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Dec

What to expect for next semester?

Written on December 14, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

The Madrid Debate Club will be sending delegations to both WorldMUN and GIMUN next semester. These are two of the most well-known MUN Conferences in the World. WorldMUN will be taking place in Madrid this year, and GIMUN takes place at the heart of diplomacy:  the UN Headquarters in Geneva. In order to represent the University students will be attending a mandatory oratory course that will focus on public speaking and debate techniques as well as on specific MUN Training: How to write a position paper? How to deliver an opening statement? How to request motions? How to pass a resolution? Etc. The course will be given by one of the best debaters in Spain who will be assisted by a member of GIMUN’s advisory board and GIMUN’s Vice-President in 2015-2016.

Additionally, the oratory course will also allow students to be prepared for other types of debate such as Academic Debate and British Parliament format. The students taking the course will have the opportunity to participate in these debates which are held in Spanish and English. In order to represent IE you need to attend the course, feel free to send us an email if you are interested in attending and representing the University in tournaments in Spain and abroad!

The Complu-IE Debate Tournament will also take place this year, this will be the 9th edition of this tournament! As usual the tournament will run for three days, and debate clubs representing several Spanish Universities will be attending, last year over 32 teams attended from all over Spain! The topic discussed two years ago around autonomous machines and whether these should include ethic decision-making systems; that of last year was whether or not the collaborative economy should be regulated by the state. We can’t wait to show you what we have in store for this year’s edition!

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Dec

IE Energy Club: new Club’s Officers and 2019 Proposals

Written on December 14, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

The energy club is composed of a highly motivated aggregate of students from great variety of profiles, expertise and backgrounds including representatives from several IE programs.

After having successful co-corganized the Space Mining event (November 2018) and the IE Energy Club Alumni networking event (December 2018), there a are more exciting initiatives on which the Club is working for the next few months.

To name a few, these are some of the proposals which are being considered:

• Roundtable discussion about geopolitical implications of energy related topics.
• Energy Venture Day: Dedicated to pitches from energy related startups.
• Energy Hackathon: Groups competition which aim to find the best solution to tackle an energy related topic.
• Presentations linking the energy industry with new technologies such as big data and blockchain from relevant speakers from the sector.

We are also excited about working together with the rest of the Clubs to construct well rounded events and attract assistants from a wide range of areas.

Stay tuned!

14
Dec

IE Energy Club Alumni Networking Event

Written on December 14, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

Last Monday 10th December, IE Energy Club organized the Energy Alumni Networking Event.

This event was hosted by the Club’s president, Gabriele Sommantico and the new Club’s Officers, Héctor Nieto Arias, Jesús Boccio Castrillo, Samuel Dossi, Guillaume Ferrier Llamas and Ken Ijichi, who welcomed and questioned IE Alumni about experiences, challenges and opportunities in the Energy sector. The event counted with the attendance of 4 panelists all of them IE Alumni occupying relevant positions.

Specifically, Fabio Blasi (Partner at Solvere – Infrastructure Technical Advisors), Daniele Calzolari (Impact Investment Manager at La Bolsa Social), Margarida Constantino (Global Commercial Transformation Specialist and Head of Commercial Development at Vestas ) and Valeriia Todorova (Management Staff at Naturgy ). Each panelist shared their current background and experiences with more than 40 IE students from a broad range of IE Programs, brought together by interest for Energy.

A common conclusion was that the Energy is currently playing a key role in the world economy, mainly due to the revolutionary changes happening in the renewable energies and the challenges of maximising energy sources access for human beings and communities.

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Dec

SpaceX plans to send Artists to the Moon!

Written on December 14, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

SpaceX’s ambition has never failed to surprise its investors, whether its coming up with landing spacecrafts or taking a Tesla Roadster to space. However as recently announced at SpaceX’s headquarters, Yusaku Maezawa, a 42-year-old Japanese retail entrepreneur and art collector, plans to pay for a ride on the Big Falcon Ship to the moon and back.

The week-long journey will be accompanied by companions that were claimed to be half a dozen of artists. His initiative is for these artists to visit the moon and come up with artworks based on what they had seen/felt. Since the few people that have been to the moon were professionals in their field and haven’t necessary shared their experience with the rest of humanity, Maezawa claims to reach humanity with something as close to us as the moon.

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, claimed that the whole project will cost about $10 billion, but costs could vary since the project is predicted to happen in 2023. Press regarding the security of the expedition have been raised, however Musk has assured that the idea is crazy and that it will be difficult. Although there will be risks Musk plans to minimize these risks with unmanned expeditions and extensive testing. Hopefully in 2023 we will be able to say that we sent humans to appreciate the moon in a way that for millennia we weren’t able to do.

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Dec

Space Mining and AI, a Space initiative

Written on December 14, 2018 by Campus Life in Professional

The Air and Space Club had the incredible opportunity to host, accompanied by IE’s, Technology & Innovation, AI and Energy Clubs an event about Space Mining and AI. With the presence of Offworld’s Co-Founder, James Murray, which company’s envision the automation of Space mining and exploration by combining robotics with AI and launching them to space. With more than 60 registered including staff members of IE, the talk was inspirational and very futuristic giving us insights about how the industry is evolving and Offworld’s progress in doing so.

The talk itself took about one hour and half, in which was followed by catering where students and professionals were incentivized to network and discuss about Space Mining. The event left ambition in every single one of us since the market is so close from becoming reality. It was very thoroughly explained the importance of this next step into our society and that humanity must shift their point of reference referring to cleaner energy and exploration.
The event inspired the audience about “Astroperneruship” and the future of the new Space industry and it was an honor to have such a leader in the field to do the talk. We look forward to hosting similar events where topics that may seem futuristic but important are discussed about. To have IE as a name associated with the future of technology and innovation it is important that we partake these topics.

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