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OS.University and the Center for Shared Science and Business

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The Center for Shared Science and Business (CSSB) has the statute of a university center at the Technical University of Sofia, an applied science laboratory, established on March 28th 2018 by the Academic Council of TU Sofia on recommendation by the Faculty of Management and the Faculty of Electronic Engineering & Technologies.

The Center provides opportunities for the three key parties within the Knowledge Triangle – Academia, Public Sector and Business to benefit from OS.University and other innovative projects, representing a shared platform for R&D collaboration - its focus is on mediating the process of open technologies transfer.

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OS.University and the Center for Shared Science and Business

  1. 1. Center for Shared Science & Business About us:  The Center for Shared Science and Business (CSSB) has the statute of a university center at the Technical University of Sofia, an applied science laboratory, established on March 28th 2018 by the Academic Council of TU Sofia on recommendation by the Faculty of Management and the Faculty of Electronic Engineering & Technologies.  The Center provides opportunities for the three key parties within the Knowledge Triangle – Academia, Public Sector and Business to benefit from a shared platform for R&D collaboration - its focus is on mediating the process of open technologies transfer.
  2. 2. Center for Shared Science & Business The Mission: To develop contemporary approaches of shared science, as well as to maintain a collaboration between industry and science when it comes to new knowledge areas development in order to achieve the strategic goal of transforming Technical University of Sofia into a leading competitive innovative and hi-tech university. The Objective: to perform applied scientific industrial researches, according to the Bulgarian national priorities, as well as to the trends of the worldwide science development; to develop open-source products; to collaborate with business and manage business projects; to support implementing scientific results into the practice; to develop and offer innovative approaches and methodology in the field of education. Universities BusinessGovernment Education Entrepr eneurs hip Science
  3. 3. Center for Shared Science & Business Main activities:  Conducts research, analysis and design of innovations and business development guidelines of different actors in contemporary market economies and industries;  Elaborates targeted research methodologies and tools and stimulates TU-Sofia academic staff personal development and R&D activities;  Initiates innovative applied projects in TU-Sofia in the context of Industry 4.0; introduces new educational technologies and approaches (Education 4.0), customized curricula and syllabii;
  4. 4. Competence Passport on the Blockchain An award-winning spin-off research project of TU-Sofia Center for Shared Science & Business
  5. 5. Academic Team We are coming from various backgrounds - academic, entrepreneur, development - from large tech companies to startups. Different, yet united, the Open Source University team forms a unique blend of technology R&D and business development talent.
  6. 6. Development Team
  7. 7. Partners
  8. 8. Project inception When introduced, OS.University project of TU-Sofia’s Centre for Shared Science and Business was aimed at introducing the worldwide approved model of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) into Bulgarian Higher Education System with incremental innovations to boost credibility of achievements. MOOCs are an educational approach for over 81 milion students, enrolled under more than 9 400 free academic online courses offered by over 800 leading HEIs worldwide through educational platforms such as Coursera and edX.
  9. 9. Open online learning
  10. 10.  The OS.University Dapp (distributed application) bridges the gap between businesses and education through: o Blockchain, which is used for validating and verifying learners’ credentials; o Smart contracts managing educational content purchases and organization, among other stakeholder transactions, as well as HR processes.  We apply principles of open source to re-engineer the current-state educational model by building a system to enable better business and education collaboration. The project today
  11. 11. Blockchain’s use case
  12. 12. OS.University’s platform provides a searchable catalogue of a broad range of courses and programs. Global Catalogue of Courses Businesses can reach out to content providers through a marketplace, powered by reputation system. An “Amazon for Learning” without “Amazon”, i.e. the middleman. Tokenized Marketplace Access to a new, higher quality educational model with option to curate and customize programs, optimised for results. Flexibility & Modularity Learner’s profile contains verified educational, work experience, skills & qualifications track record, Credentials Wallet Lack of organization in the online ocean of education and development opportunities. Dispersion of Content A decades-old problem that can be solved by information coordination, trust, and smart contracts between the parties. Business & Education Gap Universities lack modernization & respond slowly to job market needs; MOOCs gain popularity, but lack credibility. Strained Existing Model Issues with fake diplomas, certifications, unverified CVs and skillset claims. Trust & Transparency Problems & solutions
  13. 13. Accreditation Verification of Skills & Certificates1 Recruitment Access to verified talent pool2 Corporate L&D Rising Employee Qualification3
  14. 14. Alpha Release 78%UI/UX 70%Front-End 61%Blockchain & Smart Contracts 47%Business Development & Partnerships 14%Onboarding Users www.dapp.os.university The first release of the OS.University DApp was scheduled for June 2018. Stats from the current progress report can be found below:
  15. 15. Technology Stack
  16. 16. International Recognition  We were invited to join the 5th cohort of the London-based edtech incubator "EDUCATE“, run by UCL - university number one globally in the subject of education, together with BESA (British Educational Suppliers Association) & NESTA.  We were nominated and became the runner-up for the “Most innovative Use of Blockchain for Social Good” 2018 award as part of ''The Blocks" awards ceremony by the European Blockchain Expo in Amsterdam.
  17. 17. National Recognition  In the “Outstanding Projects with Social Value-Added” category of the annual Presidential Awards for IT research & development excellence, three initiatives were awarded for their drive to make our citizens’ lifes easier by offering various services. Among them was the Open Source University. Jordan Jambazov, a student of the Technical University, received the prize as the chief software developer of the platform.  The research project started a new chapter in its commercialization journey as part of the „Founder Institute“ accelerator, which the software development team joined after winning a pitching competition at “Betahaus” (Sofia).
  18. 18. Knowledge Sharing  We published the first academic book on the subject of the application of blockchain in education. We presented it on conferences at a number of prestigious universities across Europe and beyond, including at Tsinghua University.  The book looks into the theoretical and practical aspects of the “Open Source University” project that turns potentially disruptive scenarios into real-life opportunities for modernization of Academia, enablement of businesses and empowerment of students, employees, life-long learners. Download link: https://bit.ly/2FDUArS
  19. 19. Thank you! oandre@tu-sofia.bg www.tu-cssb.org www.os.university

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