“UTeach” Program – Performance and Development in The Field of ICT For Teachers and Students in The Country

On its fourth anniversary, the TEKWILL project kicks off the “[r]evolution reaches the whole country” and is committed to bringing information technology closer to people in all regions of Moldova. Supporting higher education institutions in the country remains a priority for the TEKWILL project, as the responsibility to educate a new generation of innovators also takes place in universities and academies. And to bring added value to the ICT industry in the Republic of Moldova, teachers benefit from mentoring programs, scholarships, and technical equipment to achieve a quality educational process. “UTeach” is an initiative in which teachers interested in achieving ICT performance benefit from development opportunities and resources to adjust education to the current requirements and trends of the industry. The initiative is part of the “Tekwill Ambassador Program” and is carried out with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Sweden within the “Tekwill” project, implemented by the National Association of ICT Companies.

Irina Oriol, Deputy Coordinator, “Tekwill” project: “In 4 years of Tekwill activities, a series of initiatives have been developed to support teachers, but at the same time we also offered students an opportunity to acquire skills and abilities that are currently in demand on the labour force market. We developed two editions of “UTeach” within the “Tekwill Ambassador Program” and several scholarship editions. Over 150 young people benefited from Oracle scholarships. The teachers from the 6 educational institutions that benefited from the “UTeach” program grants developed 22 projects in their institutions. At the same time, the technical material base of the universities was improved by offering different equipment for delivering the lessons, but also for various innovative projects developed by students together under the guidance of the professors throughout their implementation.”

The training and preparation of teachers from different fields to develop and pilot IT programs was carried out also in the educational institutions in the regions. At the State University of Comrat, 30 professors benefited from a technological education program, and 95 teachers registered for the 4 webinars that were organized in this regard.

Tatiana Velicova, associate professor, doctor, State University of Comrat: “For the first time, I came to Tekwill for “Open Day”, where various courses available within the project were presented. I decided to participate, and my attempt was successful. We obtained a grant that aimed at training and educating future teachers in the field of e-teach. During the project we received necessary equipment such as laptops – to be able to deliver classes online. The students are very interested in projects of this kind, and for us, the “Tekwill” initiatives are very important, because they support education. Through the “Tekwill” project, we can implement world-class initiatives that could arouse the interest of students and teachers.”

The “UTeach” project also encourages the use of IT tools to develop and implement programs to achieve performance in other areas of activity.

Irina Cojuhari, Associate Professor, PhD, Technical University of Moldova: “Within the “Tekwill Ambassadors” program, I participated in 3 projects. The first project was in 2018, in which together with the students at the Technical University of Moldova, tried to implement an “Intelligent system for cultivating agricultural crops”, setting out a greenhouse that works until now. In 2020, I applied for a new round “UTeach”. Within this collaboration, several workshops and a hackathon for students were organized. With the support of the “Tekwill” project, we had the opportunity to update the curriculum in several disciplines, to implement new technologies in teaching approaches and to carry out many interesting projects with students.”

During the two “UTeach” rounds, innovative ideas for modifying the ICT curriculum of 23 teachers from higher education institutions in the country were supported, at the same time, professors and students benefited from free access to internationally recognized educational programs at Oracle University: Java Fundamentals and SQL Fundamentals. Annually, these digital education empowerment initiatives create impactful opportunities for 2,000 students.

In 2021, the Tekwill project expands its network in the north and south of the country, bringing universities closer to benefit from various technologies and opportunities to improve the curriculum, modernize and update those disciplines and skills that are currently in demand in the labour market.

Scouting for DIASPORA – Fii implicat în ecosistemul de startup din Moldova, chiar și de peste hotarele țării

Startup Moldova este în căutare de membri activi ai ecosistemului de startup din Moldova, care locuiesc peste hotare țării. Este vital să recunoaștem, promovăm și colaborăm cu startuperi originari de la noi din țară, oriunde în lumea s-ar afla, pentru a dezvolta comunitatea locală și a oferi căi de acces la cunoștințe și experiențe valoroase de la concetățenii noștri.

În același timp, prin activitățile cu Startup Moldova, membrii din Diasporă pot deveni traineri, mentori, investitori și experți, care vor contribui activ la creșterea ecosistemului de unde au început și ei activitatea sa.

Așadar, iată câțiva pași simpli de parcurs pentru implicarea în activitățile Startup Moldova:

  1. Înregistrarea în baza de date.
  2. Participa la Diaspora – Networking meetup (se va desfășura la sfârșitul lunii aprilie)
  3. Abonează-te – Telegram ChanelFacebookInsta, ClubHouse (Startup Moldova)
  4. Participa ori fii Speaker Shared Breakfast – About Shared Breakfast
  5. Implică-te în Startup Club
    * Format: club de brainstorming, creăm și unim o comunitate de antreprenori, unde oamenii își ajută să își rezolve problemele de afaceri reciproc într-un format de brainstorming. La o întâlnire analizăm 2 cazuri, fiecare câte jumătate de oră.
  6. Webinare – Devino un speaker, împărtășește-ți experiența și impactul cu comunitatea.
  7. Alătură-te Ecosistemului local de Startupuri printr-un Screening Interview.

