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The best AI tools for education

By Technology, AI & ML, Basic digital skills, For all, In education, For ICT professionals, Inspiration, Bulgaria, INSPIRATION: Educational resources, Bulgarian, Type of the educational resource, Language оf the educational resource, Country providing the educational resource, Other educational resources, INSPIRATION
The best AI tools for education

05.02.2024 |

Most of the discussions about artificial intelligence (AI) tools are often focused on business, but there is immense potential for AI to dramatically improve our educational systems. This is one of the most effective tools that teachers can have at their disposal, often relieving them of administrative burdens. These technologies will not replace teachers but rather allow them to allocate more time to student learning.

AI is rapidly growing in the education sector and is becoming a global billion-dollar market. This rapid growth is due to its ability to transform many aspects of teaching and learning processes. AI can create engaging virtual learning environments, generate “intelligent content,” alleviate language barriers, bridge gaps between learning and teaching, create specialized plans for each student, and much more.

Many innovative companies are creating AI tools to achieve these results. Let’s look at some of the best AI tools for education:

  1. Gradescope

What is Gradescope?

Gradescope’s AI tool allows students to evaluate each other while providing feedback simultaneously, which often consumes a lot of time without AI technology. Gradescope relies on a combination of machine learning (ML) and AI for easier grading, saving time and energy.

By outsourcing these tasks to external evaluators, teachers can focus on more important tasks. Gradescope can be used by teachers to grade paper exams and online assignments, as well as to prepare projects in one place.

Here are some key features of Gradescope:

  • AI-assisted and manually grouped questions
  • Time extensions specific to students
  • Grading with AI assistance
  • Improved efficiency and fairness
2.Fetchy

Fetchy is a generative AI-based platform created specifically for teachers. It empowers teachers to unleash their full teaching potential by simplifying and streamlining the myriad tasks they face, including creating engaging lessons, generating newsletters, crafting professional emails, and more. By harnessing the power of AI, Fetchy enables teachers to enhance their teaching methods, optimize time management, and make confident and informed decisions.

Fetchy specializes in personalizing generated language to meet teachers’ requirements without requiring them to formulate complex prompts. When using Fetchy’s personalized solutions, teachers can expect tailored results that align with their specific educational needs.

  • Generate lesson plans
  • Review history from multiple perspectives
  • Find mathematical or scientific experiments
  1. Nuance

Located in Burlington, Massachusetts, Nuance provides speech recognition software that can be used by both students and teachers. The company’s Dragon Speech Recognition product can transcribe up to 160 words per minute, aiding students who have difficulty writing or typing. The tool also supports verbal commands for document navigation, which is essential for students with accessibility needs.

Dragon offers many more features, including the ability to dictate lesson plans, curriculum, worksheets, reading lists, and more at speeds three times faster than typing, all while achieving 99% accuracy.

Here are some key features of Nuance’s Dragon:

  • Accessibility features supporting verbal commands
  • Voice assessment of students’ work
  • Dictate work in class with 99% accuracy

You can find the top 10 AI tools for education here.

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www.unite.ai/bg

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Artificial intelligence

Digital Skills

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Middle

Type of the educational resource

Other educational materials

Language of the educational resource

Bulgarian

Country providing the educational resource

Bulgaria

REGISTRATION FOR JAVA2DAYS 2023 IS OFFICIALLY OPEN

By Basic digital skills, Software engineering, Web development, In education, For ICT professionals, Audience, Technology, NEWS
REGISTRATION FOR JAVA2DAYS 2023 IS OFFICIALLY OPEN

17.05.2023 |

Registration for Java2Days 2023 is officially open! Don’t miss your chance to be part of the most anticipated Java event of the year, which will take place from 27 to 29 June in the beautiful seaside resort of Albena, located in a picturesque and ecologically clean bay on the Black Sea.

Java2Days 2023 promises to give you a unique and unforgettable experience, bringing together the brightest minds in the Java community for three action-packed days of innovative lectures, hands-on workshops and unparalleled networking opportunities.

By attending Java2Days 2023, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn from world-class speakers, including Java Champions and industry leaders, as they share their insights, experiences, and techniques to help you level up your Java game.
  • Dive into practical, skill-building workshops designed to sharpen your expertise and expand your knowledge of the Java ecosystem.
  • Participate in thought-provoking conversations exploring the future of Java and its impact on the ever-evolving world of technology.
  • Connect with fellow Java enthusiasts, developers, and professionals from around the globe to share ideas and forge lasting relationships.
  • Grab your limited-edition Java2Days 2023 swag and merchandise to show off your Java pride!

Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to dive into the world of Java. The event will contribute significantly to your professional development. Secure your place at Java2Days 2023 today by selecting your ticket type here.

Register now and join to Java2Days for an extraordinary experience, where sun, sea, and code come together!

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Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Software engineering

Web development

Digital skills

THE BEST TEACHING PRACTICES FOR THE YEAR WERE AWARDED AT THE LARGEST EDUCATIONAL FORUM IN BULGARIA

By Telecommunications, Blockchain, Digital marketing, Big data, Media literacy, Microelectronics, Cybersecurity, In education, IoT, For the workforce, AI & ML, For ICT professionals, Basic digital skills, Robotics, Audience, Software engineering, Technology, Web development, Computing, Mobile apps, NEWS
THE BEST TEACHING PRACTICES FOR THE YEAR WERE AWARDED AT THE LARGEST EDUCATIONAL FORUM IN BULGARIA

03.05.2023 |

Over 400 teachers, principals and education experts took part in this year’s edition of the educational event “Best Practices in Focus” on 29 and 30 April in Sofia.

Art Therapy Studio to improve students’ emotional competencies; project-based learning to celebrate the holidays of different ethnicities in school and develop tolerance among students; a student portfolio in biology to develop scientific literacy, short-term memory and motivation; and a comprehensive school strategy for environmental education and developing awareness of global challenges related to climate change. These are the educational practices that were rated highest in this year’s Best Practices in Focus competition. For the second year in a row, the competition collects, describes and promotes good examples of the work of teachers in Bulgaria.

The awards were presented on 29 April in Sofia during the largest educational event of the same name, which brought together more than 400 teachers, principals and educational experts to exchange experiences, inspiration, practical workshops and search for new approaches to engage students in the 21st century.

The organizers of the competition and the final event “Good Practices in Focus” are the Foundation “Together in class” and the educational website prepodavame.bg.

The winning practices are reviewed and evaluated by an expert jury of over 40 people. In the selection criteria, they look for practices that are effective, sustainable and improve the well-being of children, promote youth participation and support students’ academic progress.

“We often talk about what is not happening in Bulgarian classrooms, what needs to be changed and fixed. This gives the wrong impression that meaningful and inspiring things are not happening. With Good Practices in Focus, we want to show just how much resource and potential there is in the country’s schools. We have received many good examples that we believe will be useful for teachers in other schools – to find inspiration, to find like-minded people and to look for new opportunities to be even more helpful to their pupils.”

In addition to jury awards, audience awards and additional special awards were presented to some of the partners in the event.

In the program of the event, in addition to the awarding of the best practices, teachers from all over the country had the opportunity to participate in an important discussion on how we provide quality education to all students with the participation of Anelia Andreeva from the National Inspectorate of Education, representatives of the World Bank and education experts. [recording of the discussion coming soon]

After the discussion, the forum participants drew on the experience of Dr. Rima Shore, head of the Bank Street College of Education in New York. She inspired the attendees with a lecture on “Empowering Teachers”, which focused on the power and impact of teacher empowerment [lecture recording coming soon]. She also led two hands-on workshops on strategies for improving student well-being and progress and adapting best practices from elsewhere. The workshops were highly appreciated by teachers and helped many of them to imagine how they could innovate more in their teaching practice.

In addition to the international guest, the teachers at the forum learned experientially through practical workshops prepared by teachers from Sofia, Varna, Staza Zagora, Knezha, S. Bohot, S. Rumyantsevo.

The first day of the event also introduced teachers to over 30 educational organizations and initiatives during a special educational exhibition.

More about the event and a full list of the award winners can be found here.

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Digital technology

Digital skills

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

MAY IN SOFTUNI

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MAY IN SOFTUNI

02.05.2023 |

We are pleased to introduce you to the new modules and courses launching at SoftUni in May.

The programme of each course has been selected and developed with the most sought-after skills by employers in mind. The technologies emphasized in them are in line with the latest trends.

