IoT Workshop in SIT Port Garage

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is developing dramatically, providing important information, remotely managing different technologies and gradually making our daily lives easier. This development is mainly due to modern electronics and wireless data low power transmission technology. This ensures that a conventional IoT device is in operation with one battery for several years. Examples of applications include accurate shipment tracking, remotely controlled device switching, water status and water meter control or complete irrigation control. For the Internet of Things, nvias also wants to educate new creators, so we have prepared an IoT workshop in cooperation with TData in the designated areas – SIT Port Garage. The workshop was free of charge for students and was fully funded by the Information Technology Administration of Pilsen.

Production of an IoT sensor

The students produced their own battery-powered LoRa sensors based on Microchip, Murata, Bosch Sensortec and others. Indeed there were no toys. IoT Workshop really surprised us. Although it was targeted mainly for participants with no previous electronics manufacturing experience, they all did their job.

The workshop lasted for 3 days and during this time students were asked to install professional hardware and then apply the firmware they customized. The first day was a fundamental theory that the students appreciated later in the implementation and programming of their sensors. For example, they learned what equipment and tools they will have and how to use them. They also learned about the design process and the scheme of their new IoT sensor.


On the second day, they were already preparing components and putting on PCB (printed circuit board). In the evening, they even started testing, removing bugs, and fine-tuning details.



Finally, on day 3, they started firmware programming their created sensors and sending data through the LoRa network to the cloud, where they created their own data visualization. At the end, everyone took home their manufactured IoT sensor, which measures temperature and humidity. Everyone then chose how sensor will be used. One of the teams might have placed it in SIT Port Garage to monitor their work environment.

According to the feedback from the participants, there is a huge interest in PCB design, firmware programming and the development of the application itself. So we are still preparing for you. We’re sure you have something to look forward to! And we thank to TData s.r.o., a Sprava informacnich technologii mesta Plzne p.o.

Entrepreneurship education by joint forces

Our companies connect Pilsen region, elementary schools and companies in the region

Children enjoy playing, real experiences and the opportunity to try things practically. Project day Our Company “Naše firmy”  connects all these experiences and, together with representatives of real companies, aims at studying in areas with high added value such as science, research, marketing…. It ensures the development of business competencies together with creativity and initiative, communication and teamwork.

Project extension in the Pilsen Region

As a part of its vocational training program, the Pilsen Region supported the realization of our companies at selected primary schools in the region. Pupils from Klatovy ZŠ Plánická ul., ZŠ Čapkova street and Masarykova ZŠ were involved. From Domažlice Elementary School Komenského ul., Primary school and kindergarten Msgre. B. Stašek and then the elementary school Staňkov, ZŠ Bor, and ZŠ Hornická in Tachov.

Involvement of local companies

Companies from association Technological Initiative PilsenZF Staňkov, Grammer CZ Tachov a Technické pružiny SCHERDEL Bor have helped to expand and support project days even more.

The company’s support for project days is crucial, both in terms of funding and know-how transfer. It is important that companies in their social responsibility realize the benefits of supporting project days in their region.

“Today, no one can imagine exactly what to expect in the future. Grammer CZ customers rely on the creative and innovative solutions that the company creates. That is why we support project days Our companies, which develop skills for the 21st century, such as creativity, critical and informative thinking, communication and teamwork, ”says Martin Kuržeja, HR manager of Grammer CZ on the question of why our companies support project days.

An example of transferring know-how from the corporate environment to schools is the exemplary Value Proposition Canvas from ZF Staňkov. Using this pattern, pupils can more easily understand the work with this template and can better design their own unique value for their customers.

Opportunity for pupils

Our companies bring project learning to schools, which means practical application and learning of new skills and knowledge from different disciplines. The main goal is to motivate pupils to develop their talents. Everyone will find activities in the company that they enjoy and in which they stand out.

