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8th November 2016 - No Comments!

Join the EIT Alumni Startup Days and tackle societal challenges!

Taking place in six cities, two hundred EIT Alumni and Students will be uniting on the weekend of 2 to 4 December 2016 to create a positive impact through innovation and entrepreneurship.

The EIT Alumni Startup days is a community building initiative that enhances cooperation across the EIT’s Knowledge and Innovation Communities. By bringing together graduates, researchers, developers, young professionals and start-up enthusiasts in 6 cities across Europe for a 54 hour event, we connect a global network of entrepreneurs and innovators.

Space is limited so book your place now.
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The event will be taking place in Barcelona, Berlin, Eindhoven, Lisbon, Paris and Stockholm and will kick off on the 2nd December, lasting 54 hours and finish on the 4th December. Challenges addressed by the participants will come from corporate sponsors, companies within the local innovation ecosystem or EIT Alumni members wanting to expand and seek help for their start-up propositions.


The second edition of this pan-European event builds on the successes of the inaugural Startup Days, which saw 170 participants develop concepts, network and enhance vital cognitive and team working skills. From last year’s event, ideas were conceptualised such as; bridging gaps between farmers and people who live in the city; a dictionary for hand gestures; to solving water pollution by utilising micro-algae.

7th November 2016 - No Comments!

EIT Digital launches Internet of Things course on online learning platform Coursera

EIT Digital has launched an Internet of Things (IoT) course on the online learning platform Coursera.


This is the third Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) EIT Digital has placed on Coursera, as part of a planned programme of over fifteen courses due to be published this year.

EIT Digital introduced the Software Architecture for the Internet of Things MOOC, which was developed in cooperation with iMinds. The course is also employed in an innovative ‘flipped classroom’ approach. In a flipped classroom, students watch online lectures at home, and engage in concepts in the classroom with the guidance of a mentor, which is quite the flipped or opposite situation of ‘regular’ on campus courses. The MOOC is part of a bigger online programme called ‘Internet of Things through Embedded Systems’.

"This programme will provide access to the on-campus EIT Digital Master Programme in Embedded Systems for bachelor students all over the world,” says Martijn Klabbers, Online Education Activity Lead at EIT Digital. At the end of the online programme, students can get a certificate, and at the end of the blended programme (including the online part and the on-campus program) students receive the same double degree and EIT label as regular on-campus EIT Digital students. Klabbers adds that professionals and people with other degrees can join in the MOOC as well. “EIT Digital innovates in digital education, building upon, and improving the reputation of European Universities of Technology. It does so by transforming existing courses at these universities to an online format and demonstrating the excellence of these courses. These courses are part of the regular Master Programme, and the transformation includes the active participation of European universities.”

The courses on Coursera are offered by more than 140 institutes, like Stanford University, Princeton University, Eindhoven University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Sapienza University of Rome, University of London and Lund University in Sweden. If learners want to join and apply for the on campus program, they need to purchase the Coursera certificates for all courses (50 euro per online course).

EIT Digital expects to launch more courses on Coursera in the near future, Klabbers reveals. “Soon we will launch a follow-up about Internet of Things. In August, we will launch the first course of a series about System Validation. Also we are working, in cooperation with the Haas School of Business of the University of California, Berkeley and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, on three courses about Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Furthermore, there is an Advanced Computer Architecture series from the Technical University of Berlin to be released in the same time period. Next year a similar programme on the topic of Data Science will be published on Coursera and open for learners all over the world.”

EIT Digital has already offered two other courses on Coursera in cooperation with Åbo Akademi University and Eindhoven University of Technology. These are, respectively, Development of Real Time Systems and Quantitative Formal Modeling and Worst Case Performance Analysis, which will have follow-ups published soon.

5th October 2016 - No Comments!

LEDLife: a solar lamp with a story for refugees

LEDLife, a project by LEDsafari and EIT Alumni, spearheaded by 2015 EIT Awards Winner Govinda Upadhyay, just won 20,000 USD in the finals of the Innovate for Refugees Competition organised by the MIT Enterprise Forum, Pan Arab Region.

"If we want to save the world, it’s not a world leader or a genius who will do it, it’s all of us who have to contribute” – Read our interview with Govinda Upadhyay, winner of the MIT Enterprise Forum's Innovate for Refugees competition

About the "MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Innovate for Refugees" Competition

The refugee crisis is deteriorating at an unprecedented rate and governments around the world are failing to address the atrocities. With over 20 million refugees worldwide, the greatest refugee crisis since World War II, innovative solutions are critically needed to grapple with the basic needs of the refugee community.

MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab is on a mission to find and reward tech-driven solutions to alleviate the burden of the refugee crisis.  They are launching a competition of technology projects that address the most acute hardships faced by refugees - including healthcare, food, shelter, security, education and energy. In partnership with Zain and MBC Hope and supported by UNHCR, Unicef, UBER and Jusoor,  they will be rewarding five winners - of which at least one refugee team - with cash prizes and mentorship to successfully implement their project and contribute to ameliorating the conditions of the refugee population.