  • On May 2 the advanced training “C++ Advanced” with lecturer Doncho Angelov will start: https://bit.ly/3mZhzVA
  • The new course “Containers and Cloud” with lecturer Martin Gradev will introduce you to best practices for creating containers with Docker: https://bit.ly/3oxLkNr
  • The “MySQL” course with lecturer Nikolay Bankin starts on May 10: https://bit.ly/40AS62v
  • With the training “HTML & CSS” with lecturer Konstantin Dankov you will learn to create modern websites with HTML & CSS: https://bit.ly/3V3BP4R
  • The module “Algorithms with Java” with speaker Nikolay Bankin starts on May 22: https://bit.ly/43VJ96G
  • The module “Algorithms with C#” with lecturer Atanas Atanasov starts on May 22: https://bit.ly/3LnfPPh
  • Microsoft Excel module with lecturer Desislava Topuzakova starts on May 25: https://bit.ly/43VP0ZN
  • Course “Microsoft Excel Fundamentals” with lecturer Desislava Topuzakova starts on May 25: https://bit.ly/3Arbe8g

You can find out more about the courses and modules here.

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Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

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Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Software engineering

Digital skills

Web development

Programming

FEWER RESTRICTIONS ON TEACHING WILL LEAD TO HIGHER QUALITY SECONDARY EDUCATION

By Technology, Telecommunications, Digital marketing, Media literacy, Basic digital skills, Robotics, Software engineering, Web development, Mobile apps, For children, Audience, In education, NEWS
FEWER RESTRICTIONS ON TEACHING WILL LEAD TO HIGHER QUALITY SECONDARY EDUCATION

02.05.2023 |

Time to consider differentiated remuneration to retain good teachers in priority subjects

The frameworks set out by the Ministry of Education are the stumbling block in the modern training of young talent. The inability to have the power to implement a newer and genuinely useful approach to training processes. Freedom must be given. The head teacher should be able to assign classes to people from the business who within 4-5 hours can come and teach. This will certainly motivate the students, give them another perspective, and motivate the teachers, which in turn will raise the level and lead to better quality education in the state.

Around this opinion united teachers from the Professional High School of Computer Modeling and Computer Systems – city. Varna and Professional School of Computer Science and Mathematical Analysis “Prof. Minko Balkanski – town of Stara Zagora at the next meeting-discussion organized by BASCOM with IT schools in Bulgaria. At the meetings some of the most successful technology schools present and exchange best practices from their training models in order to study their experience and multiply it in other cities of the country. The moderator of the meeting was Ivan Rusev – part of the BASCOM working group that deals with education issues.

Both schools in Varna and Stara Zagora were established less than three years ago and are already an established centre of attraction for young people from their respective regions. Eng. Vyara Dukova, Director of the Professional High School of Computer Modelling and Computer Systems in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. Varna, said that the curriculum is key for any high school. “The main thing we rely on is that in the elective classes children study mathematics. We believe that no engineer or programmer would be successful if they don’t have a good level of math knowledge. The idea of student learning is to achieve lasting knowledge in something, not to go over material that students cannot understand and master. It’s important for us to build a foundation that the business or university will then build on.”

Eng. Dukova is adamant that today’s children are very different in their perceptions and we should find an approach and language to them. “We have tried to build a model where university professors enter the classes at high school level. This was not a successful practice because the university lecturer imparts a knowledge while the student should be taught. Much more examples and work with children at the high school level is needed,” she says.

Kamelia Krumova, Director of PGKNMA “prof. Minko Balkanski” – town of Stara Zagora

The issue of personnel is another big topic that was discussed in the meeting.

“It is very difficult to find teachers who meet the requirements and at the same time to be able to retain them. Often they come to us for a period of time, we put resources into their education and before long the IT industry swallows them up. Teaching is not just a job, it’s a cause and it’s not for everyone,” said Kamelia Krumova, director of Prof. Minko Balkanski” – town of Stara Zagora. Kamelia Krumova added that we have many applications for teachers from people from other sectors, such as banking, who once acquired teaching qualifications and decided to try their hand as teachers years later. There is a need to find a mechanism to support these people, for example to update their knowledge and assess it, because in general there is a mistrust and among these candidates there may be many valuable educators with unrealised potential. As an advice to future technology schools in other cities, Ms. Krumova stressed that it is absolutely important to be able to rely on a core of great teachers in the first place, as well as on the strong support of the local government – the formula for success of the school in the city of Krumova. The main reason for the success of Stara Zagora’s school.

Dobroslav Dimitrov raised the topic of how long it takes teachers to prepare their materials and what a big effort it is. “I myself am the co-founder of a coder training academy, which I have been developing for 10 years and I know how labor-intensive the process is. I can boldly say that since two months we are much more productive thanks to the AI-based tools we implemented. It’s a colossal transition that can solve in a large percentage the problems with content creation or a complete course. Artificial intelligence could help teachers, for example, to come up with specific assignments or coursework for each student in a way that is interesting and personalised to their level of knowledge and understanding. Using these tools, good materials can be prepared and the overall teaching process can be improved. This frees up creative resources that could be directed towards students. The application of artificial intelligence makes sure that the new juniors are at the level of midlevel and this is already happening,” said Dobroslav Dimitrov.

The participants in the discussion were in consensus that at least twice a year IT school principals, together with representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science and business, need to meet to exchange information and share cases that can find their solution through such discussions. They re-emphasized the importance of having a regular government and a Minister of Education as soon as possible to address all the issues raised.

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Digital skills in education

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Artificial Intelligence

HOW TALENT IS DEVELOPED – TBS ACADEMY

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HOW TALENT IS DEVELOPED - TBS ACADEMY

28.04.2023 |

The shortage of staff in the IT sector is an undeniable fact. The right way to address it is multi-layered and dynamic, just like the industry itself. “TBS Academy” was established with a clear mission – to offer the best practical and personalized training in the field of IT infrastructure.

Established in 2021, “TBS Academy” has been able to train a total of 40 professionals, 21 of whom are already working in the company, having chosen the department they want to develop in themselves. Completely free of charge, the Academy enables anyone with an interest in the field to not only gain knowledge, but also to get a chance for future career development at TBS after successfully completing the training. At its core are the drive of the teaching team and a clear awareness of a holistic transformation of learners. The academy is gaining popularity, starting with 25 candidates in 2021, a number that has grown significantly to 122 for the last training.

A new, more ambitious stage in the Academy’s history, encouraged by its great success, is its expansion to other Balkan countries following the same model, with TBS offices becoming educational hubs of sorts. Up-to-date, different and practically oriented, the Academy successfully combines ambition and the drive for knowledge with the need for well-trained IT staff.

About the Academy

The training starts with a three-month technology-focused theoretical part that covers the basics of modern IT infrastructure. Upon successful completion of the first stage, it progresses to a paid three-month practical internship, during which trainees get the opportunity to get involved in real company projects on an ongoing basis. For many, the final step is to start a job at TBS that guides them in their overall career development.

After gaining hands-on experience, new experts are encouraged to take a company-sponsored, internationally recognized certification exam. For this purpose, the Academy’s own certification centre, part of the Pearson VUE network, is located in the TBS office in Sofia. It is also available to external candidates. The centre offers certification exams of leading IT companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, VMware, Dell, IBM and many others. Nearly 300 certification exams have been conducted in the last year, half of them by TBS employees and the other half by external candidates.

Since human resource is the core of TBS’s progress, creating professionals with the right focus and understanding of market needs is an absolute must. It is crucial to invest in initiatives that support and develop young professionals. Thanks to optimized training content, adequate planning and vast teaching experience, the “TBS Academy” is considered one of the main pillars in the company’s strategic development. Future trainings will build on the knowledge base in line with TBS’s long-term vision and with a focus on current expert needs.

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Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

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Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Digital skills

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Web development

Mobile apps

Big data

Telecommunications

AI

Blockchain

SCHOLARSHIP FUND “GO, STUDY AND COME BACK”

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SCHOLARSHIP FUND "GO, STUDY AND COME BACK"

28.04.2023 |

The Tuk-Tam “Go, Study and Come Back” Scholarship Fund is launching for the eighth consecutive year and will be the largest ever with a total fund of nearly 100,000 BGN!

The fund is a Tuk-Tam initiative that supports motivated Bulgarians to continue their education with a Master’s degree at a foreign university, and then apply what they learn here – this is how we build a brighter future in Bulgaria.

You can take part in the competition REGARDLESS of the field and country you apply to, as long as you have:

  • Bulgarian citizenship
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree obtained by 31 July 2023
  • Started application process to a Master’s programme at a foreign university
  • At least B2 level of proficiency in the language in which the training will be conducted
  • A clear intention to pursue a career in Bulgaria.

If you are targeting an Engineering (or similar) Master’s degree abroad, you can apply for the 10,000 BGN Specialist Scholarship from Sensata Technologies.

