Last year in October, the team from the Faculty of Science “Pannonian Crew”, consisting of Aleksandar Rončević, Mihailo Milenković, Petar Kapriš and Vladimir Krsmanović, all attending Computer Science Program, won the first place in the national competition for best technological innovation in the category of student innovations. They developed the innovation “Lara” – a system for automatic accident detection and rescue of sailors, which consists of hardware and software systems.

These talented young people, Computer Science students, had contacts with associations such as Maker even as high school students, when they studied and expanded their horizons and ambitions through extracurricular activities. This victory gave them additional confidence that the real potential of their idea was recognized, which paved the way for a much broader dimension of the process of innovation creation. Young researchers’ plan is to continue with the development of the idea and to test it on real ships soon.

Here’s the good news about Lara again!

POPRI International is an international competition for innovations and business ideas. The competition is held every year as part of the EUSAIR Forum which was held in Tirana this year.

The 7th Forum of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR) is an annual forum dedicated to connecting the countries of the Adriatic-Ionian region. The event itself provides an opportunity to promote projects for the development of the region, as well as for connecting young people and presenting their ideas to influential people from the region.

As part of the delegation from our country, the PMF Student Team and their Lara Project, won the first place in the competition of the 9 best teams from each country in the region. It is important to mention that our high school team, which competed in the second category, also won gold.

The competition was opened by Giuseppe Di Paola (European Commission Policy Coordinator, EUSAIR DG Regio) and Edona Bilali, Albanian Minister of Entrepreneurship and Startups.

Welcoming speeches at the award ceremony were given by Mirela Koci (Auleda – Local Economic Development Agency), Tanja  Kožuh (Primorski Tehnološki Park) and Ruta Zarnauskaite (Head of the Research and Innovation Department of the European Commission).