Training Week for Micro-Entrepreneurs

Training Week for Micro-Entrepreneurs from 16 to 19 February 2015 at the University of Pretoria


The MOSAIC 2B project’s training event for micro-entrepreneurs took place from 16 to 19 February 2015 at the University of Pretoria. The MOSAIC 2B training focused on e-skills for micro-enterprises, business development training as well as Cinema-in-a-backpack equipment training.

In MOSAIC 2B micro-entrepreneurs are equipped with a Cinema-in-a-backpack that includes a tablet, a projector, a battery and speakers. This equipment connects to the dedicated MOSAIC 2B Delay Tolerant Network (DTN) that implements an alternative low-cost distribution channel to rural areas for multimedia content and digital movies. The MOSAIC 2B business case specifies the use of the Cinema-in-a-backpack equipment by micro-entrepreneurs for hosting movie screening events in their local, rural communities.

On Monday 16 February 2015 the training commenced where each micro-entrepreneur received a stationary pack with everything they needed for the training and for being involved in activities related to the set up of their businesses. During the e-skills training of 16 and 17 February, each micro-entrepreneur were taught how to set up an email account, do Google searches, use MS Excel for basic bookkeeping, compile a business plan and develop a business proposal. The Cinema-in-a-backpack equipment training was scheduled for 18 February and exposed the micro-entrepreneurs for the first time to the equipment that they will receive in MOSAIC 2B. Hands-on training helped to familiarize themselves with how to download movies, set up the equipment for an event, charge the battery, fill in the MOSAIC 2B screening forms and view the MOSAIC 2B project’s statistics through the visual analytics function. The dedicated business training of 19 February provided each ME with the opportunity to consider his/her own environment and how they will use the equipment and the e-skills training they received to incorporate into their own business plan. The entrepreneurs were housed in a guesthouse near the University of Pretoria and they were transported to the training venue each day.

The overall aim of the MOSAIC 2B project was to investigate alternative distribution channels and business models for multimedia in rural communities.

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Massive-market oriented success cases: Mivtech’s Interactive Avatar and Personalized Digital Signage developments

Interactive Avatar and Personalized Digital Signage developments are good examples of the results obtained from the collaboration of several partners. They have worked with Mivtech developing state-of-the-art technology that allows digital signage platforms to give a step forward and to better fulfill potential customers’ expectations and wishes.

The Interactive Avatar development provides a new way of interacting with digital signage platforms. It makes use of latest natural interaction and 3D web technologies to obtain a 3D virtual avatar that is able to interact with potential customers via voice and gestures in a reactive way. The merge between this innovative interaction element and a carefully designed interface has demonstrated that Interactive Avatar platform clearly increases the customer engagement with the products shown by the system.

The Personalized Digital Signage development makes use of the state-of-the-art computer vision technologies that recognizes several customer features with the goal of showing personalized products to them. Therefore, the computer vision module is able to detect features such as gender, age, mood, user profile …, and it adapts the products and content to meet the customer’s expectations. To provide such a state-of-the-art success case, a team of senior researchers from have worked hardly to obtain a highly innovative computer vision module that is able to work in uncontrolled environments. Personalized Digital Signage is now at deployment stage, becoming in the shot-midterm a key product for Mivtech’s business strategy.

Vicomtech-partner of GMN has designed a 3D-sound-based GPS for blind people to move in a secure and autonomous way

It is a GPS that has been especially designed thinking on blind or impaired vision people, and which can also be used by people working under low vision conditions or even in emergency situations. This system uses 3D sounds and geolocation which allow users to move around and reach their destinations safely. This is made by using 3D sounds that periodically repeat throughout the way.

This innovative system was tested recently in San Sebastian by Zuriñe de Anzola, a blind person who covered a short distance in the Gipuzkoa Technology Park.

The system is a result of a European project, directed by Vicomtech-IK4, named ARGUS, and in which centres from Germany, Austria, UK and Spain participate. Some impaired vision user associations such as ONCE and Fundación Tecnológica Social FTS took also part in the project, together with 110 blind people from the different European countries which helped validate both the system’s design and development.

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