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#NetAcad Team at the Wings For Life #worldrun

Viele von Ihnen haben sicher in den Medien vom Wings for Life World Run gelesen oder im Radio etwas davon gehört. Mit mehr als 50.000 angemeldeten Läufern und Läuferinnen, wovon 35.397 den Lauf auch beendet haben, ist das ein Riesenevent. Dies ist das allererste Mal, dass so eine grosse Anzahl von Menschen gleichzeitig (bei Tag und Nacht je nachdem woe Sie sind) etwas gemeinsam tun – Laufen für die, die es nicht können.

Ich hatte die Möglichkeit und das Vergnügen, eine 5-köpfiges Networking Academy Team ins Global Race Control Center in Spielberg einladen zu dürfen und Sie zu begleiten. Die Mission: wie sieht die Technologie aus, die so einen Event überhaupt erst möglich macht.  Mein Ziel ist es, die Begeisterung und Motivation ins Lernen zurück zu bringen. Auf meinem Weg dorthin, habe ich Real World Learning oder “Hinter die Kulissen schauen” als sehr wirksamen Weg dazu gefunden. Lernenden sind Mitten im Geschehen, sehen die Wirklichkeit hinter einer schillernden Jobbeschreibung und können die tatsächliche Arbeitswelt erfahren – als Input für die Entscheidung über Beruf und Karriere unabdingbar.

Jeder Beteiligte lernt unterschiedliches, von seiner oder Ihrer eigenen Perspektive aus gesehen. Das Technologiewissen, dass man sich aneignen kann, ist nur ein Teil. Der ebenso wichtige Aspekt oder sogar viel wichtigere Teil sind die sogenannten Soft Skills, die man nur praktisch lernen kann. Das Arbeiten in Teams, kommunizieren in einem globalen Umfeld, der Umgang mit Problemsituationen, Problemlösungsverhalten, die Anwendung von Wissen in einer komplexen Umgebung braucht strategisches Denken, Beobachtungsgabe, die notwendige Begeisterung für die Aufgabe und eine Gefühl für den Umgang mit Menschen.

Am Ende zählt die persönliche Lernkurve. Alle Teammitglieder haben diesen persönlichen Lernaspekt beschreiben können:

Wie cool es ist, eine besondere Nische der Netzwerktechnik zu entdecken von Nathan Boone

Wie man sich traut, im Team seine eigenen Grenzen zu überschreiten von Maximilian Lehrbaum

Wie faszinierend eine bewegliche Ziellinie ist von Felix Hartung

Wie es sich anfühlt, in einem von der Aufgabe begeistertem Team zu arbeiten von Kevin Van Ryckegem

Wie gegenseitiger Respekt der Schnellstart für Teamwork wurde von Ivica Vugrinec

Wie ein solches Rennen für einen erfahrenen Läufer trotzdem anders ist von Christoph Malin

Wir haben uns als Team, einer Aufgabe gestellt, die es in der Art  noch nicht gegeben hat. Alle  haben zum ersten Mal Blogartikel geschrieben, Twitter benützt, Videos gemacht und auf  Youtube veröffentlicht. Zum ersten Mal haben sich Studenten aus unterschiedlichen Schülen und Unis in Österreich getroffen, sich ausgetauscht und miteinander gearbeitet. Wir haben mit Networking Academy StudentInnen aus anderen Ländern kommuniziert, deren Fragen beantwortet und unsere Erfahrung vor Ort mit Ihnen über die Kanäle der Sozialen Medien geteilt.

Was ich gelernt habe? Als Lehrer und Mentor arbeite ich seit vielen Jahren mit StudentInnen Teams, die Ihre Idee in ein Produkt oder Dienstleistung am Markt umsetzen möchten. Jedes Semester und jedes Projektteam ist anders. Es ist anders, weil man immer mit unterschiedlichen Personen zu tun hat. Jede Person hat einen anderen Zugang zur Idee, sieht sie von einem unterschiedlichen Hintergund und bringt sich verschiedenartig in deren Entwicklung ein. Das ist der Faktor Mensch, der in der Technologiewelt noch zu wenig Beachtung erhält.  In diesem Kontext muss ich in Zukunft noch mehr in der Lage sein, einen Stop zu veranlassen, um Zeit für zumindest einen kurzen Moment des Nachdenkens und der Reflexion über Erfahrenes und Gelerntes zu haben, um Verstehen zu ermöglichen und die Integration von Wissen zu erlauben, um berufliche Kompetenzen und Fähigkeiten auszubilden. Timing ist alles – in unserer schnelllebigen Zeit; so auch in einem Rennen, in einem globalen Rennen, dass soviele Menschen mit ein und demselben Ziel zur gleichen Zeit zusammen gebracht hat.

