First Meeting Mi5 Colombia

Mi5 in Colombia – Kick-off Meeting


On the 19th of August the Mi5 Bogotá student group started officially the operations with a kick-off meeting. Unfortunately the meeting was held on Saturday and 15 students participated while other 10 were unable to attend. Students carefully listened to the presentation by Professor Giacomo Barbieri, teacher at the Mechanical Engineering department of los Andes University, who explained the proposed challenges for this semester and the mission of the Mi5 group. Since Colombia is mainly an agricultural country, our focus topic will be on the use of technology in agriculture: smart farming.

The kick-off meeting showed that the students participating in Mi5 are not only curious about the 8 challenges proposed, but they are also committed to their country and to their own learning. The challenges are not easy, but everyone is motivated and ready to begin working. Out of the 8 challenges, 6 of them are sponsored by Colombian companies dedicated to using technology in agriculture (and other related areas), one of them is sponsored by los Andes University, and one of them corresponds to the organization and coordination of the Mi5 group. Detailed information about the challenges can be found at our Facebook page (Mi5 Bogotá) and soon in our webpage .

One of the objectives of the meeting was to get to know the participants, so each student presented himself and chose the challenges that interested him/her the most. The most popular ones were the challenges proposed by Win2sol (automation for aquaculture) and Israriego (automation of drip irrigation systems for urban farming). Most of the students are engineers from los Andes University, but there are also designers, administrators, political scientists, and marketers from 3 other universities. Today, 2 weeks after the first meeting, over 40 students are involved.


During the meeting we all contributed together to define the guidelines that we will follow as part of Mi5. Here we decided that a weekly meeting should be held between each team and their industry advisor, and one meeting of the entire Mi5 group should be held on a monthly basis. The location for this meeting has not yet been decided, but hopefully we will find a place with a TV where we can hold an informal meeting.

We have high expectations for Mi5 Bogota, where interdisciplinary and interuniversity work will strengthen research on smart farming in Colombia, and it will strengthen the link between industry and academy. For the students this will mean much more than a line on their CV. Participating in Mi5 will require for them to develop skills that will help them to become the leaders of tomorrow, and they will give agriculture in Colombia the chance to thrive once again.



As part of Dr. Stetter ITQ commitment with education and new technologies for Industry 4.0, and considering the big success of our previous “Smart Green Island Makeathon” held in Gran Canaria, we are proud to announce our next major event: February 2017 Makeathon. This time, we have decided to do things a little bit differently. Thus, we will be holding different workshops during the whole event. Some of this workshops are conceived as an introduction to the Makeathon itself, such as the Robotics Workshop, where participants will learn tons of cool stuff for their projects, whereas others are more oriented to current industry professionals.

We would like you to come and experience our next Makeathon. Professionals and students from all disciplines & all semesters are invited!




Connecting universities

Starting from last weekend we had visits from the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna, Professor Markl and Professor Jacob from University of Applied Sciences in Kempten, who stayed in Las Palmas a few days together with Dr. Stetter.

Besides enjoying Las Canteras Beach and the nice view from Cruz de Tejeda, we used the visit to get those universities in contact with Professors of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, aswell as responsibles from local politics.

One topic was the makeathon we’re planning to do at the end of September, where teams from Gran Canaria, Germany and Austria will join.

As a result, we enlarged the cooperation relations and derived some common ideas, on how to proceed in the future.


Also the professors visited our Mi5 Lab, where we were able to present the progress we made on the delta robot app connection, simulation and image processing.

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