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26th October 2020 - No Comments!

CONNECT 2020 takes place on 28 & 29 November

EIT Alumni CONNECT is the annual meetup of our EIT Alumni Community.

Over 150 Alumni will come together on 28 and 29 November to connect, build partnerships, co-create on projects and work together to build, and develop the EIT Alumni Community.

This year’s theme is Responsible Consumption and Production and how EIT Alumni can address it. It is about doing more and better with less. It is also about decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation, increasing resource efficiency, and promoting sustainable lifestyles. Alongside interactive networking session, a series of workshops will offer to our members unique insights from external organisations and from members of the Alumni Communities: The CommUnity by EIT InnoEnergy, EIT Health Alumni, EIT Digital Alumni, EIT RawMaterials Alumni and EIT Climate-KIC Alumni.

Whether you want to sharpen your current skills, explore opportunities across sectors or meet like-minded professionals, you will find what you want - all online.

Save the dates: 28-29 November 2020
Agenda

28 November 2020 (Saturday)   

15:00-15:10 Opening
15:10-15:15 Welcome
15:15-15:40 Introduction to EIT Alumni Communities
15:40-16:10 Pannel discussion - Industry Perspective (Responsible Consumption and Production)
16:10-16:20 Ice breaker session - quiz on EIT Alumni Communities
16:20-16:30 Break
16:30-17:30 5 Parallel Workshops

  • Towards Sustainable Food Systems: Awareness and Action
  • Climate Impact Forecast
  • Gender databias in applied AI - led by Women@EIT
  • Better life for farm animals
  • How to ExPlane your organisation?
17:30-17:40 Break
17:40-18:00 Presentation of results

29 November 2020 (Sunday) 

15:00-15:10 Opening
15:10-15:40 Panel discussion - Consumer Perspective (Responsible Consumption and Production)
15:40-16:00 Closing remarks
16:40-17:00 Networking time through B2Match platform
17:00-18:00 Party time

Join us on-line to collaborate across sectors, grow and come together

Where

Virtual event (note: if you experience access issues to this session, we recommend trying an alternative website browser to the one you are using).

Registration for EIT Alumni CONNECT 2020 is limited to members of the EIT Alumni Community.

The internal registration for participating EIT Alumni CONNECT 2020 was closed on 31 October.

Please be aware that registration does not automatically mean participation. The event will host approximately 150 participants from each EIT Alumni Community (CommUnity by InnoEnergy, EIT Health Alumni, EIT Digital Alumni, EIT RawMaterials Alumni, EIT Climate-KIC Alumni). The final selection of the participants will be done by each EIT Alumni Community for their own members.

30th September 2020 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni at the R&I days 2020

How to develop our career in these challenging times!

The European Research and Innovation Days took place from 22-24 September 2020. For EIT Alumni Jeroen Van Lent, Vice President of the EIT Alumni Board participated in a workshop about Career Development and Entrepreneurship, with focus on developing your career path in these changing and challenging times. Other participants were Katharina Heil, President of the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association, Mostafa Moonir Shawrav, Chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association and Claire Morel, DG EAC and European Commission moderated the event.

One of the topics the panelists discussed were the opportunities but also challenges that digitalized world presents. One of the European Commission priorities is ‘A Europe fit for the digital age’, this calls for a need to be creative but also to find a balance between digital skills and social skills, especially in  educational environment.

Digitalisation has become very important in these current times of Covid-19, the young generation is used to take advantage of the digital world. There is a need to be creative.

Katharina Heil, President of the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association.

The EIT Alumni community organises hackathons so people can get more skills. There is a need to innovate how education is teaching other skills, to push people out of their comfort zone.

Jeroen Van Lent, Vice President of the EIT Alumni Board.

Another topic was how digital changes can drive the transition to a greener economy. Followed by a discussion on the possibilities lifelong learning presents and that it is often underestimated and not well enough presented to young graduates.

Connections are key, it is important to disseminate information at European Commission and University level. There is a need to be more active on social media and sharing events/job offers/opportunities. There is a room to improve and trainings are essential.

Katharina Heil, President of the Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association.

There is a gap when we discuss about skills and there is not a common approach. It is necessary to identify the skills gap, see the necessary skills and provide customised solutions.

Mostafa Moonir Shawrav, Chair of the Marie Curie Alumni Association

The session was closed with a question and answer session between the panelists and the audience.

Did you miss the R&I days?