Membrii Diasporei deja au participat la numeroase activități Startup Moldova, precum Startup Week Moldova, Webinare, Shared Breakfasts și multe altele. Printre membrii activi ai comunității se găsesc Sergiu Nagailic si Nicoleta NagailicVasile Granaci , Xenia MunteanOleg Ciubotaru și lista continuă, iar noi ne propunem să o completăm.

Dacă ești tu parte a ecosistemului de startupuri din Moldova, dar ești și membru al Diasporei, completează acest formular pentru a îți înscrie numele în comunitatea locală. În același timp, dacă ai cunoscut pe cineva din Diasporă care se poate implica în ecosistem, nu ezita să-i transmiți link de înregistrare.

Introducerea Diasporei în activitățile locale este o inițiativă Tekwill Entrepreneurship (Startup Moldova) Community – Be great Together! Cine este Tekwill: Tekwill este locul în care oamenii, comunitatea, ideile, resursele, știința și industria se întâlnesc pentru a identifica, facilita și spori excelența în tehnologia informației. Conduce ecosistemului moldovenesc, ca un conector principal și facilitator de rețea, organizând și sprijinind evenimentele locale și regionale legate de tehnologie.

Pentru mai multe detalii scrie un email la adresa community@startupmoldova.digital sau pe pagina de facebook Startup Moldova.

Become a PROFESSIONAL STARTUP MENTOR – Join the Startup Tracker Educational Course

We are looking for people who feel responsible for the future of the country, for those who want to influence the innovations and support startup projects – we call them ecosystem enablers! We have prepared an unique training for you, which will give you special tools and methodology to help startups to grow! After the course, participants will become professional mentors – called startup trackers. 

This can be you! After passing the course you will become a „soldier” for the startup ecosystem and assist startup initiatives at any stage of growth. You will become an irreplaceable piece for any startup and, furthermore, you will be able to train other local trackers to raise the level of the whole ecosystem.

How will the training take place?

There will be 3 blocks of activities

  1.  Introduction and diving into the subject. You will find out what is value, why is it important, and how the tracker helps the entrepreneur create value for the customer. You will go through themes such as customer development – theory Practice on customer development UNIT economics and startup metrics. The trainers will introduce you to a traction map, HADI, planning, time and case management, telephone sales, financial planning, complex sales: PPVVC, funnel by goals, offering. And much more useful information.
  2. The most complex block with the richest flow of information. You will touch subjects as Diagnostic and strategic session. Strategy, strategic goals, transition points. Bottlenecks. The theory of constraints. A cycle of continuous improvement. The strategy itself, and how it is formed in the tracking process. Typical strategic goals and the conclusion of the head to set them. Interim goals and milestones. Transition points between stages and work with them during tracking. What an investor wants from a startup and how a tracker can help him Tactics, tracker format, interaction between trackers. How a tracker provides a link between strategic goals and the daily ongoing work of the team, focuses the team and returns to the set goals when it is carried away. Tracker’s strategy related to the team. However, that is only the beginning!
  3. The wrap-up block and the one where you make the knowledge practical. You will go through practicum of attentive communication: learn to listen and speak so that we are understood. Practical work: diagnostic session with projects Practical work: traction meetings, and more activities assisted by professional trainers.

When will you pass the training?

The training will be a 4 day activity – between April 7 and April 10, with different time slots, that will be announced closer to the start date.

Are you ready to step up your level? Apply here until March 31st for the training and become a Startup Tracker in no time!

FRIDAY TALKS: DE CE MANAGEMENTUL PROIECTELOR ADOPTA METODOLOGII HIBRIDE?

La Friday Talks din 6 noiembrie vom discuta despre adaptarea metodologiilor hibride in managementul proiectelor, care imbina ambele lumi: Agile și Waterfall management.

În proiectele clasice, managerul de proiect este responsabil pentru planificare și control fiind responsabili și pentru succesul proiectului – adică să se asigure că sunt îndeplinite cerințele fixe, costurile calculate și programările prevăzute.
Proiectele agile prezintă opusul programărilor și costurilor fixe. Cerințele nu sunt stabilite la început, ci mai degrabă dezvoltate pas cu pas pe tot parcursul proiectului împreună cu clientul. Într-o lume agilă ideală, nu există rolul unui manager de proiect – responsabilitatea pentru succesul proiectului este transferată proprietarului de produs.
Situațiile de afaceri pot fi foarte diverse și pot adapta abordări hibride nu doar la nivel de proiect, ci si la structura organizațională.

Participa la webinar pentru a afla mai mult: https://bit.ly/2CeB1Gv