September 2ND – September 8TH 2017 Sofia, Bulgaria


Please choose the Technology or the Business track


Each day will feature lectures with subsequent discussions around important IoT and blockchain research themes and technology areas:

- Emerging IoT networking technologies such as low power wide area networks
- IoT and blockchain application enablement platforms
- Applications of IoT and blockchain in retail, agriculture and smart cities
- Next generation network initiative (NGI) and opportunities
- Security, transparency and safety
- IoT semantic and analytics
- Innovations in IoT business models and policy



Learn how to connect and program your own LoRaWAN enabled IoT device and extend it into a product idea, integrate with blockchain.



Work in teams comprising technical and business focused members in order to design and deploy IoT/blockchain solutions on different IoT devices and application enablement platforms, together with analysis of their market potential.


Participants Workshop

All participants will have an opportunity to exercise their presentation skills and to get constructive feedback while presenting the results of the team projects.


Social activities

A dinner party as well as other social activities will be organized.


SenZations 2018

The 13th Summer School on IoT and its Applications will be held in Sofia, the main city of Bulgaria, from September 2nd to September 8th 2018.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most important and fastest moving technology developments of recent times. Combined with blockchain’s ability to provide security and transparency of transactions and data utilization, it offers an abundance of opportunities for engineers, technologists, researchers and business minded people. This summer you have the unique opportunity to immerse yourself into the latest IoT and blockchain technology trends in a relaxed environment.

Join us! Register and book your place now!

Senzations, successfully running year on year since 2006, is now the world’s oldest summer school on IoT, now covering blockchain technology as well. Packed with a dense schedule of high quality lectures, hands-on tutorials and project work sessions delivered by leading experts in the field, you will acquire cutting edge IoT and blockchain knowledge and skills that you can apply directly to practical problems and projects in your work life. Besides learning about recent IoT and blockchain technology trends, senZations also offers a business track where you can complement your knowledge about digital transformation and novel business models.

Join us, meet peers and leading researchers, expand your network of contacts and work in interdisciplinary teams in an inspiring and fun environment!

Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don't think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without talking about the other.

Bill Gates

The aims of the summer school are to:

  • Provide access to insights about the latest IoT and blockchain technologies, market and research trends and emerging applications
  • Gain hands-on experience on developing IoT and blockchain solutions
  • Create your own IoT product on top of a live LoRaWAN testbed deployment
  • Learn about security, privacy and societal aspects of IoT and blockchain
  • Identify research opportunities, important challenges and research directions
  • Interact with experienced researchers and entrepreneurs and establish new contacts
  • Have fun and enjoy while acquiring new skills and expertise



Alex Gluhak, Digital Catapult Carlos Kamienski, UFABC Brasil
Srdjan Krco, DunavNET Konrad Wrona, NCI Agency
Mirko Presser, Aarhus University Antonio Skarmeta, University of Murcia
H2020 symbIoTe project representative
Student presentations

Create + Innovate + Develop + Implement = Participate!

Researchers and PhD students who wish to present their ongoing research at the SenZations 2018 Summer School, should send an email containing the title of the presentation and abstract.

More information and the deadline for submission will be announced soon..

Students are encouraged to submit and present their latest work and receive feedback from experts in the field. Additionally, SenZations can provide a platform for discussions with fellow students.

SenZations Team

The SenZations Co-founders

We enjoy the Summer School since 2006

Srdjan Krco, Ph.D.

Program Chair and SenZations initiator

Manages and drives research activities in DunavNET. He worked in Ericsson since 2000 where he held a number of positions, managed several product development and research projects, focusing on M2M, IoT and their application in various domains including smart cities.

Konrad Wrona, Ph.D.

Program co-chair

Holds a Senior Scientist position at NCI Agency Den Haag, The Netherlands. He has nearly fifteen years of work experience in industrial (Ericsson Research and SAP Research) and academic (RWTH Aachen University, Media Lab Europe and Rutgers University) research and development environment.

Alex Gluhak, Ph.D.

Program Chair

Alex Gluhak is Head of Technology at the Digital Catapult, where he leads Things Connected, a UK wide innovation support programme for LPWAN. In the past, he worked on IoT research for companies such Intel Labs and Ericsson.

Gordana Nikolic, Ph.D.

Program co-chair

An entrepreneur and an academic professor, the Dean and the founder of Business Academy and Business School PAR. Promotes business and women leadership as well as entrepreneurial learning through PAR activities and curricula.


Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgaria, soul-stirring mountains rival golden beaches, while cities hum with nightlife and art. Within Bulgaria’s beguiling blend of nature and history, unforgettable adventures are guaranteed (BGN Bulgarian lev).

Sofia is Bulgaria’s capital and its largest city. Founded thousands of years ago, today the city continues to develop as the country’s cultural and economic center. At present, the city has a population of 1,250,000. Sofia is located in the western part of the country, on The Sofia Plain and on the lower slopes of Mount Vitosha. More information about the Sofia is available at Official Tourism Portal of Bulgaria.

The Sofia Airport provides travelers with convenient connections to all major European cities, and from the central train station and bus station passengers can reach every destination in the country.
Sofia is also home to Bulgaria’s most prestigious and larges educational institutions – universities, colleges, and middle schools that offer solidly-grounded, up-to-date instruction in such disciplines as Architecture, Medicine, The Humanities, Engineering, Music and Choreography, and Fine Arts.

Hotel Grami, Sofia, Bulgaria


Grami Hotel Sofia**** is located within immediate proximity to the largest Business Park in the capital of Bulgaria and is offering fast and convenient access to Sofia Airport. The hotel is closely located to two metro stations with direct lines to the city centre giving you a chance to get to all the administrative buildings in 10 minutes. More information.

Main advantages of Grami Hotel Sofia:

- Location convenient for business travellers
- 60 well-equipped, large and sunny rooms in a newly built hotel
- Rooftop Sky Bar with amazing view to the peaks and greenery of Vitosha mountain
- Fine dining – bistro style menu at the Sky bar and delicious variety of thematic evening buffets and A la Carte menu at the hotel’s main restaurant
- Conference Centre offering a full range of facilities with 12 meeting rooms for all kind of corporate and private events
- Wellness Centre for a relaxation and treatments

After school & social activities

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Become a part of The SenZations 2018 Summer School in Sofia. Below are some pictures from previous events.




Organizational Support


Srdjan Krco, DunavNET,

Business School PAR

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