This week took place in La Salle the gala of delivery of the prize to the best final project of the Master in high-performance web programming. The jury who valued the work was formed by Albert Lombarte, CEO of Brutale Engineering; Gorka López de Torre, Software Engineer at Ulabox; and Marc Rivero, an expert in cybersecurity.
Josep M. Piqué, executive president of La Salle Technova Barcelona and President of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP), received the Excellence Award for ICT Professionals this morning at the Technology Day of the Information and the ICT Communication of Catalonia. Josep M. Piqué was just this week in Istanbul, presiding over the 34th International Conference on Science and Technology Parks, and was unable to collect the prize personally, but stressed that he interprets “excellence as a combination of passion, vision, the commitment and the results “and wanted to point out that” I receive this award as an expression of recognition to people like Brother Daniel and institutions such as La Salle, who has offered me the opportunity to give my best to the world “.
La Salle university centers in Europe celebrate this year the 8th edition of the competition LSdreams, a competition aimed at pre-university students from La Salle centers between 16 and 20 years. Its main objective is to motivate the inclusion of ethical values in the development of research projects that improve their social environment.
LSdreams aims to transmit to students a series of values inherent to La Salle such as teamwork, innovation, creativity and problem-solving. At the same time, it wants to promote the creation of vocations in the areas of knowledge in which projects have to be developed: Engineering, Architecture, Business Management, Health and Life Sciences and Earth.
Students who wish to participate must focus their project on improving their nearest environment and organize themselves into groups of three people. Each of these groups is supervised by a tutor from their own centre who will guide and assist in the process.
In order to enhance the collaborative and international dimension of the competition, the possibility of participating in the LSdreams mode is also offered by the collaborative project, which offers the option of joint participation between two teams from two different schools in the same or different country. This type of collaboration will be taken into account in the jury’s decision, where the best project will be decided in each of the five categories mentioned.
The winners in each category, along with their tutor, will travel to Barcelona between May 11 and 13 and will present their project on the university campus of La Salle-URL. There will also be an Extraordinary Award LSdreams, for the project that the jury considers the best of those presented. This prize will consist of an iPad mini for each member of the winning team and their guardian.
The registration period is now open until next November 12 in the official website of the project.
A total of 103 students from 12 universities participated in the 1st edition of the BGW Game Jam organized by La Salle-URL within the Barcelona Games World video game fair. The participants had 30 hours to develop in teams of 4-5 members a video game related to the theme that was announced at the beginning of the event, the smile.
After the 30 hours of work, on Saturday afternoon the teams had two minutes to present their prototype to a jury formed by five members: José María Moreno de AEVI, David Fraile de Bandai, Roberto Serrano de Koch Media, Marisol López ICEC and Josep Antoni Llopart, director of the Barcelona Games World. Prizes were awarded in 5 categories: Best Game, Most Original, Best Artistic Concept, Award for Technological Innovation and a Special Prize.
The jury decided that the winner of the prize for the best video game was “Headlights”, a work developed by Juan Cuch i Fernández, Alan Elwood Yagüe, Natalia Puig Girón and Pol Vega Díaz de Tecnocampus Mataró, and David Hernández Lázaro de CITM / CPU. The game is based on the concept that smiles are contagious, and is a platform game in 2D located in a dark world where the protagonist needs light to be able to advance level. This light is generated around you depending on your degree of happiness and to be able to increase this happiness and with it to get more light you need to find other happy people in each level. The jury appreciated very much the general concept as well as the application and the use of the technology. The team won the prize for the best game received 500 euros and a train ticket for each of its members to a destination to choose between Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Toulouse.
The most original game prize was the “Funeral”, the artistic concept for “Soul Clash” and the technological innovation for “Smile Bag”, with a prize for each of the three teams of 300 euros. The jury also decided to award three prizes to evaluate the work done in “Joke Battle Contest”, “Be Gentle” and “The Chat”, with a pack of 5 games for PS4 as a prize.
In addition to the organization of the Game Jam, La Salle-URL was also in the training part of the Barcelona Games World with a stand where it offered information about its related programs in this area, and some of its professors gave lectures on gamification or the future of the profession. In addition, from the innovation park La Salle Technova Barcelona, participated in the professional space for indies with workshops on business model and monetization.
