Webinar with Cisco: “Experiences and Resources to Run an IoT Hackathon”

Date & time: Thursday, 3 October 2019 at 18:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time)


Jointly organised by STEM Alliance and Scientix with the support from Cisco and BiASC, the webinar was held online on Thursday, 3 October 2019 at 18:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time) in English language.

The speakers, Semyon Ovsyannikov (Cisco Networking Academy Technical Manager, Western Europe & UKI), Yvan Rooseleer (Managing Director, Belgian IT Academy Support Center (BiASC)) and Wadih Zaatar (DevNet Global Partnership Lead, Corporate Affairs, Cisco) shared exclusive insights into their professional development and useful skills to thrive in the STEM field.

This webinar gave teachers an understanding of new ways of encouraging students to be more interested in STEM subjects and STEM careers. For this webinar we invited dedicated STEM professionals to share their experience, knowledge and advice for STEM teachers on how to make their STEM classes more attractive, in particular by organising a hackathon. Teachers also learnt how they can gain and strengthen their IT skills with the help of Cisco Networking Academy courses. A special course for those who is interested in the topic of the webinar is available here. This link leads to a special landing page with Netacad Resources and the "Introduction to IoT" course that Cisco Netacad opened for free for all participants.

The webinar was structured as follows:

  1. Introduction to the webinar by Dr Anastasiya Boiko, Project Manager of STEM Alliance
  2. Cisco Netacad Offerings for Hackathons by Semyon Ovsyannikov
  3. IoT Hackathon Experience by Yvan Rooseleer
  4. DevNet Hackathon by Wadih Zaatar
  5. Questions and Answers by participants


semyon ovsyannikov

Semyon Ovsyannikov,
Cisco Networking Academy Technical Manager,
Western Europe & UKI

Semyon started at Cisco Networking Academy in 2007 as Technical Manager, and later was involved as Instructor-trainer and IT Education expert for program development in Russia. From 2013 to 2017 he represented Russia as Worldskills International Expert in Skill 39 – IT Network Systems Administration. Currently he supports the development of the Networking Academy the Western European region, UK and Ireland. His main goal is to ensure program quality by engaging with leading training centres.



Yvan Rooseleer,
Managing Director,
Belgian IT Academy Support Center (BiASC)

Yvan studied a Master of Linguistics & Artificial Intelligence at the KU Leuven as well as a Master of Information Systems Management at the VU Brussels. He explores how to combine technology and education and strives for transforming real word challenges to learning opportunities. In 2005, he was active as Senior Lecturer at the Odisee University College in Brussels, where he also took on the position of Program Coordinator in 2007. In 2011, he worked as Instructor Trainer "Train the Trainer" in the domain of Information Technology. Since 2013, he is the Managing Director of the Belgian IT Academy Support Center (BiASC).


Wadih Zaatar,
DevNet Global Partnership Lead,
Corporate Affairs, Cisco

Wadih studied Computer Engineering at the Lebanese American University before he took on the position as Curriculum Leader for the Cisco Academy Training Center. In 2006, he started as Technical Manager at Cisco. He then moved to Canada as Networking Academy Area Manager. Since 2017, he is Business Development Mannager for the DevNet Global Partnership Lead for Corporate Affairs.



You can find a career sheet based on content picked up from the webinar and drawing on the experience of STEM experts here: Hackathon Expert.




STEM Alliance http://www.stemalliance.eu

STEM Alliance partners

Scientix http://www.scientix.eu/


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