Digital Soft Skills Academy (SSA)
In the summer of 2020, the Soft Skills Academy Skopje project was held digitally for the first time on the Zoom platform, but that was not an obstacle to a successful event!
Many students had the opportunity during the weekend July 25 and 26, 2020 to attend trainings on the following topics:
- Emotional Intelligence
- Transform your learning!
- Public Speaking
- Entrepreneurial Thinking
- Leadership: how to lead a team?
- How to get good at stress?
The trainings were held by official EESTEC trainers and professionals who are experts in the field of soft skills.
Motivation weekend - "Team work and motivation"
In November 2019, a motivational weekend was held on the topic “Team work and motivation” in the mountain lodge “Smreka” on Popova Sapka.
The participants experienced a great weekend full of socializing, but also upgraded their soft skills through team building and motivation trainings.
Code App Level Up 5: Startup Edition Powered by Vip
After the four successful editions of the international workshop Code App Level Up, EESTEC LC Skopje organized the first local edition of the workshop – Code App Level Up 5: Startup Edition Powered by Vip. The workshop lasted one week, from the 15th to the 21st of April 2019.
The theme of the event was entrepreneurship and it was attended by 8 teams of 3-4 participants whose goal was to develop their business idea. Each team had its own mentor, and 3 parallel lectures were held daily, one for each of the three tracks: Hipster (design), Hustler (entrepreneurship) and Hacker (programming). Each team had at least one member in each of the three tracks, so they could combine the knowledge gained from the three areas to more effectively develop their business idea.
On the penultimate day of the event, participants attended pitching training where they learned how to promote their business plan in minutes, and on the last day had the opportunity to have short conversations with potential investors (so-called “speed dating”), which was followed by the grand finale when the teams presented their business ideas to judges as part of the local version of the globally renowned Entrepreneurship Competition “Get in the Ring”.
The best teams as a prize participated with paid accommodation and travel to the following conferences:
- First place – Get in the Ring global round in Berlin, Germany
- Second place – DigitalK conference in Sofia, Bulgaria
- Third place – Spark.me conference in Tivat, Montenegro.
In addition, all teams received 6 months of free office space. After the final, Vip Winetworking Night was held, a networking event in which, in addition to the participants and members of EESTEC LC Skopje, there were representatives from companies and faculties.
Startup Europe Week
Startup Europe Week (SEW) is the largest regional entrepreneurial event and movement at the local level that aims to help entrepreneurs grow and prosper no matter where they are or where they come from.
SEW consistently achieves this through a series of locally focused events that connect the local ecosystem and show entrepreneurs what support is available in their specific cities and regional levels.
As part of Startup Europe Week Skopje 2019, a panel discussion was held on the possibility of financing Macedonian startups and how to increase their investment opportunity.
Panelists of the discussion were:
- Igor Madzov – South Central Ventures
- Stefan Miteski – Systems for Enterprise
- Igor Izotov – Izotov Consulting
- Damjan Kochov – FITR.
After the panel discussion, networking took place, and the whole event took place in the premises of the then EU Info Center, now Europe House.
Motivational Weekend 2018
From the 26th to the 28th of October 2018, a new motivational weekend was held, this time organized together with the Student Parliament of FINKI!
Over a hundred participants had the opportunity to socialize and participate in trainings on topics that are very important today: “Body Language” and “Communication Skills”. The event took place in the mountain lodge Smreka, on Popova Sapka.
Soft Skills Academy 2018
The second edition of Soft Skills Academy Skopje took place in 2018, during two consecutive weekends. Each day was dedicated to a general topic in the field of soft skills and 2 trainings were held for more specific sub-topics of that topic.
The four general themes were: communication, team dynamics, decision-making influence and leadership. The trainings were held on the technical campus of UKIM, and about 80 students had the opportunity to attend.