From October 5 to 8, 2017 Barcelona Games World (BGW) returns, the most important videojuegos fair in Spain organized jointly by the Spanish Video Games Association (AEVI) and Fira de Barcelona. One of the most important innovations is the organization, along with La Salle-URL as technological sponsor, of the first BGW GAME JAM, a team competition for university students that will consist of the development of a video game. Entries for the tournament, which will be held on 6 and 7 October and will host a maximum of 25 teams formed by four members, has started today at http://events.salleurl.edu/gamejam/index.html and will be open until next October 2.
The 100 participants must develop, in less than 30 hours, a video game. As an added difficulty, the theme will not be revealed until the beginning of the competition. The composition of the teams will also be surprising, and the contestants will be distributed by the organization in groups as diverse and balanced as possible according to their profiles: programmers, graphic artists, etc.
After the 30-hour tournament, teams will have two minutes to present their prototype to a jury of five members: three representatives of Barcelona Games World’s exhibiting brands, a specialized journalist and a representative of public administrations. The five judges will be in charge of choosing the winners. In total 5 prizes will be awarded: Best Game, Most Original, Best Artistic Concept, Technological Innovation Award and Special Prize.
Do you dare to participate?
The registration period for “Crazy for new technologies” is already open, the La Salle-URL program for “Crazy for Science”, created by the Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera to stimulate scientific talent among the youth. The objective of this course is to promote the technological and innovative spirit among high school students, which will allow them to get in touch with the technological advances in the ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) sector.
During the course classes will be taught in 5 different areas but with a common thread, new technologies. The intention is to increase the vocation, technological and innovative motivation among young students by awakening their entrepreneurial spirit. The program will help you understand first hand what is the work of an engineer in sectors such as those of Development and Web Programming, Development of Mobile Applications, Robotics at the Service of people, Internet Technologies and Cybersecurity and Video Games ; areas of activity with a great development in the coming years and with a deficit of professionals in all of Europe.
One of the expected results of these courses is to increase the vocation, technological and innovative motivation among young students, which responds to the current need for ICT engineers, and that, at the same time, the entrepreneurial spirit of entrepreneurship, these students.
In the general program of Crazy for Science there are other courses of excellence with which students will have the opportunity to study scientific theory and techniques in different fields. Some of these areas are biomedicine, economics, physics, mathematics, nature or chemistry. In addition, students will have the opportunity to work with researchers to know how science is done from an international research center and to open their way to the scientific and professional world.
Students interested can register until October 22. Afterwards, a selection process will be carried out and in December the students will be notified. The courses will be held on Saturdays and the students selected will not be able to do more than one course at a time. The course will take place between January and November 2018.
You can obtain more information by clicking here.
Next October 10 will take place in La Salle-URL the day “Buscas Financiación 2017”, organized by the innovation park La Salle Technova Barcelona. Funding is the starting point in any business and therefore in this new edition of the day entrepreneurs can know all the options that exist today and possible ways to get funding, both public and private. In times of crisis, La Salle Technova Barcelona wants to demonstrate that it is still possible to undertake and finance an innovative project.
In a single morning, those responsible for the agencies involved will resolve all questions and questions they have about the funding requirements and conditions. The event will be attended by ACCIÓ, the Catalan Institute of Finances (ICF), the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) and the National Innovation Company (ENISA). Finally, a round table on private financing will be held with the participation of Jordi Priu, investor of EIX Technova and Founder 101Startups and Tania Sagaste, analyst of Inversiones en Caixa Capital Risc.
Make your registration for the day here.
La Salle Campus Barcelona-URL participates in the new edition of the “Professors i Ciència” program promoted by the Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera with a program of robotics in the classrooms whose registration will be open until the 20 places are exhausted.