Apply by May 10! More about the fields, as well as all the conditions and the application form, can be found here.

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Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Software engineering

Telecommunications

Big data

Mobile apps

Web development

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

SKILLO: MISSION QUALITY IT EDUCATION POSSIBLE

By Digital marketing, Big data, Cybersecurity, Microelectronics, IoT, For all, AI & ML, In education, AR & VR, For ICT professionals, Basic digital skills, Robotics, Audience, Software engineering, Technology, Web development, Computing, Mobile apps, Telecommunications, Blockchain, NEWS
SKILLO: MISSION QUALITY IT EDUCATION POSSIBLE

28.04.2023 |

In 1989, the film Dead Poets Society was released, in which a host of well-known actors reflect on the meaning of life, the cost of human achievement and the heights to which the human spirit can reach through education and the search for what is meaningful in life. It is there that Robin Williams impersonates the teacher John Keating and says the following to his students:

„No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.“

“At Skillo, this is one of the pillars that drives and motivates us to work relentlessly to create a quality learning environment for IT people who truly want to develop themselves to move the world and bring quality change to society and themselves.”

And who is Skillo, anyway?

Skillo is a Bulgarian company founded in 2018 by two IT professionals – Petar Milev and Hussein Turkmen. Former colleagues and current friends and business partners, Pesho and Hugh, as everyone calls them, not only share many years of experience as IT professionals in leadership positions, but also united around the mission to create a company with a special cause – building an IT academy, with the belief that Bulgaria has a lot of potential talent and conditions that can make our country the Silicon Valley of Europe, but it takes a qualitative change of the educational environment in which people grow and learn for this to happen. The Academy works both with individual learners and with some of the largest IT companies in our market as corporate clients.

Apart from the IT academy, in the years back they developed another business line that works on recruitment and development of IT professionals through which they have the opportunity to connect professionals in the market with attractive and meaningful job opportunities.

Today we bring you an interview with Hugh, who talks a bit more about Skillo’s IT Academy and in particular how by developing good educators and good IT professionals, we are actually changing the whole industry.

Hugh, tell us briefly about yourself and how your journey as a professional and teacher started?

My start in the IT industry was more than 12 years ago when I started as a Database Developer, but very quickly I realized that software testing was what I was really interested in and I knew I would be good at it. After intense years of learning and lots of practice, I was able to move through various projects and roles where I had the opportunity to both manage teams and interview IT professionals as well as create and build testing processes, environments and be responsible for overall product quality. About 9 years ago was also my first exposure to teaching. Up until that point, I had done in-house training for my colleagues, but it’s very different to train people who are already in the industry and those who are yet to enter the field. So, a friend of mine invited me to teach Software Testing Fundamentals at the school where he was lecturing and I decided to give it a try. It was a big challenge for me, but I knew I could do it because I had a strong interest, and usually when something is interesting and really important to you, you can’t help but do well.

How did you feel in the beginning as a young teacher and what motivated you to develop in this role?

I remember at the beginning I was very excited but also nervous. I had to put in a lot of hours of effort preparing lectures, practicing the actual teaching and delivery of the information, and thinking about how to optimize the content that I would teach to the students so that they would get the most out of the course time. My motivation has always been about two main things: by teaching, you are making a multiplied contribution of your knowledge and skills and secondly, you are a change generator for the future professionals who are now starting their education and development in IT.

Could you explain in a little more detail what it means to multiply your contribution of knowledge and skills?

Imagine a professional who is good at what they do, goes to work accordingly, applies their knowledge and skills and gets paid for it. In such a situation, the contribution is 1:1 – you contribute certain knowledge, you put in effort and you get paid for it. In teaching, however, you are still using the same knowledge that you do your job with, but by teaching people who draw on your knowledge, you multiply the effect of what you achieve. For me, that has always been a tremendous motivator to keep doing teaching, besides of course the fact that I enjoy doing it.

You have built up quite a few faculty members yourself, some of whom are now part of the Skillo teaching staff. Tell us a bit more about the key skills of a good tutor.

Of course, for all lecturers there is one set of classic skills that are a must – for example good presentation skills, freedom to speak in front of an audience, clear diction, structured thought, working within the tight time frame of a lecture, being able to moderate a discussion etc. At the same time, there are more specific skills for being a good IT teacher.
However, before we talk about skills, good teachers are first and foremost good professionals in their field. If they don’t have years of practical experience behind them that allow them to see many different work cases, they won’t have a base from which to share experience and knowledge. Otherwise, on the topic of skills – a key one is for the teacher to be able to explain technical matter in an understandable and accessible way to people who are not technical specialists, giving accessible and easy to understand examples and explanations. This is something I have worked hard to develop myself and I know it takes time. It’s also very important not to leave the trainees with the feeling that you are the knower and they know nothing, because that would inhibit them and shut them down to the learning process.
Another very important thing is that the trainer actively works with the group – both to stimulate those who are active and to motivate those trainees who are quieter and more withdrawn. It is important to find the pace of the group – neither too fast nor too slow. Also to give the participants the opportunity to think and solve cases and problems in which the teacher does not give the ready answer, but moderates the process of searching and discovering the solution to the problem together with the group.

Does the teacher need to adapt to the group of students?

Certainly adaptability and a personalised approach are particularly important for a good tutor. Every group I’ve taught over the years has been different from others and there is no one-size-fits-all approach that will always work. It’s important for me to break up the group environment, to be able to achieve a more informal feel where people relax and friendships are made, jokes are shared, work cases are thought about together and experiences are shared. Along these lines, the tutor needs to have a good sense of humour, but also the social intelligence to make sure that the group environment is respectful of everyone and not discriminatory or exclusionary towards any of the students. Now with the current virtual environment we are teaching in it is very important to motivate people to put their cameras down and participate fully in the lecture because the distractions when we are in a digital environment are many and the lecturer sometimes has an unequal battle. However, I always set rules for the group and frame virtual hygiene.

You can read the full interview here.

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CAREER SHOW TECH 2023

By For all, Cybersecurity, In education, IoT, For the workforce, AI & ML, For ICT professionals, Robotics, Software engineering, Web development, Audience, Mobile apps, Technology, Blockchain, Computing, Big data, Telecommunications, Microelectronics, 5G & WiFi, EVENTS
CAREER SHOW TECH 2023

10.05.2023 |

Career Show Tech 2023 is a specialized online event for career and development in IT! The event is completely free and will take place on 18 and 19 May entirely online.

At Career Show Tech 2023, over 100 employers with open positions for IT professionals are waiting for you to speak directly about the positions that may interest you. You’ll meet representatives from the world’s top companies such as Youtube, Binance, Dyson, KBC Global Services, Accenture, Dynamo Software, Luxoft and many more.

Speakers at the seminar program will be founders of a number of technology companies and senior engineers who will talk about:

  • Artificial intelligence and the future of technology professions
  • Is it worth pursuing a career in cloud technology?
  • Is it possible to work entirely in Web3?
  • How do you create Android apps without being a programmer?

For additional information and to register visit www.careershow.bg.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Software engineering

Web development

Mobile apps

Blockchain

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

Date

18.05.2023 – 19.05.2023

Access 

Free event

Format

Online event

CAREER SHOW TECH 2023

By Cybersecurity, In education, IoT, For the workforce, AI & ML, For ICT professionals, AR & VR, Robotics, Software engineering, Audience, Web development, Technology, Mobile apps, Computing, Blockchain, Telecommunications, Big data, 5G & WiFi, Microelectronics, NEWS
CAREER SHOW TECH 2023

10.05.2023 |

Career Show Tech 2023 is a specialized online event for career and development in IT! The event is completely free and will take place on 18 and 19 May entirely online.

At Career Show Tech 2023, over 100 employers with open positions for IT professionals are waiting for you to speak directly about the positions that may interest you. You’ll meet representatives from the world’s top companies such as Youtube, Binance, Dyson, KBC Global Services, Accenture, Dynamo Software, Luxoft and many more.

Speakers at the seminar program will be founders of a number of technology companies and senior engineers who will talk about:

  • Artificial intelligence and the future of technology professions
  • Is it worth pursuing a career in cloud technology?
  • Is it possible to work entirely in Web3?
  • How do you create Android apps without being a programmer?

For additional information and to register visit www.careershow.bg.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Software engineering

Web development

Mobile apps

Blockchain

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR STUDENTS AT IT

By AI & ML, For children, AR & VR, In education, Audience, Basic digital skills, Technology, Robotics, Computing, Software engineering, Telecommunications, Web development, Digital marketing, Mobile apps, Media literacy, Blockchain, 5G & WiFi, Big data, Cybersecurity, Microelectronics, IoT, For all, NEWS
CAREER DEVELOPMENT FOR STUDENTS AT IT

28.04.2023 |

Are you currently considering your career path after graduation? Have you thought about the dynamic and constantly evolving field of IT? Look no further! Join this upcoming event to learn about the exciting opportunities available as a programmer or designer. Take the first step towards your dream career and discover the opportunities that await you!