Damit wurde Geschichte geschrieben. Das Rezept?

  • Eine Multi-Stakeholder Konzept
  • Ein gemeinsames Ziel
  • Keine Interessenskonflikte
  • 100% hinter der Sache stehen

Der Wings for Life World Run ist das erste  global ausgetragene Rennen, das in 33 Ländern und 34 Städten zur selben Zeit statt gefunden hat. Für mich ist dies der Beweis, dass wir gemeinsam, zur gleichen Zeit ein gemeinsames Ziel verfolgen können. Es ist der Beweis, dass die Technologie uns wirklich verbinden kann und ein kollektives Angehen einer Sache mit Herz und Hirn möglich ist.

Das ist nicht nur eine wundervolle, sondern auch sehr wichtige Erkenntnis für die Menschheit. 

Am 3. MAI 2015 findet der nächste WINGS FOR LIFE WORLD RUN statt. Sind Sie dabei?

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IN A NUTSHELL
About the race – 50.000 people running in one race
About the idea – Interview with Sigurd Meiche Lesson in passion
About the timing – Interview with Alexander Knauff Timing is everything
About the network – Interview with Bas Sanders Technical challenges

About the Netacad Team :: Maximilian :: Felix :: Ivica :: Nathan :: Kevin
About their insights Only winners :: More and more :: Something special :: Enthusiasts :: Mutual respect
Running reporter Christoph

Netacad Worldrun Youtube channel
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Enthusiast about their work

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA#NetAcad taking part in the Wingsforlifeworldrun #worldrun

I am Kevin, I was one of the five people of the Cisco Networking Academy Team, who attended the Wings For Life World Run event, at the Global Race Control Centre in Spielberg, where I was able to inspect the technology used for this event.

When I received the e-mail asking me to attend this event, I saw the event was special. I had never heard of a run which used this concept of catcher-cars. I knew it was a special event where I needed to take part of. It was a really interesting event and I will tell you exactly why.

The event was international. The event was held in 33 countries, and I was able to be right in the Global Race Control Center. Every country was connected to the Global Race Control Center. I was able to interview important people who made the project a reality and gain more knowledge about how such big scale events are organized.

I was in a team of 5 people. There was me, my Belgian classmate Nathan, Felix and Maximilian from Austria and Ivica from Croatia. It was an international team. I found that everybody had a lot of interesting things to tell to each other. I learned new things from the experiences of my teammates. We all were interested in different parts of the project, which was great. This way, we had more insight on the project.

My focus was mainly on the technology used by the timing team (GPS positioning and data sending) and the RFID system used. Everybody took the time to show us how they made everything and tell us how everything works behind the scenes. They were all so enthusiast about their work. Everybody used 200% of their focus in order to be able to realize this big project. They managed to find team members who are all excited about the project, this is what I found really inspiring. In the end, it really was a success and it will be even better next year.

I learned that it is truly possible to gather team members who are all so excited about the project. It was a beautiful thing to see. It was very interesting to see how they dealt with problems. I learned that when you work in such a big scale event, everybody knows there will be a problem somewhere, but they do not know where. There have to be measures already in place in order to prevent such a problems. When the event is so big though, it is very hard to implement prevention measures everywhere. Handling the problems in a calm and efficient way is very important. Everybody has to know what to do in a specific situation. Every possible problem has to be considered before the start of the event.

I am really happy to have been able to attend this event and I would love to attend it again next year!

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Nathan Boone: Upclose Personal

Dsc02020#NetAcad Team at Wings for Life #worldrun

Name: Nathan Boone
Age: 20
Where do you live? Brussels Belgium, currently doing my internship in Salzburg
Education: University College Brussels
Graduated: 2014
What languages do you speak? Dutch: Native Speaker, English: Excellent, French: Good, German: Fair

Hello I am Nathan Boone, I live in Belgium and I am currently doing my internship in the Fachhochschule Salzburg University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg.