“In our region, it is very important to show children the way and opportunities for further education in fields with high added value. That is why the project day is a great opportunity for pupils to gain a lot of new experience. The cooperation with local companies allows children to practice real jobs . We very much appreciate the support from Technické pružiny SCHERDEL company, which has supported the project,” says Mgr. Daniel Koblen, Director of Elementary School Bor.

“It was fun. We used to build a robot, we used to go for cards with assignment and we programmed the robots. We just made our own business. We made up our logo, the name, how it would go, etc., ” commented one of the pupil from the elementary school Bor. Other pupils add: “It’s a lot of fun, getting to know new things and working with others in the group.”, “… and it can help you to decide what you would like to study next. “,” You realize if you would like to work for the company, or what you would like to do.” the pupils agree.

Answers to other questions are also available from Bor’s Elementary School pupils. For example, what part of the project day is most interesting. Interesting is the comparison with the answers from Pilsen pupils, which was most interested in the investment game itself (the game is focused on understanding and creation of value added companies). For pupils from Bor, the programming of the robot and the creation of their own marketing was just as interesting as the game. We perceive it as a very positive taste, learning new things and also the joy of results, because it is the certification of programs and the creation of marketing that is much visible in building a company.

Plans for development

“We designed the project day in cooperation with nvias in order to motivate children to do business and to study technical fields. We are pleased that nvias is expanding this amazing project beyond the city borders,” says Ing. Anna Čudáková, project manager responsible for support of entrepreneurship in SITMP. is planning to expand project days Our companies in the region. If you are interested to join, do not hesitate to contact them.

We support the startup community – Pilsen at Startup Weekend Bratislava

Startups change the world. Teams made up of people with an idea to change something. There are plenty of events to support them. One of them is Startup Weekend. One weekend focused on finding problems and creating a startup that will solve it.

Some of the guys, however, have so many ideas that our  Startup Weekend Pilsen, which took place in February, was not enough for them. That is why we had the honor to support the March visit of Startup Weekend in Bratislava.

The boys have solved the problem of collecting too many unnecessary things. They created an application that will only have these things virtually and will not occupy you a real place. The jury liked the idea and They won the nice 3rd place!

Results of the FUTURE FACTORY II – 2019 – competition

Select the winner of the second year Future factory in Minecraft was not easy at all. All the submitted projects made us absolutely astonished.

The decision of the winners on our loins was taken by representatives of our sponsors

  • Michaela Zemanová, HR Development, BOS Automotive
  • Ivo Mendrec, Head of Project Management STN, ZF Staňkov
  • Karel Luňáček, director of the company, MECAS ESI Plzeň

The technical design was rated by our mentor David Žahour.

And the Winners

Category up to 9 year

1st place – tým Super Minecrafťáci – ZŠ Škola Můj Projekt — Praha Jižní město

2nd place – tým Honza Majda Štěpa – 1. ZŠ Plzeň

3rd place – tým Red Stone vandráci – 28. ZŠ Plzeň

Category 10 years

1st place – tým Orange factory – 1. ZŠ Plzeň

2nd place – tým Robert – 7. ZŠ Plzeň

3rd place – tým Cheese factory – ZŠ Dobříč

Category 11 year and more

1st place – tým Meowcraft – Cíkrevní gymnázium Plzeň, 14. ZŠ Plzeň

2nd place – tým INFINITE – 15. ZŠ Plzeň

3rd place – tým Raptors – 3. ZŠ Rakovník

Category Free style

1st place – tým DD Team – Gymnázium České Budějovice, 1 ZŠ Plzeň

2nd place – tým WorldTech – 7. a 1. ZŠ Most

3rd place – tým Gaming 27cz – 1. ZŠ Plzeň


The best video

In this category, you have decided on YouTube. Even here the fight was really dramatic :-).

Winner is team INFINITE – you have to check their web just for this project web. Awsome!

Thanks to everyone who has participated, you were able to master the technology and make perfect presentation of your project – rewarding for everyone is an original T-shirt!

