#UCLday was very successful
#UCLday is a traditional half-day event Unicorn College organizes for secondary school and university students, their parents, friends and the general public. The conference was held on Thursday, February 11, and included classic lectures, interactive labs focused on practical uses for the latest technology, various presentations of gadgets and robots and a number of interesting speakers. Visitors could see the future world of the Internet of Things and Open Hardware.
Robots and virtual reality
The most visited presentation was SmartHome from WeMo Belkin, which included home appliances that can be used via tweets with specific hashtags. Just send a tweet when you’re on the way home and your coffee machine will prepare a delicious espresso before you arrive. There were also items that you can control with an iPad, such as mini drones Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider, Ozobots moving and dancing by drawn lines and light signals, Lego Mindstorm robots, which can solve the Rubik’s cube, and Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles that let you experience a roller coaster or an African safari, as well as the Stars Wars droid BB-8, which is beginning to replace guinea pigs, hamsters, ferrets and rabbits in progressive households.
“The technologies and gadgets that visitors could try during #UCLday are not just autotelic toys. Through them and interactive labs we want to show different forms of teaching within optional subjects, special projects and semester or Bachelor thesis which candidates can meet if they decide to study at our university. Throughout the day, visitors could get information about the university and meet experts who work there,” explains Marek Beránek, Director of Unicorn College, the meaning of this event for those who decide about their future university studies.
Experts gave lectures and labs
#UCLday visitors had the opportunity to listen to experts in various fields from leading Czech companies give intensive twenty minutes lectures, including Jana Moudrá and Tomáš Jukin, founders of Juicymo as well as Unicorn College teachers, who spoke about the advantages, disadvantages and possibilities of Android and iOS mobile operating systems. Tomáš Jindříšek and Martin Paur from DARK SIDE digital agency gave lectures on the latest trends in marketing. Filip Kirschner, co-founder for Applifting, presented the future of the Internet of Things – a vision of a wholly electronically connected world where cars do not need drivers and houses maintain themselves.
David Hartman (head of the IT department at Unicorn College) lectured on the topic of Internet security. Visitors could learn how to secure their internet communication and how to disturb it from a hacker’s position. Maxim Vrána from Unicorn Systems presented an interesting lecture describing the direction and development of the IT profession within the banking sector. Martin Havelka, Managing Director of Vigour recruitment agency, also gave a lecture.
Many of these experts led practical labs where visitors could learn more about news in respective fields or directly try concrete work.
Twice and everybody manages everything
Since the organizers wanted to respect everyone’s time and interests, all lectures and labs took place twice, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then again from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. This format was appreciated by those who had to work or study during the day and those who wanted to enjoy all parts of #UCLday. If lectures or labs overlapped, it was possible to visit one in the morning and another in the afternoon.