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During the second IVECA Global Virtual Summer Camp, student teams from India, Korea, and Malaysia have been working collaboratively with their distinguished IVECA instructor, His Excellency Ambassador Dr. Hesham Elnakib, to develop their course projects. The final projects will be presented at the third IVECA Global Virtual Roundtable (GVR) event on July 29, at 9pm (US Eastern Time). Students' projects have been focusing on benefiting humanity by promoting their countries’ unique soft powers and developing public diplomacy plans. Through the course meetings, Ambassador Dr. Elnakib has been creatively guiding students to identify and brand strengths of their scientific and cultural soft power using the tradition and culture of their countries.

The second Global Virtual Summer Camp this year, from July 19 to July 30, has brought together students and teachers from different backgrounds to share about themselves and their countries. Students have two weeks to meet with their instructor, while preparing their final projects for the GVR event on July 29. The GVR Event will discuss “Promoting Soft Power for Humanity.” Student teams will present about the soft powers of their nations and the strength and adaptability of those soft powers for contributing to humanity. For that, students have been learning strategies and techniques to brand and promote their soft powers to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

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During the two-week IVECA Global Virtual Summer Camp, the students from six countries transformed into global citizens solving the world’s problems on a global scale. Many students expressed feeling that they could not accomplish much by themselves, but after experiencing the Summer Camp, they feel like capable individuals with the power to improve their country and the world.

IVECA hosted the Global Virtual Roundtable (GVR) Events on Friday, July 16th. During the GVRs, the Summer Camp students presented their projects in front of their instructors, expert panelists, and a live audience. Also, as an insight into the real world, the expert panelists shared their experiences working in fields that contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) such as “Clean Water and Sanitation”, “Climate Action”, and “Good Health and Well-Being.” Finally, the students participated in a discussion with the instructors and expert panelists about the future of sustainable development.

The GVR Event was the final meeting for the IVECA Summer Camp. Groups from Guatemala, Korea, Malaysia, Morocco, Papua New Guinea, Tunisia, and the United States participated in the GVRs. Throughout the two-week-long camp, students had been working together to develop their projects. For one student, the summer course “emphasized the need to be open-minded and cultivated about many topics as they all contribute to shaping a wise and creative mindset.” As a result of the synergistic process, the students developed inspiring and innovative projects that have the ability to make a difference in the world and help humanity. For example, students developed a plan to implement innovative water solutions to manage water using a technology called Smart Water Grid and integrating the Internet of Things (IoT), aiming to decrease water waste.

After receiving feedback from the instructors and their international partners throughout the course, groups were able to collaboratively develop their projects aimed at contributing to the UN SDGs. One student explained that through the Summer Camp experience, “we learned how to empathize with the problems of other countries and how to solve big problems together.” The GVRs were a celebratory event, praising the hard work and dedication of the students and honoring the contributions and guidance of the instructors to the course projects.

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The IVECA Summer Camp is halfway to completion this weekend. After starting on July 5th, students have two weeks to complete their innovative projects to present at the Global Virtual Roundtable (GVR) Event. The GVR Event will take place on Friday July 16th led by expert moderators and feature presentations by panelists who are leaders in their fields.

The GVRs will cover two topics. The Course 1 GVR topic is “Promoting Scientific and Technological Soft Power of Water” led by moderator and founder of IVECA, Dr. Eunhee Jung. The panel will feature experts such as Dr. Hesham Elnakib, Ambassador Extraordinary of Egypt, and Dr. Alex Kotsakis, fellow scientist in NASA. The Course 2 GVR topic is “Scientific and Programmatic Innovation to Tackle Climate Change and Air Pollution” led by moderators Dr. Robert Swap, Associate Division Director for Mission Planning in the Earth Sciences at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and Dr. Mariel Friberg, NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow. The GVR panelists include entrepreneurs, scholars, and scientists who contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). (The complete list of panelists can be found on the event brochure.)

Student projects are being developed in collaboration with IVECA student teams from around the world and the expert IVECA Summer Camp instructors. Student team projects for Course 1 will explore scientific and technological soft powers of their own nations. Projects will focus on solutions to water scarcity and quality in their own country that can be applied throughout the world. In Course 2, students will be addressing problems in the air quality of their nations and suggesting solutions for air quality issues and climate change in their countries that help to achieve the UN SDGs. (Read more about the themes of the IVECA Global Virtual Roundtables in the concept note of our brochure.)