The winners of each category received complete Google AI Voice Kit including Rapsberry Pi 3.

We are looking forward to the next year 🙂


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We are putting together pilsen’s team for hydrogen car race

We are putting together pilsen’s team for Hydrogen Horizon Automotive Challenge – H2AC

Hydrogen technology will change the world. Responding to clean mobility, addressing climate change and transforming energy infrastructure. According to the vision of Hydrogen Counsil the hydrogen will be  powering more than 400 million cars, 15 to 20 million trucks, and around 5 million buses in 2050 (source Hydrogen Counsil).

Because see the future in the hydrogen tehc, we’ve joined the Hydrogen Automotive Challenge (H2AC), an educational program ending with the endurance race of hydrogen cars. The Information Technology Administration of the City of Pilsen sponsors the Pilsen team, which will be composed of students from Pilsen secondary and grammar schools.

Fuel cell – the heart of the hydrogen car

The hydrogen car is basically a standard electric car or vehicle (EV) where the primary source is not a battery (BEV) but the fuel cell (FCEV). The Fuel Cell generates electricity by combining hydrogen and oxygen. The waste of this process is pure water and heat.

The H2AC training program consists of three phases:

  • Understanding renewable energy and hydrogen technology using Energy Box
  • Compilation, testing, upgrading and optimization of the competition car model
  • Endurance 6-hours race

The H2AC timeline

The program is mainly implemented as a leisure activity.

December 2018 – January 2019 – Team building
January – experiments – Energy box – workshops at “home” anx selected elementary schools
February – April – H2 car – build “GARÁŽi sitmp” and nvias. org spaces
April – May – H2AC – Czech – race

Pilsen’s H2AC team

We build two teams:
– competition team – number of team members 6 + 4
– non-competitive B-Team – work with current experiment with 20 W fuel cell

We are looking for a Pilsen team

  • engineers
  • mechanics
  • mechatronics
  • electro specialists
  • piles of RC models
  • designers

Combine fun with useful work
We will secure the opportunity to use the work as a SOČ, in a Technical Olympiad, professional work, long-term matur …

Are you interested in getting involved?

Write or shoot a selfie video
→ Why would you want to be a team member?
→ What can you offer skills?

Deadline for entries to this team is 16. 12. 2018

Do not worry – just ask 🙂


Nanotechnology at the Week of Science and Technology

We’ve join The Week of Science and Technology, organized by the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, with two lectures on the contribution of nanotechnologies for today’s society. The first one took place on Friday 9.11. at the Jan Neruda Grammar School in Prague and the second on Saturday 10.11. in the Depa 2015 complex in Pilsen.

We are moving student projects to real products

The lecture and subsequent discussion were prepared and led by the authors of the Nanoparticles World Guide (Průvodce světem nanočástic,), Ondřej Šimůnek and Jonatan Šercl together with Nvias. The main aim of the lecture was to find public interest and verify the structure of nanotechnology explanation. At the lecture, listeners could hear about a wide range of nanotechnology uses today and about some nanotechnologies that are not yet available on the market.

We would like to develop the lecture further into a comprehensive curriculum. Practical workshops should also be part of the program. We want to explore both the new possibilities of using nanotechnologies and the possibilities of the production of nanomaterials too.


The lecture was realized with the help of Nanoasociace and some companies under it. Viewers could see some products or other materials from Nanotrade, Pardam, Nanoiron, Nafigate cosmetics and Advanced materials.


CodeWeek 2018 at FAV UWB – programming from gaming to science


Date: 18.10.2018 16:00 – 19:00
Location: UWB – Faculty of Applied Sciences – Department of Informatics and Computer Science
Technicka 8, 30614 Pilsen

This year in cooperation with, Aimtec and KIV, we have prepared a unique event for you during the European Week of Programming #CodeWeek. You will try programming from gaming to scientific projects.

