Sun and Fun

Dear Friends and partners,

It's been mad around here for the past few months (‘what's new?’ you ask!) but I am happy to say that AcrossLimits has been growing and our team is becoming more gender balanced (cough cough!) with the addition of Keith Spiteri to the technical department!

We have also celebrated our 12th birthday in June ... and this means that as from next year we are officially teenagers - so get ready for some serious turbulance and tantrums soon!

In this newsletter you can find information about some events and activities held here in Malta or abroad for our current European projects, as well as several interesting calls for actions including a school science competition, beta testing for a mobile language app and piloting of an online dementia care training course.

We also wanted to remind you that in summer we will try to take life a bit easier and our offices will be closed on Wednesdays and Fridays afternoons until September. Moreover we are closed for shutdown between 12 and 16 August.

We hope that you all are enjoying a bit of sun, sea and fun wherever you are, and we look forward to talking to you all again in autumn.

Hugs,

Angele

LANGO: Meeting in Dublin & BETA testers of app

Annalise together with Keith, visited Dublin for the LANGO partners meeting which was held from the 21st to the 22nd of May. On the 23rd of May a conference was held with stakeholders from Dublin. During the event, AcrossLimits had the chance to publicly launch the very first FaceBook Application that one can play while learning new words in Maltese, Russian, Greek and Bulgarian. Like us on FaceBook and start challenging your friends now.

In the meantime, we are also looking for Beta Testers who would like to test our application that will be available on iPhone, Android and on the web. So if you want to polish your Maltese, Bulgarian, Russian or Greek, please get in touch on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to express your interest and we will send you further information.

Michelangelo - Meeting and call for news

Angele, Maryrose and Steve hosted the fourth MICHELANGELO plenary meeting from the 28th to the 30th May at the Hotel Corinthia Marina in St. Julians, Malta. The meeting was presided by the coordinator, Dr. Silvio Bonfiglio. The meeting provided an opportunity to update each partner on the progress of the MICHELANGELO project and to discuss the deliverables. It was agreed that the next partner meeting will be held in October in Paris, France and that the project will be present also at the ICT 2013 conference in November in Vilnius, Lithuania.

We are also in the process of updating the Michelangelo website with more information and events relating to autism in children. Have a look at the news section and if you know of an interesting conference or paper, please feel free to submit it via the contact form on www.michelangelo-project.eu.

Win money for your science school project with STENCIL

The STENCIL Call for Participants has been extended till the 31st July, 2013, and is open to all science education projects and initiatives. Give your school a chance to WIN. Get your project submission in by following this link.

The 6th partner meeting was held at the Dolmen Hotel between the 3rd and 5th June in Malta, where the opportunity arose for the partners to meet last years Malta entrant Ms Angela Coppini along with her students and other teachers from various schools. Apart from the partners meeting, a number of study visits were organised including the participation of a number of teachers from Malta. The study visits included, a visit to Comino where the students showed the partners how they usually learn during their visit in Comino. The partners and the teachers also tried out their skills with Sea Salt Harvesting and Limestone Carving at Limestone Heritage.

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OpenIOT explains business models

Angele and Johan were part of the team behind a business-oriented session at the Future Internet Assembly (FIA) held in May in Dublin, proposing and managing this session as part of the OpenIoT FP7 project. The session focused on disseminating the crucial methodology on IoT Business Models - which is a mystery to many. It allowed open interactions and cross-fertilization across OpenIoT technologist, developers and general public interested on understanding what business models can be derived from the Internet of Things.

The OpenIoT project also held a meeting in early July in Lausanne, Switzerland where Keith, Angele and Johan participated. This meeting focused on working towards a first version of integration of the various components and it was also important to welcome a new partner to the project from Croatia - The University of Zagreb.

Piloting of STAR modules

The hardworking team of STAR project partners have finished 8 modules in English and Dutch that make up our online course for carers of people with Dementia. Piloting has therefore started in the Netherlands and it will also kick off in the other countries. The partners all met for the final push in Timisoara, Romania, and AcrossLimits participated with Angele (in person) and Annalise (on Skype) to help in all troubleshooting.

We are also preparing for the Alzheimer’s Europe conference to be held in October in Malta, whereby STAR will have a paper, a stand and also its official public launch of the course with a captive audience of around 400 professionals from the dementia care field. If you’re curious and want to have a look, head to http://courses.startraining.eu.

ENDKIST - Join our Forum

AcrossLimits has written an article called "8 Tips for choosing the right video editing software for your digital story telling workshop". We would like to invite you to go www.dtellers.eu, register for free and have a look at the forum section, where you can read this article and further interesting articles we are writing from time to time.

In the meantime, Kerry attended the CREATE, ACT, CHANGE: 5th International Digital Storytelling Conference and Exhibition which was held from 8th – 10th May, 2013. The Conference was held at the Hacettepe University, Faculty of Communication in Ankara, Turkey. Themes included were varied and included Gender, Identity, Activism, Inclusion, Democracy and many more.

 

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