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2nd year ide3a conference recapped

2nd year ide3a conference recapped 1382 333 ide3a

On 5th October, 2021 the second annual ide3a conference took place. Just like last year, ide3a members from all five partner universities gathered online to recap what has happened in the project throughout the year and to discuss current projects. In the main session, the ide3a coordination team presented the highlights of the previous year: first 13 ide3a scholarship holders at TUB and DCU, ide3a research assistants winning the Science Slam and successfully finished winter schools Smart Sensing, Smart Buildings and Smart Cities, just to name a few things.

After a short break, ide3a members gathered again for break-out sessions divided according to the three e’s of ide3a: e-learning, e-research, and e-mobility. Each session had its own presenter and the main topic. After the presentation, a fruitful discussion between our international partners followed. In the e-learning session, ide3a e-learning analyst Margaux Huth introduced the discussion about Blended Learning and the serious game. In the e-research session, prof. Andrea Cominola talked about the development of the serious game ConnectiCity. Ines Schwarze led the e-mobility session, where she talked about EWP – Erasmus Without Papers and problems related to mobility between partner universities.

All in all, the 2nd annual ide3a conference was a success. We hope to be able to organise the 3rd conference in person next year!

Open position for a game developer/designer

Open position for a game developer/designer 2560 1707 ide3a

You are a university graduate in Computer Science or specialised in software development, UX design, game development, game design or another similar disciple and looking for a job in Berlin? The ide3a team is looking for a new member in a part-time position for co-design and co-development of ConnectiCity, a multi-layered digital, open source, simulation tool/serious game that enables scenario analysis and simulation of urban critical infrastructure systems under heterogeneous social, technical, and climate scenarios.

ide3a is an international and interdisciplinary project funded by DAAD. In a team that includes 5 research assistants called “ide3a ambassadors”, e-learning experts, researchers work on the topic of “Critical Infrastructure & Digitalisation”. ide3a aims to implement the topic in traditional research-based study programs, combined with gamification mechanisms and short courses, accessible internationally by the ide3a partner universities and supported by digital education platforms and open knowledge tools.

The tasks for this position include (i) creative co-design and implementation of ConnectiCity, (ii) collaborative testing in a learning environment, and (iii) further development based on testing.

The position comprises 80 working hours/month and is paid according to salary grade E13. The contract is of fixed duration until March 31st, 2023. Since we are a very international team, English is the working language. Knowledge of German is an advantage but not mandatory.

Required qualifications:

  • Successfully completed an academic university degree (Diplom, Master or equivlalent) in Computer Science, or specializations in software development, UX design, game development, game design or other relevant disciplines
  • Good programming skills in Python or Java
  • Excellent communication skills, teamwork skills, proactive behavior, and commitment
  • Passion for games/video games/game design
  • Very good written and oral language skills in English – at least C1 level
  • Preferable: prior experience of working in an international or multi-disciplinary team
  • Preferable: prior experience in the development and use of serious games in education
  • Preferable: Prior experience in building graphical user interfaces
  • Preferable: Prior experience with simulation and co-simulation
  • Preferable: good written and oral language skills in German
  • Knowledge of critical infrastructures, engineering, urban development is an asset

Link to the job advertisement: more information about the job can be found here.

Application deadline: 1st October, 2021.

How to apply: Please send your application in English with the reference number and the usual documents (cover letter, CV with final grades, certificate of university degree) by email to Prof. Cominola ().

Ide3a member’s participation at Berlin Open Data Day 2021: Don’t miss out!

Ide3a member’s participation at Berlin Open Data Day 2021: Don’t miss out! 1100 695 ide3a

Next week, on 25th August 2021, our e-learning specialist Margaux Huth will hold a presentation during the annual Berlin Open Data Day. The topic of the presentation will be the ”Water Hackathon” that was organised in collaboration with the Berlin Senate in January 2021.

The presentation will be held at 12:00 and it will be streamed under the following link:

Interested in other events happening during the Berlin Open Data Day 2021? Check out the homepage of the event here. You can also access the full timetable of the event (in German) here.

Save the Date: ide3a schools + Hackathon 2021

Save the Date: ide3a schools + Hackathon 2021 2560 1640 ide3a

Photo credit: Fotis Fotopoulos (@ffstop) on Unsplash

As the new semester is nearing its start, we would like to announce you this year’s ide3a winter schools.

Some novelties have been implemented since last year’s schools based on students’ feedback. This year, there will be two schools: Smart Sensing and Smart Cities as well as a hopefully in-person “Smart City Hackathon”.

Each school will have two intensive three-day sessions spread over the course of two weeks. These three days include, lectures in the morning and tutorials in the afternoon as well as social activities. Students will be able to attend only one of the schools, but will receive access to the material of the other in preparation for the Hackathon. The Hackathon is mandatory for all participants of the schools. One School plus Hackathon will be awarded 6 ECTS.

The tentative dates for this year’s schools are as follows:
Smart Sensing School: 13th – 15th & 20th – 22nd October
Smart Cities School: 3rd – 5th & 10th – 12th November 
Smart City Hackathon: 1st – 3rd December

More information about the contents of our schools as well as registration deadlines will be announced soon. Please subscribe to our student newsletter to not miss the beginning of the registration!