From: HT <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: christopher macrae <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, 10 March 2017, 2:03
Subject: Collaboration request for iCog Makers Intiative
For the past few years, we have been working with oversea companies such as Novamente LLC, Hanson Robotics, OpenCog Foundation, and Hong Kong Poly-tech University mainly on R&D projects .
Starting from last year, we have launched local projects under an initiative called iCog Makers Initiative. Our main focus for this local project is the education sector and as of writing, we have 22 partner universities from Ethiopia and we are dealing with 4 Nigerian and 2 Kenyan Universities. Right now, we have two projects with the novel aim to cover all levels of the educational system in Ethiopia. (i.e Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary (Universities and Other higher institutes). The specific projects under this move are iCog Anyone Can Code (for primary and Secondary schools) and iCog Makers (for the higher education institutions) respectively.
Yet, I am writing this letter on the matter of iCog Makers, which is an initiative that aims to deliver the basics of AI and Robotics to university students. It plans to accomplish that through educational competitions which spurs the creativity of Ethiopian University students.
Here is the project out look:
The project, in addition to guiding and training university students, it will also aim to link Ethiopian and other African universities, create a tech savvy community of Ethiopian and as well African Students, facilitate the publication and sharing of academic journals and articles (on AI and Robotics), teach the science of Artificial Intelligence via robotics, organize an annual event where professors and lecturers from several Ethiopian and African Universities gather around and share their views, their professional writings and research papers in African Union Hall (Addis Ababa), and other related activities.
iCog Makers Initiative delivers the above goals through educational competitions (intra/inter universities) that focuses on the development and hacking of software/hardware which are implemented in the realms of emerging technologies.
- We will Sign an MoU with the universities (at the time of writing we have a signed agreement with 22 Ethiopian universities and we are negotiating with 4 Nigerian and 2 Kenyan universities.
- The partner University will announce the competition to its student.
- Through a face to face session, the student counsel, or our online support staffs, we will register students grouped in teams that will represent their respective university.
- We will give a 5 day free seminar in person or via Skype to empower the students with the preliminary knowledge
- The university will assign 2 volunteer lecturers as team advisers to each team.
- We will integrate the competing teams (of student and their advisers) on our online platform
- They will find a guideline to write their proposal on that platform and once they submit their proposal, we will filter it and pass it to their respective university.
- Based on their proposal, the university will supply the teams the hardware components.
- After they are equipped with the hardware, a 5-6 month development period will be granted; a time for the students to build their software and hack the hardware
- The actual match between the universities will be held at several events and then the top two will represent their university for the competition between Ethiopian universities (National Tournament) and finally the top university will represent the country (in the international tournament)
- The African Robo Soccer cup will be held in AU (African Union).
- Professors and Lecturers from the competing Universities (Ethiopian, Kenyan Nigerian and other invited guests) will present academic journals etc etc
- We will also help to establish maker spaces in these partner universities
So we are now trying to get the hardware via donations. (It can be used or it can be new) and once we get this hardware we will distribute them to our partner universities. I had been fallowing your email threads and you seem like a genuine man concerned with education. Do you think you can help the iCog makers Initiative?
We will be very thankful if you can find a ground to be one of our collaborators for this project and I am open for any kind of discuss about the possibilities.
P.S Our Projects had been filmed by a Dutch TV called Vipro and as soon as they release the documentaries, I will forward you the links.
P..S.S If I am not demanding too much, please confirm that you have received this email.