Reactions of the 1st HEdIS Summer School in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Reactions of the 1st HEdIS Summer School in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

In the frame of the DAAD and BMZ sponsored project HEdIS, the 1st HEdIS Summer School “IoT for Sustainable Citizens” took place from 22nd to 30th November 2017. The Summer School was organized and run in partnership with the Nelson Mandela University (NMU, Port Elizabeth), the University of Cape Town (UCT, Cape Town) and the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (UOL, Oldenburg), at the NMU Embizweni Building on the South Campus in Port Elizabeth. Approx. 65 people, from the…

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Artombo present at the 1st HEdIS Summer School

Artombo present at the 1st HEdIS Summer School

Artombo was also present at the 1st HEdIS Summer School.  Artombo is a cultural project which offers art workshops for children and young people from communities surrounding Port Elizabeth. It aimed at providing high quality art classes to learners who would otherwise not have the opportunity. In addition to art skills, they learners are taught various life skills through the process. It is a continuing project which started as a results of an initial combined DAAD sponsored research project between NMU…

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1st HEdIS Summer School Impressions

1st HEdIS Summer School Impressions

On November 22nd, 2017 the 1st HEdIS Summer School started with a Welcome Event at the Summerstrand Hotel in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Students and some industrial partners had the opportunity to register early for our summer school and also exchange some words to get to know each other. The first day of the Summer School (November 23rd 2017) focused on an introduction to IoT, overviews on sustainability topics (water, mobility and energy study cases), and a presentation on design…

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Virtual pre-module of the Summer School started

Virtual pre-module of the Summer School started

All participants of our first HEdIS Summer School “Innovative IoT for Sustainable Citizen” are supposed to participate in the virtual pre-module. Each confirmed participant got an invite to the Summer School platform, on which the participants of the Summer School find preparing ressources and pre-module assignments,  and are supposed to work through the four themes the Internet of Things, Water, Mobility and Energy. Assignments have to be uploaded and quizzes have to be conducted before the start of the Summer…

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Confirmation mails are sent out

Confirmation mails are sent out

Applications for the Summer School are closed and notification mails were sent out to eligible participants. We are now waiting for the last eligible participants to confirm their participation. All participants can start preparing for the Summer School in an virtual pre-module from next week onwards. It will, in general, consist of articles, journal papers, videos and podcasts to get familiar with the themes of our first Summer School. Besides getting a basic understanding of the themes and respective challenges,…

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Summer School applications are open now

Summer School applications are open now

Applications for our first HEdIS Summer School on “Innovative IoT for Sustainable Citizens” are open now. The overarching subject of the programme is the Internet of Things (IoT) that is so far underachieved even though it is said to be the driver of the fourth industrial revolution and Future Internet. African countries are not keeping pace with these technological advancements and do not have the skills and research required for IoT. It, however, offers potentials that will be explored in…

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SAVE THE DATE for our first Summer School

SAVE THE DATE for our first Summer School

The title of the first HEdIS Summer School is finally set: “Innovative IoT for Sustainable Citizens”. We are excited to announce that the Summer School will run from November 20th to 4th of December, with face-to-face lectures and workshops taking place from November 23rd to 29th at Nelson Mandela University, in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The HEdIS team aims at creating awareness about sustainability problems in the themes water, mobility and energy. We will, among other things, tackle the complexities…

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Round-up of 1st Workshop

Round-up of 1st Workshop

The HEdIS workshop started with presentations on sustainability research projects at the Oldenburg University. This was followed by workshop sessions where participants chose and took part one of three round table discussions, which focused on the three main themes of the workshop as well as the upcoming summer school: water management, energy efficiency and sustainable mobility. The first task was to identify  problems and/or case studies of each field and in which way theses issues could be addressed or solved and transferred into…

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Impressions of 1st HEDIS workshop in Oldenburg

Impressions of 1st HEDIS workshop in Oldenburg

This week the VLBA department hosted the 1st HEdIS workshop at the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. Starting with a pre-workshop on Monday, discussing topics such as establishing stakeholder needs, module participant profiles, defining the various definitions for sustainability, determining stakeholder roles, and defining the projects learning platform. Moreover, the steering committee chose the general theme for the 1st summer school during November at NMU entitled “Innovative Development on IoT” focusing the empowerment of smart citizens. A comprehensive round-up of the other workshop…

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Dumisani and Martin present their PhD topics

Dumisani and Martin present their PhD topics

On Wednesday 21st June Dumi and Martin presented their PhD topics at VLBA department (University of Oldenburg). Dumisani Nyumbeka is a 2nd year PhD student at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth. His PhD research focuses on creating a scheduling model for the charging of electric vehicles using photovoltaic (PV) powered smart microgrids. This research is part of larger project that seeks to build a network of charging stations that are publicly accessible to the EV drivers nation-wide, thereby…

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