All three presentations at the fifth Andorra Telecom Business Seminar focused on digitalisation. Around 150 attendees took part in an event that has established itself as a meeting place for professionals from various sectors.
Andorra Telecom announced that it has set up its own Internet of Things (IoT) to cover Andorra la Vella and Escaldes-Engordany, in order to provide a service to companies using connected devices. The service was presented by Carolina Castellanos, head of the IoT project for Andorra Telecom, who explained about joining the LoRa Alliance™, which includes over 500 international companies and whose goal is to promote the deployment of the LoRa standard.
The first of the presentations was given by Javier Velilla, a founding partner of the Comuniza Agency. His talk explained how brands need to become a factor for generating competitiveness. “A brand without a product is a lie, but a product without a brand is generic”, he stressed.
The final talk was given by Antonio Mosquera and Alfredo Carrión, specialists in digitalisation at KPMG. Their presentation took the audience through a series of case studies of companies who had successfully adapted to changes in customer behaviour that were caused by access to new technologies.
The World Robot Olympiad, the international robotics competition, devoted its 2018 edition to combating food waste. The Andorra trials, in which seventeen children took part, were held at the Nexus building, the headquarters of Andorra Telecom.
The two winning teams then went on to face the best Spanish teams in a final held in Platja d’Aro, near Girona. The Mrloop team took part in the Elementary category, ending the competition in eighth place from a total of 18 teams. The Andorran team Noobsalcub finished in tenth place in the junior category out of a total of 21 competing teams.
The World Robotic Olympiad (WRO) is an international schools robotics competition that gives children the opportunity to learn and show their problem-solving skills using the Lego robotics platform.
A change in the agenda means that there will be two editions of the Micro First Lego League in the same year. As the organiser of this prestigious international competition in Andorra, Andorra Telecom hosted the fourth edition in January.
Ten teams made up of 56 boys and girls from the schools Sagrada Família, Janer and Andorrana d’Ordino, Encamp and Santa Coloma took part in the event, held in the Illa Carlemany cinemas. The prizes were widely distributed. The Ballroom team from Escola Andorrana d’Ordino won the prize for robotics, while Drophunters, from Col·legi Janer won in the core values category and Hidroand, from the Escola Sagrada Família, won an award for the science project.
The fifth edition, held in December, saw the debut of the Col·legi Sant Ermengol, and one of its two teams won first prize in all three categories: robotics, core values and the science project. The event broke all previous records for participation, with twelve teams and 92 competitors from six different schools.
Andorra Telecom’s Videogame Show took place in February and lived up to the organisation’s expectations. Thousands of visitors - mainly children, teenagers and young adults - came together to play and explore the most popular games on the market and the different platforms available.
This year saw the introduction of parallel activities to encourage youngsters to consider their employment options in a sector with enormous growth and which increasingly relies on more specialist workers. This approach took the form of workshops, round tables and conferences, with three leading French video game studios present at the event. Andorra Telecom enjoyed the backing and support of the Universitat d’Andorra, the French embassy and the Museu Carmen Thyssen Andorra.
The central focus of the fair was still the Prat del Roure site, but other places were added, such as the Illa Carlemany, Universitat d’Andorra and the World Champion Museum.
The recreational aspect was dominated by the success of e-sports competitions, which are increasingly popular and constantly attract larger audiences. The presence of around a hundred gaming stations for the latest generation of platforms ensured that users were able to enjoy the experience, even when the crowd was at its height. There were around 500 players altogether in the local and on-line tournaments.
The third Andorra Rubik Cube Tournament attracted 56 top level participants. The level of the competition, organised jointly by Andorra Telecom and Pyrénées, was shown by the setting of new records for Andorra and for Spain.
Darío Roa, the overall winner, beat the all-time Spanish record in the 3x3x3 category with a time of 7 seconds and 240 milliseconds. He shared the general podium with Biel Salmons and Clèment Cherblanc.
Albert Cinca also set a new Andorran record by completing the cube in 12 seconds and 540 milliseconds in the classification stages. The national final, however, was won by Arnau Ferrer ahead of Nicolàs d’Annunzio and Marc Capdevila.
This competition is part of the international calendar of the World Cube Association (WCA) and the participants come from Andorra, Spain, France, Portugal, Peru, China and Lithuania.
The Andorra la Vella Congress Centre hosted the second edition of the Conand international cyber-security congress in the first week of February, which this year focused on raising awareness in schools.
The first two days of the congress, which had the backing of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, looked at teaching children aged between 12 and 16 in the various schools. The talks were supported by the Spanish non-profit organisation “X1RedMasSegura”.
The events were organised by the Conand Association, which the congress is named after, and has the support of Andorra Telecom as its main sponsor. The congress attracted IT and legal experts who shared their experience with the public in morning and afternoon sessions.