Philia by The Philias

Philia by The Philias

Philia helps you to study smarter, not harder using AI for emotional support, creating a proper adaptive learning environment.

This is the last stretch of DigiEduHack 2020! We conducted a series of interviews to shine the light on the members of the 12 teams taking part in this final round of DigiEduHack and get to know their aspirations, motivations and hopes. Let's meet with The Philias team!   

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How does it feel to be among the finalists of DigiEduHack 2020?

We see this stage of our project in a very positive manner and feel happy for having the opportunity to share it with others.



Tell us more about the team: did you meet on the spot or did you know from before?

We met on the spot, each of us come from different countries as well as cultural/educational backgrounds but what we have in common is that we all have university affiliation. The project was born from the idea that Belen Prado had during the pandemic teaching experience: “At my seminar in the summer semester, a few of my students had a lot of absenteeism. After the semester, they wrote to me that they actually liked my seminar very much and would have liked to come more often, but that they had problems due to the pandemic. I then realized that e-learning often neglects the human side of communication, especially emotions and feedback. Something is missing here, namely support for students”.



How did you organize your team: each team member had a precise role or were you all hands-on the project?

IWe had mostly divided each of the tasks and tried to match them with our time-frame zones.



What was the team's epiphany moment? When did you realise "yes, we've got it"?

Our best moment was when our judges had announced that we have the most original idea, that moment we knew that we were going to be local winners.



Do you think your solution could work worldwide? Can it be adapted to very different contexts?

Yes, it will definitely work worldwide and it is adaptive. This can be a very supportive tool for Universities, colleges of art and music, teacher-training, institutes of technology, and High Schools. Its implementation on their online platform can help students to get a good quality of education which does not leave aside their emotional-psychological aspects.



What are the strengths and weaknesses of your solution?

This solution focuses on a very important aspect for students which is mostly ignored in society and hard to implement during online classes. For the cases where students pretend to fake expressions/voices, Philia cannot detect them in the right manner, therefore, it could also be considered a weakness.



If you're one of the three global winners, what are your next steps going to be?

Our aim is to work on this solution and bring it into real-world use. Therefore, we had already communicated with our advisors from Aalto University to organize the following steps. In the case that this project becomes one of the 3 global winners, we will organize the activities related to the development according to the budget given by DigiEduHack. Together with the assistance of Aalto University, we will look for further developers that could help us to build this solution.



What would you tell potential voters to make them cast their vote for your solution?

We are interested in underlying how important is to contemplate emotions in the education-phase and that the use of digital tools does not necessarily imply increasing isolation of students. Therefore, this is a chance for real innovation and a way to change many student’s mindsets.



Could you give us a quote or a quick take-away?

Don't feel like online classes today? speak with #Philia study smarter not harder!


Anything you'd like to add?

Nothing to add!


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Now time to vote!
Meet you on the Unite Ideas platform https://ideas.unite.un.org/digieduhack/Page/Home

You need a bit of additional guidance on the process?
Meet you there https://digieduhack.com/en/stories-insights/digieduhack-2020-how-to-vote