When?

04 May at 19:00

Where?

We are waiting for you at the boulevard. “Blvd. “Cherni Vrah” 51, floor 2″ (The entrance is on the back side of the building, from Boris Nikolov – Mokata Str.)

What is the event?

The event will take the form of a discussion, with a short presentation. The best teachers from IT STEP ACADEMY ( in the field of “Programming” and “Design”) will participate in it. You will have the opportunity to get to know their stories and get inspiration from their experience.

The event will be held in two parts (in two different rooms), and you will be able to choose where you want to attend and which is the most curious and useful for you.

Confirm your attendance by registering here.

Details

Website

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for kids

Digital technology

Digital skills

Software engineering

Web development

Mobile apps

Telecommunications

IT ACADEMY AND COMPANY-EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

By Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, Software engineering, Web development, For all, In education, For ICT professionals, NEWS
IT ACADEMY AND COMPANY-EMPLOYEE RELATIONS

28.04.2023 |

SKILLO is a specialized training center for software technologies!

The team trains professionals to upgrade their skills and beginners who are just starting out. They also connect top professionals with attractive work projects and opportunities.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

“We at Skillo are IT professionals with many years of experience who believe that IT staff development is one of the most important processes for the software industry in Bulgaria. This needs to be a continuous process in order for the Bulgarian HR market to be globally competitive. We created a software testing training centre because we know we can provide the best training in this area. Quality Assurance is a relatively new and rapidly growing area that IT companies are investing in, which in turn is leading to an increase in demand for software testing personnel.

We are IT professionals with a sense of responsibility, duty and years of experience in the industry and the IT industry in Bulgaria. As the education system in the country fails to meet all the needs of the business, we felt obliged to create this training center to help develop the sector and the economy by creating and developing staff. This is the main motive that drives us to successfully develop the software testing training center. During the period of our existence, we have helped many people to start a career in IT or to develop themselves. The good results of our trainings make us develop and improve every day, giving the best to our trainees.

We maintain a high quality of our trainings because we have highly qualified teachers with years of experience in the field and in-depth practical knowledge of the field. We have 3 training rooms in Sofia, which provide all the necessary conditions for the professional and enjoyable conduct of your desired training. We conduct the classes in small groups to create the feeling of teamwork and friendly atmosphere while you learn.”

Read BESCO’s interview with the SKILLO manager here.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital skills for public administration

Digital technology

Software engineering

Digital skills

TOP REASONS TO STUDY JAVA IN 2023

By Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, Software engineering, Web development, For all, In education, For ICT professionals, NEWS
TOP REASONS TO STUDY JAVA IN 2023

27.04.2023 |

Java is one of the most used and sought after programming languages globally. If you have an interest in software engineering and want to learn how to program, the language will undoubtedly be useful to you. SoftUni’s Programming Basics with Java beginners course is coming soon and will help you take your first steps with ease, so don’t hesitate to sign up.

And if you’re still on the fence about whether this is the language for you, today’s article will talk about Java in more detail, and why it’s worth choosing as your first language.

Briefly about Java

Java is a high-level language designed for object-oriented programming that has proven to be one of the most accessible and easy to learn languages if you are a complete beginner. It’s a versatile language that will allow you to work on a wide range of projects, regardless of the platform they’re designed for. That’s because Java is based on the “Write Once, Run Anywhere” principle.

In order to ensure that this is the case and that programs written in Java can be run on different platforms, the source code is not compiled to machine code, but to so-called byte code. This byte code is executed by what is known as the JVM or Java Virtual Machine. This provides portability, scalability and, most importantly, flexibility for projects developed with Java.

Java is a typical back-end language. In other words, if you study it, you’ll focus on developing server-side logic – what happens behind the scenes when users interact with the so-called front-end. Knowing this, what opportunities do you think proficiency in the language creates?

What doors does the language open?

The portability and flexibility of projects created with Java make the language one of the most preferred by developers, and sought after by employers. If you open one of the major IT job search platforms in Bulgaria, at any given time, you will see that Java ranks among the top languages. At the time of writing, there are over 300 positions with the language.

In 2020, the Flyaps team created a great infographic demonstrating which industries and which companies rely heavily on language. I’m leaving you with a link to the full Java infographic, but one thing becomes clear at a glance. It’s the favorite language of big companies in serious industries, companies like Amazon, AT&T, and J.P. Morgan.

Read the reasons to learn it and additional information here.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Digital skills

Software engineering

RAILS GIRLS SOFIA 15

By Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, Web development, Mobile apps, For all, In education, For the workforce, NEWS
RAILS GIRLS SOFIA 15

27.04.2023 |

12-13 May 2023

Rails Girls Sofia for the fifteenth time!

Rails Girls is a free two-day workshop aimed at ladies with zero or minimal experience in programming and technology.

The main goal is to show that programming is a fun, interesting, exciting and very useful skill that can be used in many different ways. You will have the opportunity to create your first web application, in an enjoyable atmosphere and under the guidance of experienced instructors. More about the event ↓

The event requires (free) registration in advance.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Digital skills

Web development

Mobile apps

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND PROGRAMMING FESTIVAL

By Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, For all, For children, In education, NEWS
DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND PROGRAMMING FESTIVAL

27.04.2023 |

Take part in the first edition of the Telerik School Academy digital technology and programming festival.

WHAT TO EXPECT?

  • An exhibition of 100+ digital projects developed by students who study at the academy schools
  • Inspiring stories from interesting personalities
  • Meeting our alumni and faculty from around the country
  • Games, prizes and other surprises

PROGRAMME:

  • 10:00 – 10:20 – Opening
  • 10:20 – 13:00 – Project Exhibition
  • 13:30 – 15:00 – Inspiring stories
  • 15:00 – 16:00 – Closing

The event is free of charge and pre-registration is required. Register here – https://bit.ly/3K2rLFw

The festival is organized by Telerik School Academy, with the support of Sofia Tech Park, America for Bulgaria Foundation, Lidl and aims to inspire and reward the efforts of all digital creators from their schools.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital technology

Digital skills

DIGITAL LITERACY COURSE FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELIPMENT DISAVILITY – PORTUGAL

By Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, For all, In education, Inspiration, Funding of the good practice, Private, Other, INSPIRATION: Good practices, Type of initiative of the good practice, Country providing the good practice, Local good practice initiative, INSPIRATION
DIGITAL LITERACY COURSE FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL AND DEVELIPMENT DISAVILITY - PORTUGAL

28.04.2023

The Politécnico de Santarem organised a course, not conferring a degree, in Digital Literacy for the Labour Market for people with a disability level equal or above 60% in Portugal.

This course is based on the first inclusive education model in higher education for intellectual limitations and promotes the development of digital skills in vulnerable groups. In particular, the course gains in importance in the light of the new Portuguese legislation that obliges companies with more than 75 employees to employ people with disabilities.

The goals of the Digital literacy course are:

  • Increase the digital competence (ICT) for the population with a level of disability of 60% or more in Portugal;
  • Improve the use of digital services and tools;
  • Promote digital skills (ICT) that increase employability and partial independence.
  • Educate potential employers and mentors in networking, so they can establish links and lasting support for young people in the workplace;
  • Establish partnerships with entrepreneurial companies that focus on creating inclusive jobs;
  • Promote interaction between the business community and educational and research institutions.

Outcomes of the first edition of the course

The edition of the course already completed had 11 students, who all completed the course successfully.  Six of them already joined the labor market in companies such as Deloitte, Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, El Corte Inglês, Vida com Vida Association and CTT Bank.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Basic digital skills

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Funding of the good practice

Private

Type of initiative of the good practice

Local initiative

Country providing the good practice

Portugal

Organisation providing the good practice

Start date

01.01.2020

End date

31.12.2022

WEBIT SUMMER EDITION – A FUTURE TO SHARE

By Big data, Technology, Microelectronics, Computing, For all, 5G & WiFi, In education, Cybersecurity, For the workforce, IoT, For ICT professionals, AI & ML, AR & VR, Robotics, Software engineering, Blockchain, Audience, NEWS
WEBIT SUMMER EDITION - A FUTURE TO SHARE

26.04.2023 |

Webit Impact Forum is on June 28 at the National Palace of Culture and focuses on the high-tech changes that are taking place in the world around us

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is now a reality and is beginning to transform many industries and professions. Some people worry that AI will replace their jobs, but it is more likely that AI will change the nature of work, creating new opportunities. But one of the most important questions is what will the consequences be for our society?