Motivational Weekend Smreka - "Organizing and Managing Events"
The seminar was held in the period from December 1st to December 3rd, in the mountain lodge Smreka, on Popova Sapka.
As part of the seminar, trainings on Organizing and Managing Events were held. Apart from the trainings, the seminar was filled with a lot of fun and socializing.
EESTEC Academy 2017
In October 2017, an EESTEC Academy module on “Soft Skills” was held at the Faculty of Information Sciences and Computer Engineering.
The module consisted of three trainings:
– Communication Skills
– Influence / Persuasion
Many students who have acquired skills that are very important in their professional life had the opportunity to participate in these trainings.
Motivational Weekend Vrteshka - "Hacking the Unreasonable Mind"
From the 21st to the 23rd of April 2017 in the mountain lodge “Vrteshka” (on the mountain Plachkovica) was held a seminar on “Motivation and team building”.
The participants got acquainted with the work of our organization, attended motivation trainings and team building, and listened to a lecture on “Hacking the unreasonable mind” (which referred to the application of behavioral economics in everyday life).
Of course, the friendship and fun that the participants experienced throughout the weekend should not be left out.
FINKI and EESTEC LC Skopje 2016 Motivational Weekend
From the 14th to the 16th of October 2016 was held “FINKI Motivational Weekend 2016”, which was realized in a joint organization of EESTEC LC Skopje and SP FINKI.
Participants had the opportunity to gain useful skills in the field of project management, as well as to get to know each other and socialize.
Motivational Weekend Smreka - „Online communication and body language“
In the spring of 2016 (from the 22nd to the 24th of April) a motivational weekend was held in the mountain lodge “Smreka”, on Popova Sapka.
The theme of the motivational weekend was “Online communication and body language”, so the participants had the opportunity, in addition to great socializing, to acquire good communication skills, skills for working in an online environment, as well as to learn how to use body language properly in all situations.
What made the event even better and special was the presence of participants from EESTEC Strumica, who at that time were active as a branch of EESTEC.
Soft Skills Academy 2015
The Soft Skills Academy project, which is held every year throughout the EESTEC network, was held for the first time in Skopje in December 2015.
The participants were divided into two groups and attended trainings on “Time Management”, “Presentation Skills” and “Communication Skills”, as well as lectures on “Leadership” and “How to get a perfect CV and cover letter”.
These skills are universal and necessary for all future professionals and engineers, no matter what technical profession they are focused on.
Motivational Weekend Mavrovo - "Project Management and Team Building"
In the period from May 1st to May 3rd, 2015, a seminar on Project management was held at the ESM resort in Mavrovo.
As part of the seminar, training for Team building was held, as well as work in teams for organizing an event.
Through the trainings, the attendees got acquainted with the functioning and work of the organization EESTEC. All the knowledge was accompanied by a lot of fun and socializing!
Motivational Weekend Smreka - "Project Management"
The period from 9-11 October 2015 in the mountain lodge Smreka was reserved for the seminar on “Project Management”.
All attendees had the opportunity to gain knowledge on the topic by working on real projects. In addition to project management, the work of EESTEC LK Skopje was presented, as well as training for team building and leadership.
All this followed by a lot of friendship and fun made this weekend unforgettable.
NASA Space Apps Challenge 2015
From 09.04 to 11.04 2015, a new edition of the global hackathon NASA Space Apps Challenge was held, which had a local round in Skopje, at the Telecom Innovation Center.
EESTEC LC Skopje had the honor to be among the co-organizers of the event. More information on the challenges faced by the participants globally and some of their solutions can be found on the page 2015.spaceappschallenge.org.
Motivational Weekend Smreka - Maximizing Your Potential and Time Management
The seminar was held in the period from 3rd to 5th October 2014, in the mountain lodge Smreka. As part of the seminar, trainings were held for Maximizing its potential and Time Management.
Apart from gaining knowledge through the trainings, the attendees got acquainted with the work of the student organization EESTEC through a lot of fun and socializing.