The Professors and Science program offers training to secondary school teachers in Catalonia to help improve their ongoing training and specialization and encourage the stimulation of scientific vocations in the students. The course of La Salle-URL, Robotics in classrooms: solving problems and learning of scientific and technical competencies, STEAM Social (S2TEAM), presents the current state of the sector from the academic and business approach of the use of Robotics to education and details resources and methodologies to implement educational and social robotics at the service of any curricular subject. During the course, three robots are programmed: the educational robot EV3 of LEGO, a robot based on Arduino and the social robot AISOY for an activity where social competences, computational thinking and engineering thinking are worked on in the classroom. The objectives of the course is that the professors – of profiles of biology, ethics and philosophy, computer science, mathematics, chemistry and technology – learn that it is the education in STEAM and to use technological tools, the benefits of the use of Robotics in education and know how to organize resources in this field in classrooms.
This is a course recognized by the Department of Education of the Generalitat de Catalunya and will last 16 hours, divided into three days, on November 29 and December 1 from 4 to 8 p.m. and on December 2 of 10 2pm and 3pm to 7pm.
The added value of La Salle Campus Barcelona is that it puts at the disposal of the schools different workshops, those of a series of activities, both of practical training as of orientation, to bring the student to the engineering, the architecture and management and animation. In addition, individual workshops are also offered for high school students and the Higher Level Training Cycle on the same educational areas.
La Salle University Demo Week is a conference held on October 25 and 26 to bring the university world closer through a set of free workshops and talks so that students (high school, vocational training and 4th ESO) Schools and teachers can know the reality of University Studies, and thus have tools that help them choose their university future.
The workshops will be developed by the following areas: Architecture, Engineering, Animation & VFX and Business Management, and will allow young people to have a clear idea of how they can be formed with La Salle throughout their university life.
The attendees will be able to know these areas through a set of workshops that can choose: exponential technologies, to know how the technology can help solve some of the most important economic challenges; claymation, stop motion animation with clay; the mad robots marathon, building with a LEGO Mindstorms robot without wheels and then making a competition; how video games are produced, giving a general overview of multimedia technologies that intervene; Space radio communications, learning the techniques that are currently used in this field. He lives an architectural experience with the author, knowing some of the modernist buildings in Barcelona; App Inventor to introduce participants to the world of programming for mobile devices; ScratchRoom, designing and developing a virtual Room Escape with Scratch visual programming language; Ethical hackers, which allows the student, through practical scenarios in the laboratory, to see first-hand some of the techniques used by hackers, as well as the security mechanisms to prevent their attacks; and Design Thinking for education, teaching five steps so that students think differently thanks to this methodology.
You can check all the information and sign up at http://events.salleurl.edu/demoweek/
The first year Architecture students had the possibility to live a totally different first day, knowing the real architecture. La Salle-URL professors brought them to know Casa La Ricarda, an icon of rationalist architecture of the architect Antonio Bonet located in El Prat. The new students could see the characteristics of this house, built between 1953-1963, and have a first direct contact with the architecture knowing details of its construction. The group visit of the La Salle students allowed them to know all their corners and details of its history and construction.
Casa La Ricarda was designed by the architect Antonio Bonet, in close collaboration with the owner Ricardo Gomis and his wife Inés Bertrand Mata, the Gomis house, better known as La Ricarda, is perhaps his most emblematic work and in terms The best example of Catalan Rationalism.
The construction of La Ricarda, was done “by correspondence”, since Bonet in those years was in Argentina and directed the work from the distance. The first contact with the client was in 1949, the first time that Bonet returned to his country since 1936, after which a first project was carried out that did not go on. The second proposal, developed after 1953, was finally accepted and built. The construction was directed in work by the architect Comas and the builder R. Bofill.
After the worst years of the postwar period, in the face of the lack of public support and space, Ricardo Gomis turned his home into a place of artistic experimentation of all kinds, turning his home, La Ricarda, into a refuge of Catalan art during the last 15 years of the Franco regime. La Ricarda continues to belong to the Gomis family, who in 1997 commissioned the architects Fernando Álvarez Prozorovch and Jordi Roig to carry out the restoration, centered on the roof and the carpentry.
This large house is made up of different pavilions, which unite asymmetrically on a single floor. Its layout is horizontal, with interior spaces: living room, dining room and bedrooms, intermediate: terraces and porches and the exterior spaces that surround these modules, pool, changing rooms and a lattice wall. A tower that emerges between the pines, with a study and a water tank, puts the vertical counterpoint to the set.