Last week, the Hacktex project organised, in Boras, Sweden, an intensive training course named Hacktex Bootcamp. The course, , gathered students from the 4 participating universities: Gheorghe Asachi Technical University from Romania, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya from Spain, the University of West Attica from Greece and the hosting partner, the University of Boras.
Before the intensive course, all students had access to the virtual training materials on smart textiles (MOOC) and the virtual guide on entrepreneurship focusing on smart textiles.
The program, developed previously by the Hacktex consortium, counted with several dynamic activities and challenges which mixed the students from all universities. The students were divided into teams and tasked with conceptualizing smart textile products, considering their raw materials and specific technologies, as well as issues regarding the product sustainability. They also identified the specifics of the main steps to develop a business model for their respective products. The ideas generated by the teams were presented and discussed.
Other activities included a visit to a textile company in Boras, participation in the Borås Textile days event and a visit to the textile museum in the University.
The multicultural experience of interacting students, the academic challenges were met with creativity, based on the knowledge from the lessons in the MOOC and the virtual guide on entrepreneurship and the possibility to attract young specialists toward the field of smart textiles represent the real gain of the HACKTEX Bootcamp.
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