The opportunities that AI offers and how we can use these technologies to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges will be discussed at the Webit Impact Forum.

The latest trends and developments in areas such as:

  • the future of work
  • FinTech
  • digital media
  • the metaverse
  • e-commerce
  • healthcare and longevity
  • energy
  • blockchain
  • defence and cyber security

You’ll have the opportunity to hear some of the brightest minds in the industry present new ideas and opportunities, while providing tips for adapting to the rapidly changing world around us.

The Webit Impact Forum is for anyone looking to adapt to the new world of humans and machines co-existing. The event is open to anyone who wants to be at the forefront of innovation and learn how to use technology to better the world.

Alongside the main stage conference, Webit is hosting a special investor-only event, InvestX, which will focus on the CEE region in 2023.

Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the Webit Impact Forum on 28 June at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia. Registration to purchase tickets is open on the Webit website.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Cybersecurity

Robotics

Blockchain

Bid data

INTRODUCTION TO SCHOOL DIGITALIZATION – APRIL 2023

By Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, For all, In education, For the workforce, Bulgaria, Course, Format of the training, Online training, OPPORTUNITIES: Training, Bulgarian, Training fee, Paid training, Duration of training, Up to three months, Type of training, Language of the training, Country providing the training, OPPORTUNITIES
INTRODUCTION TO SCHOOL DIGITALIZATION - APRIL 2023

24.04.2023 |

The course enables teachers and principals to apply analytical thinking in developing a plan for digitizing learning processes, whether at the classroom or at school level. Participants will be introduced to academic concepts and models of quality digital practices and resources, as well as the specifics of writing an innovative school project with a digitization focus. The course is in partnership with Education Without Backpacks, a leading expert civic organization in the field of school digitization.

Skills you will acquire

  • Evaluating the quality of digital learning processes
  • Evaluating the quality of digital learning resources
  • Planning the digitisation of learning processes
  • Writing an innovative school project
  • Analysing and thinking systematically

Who is the course suitable for?

The course is suitable for all teachers, vice-principals and principals with an interest in digitalization, educational entrepreneurs.

The training starts on 27 April, for registration and further information, click here.

Details

Website

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Digital skills

Level

Basic

Middle

Format of the training

Online

Training fee

Paid training (160lv)

Duration of the training

Type of training

Language of the training

Bulgarian

Country providing the training

Bulgaria

ROBOTICS DAYS ’23

By Audience, Technology, Robotics, For all, For children, In education, EVENTS
ROBOTICS DAYS '23

10.04.2023 |

The biggest robotics competition is back!

Robotics Days is a traditional initiative of the Robotics Club at the Technical University of Sofia, held every year to encourage and motivate the development of robotics and innovation in technology. The initiative includes workshops and competitions that are oriented towards students, pupils and people interested in technical fields.

This year’s competition will accept projects in the categories:

  • Monitoring on line
  • Mini Sumo
  • 3D Maze
  • LEGO Line Tracing
  • Hardware Projects
  • Software projects

To participate, you must register online at https://bit.ly/robo-days-23

The registration deadline is 17 April 2023.

To register as an event visitor – https://bit.ly/robo-days-guests

The competition will be filled with lots of prizes, workshops, tombola and many other surprises, don’t hesitate to sign up for Robotics Days ’23 to enjoy this unique event.

Details

Website

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital technology

Robotics

Date

28.04.2023 – 29.04.2023

Access 

Free event

Format

In-person event

Location

12th educational block of Technical University – Sofia

PROGRAMMING BASICS WITH C#

By Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, Software engineering, Web development, For all, In education, For the workforce, Course, Free training, Format of the training, Online training, OPPORTUNITIES: Training, Bulgarian, Bulgaria, Training fee, Duration of training, Up to three months, Type of training, Language of the training, Country providing the training, OPPORTUNITIES
PROGRAMMING BASICS WITH C#

20.04.2023 |

The Programming Basics course provides the beginning programming skills required for all technology studies at Software University. This includes writing entry-level programming code (basic coding skills), working with an IDE, using variables and data, operators and expressions, working with the console (reading input and printing results), using conditional statements (if, if-else) and loops (for, while, do-while).

Skills you will acquire:

  • Working with the console (data input and output)
  • Working with loops (for)
  • Working with more complex logic checks
  • Working with logical checks (if-else)
  • Performing simple calculations
  • Working with more complex loops (nested for loops and while loops)

Who is the course suitable for?

The course is suitable for complete beginners with no need for experience with technology or computer science.

To view the course topics in detail and further information click here.

After passing the exam, you will gain a certificate from SoftUni if you get a score above a Very Good 5.00 in the practical part, and you will also have the opportunity to receive a state-recognised “Certificate of Professional Training” valid throughout the European Union.

The registration for the course is open until 10 May.

Details

Website

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Programming

Software engineering

Web development

Digital skills

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Format of the training

Online

Training fee

Free training

Duration of the training

Type of training

Language of the training

Bulgarian

Country providing the training

Bulgaria

Classification

Database

RAILS GIRLS SOFIA 15

By Web development, Mobile apps, For all, In education, For the workforce, Audience, Technology, Media literacy, Basic digital skills, EVENTS
RAILS GIRLS SOFIA 15

20.04.2023 |

Rails Girls Sofia for the fifteenth time!

Rails Girls is a free two-day workshop aimed at ladies with zero or minimal experience in programming and technology.

The main goal is to show that programming is a fun, interesting, exciting and very useful skill that can be used in many different ways. You will have the opportunity to create your first web application, in an enjoyable atmosphere and under the guidance of experienced instructors. More about the event ↓

The event requires (free) registration in advance.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Digital skills

Web development

Mobile apps

Date

12.05.2023-13.05.2023г.

Access 

Free event

Format

In-person event

Location

2020 Event Space

Sofia

INNOVATION ACADEMY 2023

By Technology, Web development, Computing, Mobile apps, Telecommunications, Microelectronics, 5G & WiFi, In education, Cybersecurity, IoT, AI & ML, AR & VR, Basic digital skills, Robotics, Audience, Software engineering, NEWS
INNOVATION ACADEMY 2023

19.04.2023 |

For the tenth year in a row, Innovation Starter’s “Innovation Academy” will be held on June 2nd and 3rd in Sofia Tech Park. The project is dedicated to the development of entrepreneurial skills of students and the financing of their first business ideas. The event will have the character of a hackathon, during which students will present their ideas to an expert jury including investors, lecturers and innovators from different fields.

One of the projects of the participants will receive funding in the amount of 20 thousand BGN, and the winner will receive other prizes, including those with an educational focus. The first three teams will have the opportunity to visit the European institutions in Brussels. An additional 20 thousand BGN from the prize fund will be distributed to other participants at the discretion of the jury.

Anyone wishing to participate in the hackathon must apply by submitting a registration form by the end of May with their team name. Teams eligible to apply must consist of 2 to 5 people, and each participant must be a student.

If approved to participate, the teams will be assigned mentors who will not only advise the participants, but also determine the twenty teams that will reach the finals. In practice, if the mentor considers that the team’s idea is not clear enough or is impractical, the team may not proceed to the third and final phase. At the final stage, a panel of ten academics and ten business experts will determine the winners and the ranking of the competition.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Digital skills

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF BULGARIA FOR THE PERIOD 2020-2030

By Audience, Big data, Technology, For all, Computing, In education, Telecommunications, For the workforce, Media literacy, For ICT professionals, 5G & WiFi, For public administration, Cybersecurity, IoT, AI & ML, Basic digital skills, Software engineering, National strategy, INSPIRATION: Strategic documents, INSPIRATION
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF BULGARIA FOR THE PERIOD 2020-2030

30.03.2023 |

 The national strategic document, “Digital Transformation of Bulgaria for the period 2020-2030” was adopted by Decision of the Council of Ministers № 493 of 21 July 2020. It defines the vision and policy objectives for the digital transformation of our country for the next decade as a generalized policy framework, which includes the National Program “Digital Bulgaria 2025”, the priorities of the “National Development Program BULGARIA 2030”, as well as a number of other national strategic documents with a technological component, covering the period up to 2030.

The document describes 6 objectives to be achieved over this 10-year period:

  • Deploy a secure digital infrastructure
  • Ensure access to adequate technical knowledge and digital skills
  • Strengthening research and innovation capacity
  • Unlock the potential of data
  • Digitalisation for a circular low carbon economy

Enhancing the efficiency of government and the quality of public services

A total of 17 impact areas for the period up to 2030 are described in the strategy document: digital infrastructure; cyber security; research and innovation; education and training; labor market adaptation; digital economy; agriculture; transport; energy; environment and climate; health; finance; culture; disinformation and media literacy; territorial development; digital governance; and security and citizen participation in the democratic process.

