We are glad to announce that the first two ide3a schools “Smart Sensing” and “Smart Buildings” were successfully completed. Both lecture series grounded on topics of critical urban infrastructure and were conducted fully virtually. Besides the gain of knowledge, students had the opportunity to take part in hackathon challenges as group work, in which they elaborated the solution for a certain scientific problem and were thereby supervised by the ide3a ambassadors. The challenges were accomplished with group presentations and the submission of final reports.
As a cooperation of all ide3a partner universities, the schools enabled lecturers from different academic institutions and countries to contribute to the programme. Students from Technische Universität Berlin (TUB), Cracow University of Technology (CUT) and Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) engaged in the courses brought in their views from different disciplines and fields of study.At the end, the schools received an overwhelmingly positive feedback by both lecturers and participants, which is a strong motivation for all members and staff of the ide3a project to continue on our path of implementing digital learning formats in an international and interdisciplinary environment. Our next school in the series, “Smart Cities”, will take place in January 2021.