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18 Teams – 41 participants – 26 countries: The virtual hands-on project on digital society

From 12 June to 10 July 2014, the second virtual hands-on project took place in the Alumniportal community, which confronted the 18 participating teams from four continents with great challenges. This year, all the projects were related to the Digital Society, the Alumniportal focus topic in 2014. The team “Digitizer” with alumni from Serbia, Peru and Turkey convinced the jury with their detailed research and creative mind map. Moreover, the team found many supporters in the alumni community.

The hands-on project on digital society involved four tasks in all: virtual team building, researching a specific topic, creating a digital mind map and gathering votes in the community. Many participants were interested in the areas of sustainable development, education and economy and chose topics such as mobile money, distance education or digital media and enterprise collaboration for their projects.

Snezana Sando, Serbia

“It was a great pleasure to participate in the Praxisprojekt 2014. Thank the jury very much. We will continue to work on our subject of research.”

Multiple facets of the digital society

The winning team “Digitizer” analysed the profit increases enterprises can reach when cooperating through digital media. For their project, the team created a realistic scenario of a Greek start-up company. The Alumniportal congratulates Snezana Sando from Serbia, Onur Günlü from Turkey and Rubén García from Peru on the first prize!

In second place came Leticia Luna Tlatelpa from Mexico and Prerit Datta from India with their team “INNOVA”. They worked on a topic closely associated to community development: “Mobile Money for the Unbanked”. Finally, two teams were awarded a third prize: Debjani Ghosh, Md. Anisul Hoque Khan and Fahrin Islam realized a project on learning via the Internet at schools in Bangladesh; Febrianto Nurcahyo and Gene Gangan analysed the chances and risks of electronic health records in Indonesia and the Philippines.

An expert jury of scientists and journalists

An expert jury of scientists and journalists assessed the contributions according to criteria previously agreed with the Alumniportal team. The jury consisted of Daniel Michelis, Professor of Marketing and Communication at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences; Bertha Camacho, Knowledge Management Specialist with Skat Consulting, St. Gallen (CH); and Jörn Schultz, Freelance Consultant for Learning/Collaboration Technologies & Open Innovation Strategies. All jury members emphasized the relevance of the chosen topics and were impressed with the project results.

Debjani Ghosh, Bangladesh

“Thank you for the wonderful opportunity. We are very happy to see our team rewarded. I hope to work and involve with Alumniportal Deutschland in future.”

The winners attend the Bitkom conference in Berlin

In November 2014, the winning team will travel to Berlin, where they will take part in the renowned Bitkom conference. The conference throws light on digital trends and disruptive technologies and builds a bridge across global players, young entrepreneurs and representatives from politics and science. It brings together providers and users of digital solutions and encourages them to communicate on equal terms about the digital future.

The second-prize winners will receive a monetary prize of 250 euros per person; the winners of the third prize will be rewarded with 100 euros per individual.

Virtual team work – enriching and challenging

As opposed to last year, the participants were asked this time to recruit potential members for their team themselves during the application phase. For this, the Alumniportal offered a forum in the community where individuals with similar interests could connect and team-up for the project. Even though some groups had to overcome difficulties organizing their team work, the great majority of the participants gave a positive feedback on their group work and overall experiences.

The Alumniportal wants to say thanks to the jury and to all the participating teams for their great commitment! By means of their projects they offered valuable insights into highly relevant and complex topics of the Digital Society. We would like to encourage all participants to continue the cooperation on their topics of interest.

Nadège Seuleu, Cameroon

“Thank you for organizing such a competition. I enjoy using digital tools; competing on the project gave me the opportunity to explore more possibilities of working and collaborating in a digital world. It was indeed a great experience.”

July 2014

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