I had the great opportunity to make part of the Cisco NetAcad team that will be reporting live from the Wings for Life Race Control Centre. This Race is a beautiful initiative from the Wings for Life Foundation. I really like the idea that there are over 50 000 people all over the world running together to collect money for this foundation. This foundation will do spinal cord research with all the money that will be collected. The thing I like the most is that all the collected money directly goes to the foundation.

I am studying Networking and Network Security, so I am very interested on how all the networking and the network security is working at this event. Me and Felix Hartung had a great conversation with Bas Sanders, who is the CEO of Com1 which is providing the internal network of the Race Control Center. I really liked to talk with him because he is an interesting man with a lot of knowledge. We learned a lot about the networking and network security and we will be blogging about these subjects later on.

How did you find your interest for Networking?

I found my interest for Networking because when I was studying Informatics Technology in the University in Brussels, I learned that this is really interesting. It is a technology that is growing and growing. I don’t like to do the same all day long, and networking is something that never is the same, you can always learn new things and implement them in the environment where you are working.

Why do you like it and wanted to learn about it?

Because it find this interesting because it is developing and changing all the time. More and more different networks are merging with IP networks. First there were a lot of independent Phone networks, but now a lot of these phone networks are being merged with a VoIP network. Another example is the live pro sound, in this environment, they use more and more IP networks in order to configure and monitor their devices.

Do you want to work in this profession?

Yes I would like to work with IP networking, I am not sure yet in which environment I would like to work. When I was doing an interview of the person who is responsible for the network in the Wings for Life World Run Control Center, I was surprised how they did this. And this made me interested to work in this kind of environment, because all the people that are working here are really motivated, and they all like their job.

How do you study and learn?

I study most of the time by buying the books about the subjects I want to know more about, I can study better from a book then from a computer screen. But when I don’t find something in the books I have, I search on the internet until I found what I need.

How do you motivate yourself?

When I have a hard time studying, or working, I listen to some music. It relaxes me and motivates me to keep on studying.

Why are you interested in connecting and working with people from different countries and backgrounds in an international team?

Because people from all over the world all have different interests and different points of view. You can learn a lot by just talking about their experiences and how they look at different subjects.

What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are jogging, tennis, and listening to music.

What are your goals?

  • The goal I have as a student is to successfully finish my Internship in the Fachhochschule Salzburg. And after this, to get my certification for CCNA Security.
  • My goal in life is to be able to travel a lot and to see the world.

Who are the persons who support you most? What did they help you to achieve?

My family by giving me the opportunity to do my Internship in a foreign country. My girlfriend and my friends by supporting me in every decisions I take. My teachers in Belgium who made me get really interested in networking.

What was the wisest thing anyone ever told you and what did it lead to?

If something does not go well, you just need to keep practicing, keep trying and in the end everything is going to be alright.

What was your best trip and why?

I didn’t really do a best trip but there are two trips that were really good.

One of them was the trip with my family and another family to Senegal in Africa. I had a great time there and I really enjoyed to get to know another culture.

The second one is the trip I the internship that I am doing now. Salzburg is a great city to study and learn.

Have you ever done volunteer work?

Yes, the volunteer work that I do is being a monitor on the playground for young children (from 3,5 years until 12 years). I do this volunteer work every summer vacation if I have the time to do it.

Have you ever cooked a meal (by yourself) for more than 20 people? Tell us about it.

Yes, I organized a birthday party for my brother and I cooked all the hamburgers on the barbeque, we were with around 20 people or more.

How do you look at failure or mistakes and is this how the society in your home country or work culture looks at it?

You need to make mistakes and have failures in order to learn something. I think my country has the same vision around this subject as I do.

Can you share a festival or tradition of your family that you really enjoy?

Every Wednesday we eat with all the family together at my grandma’s house.

What kind of activity are you doing to relax?

I listen to music or I go jogging.

How do you react if something is done differently to the way you are used to?

I will ask the people who did it, why and how they did it. And if I understand why they did it, I can learn from them.

 

If you would like to stay in touch, I have a Facebook and Linkdin account.

