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 nvias.org 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 nvias.org 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 nvias.org, 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: https://www.meet-and-code.org/en/en/event-vote/1079

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. http://www.turtlestitch.org/
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 https://www.nvias.org/futurefactory/en/
– 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 – https://nasefirmy.eu/
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 🙂


Future Factory competition knows its winners

Future Factory Competition results

The competition was focused on turning gaming time into learning time and using Minecraft for tech education. We are very pleased with the work of all participants.

We believe that the participants have taken advantage of not only their current knowledge, but in many cases they have had to learn a lot, and that was one of the purpose of the competition. Teamwork is important, not just today when they are still children and pupils, but mainly for the future in real job. Who built by himself has had a harder task to deal with, and often the individual can not get as much work as the team can do

Impact on students It wasn’t just the competition itself


Competition registration

Competition submissions

160 students
(8 workshops)
4 cities

45 students
(20 team)
5 cities

20 students
(8 team)
3 cities


To promote and introduce Minecraft’s tech education possibilities we’ve realized dedicated workshops. With the support of TIP we ware able to do the workshops in wider the Pilsen’s region.

The workshops were focused on following areas:

  • using coordinates in 3D world
  • logic circuits using redstone
  • programming using command blocks

List of realized workshops:

  • ZS Stankov – 2 workshops – 40 students (4th – 8th grade)
  • ZS Stod – 1 workshop – 21 students (8th grade)
  • ZS Tachov – 1 workshop – 18 students (6th – 9th grade)
  • Pilsen free-time courses – 3x – 39 students (2nd – 6th grade)
  • one workshop UWB Children’s technical university – 40 students (4th – 9th grade)

Altogether 160 children have attended these dedicated workshops.
Every student got it’s own workshop guidelineWorkshop_minecraft reference guide.


20 teams registered for the competition

Only 8 teams submitted final video (It has shown us that building a factory in Minecratf is one thing and creating a video is completely new challenge). Reward for this effort was original t-shirt for every member of the team.

The Winners

I was very hard task for the jury to evaluate all the Future Factories as each factory has it’s unique value. You can still watch all the amazing videos. Avery one who deliver the final video is a kind of winner for us.

The jury were consist of the representatives from TIP member companies:

  • Stefan Wasner, Company executive, ZF Staňkov s.r.o.,
  • Petr KAVALÍŘ Ph.D., MBA, Vice director, New Technologies – Research Centre
  • Vaclava Vachalova, Head of Operational Excellence, Gerresheimer Horsovsky Tyn spol. s r.o.

And one of the nvias mentor:

  • David Žahour

The jury appreciates participants knowledge of computers, programming and orientation in 3D space skills. The jury was very surprised how you can work out the technical concept of the factory together with the interconnection of the overall production process, while appreciating your independence and working to complete the project, which in our competition meant to shoot and send a video that closed the work!


… and the winners are:

Category up to 10 years
Factory # 3 – Mass meal production

Category 11 16 years, freestyle and best video
Factory #5 The Cake Factory

Once again, thank you very much and congratulations on your success!



How to prepare the video for competition?

For all participants of Minecraft FUTURE FACTORY, we have prepared some tips on how to make a video. You will also find answers to your questions here.

First, the most important – where should I place/send my video?

  • You can send the resulting video through the  


  • Screen capture
    • We recommend OBS – Open Broadcaster Software
    • Simply add a source – screen record, window record, or game entry
      To record just press Start recording – the video is saved to the video directory. It is stored in flv format, which can be further processed


  • Intro (we recommend max 30 seconds)
    • Introducing what we will see in the video
    • Team presentation
    • The name of the factory
  • Presentation of the factory (we recommend 2 – 2.5 minutes)
    • Prepare scenario for individual scenes
      • Choose the most interesting parts of your construction
        • Where does the automation work …
        • What is the most beautiful part …
        • Beautiful footage is the entire factory and its surroundings.
        • Then you can present the production part
    • Tell the audience what you are doing at the factory,
      • what is the process (from material to finished products) where you take energy, …
    • Do not forget to tell us what makes from you factory the future factory
      • Is it in the nature and environmentally friendly?
      • Or that he has fully automatic production?
      • … that he produces the products of the future?
      • … that it is energy-conscious?
      • Or simply that it’s nice and everyone would like to work there?
      • How will the factory perform?
        • Try gamemode spectator,
        • or you can go and change the camera view – function key F5
  • Conclusion (we recommend max. 30 seconds)
    • Final report for viewers – Acknowledgments for …
    • Subtitles – Makers of the Factory, Video Makers, …
    • be sure to include the name and author of the music you used

Can I build the factory myself?

YES, we originally imagined that individuals can only participate in the Free Style category. After you insisted that you could not get a buddy to build, we released all categories for individuals as well.

Does the video have to have voiceover?

No, just use some captions so we can understand everything :-). Check out the recommendation – Scenario at the beginning of this article.

Do I need to record video only by recording the screen?

NO, you can shoot a video anyway. If the screen capture is complicated for you, take the phone and record the video on the phone.