, mobile and web development. His interests also include human-computer interaction for user feedback retrieval and e-learning with a focus on marginal groups.
Matevž Pogačnik is an associate professor at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, where he heads the multimedia applications group of the Laboratory for Telecommunications. His research work is focused on numerous aspects of interactive multimedia services for different devices, including development of interactive services on all devices in the fields of e-learning and IPTV systems using different interaction modalities. He is also a lecturer and tutor at the LTFE (Laboratory for Telecommunications) ICT Academy.
Jože Guna, PhD, is a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana. His area of research includes internet technologies, multimedia technologies and IPTV systems with special emphasis on user centred design, user interaction modalities and designing the user experience; including gamification and flow aspects. He is an expert in internet, ICT and IPTV technologies and holds several industrial certificates from Cisco, CompTIA and Apple; including trainer licenses from Cisco and Apple.
Ana Kyra Bekš
Ana Kyra Bekš is a service designer by profession and an explorer by heart. She loves working and hanging out with people, that’s why you’ll see her mostly at workshops, conferences, concerts, and other cultural events. She is one of the co-organisers of Ljubljana Service Jams and co-founder of Servis 8 – an association for service design innovation, education and workshops. When she doesn’t colour code anything, she loves to play games. Secretly she wishes to be a game designer. One day. Until then she tries to make this world a better place, one smile at a time.
Ana Osredkar is a Market development manager at Gorenje design studio, where she combines project management, design research, and service design skills to facilitate development of innovative solutions with corporate clients. In March 2012 she organized the first Global Service Jam in Ljubljana and is now a co-founder of Servis 8, Association for Service Design Innovation, Education and Workshops on a mission to bring service design thinking into organizational cultures and innovation efforts. She received her BS degree in Management and Organization from the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, and an MS degree in Marketing Management from Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School in Belgium.
Luka Piškorič is a co-founder of Slovenia Crowdfunding initiative and a campaign strategist for several successful crowdfunding campaigns that turned young creatives and innovators into successful startups. He is also a co-founder of Poligon Creative Centre – an autonomous coworking space and platform for young professionals, creative communities and startups operating in the field of creative economies, social entrepreneurship and culture. As partner and consulter at Memo Institut strategic research and marketing agency, he is consulting on development of new products, services and brands.
Aleš Pustovrh PhD, is a researcher of high-tech SMEs and innovative companies. He is currently employed at the University of Trieste, Italy, and also cooperates with the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, mostly in research of regional innovation and startup environment in Slovenia, Italy, and South-East Europe. He has also been actively involved in the Slovenian startup ecosystem and has cooperated with numerous Slovenian startup companies. He is one of the founders of ABC accelerator in Ljubljana and has also established 2 other companies. His goal is to help establish the first Slovenian startup to be listed on the international stock-exchange.
Ivan Župič is a development associate at CoBik centre of excellence and a PhD candidate in Management and Organization at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His PhD thesis investigates growth of high-tech firms. His research interests include high-growth firms, technology entrepreneurship, platform strategy, crowdsourcing, and research methods. Before entering academia he had worked as a consultant in IT industry and journalist/photographer in media.