UiPath, the leading enterprise Robotic Process Automation (RPA) software company, today announced its sponsorship for the Bucharest-based student non-government organization EFdeN. The NGO designs and builds sustainable prototype houses and has represented Romania at two editions of the world’s most important competition for solar houses – Solar Decathlon – in Versailles (2014) and Dubai (2018), where it received numerous awards.
Established in 2013, EFdeN has given more than 550 students from local universities a platform to put their ideas into practice and work together towards building award-winning smart, sustainable homes and other green products. Moreover, the NGO has developed educational programs on sustainable practices for companies, solar charging stations for electric vehicles, ‘solar trees’ to provide green and free electricity, and a green university campus, among others. Over the past two years, EFdeN has also successfully implemented energiaTa – an exciting project designed to make energy production a reality for Romanian households.
“EFdeN is an amazing boot camp where you generate ideas, test, build real life and functional prototypes and test them again in the real world. We understand that developing the necessary skills to thrive in this 4th industrial revolution is critical for us, so we are not only building houses, but we are building ourselves having a practical and interdisciplinary approach. Having worked for two years on designing and building houses that are modular, easy to build and to assemble, we are now looking at how Robotic Process Automation (RPA) can be integrated into what we are doing to amplify our efforts to create better, more sustainable homes” said Mihai Toader-Pasti, Cofounder & General Manager EFdeN.
At the 2018 Solar Decathlon Middle East, EfdeN’s 33-strong team received global recognition, after ranking 1st in the Communication contest, 2nd in the Engineering and Construction and the Comfort Conditions competitions, respectively, and 3rd in the Sustainability test.
In 2019, EFdeN will start preparations for the upcoming editions of Solar Decathlon and plans to launch a research fund. The fund will help the NGO create a workspace that will enable them and others to study new technologies, immerse themselves in home living experiences and develop other sustainable products designed to make buildings more energy efficient and mitigate the effects of climate change.
“Education is the cornerstone and a pathway to innovation. In order to innovate, one must first have a solid knowledge basis in one’s field. Building on our commitment to support both education and innovation, we are very excited to support EFdeN’s mission to promote sustainability and their R&D work,” said Anna Ghica, Head of PR – EMEA at UiPath.