Watch some of the sessions here!

24th April 2017 - No Comments!

Meet Andra Lungu, Alumna of EIT Digital Master’s School

During the course of 2017, EIT Digital will meet former Master School students and ask them why they chose their programme and how they see their professional future. Last week they met with Andra Lungu.

EIT Digital Master's Students

EIT Digital Master Schools offer two year programmes in 19 of the best European universities, providing ICT and entrepreneurial training. Every year, 500 graduates join the alumni network and begin a career in the best European and international companies and organisations.

Andra Lungu

Andra is a student from Romania who joined the Cloud Computing and Services (CSS) Master after a bachelor degree at Bucharest Polytechnic University. She tells EIT Digital about her learning and experiences during the two years of her Master's.

What studies did you do before joining the EIT Digital Master Schools programme?

I started studying Computer Science in high school as I was good at maths, so it was quite a logical path forward. I then passed my bachelor degree at Bucharest Polytechnic University in Computer Science. The content of the programmes at the University were technical and I graduated as an engineer in 2013.

How did you come across the EIT Digital Master Schools programme?

An assistant professor at the Bucharest Polytechnic University recommended the EIT Digital Master Schools programme to me when I was searching for a Master's programme after University. The Cloud Computing and Services (CSS) Master had all I wanted from a Master programme and offered me the benefit of studying abroad in both France and Germany.

What motivated you to join the programme?

I liked the idea of experiencing two different cultures in the course of my study. It was also a challenge, as I knew the French language but not so much German. To me, it was the opportunity to discover new cultures and work in two different countries.

Andra Lungu with classmates at the Summer School in Finland

Can you tell us about your experience as a student in France and Germany?

Université de Rennes 1 in France was a great start to my studies, the programme manager, Stéphanie Halochet, did a lot to help foreign students set up in France. She was a bit like a second mother, helping us with administrative work and day-to-day issues. Rennes is a small city and to me, coming from Bucharest, it was fun and unusual to have people recognizing me in the streets, like in a village.

During the Summer School in Finland after the year in France, I was able to develop a personal entrepreneurial project based on information and big data, which helped for my second year in Berlin.

My second year at the Technical University of Berlin was even busier. I didn’t suffer from the language barrier as people spoke English and Berlin is an international city. At the time, a lot of startups were being created and I felt right in the middle of the buzz.

The EIT Digital Master Schools taught me entrepreneurship as well as competences in my field of research. In the first and second year, my project was about big data, so logically I joined the startup « Flink » to work as a research assistant during my studies. It was great to work in a team of startupers and get both academic knowledge and business experience at the same time.

During the programme I liked how we could combine startup ideas with technical courses in a fun way. In Bucharest I just studied engineering, with EIT Digital I could also get into the business side of technology. It was also very interesting to compare evaluation methods in Rennes and Berlin: The French academic system is more theoretical whereas the German academic system is more practical.

What did you learn about yourself during your studies?

I learned that I can face cultural challenges, become friends with other Europeans, and I learned to become independent by working and studying at the same time.

What have you done since the Master's programme?

After the degree I came back to Bucharest and joined Orange to work for a project in big data - my job consisted of developing methods and tools to analyse data from phone networks. I am now working for Adobe on a gateway project: we develop a bot to detect anomalies and work on algorithms in machine learning.

Do you wish to move again in Europe?

Yes, I would like to travel again, but maybe not just in Europe. I can envisage America as a next adventure. Silicon Valley next, who knows?

Why would you recommend the EIT Digital Master Schools?

In this programme you meet people from all around the world, with very different backgrounds, you experience the challenge of working together in the same project.

Joining the EIT Digital Master Schools means joining a huge network of alumni and friends from all over Europe. I still have good friends and many great memories of events, the graduation ceremony and of our Summer School in Oulanka (Finland).

In conclusion, I would recommend the Master's programme as it is a great experience which allows you to go out of your comfort zone and discover new cultures, as well as study in the best European Universities. With my experience at the startup « Flink » and my year at the Technical University of Berlin, my CV was very attractive for the big tech companies I have worked for.

It is a unique personal and professional experience.

Article taken from EIT Digital. Original author - Alexis Poulin

6th April 2017 - No Comments!

EIT Digital Alumni Annual Meeting 2017 #digitalumni17

2nd annual meeting of the EIT Digital Alumni a triumph.

