On June 7th, students from Bucharest (Romania), Lyon (France), Milan (Italy) and Passau (Germany) were immersed for a week in the French start-up ecosystem through the second seminar of the ‘Future IT Leader for a Multicultural Digital Europe – FIT Europe’ project. This project, co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme, is intended to provide IT students with high level European training on emerging technologies (such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Blockchain and Assistive Robotics) along with its related socioeconomic implications (such as innovation, multiculturalism, ethics or privacy). The four academic institutions (INSA Lyon, Politehnica Bucharest, Università degli Studi di Milano, Universität Passau) and their corporate partners (La French Tech One, IT Center for Science and Technology CITST, Engineering SPA, ATOS) have gathered forces to promote IT graduates’ employability with the FIT Europe project.
During the Lyon seminar, the 19 participating students addressed the thematic of blockchain in its fundamental and practical aspects through three cornerstones, developing essential competencies and soft skills for their future career. The first cornerstone was the high-level scientific keynotes on the technical and fundamental aspects of the blockchain proposed by academic and industrial experts. Thanks to those keynotes, the students could acquire skills on the most advanced scientific topics in the field. Then, the second cornerstone of the seminar consisted in presentations given by industrials of various sizes (from start-ups to large companies) that widened the technical approach offered in the keynotes by dealing with the implementation of blockchain and its applications in the general ecosystem of digital. The IT master students could face the reality of integrating blockchain in an already existing ecosystem. Finally, the third cornerstone of this seminar consisted in four challenges proposed by four French start-ups. This opportunity allowed the students to work in international teams, developing intercultural skills, and to reflect on real cases from the start-ups’ current environment.