Split University Opens Student Center for Developing IT Ideas and Projects

By 13 March 2019

At the University of Split Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture (FESB), Split-Dalmatia County prefect Blaženko Boban opened a pre-incubation and coworking Center for the students of Split-Dalmatia County (PICS SDŽ) and stressed that this program is a link between science, entrepreneurship and the regional community, reports Dalmatinski Portal on March 12, 2019. 

“The space we are located in is the space of the Split University, which we received as a county, and has been fully equipped for the past year. With this PICS program, we want to make a kind of pre-incubator. I am delighted that there is great interest in this project. Some students are already in the ICT sector. This is where we will find the potential in the future, which is currently missing,” Boban said.

The space will be available to students enrolled in Student Coworking where they can develop their IT ideas and projects. Membership in Student Coworking is free. Damir Brčić, project manager of the ‘ICT Counties,’ explained that student projects would be developed in this area.

“Before we opened the space, a positive climate was created. We are trying to create adequate space for entrepreneurial projects, and now is the right time for institutions to provide an additional platform, as the IT sector and companies are already slowly finding jobs in foreign markets. However, what we lack is infrastructural conditions, and we lack additional educated staff, and that is all that the County wants to strengthen and enable with this project,” Brčić added

As part of the opening ceremony of the Center, a cooperation agreement was signed between the University, FESB, PMF, III. Gymnasium and Split-Dalmatia County.

“At our University, among our students there are those whose creativity and minds need to be constantly stimulated. From the University side, we will do our best to help our students in their training to set up their startup companies. We are just in negotiations with a company looking for our students. The contract signing is being prepared, where, at the annual level, 30 to 40 of our students will be employed by this company,” said the Rector of the University Dragan Ljutić.

The County prefect also awarded the FESB students who were the authors of the best student entrepreneurial and innovative projects. Slaven Damjanović was awarded 5,000 kuna for the e-Agrar project, Ena Sarajlić, Anastazija Verović, Lucija Visković, and Ana Žunabović were awarded 4,000 kuna for the e-Vision project, and authors Petar Matan, Andrea Pezo, Anđela Čuljak, Ante Vukušić, Antonio Jurkić and Ivan Zaharija were rewarded with 3,000 kuna for the project

A device to check the levels of waste containers - TrashTrack was awarded 2,000 kuna and was the work of Petra Barać, Renato Kusanović, Antonia Senta, Mateo Vučković and Julija Županović. The last awarded project received 1,000 kuna, which is a solution for automatic irrigation - SmartFlow. The project was created by Ivan Ivandić, Dino Siriščević, Ani Stjepić, Duje Šolić, Ante Todorić, and Mislav Vukašina.

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