Hrvoje Šimić


Hrvoje Šimić is a software engineer, consultant and educator with 17 years of professional experience. He started his career at FER, where he acquired the title of Master of Science and still holds guest lectures and participates in education. He’s worked on projects for some of the biggest Croatian companies, and currently leads the implementation of the European research project. Within CROZ, he deals with academics and student associations, and takes care of new employees’ professional development, as well as organising the CodeQuest student competition.

Presentation summary: Knowledge out of data

The term Data Science and the resulting field was created in the 21st century. It is statistics revived with the newest methods of machine science and data management, a “hacker” perspective on on research methods, and an engineering approach enriched by practical business experience. It was developed so that from passive data, we can draw crucial information and firm conclusions, test hypotheses, and create useful precesses. The possibilities of this field are enormous and the products of its study are being employed ever more frequently — some of them are already realities, and others will very likely soon become extremely important technologically and an inescapable addition to the technological alphabet. In this presentation, we’ll observe some inspirational examples of the application of data science in business environments.

Round table: Creativity in higher education

IT is a field that  changes from year to year. It’s extremely hard to say what our work, projects, tools and processes will look like in a fewyears, let alone five. We are constantly learning, adapting, and finding creative solutions not only for daily problems,  but strategic and long-term ones as well. Because of this situation, creativity is ever more so important in every workplace, regardless of its purpose or responsibility. The question is: can someone learn to be creative?

The education system readies young adults for the workplace on a largescale. Interaction between academic institutions and the workplace is nowmore important than ever before, so that people entering the workforce are ready to face the challenges that face both them and their future companies. Their work habits, attitudes, ability to work in a team, regardfor authority, definition of success, desire to take responsibility of their own knowledge, and also creativity are shaped across the fifteen or more years of their education. If the objective of the education system is to usher in a new generation of creative and proactive individuals, in what ways is that system supposed function? What is being done well, and what changes are welcome, or even necessary?

In this round table discussion, we will give our guests a picture of the present and potential future creativity within higher education and try toagree how academics and industry can together prepare a new generation for the challenges that lay ahead.