On the 20th of March, EIT Digital Alumni held their 2nd annual community meeting, this time gathering in Brussels. The idea was to create a memorable and exciting platform, a forum for discussion, a journey for the alumni.
They aimed to inspire. They succeeded.

The event began in the late hours of the 19th. As the last rays of sun shining on the Grand Place were slowly eclipsed by the towering steeple of the City Hall, alumni assembled in the square for a night of networking, sightseeing, lively conversation and (we can only presume) the sampling of a few Belgian beers.

The next morning, fresh faced and ready to collaborate, the alumni streamed down the thin winding veins of Brussels town centre. Their destination? The European Parliament; the heart of Europe.

After a stirring tour of the site where unanticipated exits are taken and passionate speeches are given, the alumni were transferred back to the Egg, suitably inspired.

After a quick registration, the alumni were treated to a keynote speech from the unconventionally captivating Mills, the co-founder of ustwo.

His key points?
- Follow your passion! Don't let anyone say you can't do it. Live your dreams. If you have an idea, dare to pursue it. Don't be afraid of what other people think about it. JFDI!
- Know that it's going to take all your time!
- Embrace succailure. Learn from your failures. Use them to mould you into the person you want to be.
- Love your 'fampany'. Companies shouldn't be about the individual. It's all about the collective, looking out for each other and growing together.

After a tasty bite to eat, the participants reconvened for a panel discussion from three illustrious figures of EIT Digital. Willem Jonker, the CEO, Anders Flodström, Chief Education Officer, and Edna Ayme-Yahil, the Head of Communications, took to the stage offering a fine balance of personal insights and practical advice to spur the alumni forward.

The latter half of the event was given to presentations delivered by alumni, for alumni.

Reports from board members on successful events gone by, plans for the future, and new intriguing opportunities were intertwined with the presentations of alumni working groups, eager to display and discuss their new initiatives and the benefits they would bring. Not only to their alumni family, but to society as a whole.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end. Almost 24 hours after the initial Grand Place reunion, alumni had the chance discuss the day’s events, mull over ideas and reinforce new bonds.

So as you can see, the event was, by all accounts, legendary!

Check out more #digitalumni17 photos on our Facebook photo album!
See the full collection in Google Photos.

5th April 2017 - No Comments!

Climate-KIC’s Green Business Ideas Competition is now open

EIT Climate-KIC's ClimateLaunchpad competition is your ticket to European and global success. Provided you have a green business idea and have what it takes to become an entrepreneur. (As EIT Alumni you should be one step ahead of the game!!)

Your idea can be an innovation in renewable energy, a sustainable transition in the food chain, a mind shift in urban mobility or any other way to tackle climate change.

Train. Compete. Launch.

How it works


To enter the competition you submit an idea or innovation that can make environmental impact. The climateLaunchpad will help you fast track that idea into a business and bypass all possible pitfalls along the way. You’ll learn how to get your idea funded and launched.

Once you are selected to join ClimateLaunchpad, the Boot Camp and coaching sessions will help you develop your idea to a rock-solid plan. You will pitch this during your National Final. The top 3 winners of each national competition will go on to compete in the Grand Final.

Even if your idea is on the back of a napkin, you’re most welcome to join. National Juries select the best proposals to join the National Finals.

Climate Launchpad countries


In 2017 the competition is open to participants based in Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom (England: Birmingham & London), and Ukraine.

Some of the deadlines are in the next few months, so get involved now! You don't want to miss your chance.

Check the submission deadlines per country.

The programme


Once you’re accepted into the competition, the games begin:

Step 1: Boot Camp

ClimateLaunchpad kicks off with a 2-day Boot Camp in your own country. Trainers will teach you all you need to know about jumpstarting your business.

Step 2: Intensive coaching and National Finals

The Boot Camp is followed by a period of intensive coaching. You’ll perfect your pitch, value proposition and business model. We’ll make sure you are ready to rock the National Final where you get to pitch in front of your National Jury. The Top-3 of each country enters the Grand Final held in October in Limasol, Cyprus.

Step 3: Grand Final in Cyprus in October

The Top-10 competitors in the Grand Final will get direct access to the EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator, the renowned business school where great ideas grow into great businesses. On top of that there is also prize money. The overall winner of the Grand Final receives € 10,000, the runner up gets € 5,000 and the idea that comes in third place wins € 2,500.

All other National Finalists who made it to the Grand Final get a chance to pitch their idea to the review board of EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator. Impress them and gain access to their programme.

