Participation of Schools and Students

The organisers cordially invite students (aged 10-16) to actively participate in the event.

What does the event offer to students?

  • Students will have the possibility to see a real ICT conference and to directly engage in research.
  • Students will have access to all sessions of the European and national conference tracks including plenary sessions, as well as to the exhibition area which showcases European projects.
  • Specific timeslots for dedicated workshops will be offered. In the workshops, students will have the opportunity to develop various views on and visions of technological developments, including prototyping. Furthermore, there will be a special workshop aiming to introduce students to maker education, digital social innovation and entrepreneurial education by learning how to work creatively with digital tools (microchip, robotics, programing apps).

Requirements for participating in the Imagine18 workshops:

  • It is expected that groups of students will attend the first two days of the event (4-5 Dec) together with one or several teachers.
  • Since the conference is an English-speaking event, English language skills are required. This includes the willingness to communicate in English.
  • Attendance of the conference, including the workshops and catering are free of charge.
  • All other costs (preparatory work, travel costs, …) will have to be covered by attendees.

Student-Workshops Programme

Tuesday 04. December 2018

  • 08:00 - 10:00 Registration
  • 10:30 - 12:00 OCG
  • 11:00 - 12:30 TU Graz
  • 11:30 - 13:00 PRIA
  • 12:45 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 14:30 Exhibition Hall Tour
  • 15:00 - 15:30 OCG
  • 14:30 - 16:00 TU Graz
  • 14:30 - 16:00 TU Wien
  • 15:00 - 16:30 PRIA
  • 16:00 - 17:00 IMAGINE18 “Technology Bridging Generations”

Wednesday 05. December 2018

  • 09:00 - 10:00 H2020 Newton
  • 10:00 - 11:00 NGI-Workshop
  • 11:00 - 12:00 NGI-Booth Visit
  • 12:00 - 13:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 - 15:30 Idea marathon preparation
  • 16:30 - 18:00 Idea marathon

Workshops TU Wien:

“Hands-on service robotics – from idea to pitch”

First, workshop participants hear about robotic technology and its application areas. The focus is on service robotics, sensors, and behaviour. Then, they take on the role of product developers and design innovative products that are based on robotic technology. At the end, each student has developed a product concept and made the idea tangible with simple materials. The teaching method is project- and design-based, coming from the constructionist learning theory. The interests and talents of the learners are in focus. Technological literacy (understanding what technology is and how technology and society are intertwined), the 4C (critical and creative thinking, collaboration and communication), and perceived self-efficacy are conveyed in basics.

Workshop PRIA:

“Hedgehog robot controller”

Hedgehog is a versatile robotic controller for educational purposes which is graphical and can be programmed textually. At this station, the young visitors have the possibility to write a simple program to make a small mobile robot follow a line.

Workshop OCG:

“Capture and evaluate environmental data with the Raspberry Pi and Python”

Various sensors (temperature, humidity, air pressure, air quality, lightning detection, etc.) and the possibility of easy processing of data with the increasingly popular Python programming language will be demonstrated. Python is based on the new module “ECDL Computing”, which will be available at Austrian schools. In the workshop, students have the opportunity to try out different sensors and receive hints on how they can record, analyse and visualize their own environmental data with very little financial means. In addition, the “Open Weather Map” shows how people can use Python to query and edit free weather data.

Workshop TU Graz:

“Robotics & Coding in Education”

Young people can devote themselves to one or more topics according to the concept of an open workshop. At any time change a table and work elsewhere. Students will be encouraged to develop creative (digital) solutions and to explore technical innovations.

There is a limited number of places for participation in the workshops, but students can participate in the idea marathon without participating in the workshops.
Students from 16 to 18 years cannot participate in the workshops,but can participate in the conference track and the idea marathon.