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REGISTRATION FOR THE COMPETITION “DIGITAL INNOVATORS IN EDUCATION” OPENS

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REGISTRATION FOR THE COMPETITION "DIGITAL INNOVATORS IN EDUCATION" OPENS

03.05.2023 |

Traditionally, the campaign and the award ceremony will be held under the patronage of the Minister of Education and Science

From today, 3 May 2023, the registration for the Digital Innovators in Education Teacher Competition 2023, organised by BAIT for the fourth consecutive year, will open.

The aim of the competition is to reward and encourage best practices in the use of digital content, the connection of schools with business and the preparation for the establishment of STEM centers. The competition is looking for teachers – digital innovators, teaching from 1st to 12th grade.

All teachers, including assistant teachers, teaching students from 1st to 12th grade in all subjects included in the curricula of the Ministry of Education can participate. Any teacher may apply or be nominated* in one or more categories. (*Nominations also require completion of all fields on the application form, as well as supporting evidence.)

Registration in the competition is done by submitting an Application Form.

Deadline for registration: 26.05.2023 by 17:00.

Links to posts, testimonials, comments from students and parents on Facebook, LinkedIn, learning platforms, received via email, test scores, videos, links to materials and videos will be accepted.

The competition will determine award winners in the following 4 categories:

1.Technological Innovation:

  • Application of ICT in the overall learning process – tests, homework, visualization and examples;
  • Additional technological innovations – simulation environments, automation, generation of unique tests with the same degree of difficulty (scoring and individualization), authorship check;
  • Use of special technological tools in extracurricular activities – 3D printers, computer aided design systems /CAD systems/, virtual reality, etc.;
  • Contribution to the learning of the material (comparison of test results with previous years).

2. Quality learning content:

  • Interactive presentation of content: engaging students in the delivery and preparation of the lesson;
  • Learning through fun with a platform based on games and building different worlds that encourages creativity, collaboration and problem solving /games, quizzes and other forms with a competitive element/;
  • Feedback from parents , students and guest speakers;
  • Multiple use by other teachers and/or schools.

3. Practical orientation of information technology teaching:

  • Teacher participation in the Business Teaches NP (by updating knowledge and introducing examples from practice to enhance the practical focus of teaching and/or using practitioners as teaching assistants, guest lecturers). Using practical examples and knowledge of new technologies acquired during training in companies in the teaching process;
  • Other forms of collaboration with business to make classroom learning more practical;
  • Extracurricular forms of cooperation with business – internships, workshops and visits to companies.

4. Contribute to a quality STEM center:

  • Preparing for the use of the STEM center in the learning process;
  • Preparation of attractive and interactive content for after-school activities/clubs;
  • Preparing teachers to successfully use the technology tools in the STEM center;
  • Programs to generate interest in STEM;
  • STEM Skills Formation Programs.

The jury, which includes the members of the Management and Supervisory Boards of BAIT, will award the best applications from 1st to 3rd place in each of the four categories.

The winners will be awarded at an official ceremony at TechnoMagicLand on 27.06.2023.

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Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital technology

Software Engineering

Telecommunications

Web Development

Big Data

Mobile apps

Digital Marketing

Artificial Intelligence

Digital Skills

USE AI PROACTIVELY WHILE RETAINING CONTROL OF DECISION MAKING

By Audience, Technology, AI & ML, For all, For ICT professionals, NEWS
USE AI PROACTIVELY WHILE RETAINING CONTROL OF DECISION MAKING

02.05.2023  |

Let’s make Bulgaria one of those economies in the world that with the help of AI increase their productivity and become more competitive.

This call was made by the Chairman of the Board of BASSCOM and the Board of BRAIT Dobroslav Dimitrov to the CEOs and their teams of Stara Planina Holding. The holding includes key companies, including M+S Hydraulics – hydraulic motors and steering controls, Hydraulic Elements and Systems AD – hydraulic cylinders, Elhim Iskra AD – accumulators, starter and traction batteries, Bulgarian Rose AD – essential oils, Ustrem AD – spare parts production etc.

Dobroslav Dimitrov was invited by the Chairman of AICB Vasil Velev to introduce the holding’s representatives with the new opportunities that artificial intelligence opens for business.

It is a multiplier of skills and productivity, increases capacity and gives an edge to companies that quickly manage to find its application, said Dobroslav Dimitrov. He explained how artificial intelligence works, how it is trained and what we can expect in the very near future from the development of the technology. He did not fail to touch upon important social challenges that we will face very soon – a widening gap between businesses and experts who apply artificial intelligence and those who do not; exacerbating social inequalities in societies and numerous moral dilemmas that this powerful technology poses for humans.