 

 

 

Kevin Van Ryckegem: Upclose Personal

Dsc02017#NetAcad Team at Wings for Life #worldrun

Name: Kevin Van Ryckegem
Age: 20
Where do you live? Brussels, Belgium but I’m currently doing my internship in Salzburg, Austria.
Education: Software Engineering at the University College of Brussels (HUB)
Graduated: 2014

What languages do you speak? Dutch: Native speaker, French: Native speaker, English: Excellent, German: Basics

Facebook :: Linkedin

How do you study and learn? How do you motivate yourself?

I’ve programmed my first application when I was 14. Programming really is a hobby to me, I don’t see it as a job, which is why I am already motivated before having to work! I learn a lot by myself from trying out things and making my own websites(/applications). I try frameworks and components and from each mistake I make, I learn a lot. One important part of programming is being able to search for solutions on the internet, you can only learn this from experience. Asking people is not how you learn programming, but searching the web is my way to get better.

What did you find fascinating about Wings for Life World Run and what is your motivation to take part in it?

The event is big-scaled and international, which always makes it interesting. The opportunity to make new connections and learn about the technical aspect from the event is great. It is great to be so close to this project for which a lot of people have worked hard.

Why are you interested in connecting and working with people from different countries and backgrounds in an international team?

It is interesting to see how other cultures work the same kind of job. We can learn from each other. Having international connections is important for the future too.

What are some of the challenges you expect to face as an entrepreneur?

Conforming to deadlines and being flexible. It is important to be able to finish everything in a fast time-frame, so that focus can be set on the next tasks(without losing accuracy, of course) . This way the company runs in a faster and better pace. Next to that, applications made should be flexible and dynamic, even if the company requests one specific thing at the first time, you have to be really open for change (because a lot of companies will want change at one time or another, whether it is a complete redesign of the application or an expansion, you must be flexible).

What are your hobbies?
– I’ve been playing piano for 10 years and had a lot of concerts, also together with an orchestra. You need to be very precise and flexible, for a solo concert or a concert with orchestra. Flexible, if you make a mistake you need to be able to continue playing the next parts without stopping. This is the same kind of passion I have for my work, I want everything to be perfect.
– Next to that, programming definitely is more a hobby for me than a job, which is why I’m extra motivated to do well.
– Swimming and jogging are also hobbies of mine.

What are your goals?
Being good at my job and getting better every day by learning something new every day.

Who are the persons who support you most? What did they help you to achieve?
For IT, my programming teacher is certainly the person who has helped me the most. Next to that, a lot of people on the internet with great answers are greatly appreciated. They helped motivate me to continue searching for more and more, giving me opportunities to gain even more experience and fix my problems when I was a beginner.

What was the wisest thing anyone ever told you and what did it lead to?
Most of the problems already have solutions. Searching on the internet gives you a wide range of solutions for most problems. It leads to the fact that even if you do not know how to make something, you can try it on your own. If you run (and you probably will the first time) into a problem, simply search for the answer on the internet. Once fixed, you will have learnt a lot from your mistake. This is a great way to get a lot of experience in a short time-frame.

SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES AND VALUES

How was your experience at the Wings For Life Global Race Control Centre?
It is really interesting to be here. I’ve met a lot of important people. The thing I have noticed the most, and which I actually think every healthy company should have, is that the employees are motivated. They do not need to be motivated, because they are all excited for the event and they all want to work hard. Everybody has a different reason to be excited for this project.

Do you have friends from a country other than your own?
Yes, I have friends all around the world. Thanks to the internet I can keep contact with all of them. International connections are very important to me. I met a lot of people from different countries during my foreign exchange. I learnt that there can be a lot of culture differences.

Have you ever worked in a “non mother tongue/second language” environment?
I’m currently doing my foreign internship in Salzburg. Some parts of the internship are in German, but the dialects are really hard to understand, after 2 months it’s much easier to understand the dialects. I’m now able to understand what most people say in German, in Austria.

How do you look at failure or mistakes and is this how the society in your home country or work culture looks at it?
There is always a way to fix a failure or mistake. If this isn’t the case, as long as you tried your best it is okay. Making mistakes is the way to learn more things. I believe most people in Belgium have the same thinking.

How to build trust? What would you do to try to encourage someone you have begun to work with to trust you?
Never be late and always do at least (or if possible, do better than) what is expected from you.

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