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Deadline extension for ideas submission: *February 4, 2018

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Invite your students to live the fantastic experience of the second 
edition of the

**2018 International Student Design Contest*
//3rd International Conference on Smart Learning Ecosystems and Regional 
////The interplay of data, technology, place and people/

May 23-25, 2018
University of Aalborg, Denmark

Contact: [log in to unmask]

to the abstracts of the finalist projects of the first edition.
2017 Winner: /Raffaele Di Fuccio (University of Naples Federico II)/

*Call for ideas and proofs of concept*

The call invites students to submit ideas (first phase of the contest) 
and proofs of concept/prototype (second phase of the contest) on how to 
make learning ecosystems smarter. It is open to individuals and groups 
of students (bachelor, master and PhD students). *


*The winner (individual or group) will be awarded with 500 €*.
Three individuals or groups (finalists) will be selected to present 
their proofs of concept at SLERD 2018 and attend the conference for 
free. ASLERD will cover also stay expenses (hotel and meals) for two 
representatives per finalist.


Smart Learning Ecosystems should perform at best on all the dimensions 
that contribute to the  well-being of students and all players involved 
in the development of a learning process: /infrastructures, food, 
environment, info/admin services, mobility, safety, social interaction, 
satisfaction, challenges, self-fulfillment /[1]. Being inspired by the 
flow theory [2] and by the Maslow’s pyramid [3], we can state that: 
ecosystems are smart when /“individuals that take part in the local 
processes achieve a high level of skills and, at the same time, are also 
strongly motivated and engaged by continuous and adequate challenges, 
provided that their primary needs are reasonably satisfied”./

The smartness of learning ecosystems, thus, is not created merely 
through the availability of digital infrastructures and applications. 
When technologies are both available and adopted enthusiastically, they 
can start to make a difference in both simplifying and accelerating 
progress toward the achievement of system smartness. One has to keep in 
mind, however, that technologies are smart not because they are capable 
of replacing human reasoning but, rather because they can help towards 
achieving a people centered smartness, through streamlining mundane 
organisational tasks, and enhancing the skills of all actors involved in 
learning processes.

Our duty, with the help of technology, is to support learning ecosystems 
(formal, informal, non-formal) to develop their people centered 
smartness towards becoming incubators of social innovation and engines 
of sustainable regional development./Smartness is a goal/ and we can 
support our learning ecosystems along the process to achieve it by 
proposing solutions capable to solve or mitigate problems that prevent 
the learning ecosystems to be people centered. Examples of problems 
detection can be found in the draft of [4].

We expect students, wishing to take part in the contest, to analyze 
their learning ecosystem, detect problems and find solutions that can 
help their, and as well other learning ecosystems, to get smarter.

Important dates:

• Deadline for ideas submission: *March 4, 2018 (extended)*
•  Selection of best ideas: March 15, 2018
• Submission of final proofs of concept and prototypes: March 30, 2018
• Selection of the best 3 proofs of concepts and prototypes: April 15, 2018
• Presentation and demo at SLERD 2017 and winner announcement:  May 23 
and 24, 2018


and share our vision on the future of Smart Learning Ecosystems: 
Timisoara declaration 

See ASLERD website ( for
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