The development of digital technologies and their integration into all spheres of economic and social life necessitates a rethinking of the approach to harnessing their exceptional potential for enhancing the competitiveness of the Bulgarian economy, increasing demand and supply and the efficiency of public services and successfully tackling the main social challenges in the period until 2030.

The full text of the National Strategic Document “Digital Transformation of Bulgaria for the period 2020-2030” can be found at the following link:

National strategic document DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION OF BULGARIA FOR THE PERIOD 2020-2030

Details

Website

www.digitalalliance.bg 

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for public administration

Digital technology 

Digital Skills

Digital infrastructure

Scope of the strategy

National strategy

Organisation

Roadmap

2020-2030

Latest update of the strategy

01.02.2023

Budget

Stakeholders involvement 

CONCEPT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AI IN BULGARIA BY 2030

By For the workforce, For ICT professionals, For public administration, Technology, Basic digital skills, AI & ML, Audience, Technology, AI & ML, For all, In education, National strategy, INSPIRATION: Strategic documents, INSPIRATION
CONCEPT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AI IN BULGARIA BY 2030

30.03.2023 |

 Protocol 72 of the regular meeting of the Council of Ministers of 16 December 2020 adopted the Concept for the Development of Artificial Intelligence in Bulgaria until 2030.

The document proposes a comprehensive vision for the development and use of artificial intelligence in Bulgaria. It is based on the strategic and programme documents of the European Commission, which consider artificial intelligence as one of the main drivers of digital transformation in Europe.

The main goal of the concept is to unite the efforts on the development and implementation of artificial intelligence systems by creating scientific, expert, business and managerial capacity. It is envisaged to provide a modern communication and scientific infrastructure for the development of new generation digital technologies. The education and lifelong learning system will be improved. The development of research and innovation in key sectors will be supported, and work will be done to put in place an ethical legal and regulatory framework that enjoys public trust.

Concept for the Development of Artificial Intelligence in Bulgaria by 2030 (official)

“Artificial intelligence has long been a concept that is not abstract. It is becoming ubiquitous , many businesses are focused in creating innovations based on it. Some of the sectors will be subject to a complete transformation as a result of the development of artificial intelligence, some will be changed forever,” Rosen Zhelyazkov, minister of transport, information technology and communications, said at a government meeting.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills for the workforce

Digital skills for ICT professionals

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for public administration

Digital technology 

Artificial intelligence

Digital Skills

Scope of the strategy

National strategy

Organisation

Roadmap

2020-2030

Latest update of the strategy

Budget

Stakeholders involvement 

BULGARIA: PLOVDIV SCHOOL PREPARES ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE PROGRAMMERS

By In education, Audience, Technology, AI & ML, AR & VR, Basic digital skills, For children, Public, Bulgaria, Funding of the good practice, INSPIRATION: Good practices, Type of initiative of the good practice, Country providing the good practice, Local good practice initiative, INSPIRATION
Plovdiv school prepares artificial intelligence programmers

27.03.2023 |

 In 2022, the Plovdiv high school “St. Paisii Hilendarski” opened a program for students in grades 9-12, preparing them for the profession of “Artificial Intelligence Programmer”. The program is aimed at developing methods for implementing aspects of human intelligent behavior. The main goals of the training are:

  • Introducing students to artificial intelligence;
  • Learning various programming languages;
  • Data analysis and processing;
  • Understanding the basic concepts of neural networks.

Students who graduate from the “Artificial Intelligence Programming” specialty acquire a third degree of professional qualification and the profession of “Artificial Intelligence Programmer”.

The “St. Paisius of Hilendar” high school can also boast the opening of a parallel class for fifth graders in “Robotics and Virtual Design”. The skills that students will acquire during their training include:

  • Application of robotics to solve practical tasks;
  • Construction and programming of robotic devices’ behavior;
  • Web design – creating and publishing information on the internet;
  • Designing, creating structure, visual and graphic design of websites;
  • Building, testing, and publishing websites;
  • Styling and adding functionality to web pages;
  • Virtual and augmented reality – creating and animating 3D objects; transforming 2D into 3D objects.

The goal of the school is to create specialists prepared for the professions of the future by acquainting them with the possibilities for development and career in the field of high technologies.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Virtual Reality

Digital Skills

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Funding of the good practice

Public

Type of initiative of the good practice

Local initiative

Country providing the good practice

Bulgaria

Organisation providing the good practice

SU “Paisii Hilendarski”

Start date

(15.09.2022)

End date

(dd.mm.yy)

ACTION PLAN FOR DIGITAL EDUCATION (2021-2027)

By Technology, Basic digital skills, In education, Audience, National strategy, INSPIRATION: Strategic documents, INSPIRATION
ACTION PLAN FOR DIGITAL EDUCATION (2021-2027)

30.03.2023 |

 Digital transformation is reshaping society and the economy with an ever-deepening impact on everyday life. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it demonstrated the need for higher levels of digital capabilities in education and training, but also led to an increase in a number of existing challenges and inequalities between those who have access to digital technologies and those who do not, including the disadvantaged.

The Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027) is a renewed policy initiative of the European Union (EU) to support the sustainable and effective adaptation of the education and training systems of the countries of the Union to the digital age.

The Digital Education Action Plan:

  • Proposes a long-term strategic vision for high quality, inclusive and accessible European digital education
  • Addresses the challenges and opportunities of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to an unprecedented use of technology for education and learning purposes
  • Seeks stronger cooperation at EU level on digital education and stresses the importance of working together across sectors to bring education into the digital age
  • Presents opportunities, including improving the quality and quantity of digital learning, supporting the digitisation of teaching methods and pedagogy, and providing the infrastructure needed for inclusive and sustainable distance learning

To achieve these objectives, the Action Plan identifies two priority areas:

  1. Fostering the development of a high-performing digital education ecosystem

This includes:

  • infrastructure, connectivity and digital equipment
  • effective digital capacity planning and development, including advanced organisational capabilities
  • digitally competent and confident teachers and education and training staff
  • high-quality learning content, user-friendly tools and secure platforms that respect e-privacy and ethical standards

2. Improving digital skills and competences for digital transformation

For this it is necessary:

  • basic digital skills and competences from an early age
  • digital literacy, including dealing with misinformation
  • computer education
  • good knowledge and understanding of data-intensive technologies such as artificial intelligence
  • in-depth digital skills that equip more digital professionals
  • ensuring that girls and young women are equally represented in digital training and work

To support the two priority areas, the Commission will set up a Digital Education Hub strengthening cooperation and exchange on digital education at EU level. The Digital Education Action Plan is coordinated by the Digital Education Unit of DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture.

For more information, you can follow this link: https://education.ec.europa.eu/

 

Details

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital technology 

Digital Skills

Scope of the strategy

National strategy

Organisation

Roadmap

2021-2027

Latest update of the strategy

Budget

Stakeholders involvement 

STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND LEARNING IN THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA (2021-2030)

By Technology, Mobile apps, Computing, Blockchain, Telecommunications, Big data, Media literacy, Microelectronics, Cybersecurity, In education, IoT, AI & ML, Basic digital skills, Robotics, Software engineering, Audience, Web development, Scope of the strategy, National strategy, INSPIRATION: Strategic documents, INSPIRATION
STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND LEARNING IN THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA (2021-2030)

28.03.2023 |

The present strategic document and the Strategy for the Development of Higher Education in the Republic of Bulgaria for the period 2020-2030 outline the general framework for the development of education, training, and learning in the Republic of Bulgaria. The Strategic Framework for the Development of Education, Training, and Learning in the Republic of Bulgaria (2021-2030) was developed by the Ministry of Education and Science in collaboration with stakeholders.
The strategic framework takes into account that the main challenges in public affairs in the 21st century are driven by the intensive pace of development in all areas of public life, generated by mass digitization and technological advancement. According to this document, functional literacy in mathematics, technology, and digital skills needs to be further developed in current and future students if we aim for them to confidently tackle the major challenges on a global scale. For this reason, the introduction of a model of education based on interactive methods, active interaction between participants in the educational process and educational content is necessary.
Digitization and new technologies, particularly artificial intelligence, are changing the world and the structure of professions. This change requires an increase in the level of digital competencies and a focus on education on mathematics, technology, and engineering skills; on working with algorithms, developing flexibility and adaptability skills. Young people must have access to quality education. Visible from the analysis presented in the Strategic Framework for the Development of Education, a large part of the children entering school will have a profession that does not yet exist, while many other professions disappear and are replaced by automated processes. Over the next 10 years, there is expected to be a significant shortage of technical personnel with vocational and higher education.
The strategy takes into account the unsatisfactory level of digital skills among participants in the educational process, but highlights the introduced training for acquiring digital skills and the provided access to free internet and digital resources in schools as a strong point, as well as the priority policies for digitalization in education, including in relation to the transition to a digital and green economy. The conservative social attitudes and limited support for proactive changes in education in line with technological and societal developments are identified as a threat to achieving the set goals in the development of digital skills in students.
Among the 9 priority areas for the development of education and training until 2030, Educational Innovations, Digital Transformation, and Sustainable Development in Education are identified. Digital skills and competencies are a priority for the entire educational spectrum, and access to ICT for children of the 21st century is declared an integral part of education. Efforts will be focused on developing skills in students to become digital creators, to model, program, and develop digital creativity. Efforts will be directed towards introducing specialized software solutions for analyzing and assessing educational results. Education for sustainable development is closely related to international discussions on sustainable development, the UN program, and the Sustainable Development Goals until 2030.

