4th HSYP: A time for the Student Branches to meet

The 4th HSYP a 3-day congress took place at the National Technological University of Athens between the 3rd and the 5th of November. 60 participants from 13 Student Branches of Greece and Cyprus had the opportunity to meet each other and exchange ideas, thoughts and worries.

During the 1st day of the event the Head Organizer of the congress and the new Greece Section’s SSR Georgios Kovanis welcomed the participants and gave the floor to the IEEE Region 8 Director Μrs Margaretha Eriksson and Prof. Nektarios Koziris, Chair of IEEE Greece Section. Both of them welcomed the participants and gave some interesting statistics about IEEE and why it is so important. Representatives from IEEE Region SAC and Region 8 Young Professionals also welcomed the participants.

During the 1st day each Student Branch had the opportunity to present itself and the work they have done, by having small sessions. Past actions and future plans where the main features of these presentations. It was made clear from the very first moment that every Student Branch had worked a lot. IEEE day and IEEExtreme were the center of attention. It was pleasant to see that dozens of workshops and events had taken place during last year and it was amazing that the future plans and goals of every Student Branch were completely different than last year’s in the most cases.

The 2nd day was full, since is had wit workshops, presentations and talking. The day started with a speech for the IEEE Region 8 Mind the Gap contest by George Papadimitriou. In this contest, students form small teams of 3-5 people and try to think an idea which closes the gap between the younger and the older generations. The day continued with a presentation about Action for Industry by Mr Marios Antoniou, and a presentation about the IEEE Cyprus section by Mrs Katerina Papanikolaou, Secretary – IEEE Cyprus Section.

Workshops cannot be missed during a HSYP congress, so after a break for coffee energy, everybody went for workshops. The 1st one had to do with BLE ibeacons. These small Bluetooth based devices can be glued on every surface to detect if the surface is moving. The 2nd workshop gave the students the ability to create their own cloud system based on Amazon’s cutting-edge technology and the 3rd one was about Devops. Devops is a software engineering practice that aims at unifying software development (Dev) and software operation (Ops).

The day went on with some tasty lunch and after that Mrs Margaretha Eriksson gave a speech about Leadership and Time Management. On this speech the key point was to “Get advantage of every single second”. We have more time of what we think of, we just need to manage it correctly.

It was a unique moment to have representatives from the Region 8 between us, presenting us the work they do.
IEEE Region 8 SAC: George Papadimitriou and Ines Inacio, shared with us an important time plan on how to organize a congress. A very helpful information.
IEEE SIGHT: Mr. Alexandros Osana, presented the important role of IEEE SIGHT and humanitarian activities, and how they have helped people in communities to face their difficulties.
IEEE Region 8 Women in Engineering: Mrs. Ana Cigaran Romero, presented us the great work being done by women engineers, but also shared with us the question of “Why women are not choosing to be engineers”, which led to nice open discussion.
IEEE Region 8 Educational Activities: Mr. Stamatis Dragoumanos made us thought deeply by telling us about stereotypes, and the stereotypes in Education.

Having so many active IEEE volunteers we couldn’t miss to have a traditional Greek night, to also share our hospitality to our special guests from the Region 8. That led us to better know each other in a fun atmosphere.

The 3rd day and last day of the congress, started with a coffee energy fulfill, and Mr Athanasios Kakarountas, the Vice Chair of IEEE Greece Section that woke us up with his humor. In the Chairperson’s meeting he and the new SSR, Georgios Kovanis tried to give solutions on the biggest and most common problems of IEEE Greek Student Branches.

An interesting workshop by Vinko Lesic, the official representative in Region 8 Young Professionals with Kostas Deltouzos, the Greece Section representative of Young Professionals, took place. In this interesting workshop, teams of 7 had to present themselves and think an idea for a Start- up company. Every idea had to be presented in front of the members of every group. E-bougatsa, a hypothetical site for rating bougatsa shops in Thessaloniki was one of them. After this… “tasty” workshop Prof. Kakarountas got the floor to talk about IEEE Consumer Electronics society as the Chair of the Greek Chapter.

The congress ended with sponsor speeches, a group photo and Student Branch Awards. Three Student Branches were awarded for their good quality of presentations. More specifically, IEEE Student Branch University of Thessaly Lamia, IEEE Student Branch Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and IEEE Student Branch TEI of Western Macedonia Kastoria won the best presentation awards.

Vaggelis Gkikopoulos,
On behalf of the Greece IEEE Section

All photos are taken by Vaggelis Gkikopoulos
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