This year’s event is supported by the Meet and Code initiative, where we compete in the Innovation category – please vote for our event:

Exposition – What can you enjoy this year?
Game programming for Virtual Reality – HTC Vive + Unity
Description: Try to program your own VR game in Unity to create games and model 3D scenes.
Write a simple code and immediately test its functionality all in 15 minutes
Duration: 15 min

Oculus Rift + LeapMotion
Description: Touch the virtual world with your own hands. In case of interest we can also try small VR programming jam in Unity.
Duration: 5 minutes

Programming cognitive game Smart Train – C ++ using Qt frameworku
Description: Put a headband for brain waves and try to work with it. Next, create your own version of cognitive game by simply editing the code and try to control the H0 train model of brainwave size.
Length: 15 minutes

Programming in Minecraft
Description: Learn how to construct entire constructions or control all Minecraft using command_block
Length: 10 minutes
★★ ☆

Google AIY Voice  Kit
Description: Can you build and program your own personal voice assistant? Maybe it’s better say to train than to program  … “OK Google …”
Length: 10 minut

Create an interactive game using the littleBits kit
Description: Control the littleBits electronic game kit game, simply program its logic and enjoy the fun. When you complete the task, you will get the certificate.
Length: 10 minutes
★ ☆☆

The magic of interconnected virtual and real worlds – Minecraft and littleBits electronics
Description: You’ll try to control the virtual world of Minecraftu using the smallBits electronic kit. Linking the electronic circuit in LittleBits and Redstone Circuits in Minecraft opens up unlimited space to link Minecerapto to the real world.
Length: 10 minutes
★ ☆☆

Program your own embroidery
Description: Is it difficult to program the embroidery machine? Try to design a program that creates embroidery. The best of you will take home the result.
Length: 15 minutes
★ ☆☆

IoT LED clock
Description: Enhance the clock control program. Most electronic items have their own program. Enhance the LEDs programmed in C ++ with new features.
Length: 10 minutes

Programming a robotic hand in SCRATCH
Description: Teach the robot new skills. Use the SCRATCH graphic programming tool to program new robotic hand features. Designed for children aged 6 – 12 years.
Length: 10 minutes
★★ ☆

Annual report 2017

We have only Czech version of annual report 🙂

Here is short substract – activities, plans and proposal for international cooperation.

Our Mision
We are changing the future generation from consumers to creators

The vision
We want to provide every children and young guys who is technology enthusiasts the place where they can experiment with new technologies and learn by creating real and successful products and apps.

What we are doing, what is our “Program for Creators

Free-time courses
– using Minecraft – learning digi skills, creating games, presenting, creating videos, …
– littleBits electronics – creating product prototypes, learning design thinking, presenting the products to international littleBits community

Competition – Future Factory in Minecraft
– we have new web dedicated to Future Factory
– the main goal is to Turn the gaming time into learning new digi skills
– it’s not just about the competition it self – important part of it are workshops for kids where we are opening the potential of Minecraft
– videos from last year are here

Our Companies
– entrepreneurship education by playing the game – It’s a project day for schools – 8th & 9th grade and also high schools students
– it connects investment game, robot assembling and programming, building fictive company – defining market strategy – value proposition or even lean business canvas
– unfortunately the new web is only in Czech – anyway the title video show the whole process –
automatic translation by Google works quite well  🙂

Our plans for roll-out

What we have best prepared for roll-out is Future Factory and Our Companies
Going with our activities into international level is important part of our vision (the kids need to learn how to cooperate in international environment).

– international teams can join the competition right away
– we are able to organize an English workshop at dedicated location
– we would like to also start the community abroad

Our companies
– we’ve already realized some project days in English language for promotion of Startup Weekend
– usually we invite mentors/guides from the partner companies – so it could be the local support with native language
– the main language of the project day will be English
– the English is bonus value as the kids practice in real situation and learn how to pitch

#getinvolved contact us and we will do amazing stuff together 🙂