Small Print


You have been challenged, join the competition. But before you do, make sure that you:

  • have not yet started a business or you started it less than one year ago;
  • have no substantial revenue;
  • have attracted no more than € 200,000 in investment;
  • have not yet sold products, solutions or prototypes on commercial terms.

For more information, please check the FAQ.

All good? Don’t miss out: enter your idea by filling out our application form.

ClimateLaunchpad. The world’s largest green business ideas competition.

28th February 2017 - No Comments!

EIT Alumni Yearbook 2016!!

eit-alumni-community-yearbook-cover

We have finally, officially published our EIT Alumni Yearbook for 2016!

This looks at some of our highlights of 2016, including the Start-up days event, EIT Alumni Connect and various cross-KIC events and workshops.

These events offer a unique opportunity for sharing knowledge and experiences, discussing entrepreneurial ideas with fellow students/alumni in a cross-disciplinary way and finding partners for exchange of ideas and potential collaboration.

Want to know more about the EIT Alumni? Read about our events and much more in the 2016 EIT Alumni Community Yearbook!

you can also check out the image gallery from the EIT Alumni Connect event at INNOVEIT 2016 here!

If you have any questions or want to let us know what you think, leave a comment below.

Follow the EIT Alumni Community:

EIT Alumni Facebook page  EIT Alumni Twitter
Are you a studying in a EIT labelled-educational programme? Or you have already graduated and you would like to keep in touch with the community and connect with the other EIT Alumni? Join the LinkedIn group at http://linkd.in/1b8pfme .

 

10th November 2016 - No Comments!

Nuclear fuel concept a winner for EIT InnoEnergy graduate

Nothing tops finishing up your master’s thesis with a feeling of a job well done. Except perhaps making a major discovery AND winning a prestigious award! EIT InnoEnergy MSc EMINE student Alicia Raftery did just that when securing the honourable Sigvard Eklund award for 2016.

The late nuclear physicist Sigvard Eklund dedicated his life to utilising nuclear energy for peaceful purposes – and his foundation carries on that tradition. This year Alicia was one of proud winners receiving their award at the SKC (Swedish Centre for Nuclear Technology) annual symposium in September 2016 in Hindås.

Alicia shares her passion for nuclear energy with us – and how EIT InnoEnergy has been a big part of the picture.

Award-winning idea

Always having an interest in nuclear fuel fabrication, during a 3-week nuclear fuels course at Cadarache (part of her master’s study) it just clicked. She reached out to KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) to obtain a master’s thesis position in their nuclear fuels lab. This hands on experience allowed her to develop this possible new fuel concept – also the theme of her thesis, “Fabrication and Characterization of UN-USix Nuclear Fuel”.

Working closely with KTH PhD student supervisor, Kyle Johnson, she created a composite nuclear fuel of uranium silicide and uranium nitride using a relatively new sintering method called “spark plasma sintering” (SPS). The project was a great success in the fact that a high-density fuel pellet with enhanced thermal conductivity was created, but it also uncovered a new “unknown” ternary phase. “Westinghouse is going forward with the next step of irradiation testing the fuel in the US, putting the fuel in a research reactor to see how it behaves”, explains Alicia.

Kyle submitted her thesis for the award, recognising the significance of the results. “She was an incredibly talented, knowledgeable, and thorough young scientist – who always willing to get her hands dirty (not something just anyone does in a nuclear fuel lab).“

EIT InnoEnergy’s role

Alicia already felt like a winner, having received a scholarship from EIT InnoEnergy for the entirety of her master studies. “The EMINE programme exposed me to a wide network in industry and academia, both in Sweden and France.” Excited to begin her PhD studies in January 2017, she’ll spend the first two years studying in the US and the second two years in Belgium. “I think the high level of education I received in the EMINE program definitely contributed to my acceptance into this PhD position.” 

Onward and upward

She is currently working at the Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico, gaining experience at a national lab before going on to graduate school. When asked what the future holds, “I’ve really enjoyed studying in an international environment. I see myself as a project manager on international collaborative projects.” But what continues to drive her passion in the field of nuclear energy? “I consider nuclear energy not only to be the most practical energy solution, but also endlessly interesting. And I am a true victim to the notion that my contributions to nuclear research will make a real difference in the world.” It’s clear to see she is already on her way. Congratulations on the discovery and award!

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.
All the latest developments can be followed on our twitter , facebook and web page.

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.