News from SPARK


STEM for Everyone

SPARK representatives visited today Children’s home Mostar. On that occasion, five laptops were donated and a Memorandum of Understanding was signed. The Memorandum, signed by Matea Markić Vučić, in front of the SPARK school, and Dalida Demirović, director of Children’s home, officially marked the beginning of the project “STEM for Everyone”.

“STEM for Everyone” is a project implemented by the SPARK school in cooperation with the Federal Ministry of Education and Science. Through this project, children, protégés of Children’s home Mostar will get an opportunity to develop 21st-century skills. Children will develop skills of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, information, media, and technology literacy. The project will enable them to acquire the skills of flexibility, leadership, taking initiative, productivity, and at the same time will strengthen their social skills. 

“We are grateful for the opportunity to conduct workshops at the Children’s Home through a project supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Science. We are looking forward to working with children. In our experience, school children are proven to be the most active and ready to learn and acquire new skills”, Matea Markić Vučić said.

The donated computers will be used for the implementation of the project activities and workshops that will follow.

Throughout November, SPARK educators will be involved in children’s education, where they will get to know mBot and other educational robots through play and practical examples.

Women in Tech Meetup #1: Becoming an IT girl

SPARK is organizing its first meetup dedicated to women in the IT sector. Women in Tech Meetup #1 is a part of the global project Meet and Code. SPARK has hosted 11 meetups so far, and this is the second that will be organized online. 

This online gathering full of inspiring stories is scheduled for Friday, October 30, 2020,  from 18:00-20:00 hours. The idea behind all our events was to gather the IT community, to exchange ideas and listen to lively stories from interesting people.   

The topic of Women in Tech Meetup #1 is Becoming an IT girl. Esma Hodžić, Iva Đikić, Saldina Nurak, and Ana Sović will share their stories on how they become IT professionals. 

Everyone who’s looking for inspiration and women’s view on tech-related vocations is welcome.  


Women in Tech Meetup – Agenda

  • 17:45 Google Meet – test 
  • 18:00 Esma Hodžić, Junior Quality Assurance Engineer, NSoft 
  • 18:20 Iva Đikić, Managing Director of Rolla
  • 18:40 Saldina Nurak, Software Engineer, YT Content Creator
  • 19:00 Ana Sović, SVP of Business Operations, NSoft
  • 19:20 Q&A/This or That 

Please fill out the form Women in Tech and join us on October 30, 2020.  

SPARK organizes Women in Tech Meetup #1 thanks to the grant within the Meet and Code project. TechSoup Europe, SAP and Haus des Stiftens gGmbH support Meet and Code.

World Students' Day

Today we celebrate World Students’ Day. And what a better way to do it then to ask students why did they choose their fields of study.

Dragica Marić – University of Mostar, Faculty of Economics 

Six years ago, I stepped into the classroom 111, thrilled and scared to death – at the same time. “Welcome to the Faculty of Economics,” they said. It was a challenge for me, and I needed time to catch up with the new system, get to know a new environment, and prioritise my obligations. And now, one step from a university diploma, I have to go again into the new cold world. Still, I am not worried because we can be the change we want to see in the world. So, dear colleagues, I wish you happy World Students’ Day. We should never forget that all of us have great potential and we shouldn’t be afraid to dream big.

Magdalena Zelenika – University of Mostar, Faculty of Philosophy

Speech therapy is my call. I wanted to educate my self in the field that will allow me to help kids. As a future speech therapist, I will be able to give support to kids with a speech problem. Speech therapy is a cornerstone in further development and improvement of overall quality of life in everyday situations. It is essential to find yourself in whatever you do and to understand the impact of it. As future experts, we are going to be an important factor in someone’s development. We communicate since our birth and the ability to speak define us. All speech and hearing difficulties affect almost all aspects of life, and speech therapists are there to overcome the challenges.  

Speech therapists are motivators, friends to children, and educator to parents. It is necessary to raise the awareness of this vocation – our job is to help kids build self-confidence and gain a new set of skills. For all future students: willingness to help, have compassion and understanding are what you need as a future speech therapist. 

Matea Cvitanović – University of Mostar, The Faculty of Science and Education

I always knew I wanted to do something that will improve the quality of life and education for children and adults. I’ve found that here at the Faculty of Science and Education. Pedagogy has an essential role within the education system and beyond. By doing our job, we are able to direct a person to reach its full potential. 

My school, with exceptional and kind expert staff, is a perfect place for all future students. 

Marin Bevanda – University of Mostar, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Computing and Electrical Engineering

I study at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Computing and Electrical Engineering. Since I was a child, I was amazed by computers – click here, click there on that file to see what will happen. During my high school education, I haven’t changed. We were introduced to hardware and my colleagues from high school, and I started a startup where we combined hardware and software. IT is what I do – I love it.

Luka Vučina –  University of Mostar, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Computing and Electrical Engineering

I am the third year of IT School at the University of Mostar. I believe that IT sector is the most promising one in our country and region; thus I have chosen this college. The university degree is not enough to prepare you for the labour market. You should always find a way to educate yourself and invest in knowledge.