30 November 2021
First day of the 4th Unite! Dialogue was a success
The past 29th of November we welcomed the various international delegations from Unite!'s partner universities into the 4th Unite! Dialogue and Branding Event, hosted at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC).

In the morning the Steering Committe, including all the executive teams from each university, had a co-creation meeting with the Students in Unite! for Representation and Empowerment (SURE!) to define and better adapt the bottom-up structure approach for Unite!'s organisation. 

The afternoon theme focused on innovation, it's incentinves and it's challenges. With the first Innovation Community matchmaking event, Unite! gathered different external speakers from institutions with different levels of engagement (local, regional and global). The matchmaking event was divided in three paralel session according to the different themes: Innovation and Regional Involvement; Entrepeneurship Education and Innovation Ecosystems. After each session, all participants (virtual and physical attendees) were able to ask questions and debate with the speakers. 

Ethics and technology was another key topic from yesterday's afternoon which inaugurated the first session of Unite!'s Branding Event. This session was very much focused on the positive and negative impacts of Artificial Inteligence (AI) in society and our everyday life. The session finished with a debate guided by students, with key questions aimed at making the public reflect about the risks, accountability, transparency of AI and how conscious we are about it. All in all, the students finished the debate with a request for more formation on this topic at university, specifically for the future technologists. 

Finally, Unite!'s president Tanja Brühl, UPC's rector Daniel Crespo and UPC's KLO for Unite! Juan Jesús Perez, revealed the winning team of Unite!4Future and handed out the official diploma to one of the team members Fernando Amador, which is a UPC student. Unite!4Future will enable student participation by presenting concrete, original and implementable ideas that bring added value for all Unite! community. The winner team proposal was a a smartphone application - the Akamu App - which allows students to duel their fellow students about lecture topics. This gamified solution will enable us to establish a more sustainable way of learning by quickly motivating the students to play duels frequently. 

During the whole day, Task Forces and Work Packages were able to have internal meeting to work on their projects and outcomes in a physical meeting for first time after more than a year.

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