Details

Website

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital technology 

Digital skills

Scope of the strategy

National strategy

Organisation

Ministry of Education and Science

Roadmap

2021-2030

Latest update of the strategy

24.02.2021 г.

Budget

Stakeholders involvement 

BULGARIA: DOJOGIRLS 2022

By For children, In education, Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, Bulgaria, National initiative, INSPIRATION: Initiatives, Без категория
BULGARIA: DOJOGIRLS 2022

03.04.2023 |

 In a series of virtual workshops, the little ladies learn about technology and programming, and turn their ideas into exciting projects. We introduce them to grown-up girls who are already successful professionals in the so-called “male territory” of technology. 

A Dojo is a free, volunteer-led, community-based computer club for young people. Anyone aged 7 to 17 can visit a Dojo and learn to code, build a website, or create an app or game. Dojos are a space for kids and teens to explore technology in an informal, creative, safe and social environment. The CoderDojo movement is formed of a global network of Dojos and the community of volunteers and children that make them happen.

CoderDojo Bulgaria started in 2015 and it’s the regional body of the CoderDojo movement in the country. It’s a privately sponsored initiative providing free tech education for kids aged 7-17.

DojoGirls is an initiative that is held annually. The event’s main objectives are to excite girls’ curiosity about technology, provoke girls’ interest in STEM, change gender stereotypes and present female role models.

The mentors are IT specialists and tech amateurs who generously volunteer their time and knowledge.

 

Details

Уебсайт

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Digital technology

Digital skills

Programming

Organisation

CoderDojo Bulgaria in partnership with SAP, Telerik Academy and Digital National Aliance.

Country 

Bulgaria

 

Type of the initiative

National initiative

BULGARIA: AI&I FACTORY

By AI & ML, In education, Audience, Bulgaria, National initiative, INSPIRATION: Initiatives, Без категория
BULGARIA: AI&I FACTORY

31.03.2023 |

 The pilot edition of the AI & I Factory educational program is a series of activities culminating in a hybrid hackathon for young entrepreneurs focused on the practical application of AI for good and ethical causes. Students from various universities collaborated in the process of creating and presenting startup ideas supporting the healthcare system, urban environment, and education.

AI&I FACTORY brings together experts and students in activities aimed at co-developing knowledge and culture oriented towards changing the future through the power of technology and cross-sector collaboration.

The pilot project of the AI & I FACTORY initiative was successfully launched in November 2022. CHALLENGE 1.0 is a series of activities culminating in a hybrid hackathon for young entrepreneurs focused on the practical application of AI for good and ethical causes. Students from different majors are visiting Sofia Tech Park’s lab complex, consisting of 11 innovative labs offering the opportunity to generate and test ideas for scientific and business projects in different research fields. Participants are going through a series of lectures and mentoring sessions that introduced them to the basics of artificial intelligence, its application in various fields, and what are the key steps to form the foundations of a successful startup. Finally, participants are working in mixed teams on creating and presenting their own AI-based startup projects. The best team is presenting their project idea on stage at the event called “The Bulgarian Davos” – Powers Summit 2022. In addition to the knowledge they’re gaining, the participants are getting visibility of their projects and additional development opportunities.

AI & I FACTORY initiative’s mission was deepening the understanding of the role and potential application of AI in human everyday life, encouraging experiments in the tech field, and attracting more women and youths into the tech and especially the AI industry.

Details

Уебсайт

www.digitalalliance.bg 

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills in education

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Organisation

Digital National Alliance

Country 

Bulgaria

Type of the initiative

National initiative

BULGARIA: RAILS GIRLS

By In education, Audience, In education, Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, Software engineering, Public, Bulgaria, INSPIRATION: Good practices, INSPIRATION
BULGARIA: RAILS GIRLS

31.03.2023 |

 Rails girls is a two-day free workshop that targets women with little to no experience in the field of programming and technology. The goals of the program are to expose as many women as possible to a largely male-dominated industry.

The project held its 14th edition (in Sofia) this year. For 14 consecutive years, this adaptation of this international initiative has contributed a lot to the digital space in Bulgaria.

Background and aims

The project presents a successful approach and training that has introduced many women, previously hesitant, to join the programming and technology sphere. The project mostly promotes 3 of the 4 pillars of the Digital Skills & Jobs Coalition. Mainly, Rails Girls stresses digital skills for all women, as there is an overbearing minority in this field. The main promoter of the event is the focus on education – the event strongly supports teaching and digital skills learning transformation by creating a good environment for an entryway into the digital sphere.

Less dominant is the emphasis on digital skills for the labor force and ICT professionals as the good practice mostly relies on people joining who have had no previous experience into the field. However, with the main goal being introducing more people to the field, in the long term, the project largely contributes to the development and expansion of the digital skills sphere in the country where it is practiced. 

In the region and to an extent part of the EU as well, despite some recent policy changes, there is still a large discrepancy between the number of men and women in certain sectors. With technology and programming being one of the fastest developing ones, the role of women should be promoted, not only because it brings forth equality but also because it promotes more people into joining the sector, thus further expanding it and presenting for new opportunities in the digital landscape.

Why is this a good practice? 

The initiative is so successful because of the approach: the friendly and inspiring environment, as well as the opportunities that occur in it, drive more and more women into joining the initiative. One of the most beneficial things is the duration: people don’t have to sign up for a course that lasts months but instead commit a small portion of their time and give a chance to a new activity that they have always wanted to try out. 

In addition, so far this project has carried out 14 editions of the event in the capital of Bulgaria, Sofia, 2 in Varna, 1 in Burgas, and 1 in Vratsa.  This project has been described well on social media and the website, giving more than sufficient information regarding its practice. The goal of the initiative is not to give a detailed programming course; rather, it aims to serve as an introductory stepping stone that women interested in the digital field could use to gain a better perspective and enter the programming sector.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Digital Skills

Programming

Level

Basic

Funding of the good practice

Public

Type of initiative of the good practice

International initiative

Country providing the good practice

Bulgaria

Organisation providing the good practice

Digital National Alliance

TEENS IN AI – BULGARIA:

By In education, Audience, Technology, AI & ML, For children, Public, Bulgaria, INSPIRATION: Good practices, International good practice initiative
TEENS IN AI - BULGARIA

31.03.2023 |

The Teens In AI initiative, launched at the AI for Good Global Summit at the UN in May 2018, exists to inspire the next generation of ethical AI researchers, entrepreneurs, and leaders who will shape the world of tomorrow.

 

Main activities, outreach, and mission

 

Through a combination of hackathons, accelerators, and bootcamps together with expert mentoring, talks, company tours, and networking opportunities, the programme creates a platform for young people aged 12-18 to explore AI, machine learning, and data science.

Since its start in 2015, Teens in AI has reached over 9.000 young people in over 140 cities worldwide.

Organized twice a year, global AI hackathons for teenagers are one of the main activities of the initiative. During those campaigns, locations from across the globe participate in local events where teams develop and pitch technological solutions tackling a UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) to determine the winner.

Being on the mission to attract more people to new technologies, achieve more efficient use of digital potential, and support the development of the ICT sector in Bulgaria by encouraging young people to pursue computing and technology, the Digital National Alliance in Bulgaria is the lead organizer of the event for Bulgaria two times in a row – in October 2021 and in March 2022.

During the Bulgarian editions, within 5 days students aged 12-18 developed innovative solutions using AI  to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

See three of the projects developed:

Christina de Bruin, who is a UNICEF Representative to the Republic of Bulgaria, shared this in her speech for the opening of the first Teens In AI hackathon in Bulgaria:

The initiative aims to democratise AI and create opportunities for underrepresented talent and give young people and especially girls early exposure to AI which is being developed and deployed for social good.