It is crucial that we, the people, retain control over decision-making. Artificial intelligence may have numerous suggestions on how to optimize our business, for example, but we, the owners and managers of the companies, are the ones who have to make the final decisions because we have the whole context conditioned by the human factor, Dobroslav Dimitrov further explained.

“We here in this room can do nothing against some madman in some cave starting to develop a biological weapon using artificial intelligence. But we can make sure that our companies do not suddenly start losing their contracts because other companies somewhere in the world have already implemented artificial intelligence and thanks to that they offer better conditions and lower prices,” Dobroslav Dimitrov said.

He outlined specific areas of application of artificial intelligence in mechanical engineering, ERP systems, database management, etc.

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Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

SOFTWARE COMPANIES HAVE A KEY ROLE TO PLAY IN AI-DRIVEN BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION

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SOFTWARE COMPANIES HAVE A KEY ROLE TO PLAY IN AI-DRIVEN BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION

02.05.2023 |

If only six months ago we formulated BASCOM’s mission to lead Bulgaria and its economy through the revolution of digital transformation, now we are in a radically different situation – there is the fifth industrial revolution of artificial intelligence. We are literally six months away from cardinal change at all economic, social and societal levels. Software companies will play a key role in the business transformation brought about by artificial intelligence, but the state also needs to wake up urgently. This message was delivered by Dobroslav Dimitrov, Chairman of BASCOM, during the traditional spring meeting of software companies – members of the Association. This time the meeting was held in Blagoevgrad.

The Bulgarian economy is young and this often puts us at a disadvantage compared to economies with long-standing traditions, but now, thanks to the artificial intelligence revolution, we have the chance to be all equal at the starting line. But if we don’t make cardinal changes, both at business and government level, we will become redundant.

Software companies expressed concern about the ongoing political instability in the country, the compromising of the budgetary framework, possible new encroachments on the tax system and the departure from the euro area. Taking over the presidency of the Bulgarian Employers Association for Innovative Technologies (BRAIT), BASCOM will continue its insistent efforts to involve BRAIT in the national tripartite dialogue. The exponential development of artificial intelligence will confront all areas of the Bulgarian economy with a number of completely new challenges that will require an adequate technological response and lightning-fast adaptability if we are to remain competitive.

BASCOM reported progress on key priorities of the Association related to access to talent. Thanks to the united efforts of related associations in the ICT industry, the streamlined procedure for issuing blue cards, which attract highly qualified professionals from third countries outside the EU, is now a reality. Along this line, BASCOM’s ITogether.BG initiative to maintain active communication with Bulgarian IT communities abroad in order to promote Bulgarians as a good destination to live and pursue an IT career continues.

BASCOM’s parallel efforts to develop IT education continue. The Association’s initiative to study the successful models of existing IT schools such as TUES and schools in Burgas, Varna, Stara Zagora, etc. is gaining momentum with the aim of multiplying them in more regions of the country to a minimum of 10 new IT schools.

Regarding another priority of the Association – business development through experience sharing and improving the environment – BASCOM’s Business Tree initiative was successfully launched. In the dynamically changing business environment due to the invasion of artificial intelligence, the Business Tree discussion format will be the platform for sharing up-to-date professional experience at all levels in the software industry, as well as a platform for communication with other sectors of the Bulgarian economy.

The software companies from BASSCOM also held a meeting with students from Blagoevgrad, presenting the different roles in the sector, sharing experiences from business everyday life and the inspiring path of the speakers, the overall attitude and the important competencies and skills that are sought by employers. “Start early, be consistent, spend at least 8 hours a day on programming. In IT you don’t work, you are creators. Learning in this sector is for life. Artificial intelligence is used as an opportunity multiplier and to save time. It requires the programmer to develop a big picture view and not just focus on the code, but on the end product and the specific customer needs that are being addressed.” These were just some of the messages that the software sector sent to young talent.

When and at which stage of education to start working and how to successfully combine the two, how to choose the right role and company for you, what kind of people will be in demand and how companies will develop their strengths, what skills are needed, what are the types of professions in the IT industry, will artificial intelligence replace programmers – these were some of the questions in the discussion. The meeting was held at the American University in Blagoevgrad and was attended by both students and students with specialized IT training, as well as their teachers.

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Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Software engineering

Digital skills