“We cannot allow half of the world’s talent – girls to be excluded from the spheres of artificial intelligence and technological solutions which are extremely important nowadays. Greetings to the organisers of the initiative!”

Why is this a good practice?

 

During strict pandemic restrictions due to COVID-19, DNA managed to successfully conduct two consecutive Teens in AI hackathons in an online format. This allowed the engaging a wider range of children from all over Bulgaria, including representatives of minority groups.

As a result of the events, over 100 children from different backgrounds, with zero technical skills and with extensive experience in programming as well, developed nearly 20 innovative AI-based projects, the best of which were evaluated by the international jury of Tees in AI.

“I took part in the hackathon because I think it is important to keep abreast of global problems and look for solutions to them. Artificial intelligence has great potential and I believe that it can help us create a better world for everyone”.

– Elena,16 years old, who took part in both of the Bulgarian hackathons.

Another participant in the latest Bulgarian edition of Teens in AI echoed this positive feedback, stating that the initiative is:

“A hackathon, where you don’t need to miss school and yet you’re developing a project, where you not only code, but develop an entrepreneurial plan with target groups, income sources, partners and so on.”

The Teens in AI initiative spreads more and more all over the world, being launched in around 25 countries.

If you would like to connect with and inspire the next generation of tech and AI thinkers, co-host a hackathon, or support the initiative, read more here.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills in education

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Advanced

Expert

Funding of the good practice

Public

Type of initiative of the good practice

International initiative

Country providing the good practice

Bulgaria

Organisation providing the good practice

Digital National Alliance

OPPORTUNITIES FOR FUNDING EDUCATION ABROAD THROUGH THE “ERASMUS+” PROGRAM

By Web development, Digital marketing, Mobile apps, Media literacy, Blockchain, 5G & WiFi, Big data, Cybersecurity, Microelectronics, IoT, In education, AI & ML, AR & VR, Audience, Basic digital skills, Technology, Robotics, Computing, Software engineering, Telecommunications, Form of the funding, EU Institutional initiative, Grant, Country suitable for the funding, Other, OPPORTUNITIES: Funding, Type of funding initiative, OPPORTUNITIES
Opportunities for funding education abroad through the "Erasmus+" program

10.03.2023 |

 For more than three decades, the European Union has been funding the “Erasmus” program, which has enabled over 3 million European students to spend part of their education at another higher education institution or organization in Europe. Years of experience in developing the program have shown that studying abroad has a positive effect on future employment prospects, as well as significantly improving students’ language skills.

The “Erasmus+” program helps to organize student and doctoral exchanges between countries participating in the program. These opportunities are available to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as doctoral students.

“Erasmus+” offers a great opportunity for those who wish to improve or develop their digital skills in the field of new technologies at a foreign university.

To study abroad through “Erasmus+”, you must be registered at a higher education institution and enrolled in a program leading to a recognized educational degree or other higher education qualification. Your sending institution (the current university where you study) and your receiving institution (the foreign university you wish to attend) must have signed an inter-institutional agreement between them so that you can study at the respective institution under “Erasmus+”. It is important to keep in mind that the period of study abroad must be in line with your needs related to your specialty and personal development and must be part of the study program you are following.

You can receive non-repayable funds under “Erasmus+” to cover part of your travel and daily expenses. The amounts may vary according to differences in the standard of living in your country and the receiving country, the number of applicants for funding, the distance between countries, and the availability of other financial assistance. If you are moving between countries under the program, check with your national agency and the sending higher education institution to see what rates apply. Additional support is also available for students going on internships, for students in disadvantaged situations, and for students from the most remote countries or regions under the program. The levels of non-repayable funds and the fixed amounts of funds for exchanges between program countries and partner countries are published in the “Erasmus+” program guide.

Details

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital technology 

artificial intelligence
cybersecurity
Internet of Things
big data
blockchain
robotics
augmented reality
virtual reality
high performance computing
machine learning
cloud computing
5G
telecommunications
WiFi
quantum computing
software
mobile application development
web development
microelectronics
digital skills

Form of the funding

Country suitable for the funding

EU members

Financial intermediate 

Erasmus+

Benefitials 

Natural persons

Requirements

BULGARIAN NATIONAL PROGRAM “DIGITAL QUALIFICATION”

By In education, For the workforce, For ICT professionals, Audience, Technology, Basic digital skills, Scope of the strategy, National strategy, INSPIRATION: Strategic documents, INSPIRATION
BULGARIAN NATIONAL PROGRAM "DIGITAL QUALIFICATION"

10.03.2023 |

The National Program “Digital Qualification” aims to respond to the need for targeted efforts and investments to ensure high-quality training of students, teachers, and lecturers in the face of the digital transformation of education. The program is aimed at ensuring that the education system has personnel with a high level of digital competence and a mindset for continuous improvement throughout their professional lives, as well as teaching their own experiences and knowledge.

The program recognizes that the digitalization and implementation of artificial intelligence have placed new, qualitatively different requirements on the nature and characteristics of teaching in schools and universities. The specific public challenges that the program is aimed at addressing include stimulating higher education institutions to improve the quality of education and the teaching process, enhancing the prestige of the teaching profession among ICT specialists, and updating teaching methods to include innovative approaches and modern learning platforms.

The goal of the program is to retrain teachers from other disciplines and train representatives from practice to teach disciplines related to ICT and digitization at different levels of the education system. Within the program, teachers from various subjects in the secondary education system will also be trained to improve their digital skills and competencies and to provide them with opportunities to retrain as teachers of computer science and information technology.

The program is aimed at teachers from state universities accredited under the Higher Education Act, teachers from the secondary education system, and representatives of the business community who want to start teaching and lecturing. Qualification training is provided to teachers, lecturers, and representatives of the business community, distributed in groups. At the end of the training, a certificate is issued based on a conducted test. Teachers who have successfully completed the training and obtained the relevant certificate will organize a seminar at the relevant university with the presence of a representative from the Ministry of Education and/or a lecturer from the training team.

The program lasts 36 months, and the total budget is BGN 2,000,000. The program is financed through the European Social Fund and the national budget.

Details

Website

Target audience

Digital skills for all

Digital skills in education

Digital technology 

Digital skills

Scope of the strategy

National strategy

Organisation

Ministry of Education

Roadmap

05.03.2021 – 05.03.2024

Latest update of the strategy

05.03.2021

Budget

Total budget: 2 000 000 BGN
– 1st year: 800 000 BGN individual value
– 2nd year: 800 000 BGN individual value
– 3rd year: 400 000 BGN individual value

Stakeholders involvement 

Ministry of Education and Science
Universities

BULGARIA: THE PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION IS RECRUITING PARTICIPANTS FOR ITS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

By Audience, Technology, AI & ML, Robotics, For children, In education, Bulgaria, INSPIRATION: Good practices, Private, National good practice initiative, Local good practice initiative, INSPIRATION, Без категория
BULGARIA: THE PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ROBOTICS AND AUTOMATION IS RECRUITING PARTICIPANTS FOR ITS MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

29.03.2023 |

The Professional Association of Robotics and Automation (PARA) is recruiting participants for the second time for its educational program, PARA Robotics Incubator. Participants in the program will receive mentorship guidance, hardware, and access to specialized equipment in laboratories. The main goal of the program is for participants to create their own working prototype based on a pre-established project, thereby stimulating entrepreneurship.

To enroll in the program, participants must be at least 14 years old and have basic programming skills. Within the six-month program, each participant is expected to complete their prototype. Projects that are encouraged should focus on the areas of robotics, industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, and intelligent solutions for urban environments.

The program will culminate in 10 selected projects, which will be presented to a jury, with the winner of the student group receiving a prize of 2,000 lev and the winner of the student projects group receiving a prize of 4,000 lev.

Thanks to sponsors from “Sofia Tech Park” and “Rezonator,” access to equipment and resources in Sofia will be provided, while in Varna, Vidin, Plovdiv, Stara Zagora, and Ruse, equipment will be provided by other partners of PARA.

The deadline for application is February 20, and the selected 10 projects will begin their participation in the program on March 6.

Details

Website

Target audience

Digital skills in education

Digital skills for children

Digital technology

Artificial Intelligence

Robotics

Level

Basic

Intermediate

Advanced

Funding of the good practice

Private

Type of initiative of the good practice

National initiative

Local initiative

Country providing the good practice

Bulgaria

Organisation providing the good practice

PARA- Professional Association of Robotics and Automation

Start date

20.02.2023

End date

06.09.2023