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Workshop on
Self-Documentation for Intangible Culture Heritage: From Smart Phone Applications to Cloud Computing
November 15-16, 2017



Under the auspices of Prof. Dr. Khaled Abd El Ghaffar the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the City of Scientific Research and Technology Applications (SRTA-City) and Alexandria University organized a workshop on ‘Self-Documentation for Intangible Culture Heritage: From Smart Phone Applications to Cloud Computing’.




The workshop aimed to spark discussions around community-led technologies, and the role of research institutes, universities, and the ICT industry in driving its development. The two-day event brought together stakeholders from Egypt and UK representing government, research and education institutes, technology industry, and community organizations to discuss sustainable models for designing technologies to serve local communities.


Workshop Objectives


  • Explore the opportunities for ICT industry to design for local communities, and the potential role for research institutes to enable such link through interdisciplinary research expertise

  • Discuss the barriers and challenges for involving communities in technology design processes

  • Showcase the Hilali model of engaging engineering students with Borg El-Arab Bedouin community

Ideal Outcomes


  • Recommendations for collaboration models that integrate efforts from research and Higher Education institutes with ICT industry to drive the development of community-led technologies

  • Forming academic-industry work groups to join forces in future fund proposals




Event guide



Keynote Speakers 


The workshop featured two associate partners of the Hilali Network  who were  keynote speakers  in the fields of Cultural Heritage and Higher Education


Professor Peter Stone OBE, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace, School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University, UK


Ghosts from the past. The value of tangible and intangible cultural heritage to the present and future


We all have links to -memories of- the past. Frequently these memories are not our own direct memories but rather those of our family or community; through which we are linked to a past longer than own personal lives. Some links are even longer – unlocked only by a study of the past through history or archaeology. Many such memories are frequently related to tangible and intangible cultural heritage. They situate us not only within family and community but provide the context of our contemporary lives and how we relate to each other. Just as our own memories are both positive and negative, important or irrelevant, so such community memories are both positive and negative. Our memories may at times clash with, or contradict, memories of the same events held by others. How we as individuals and communities interact with and use these memories has a potentially massive impact on how our community functions. ‘Bad’ memories can have a negative impact on how an individual -and a community- functions and what they aspire to achieve. Do we learn from these memories, our version of the past, or do we carry the memories as a burden that needs to be addressed, atoned for, in the present. It is impossible to ignore the past; how we interact with it establishes how we live in the present and begin to shape the future.


Dr Sam Elkington, Academic Lead, Assessment/Feedback & Flexible Learning, Higher Education Academy, UK


Insights into flexible learning and the possibilities for a 21st century Higher Education


In a fluid, dynamic, and global world, the fields of engineering and computer science have a dominant role to play in sustainable development and therefore, hold a position of considerable social responsibility and wide-ranging educational possibility for embracing different ways of thinking and working in a 21st century higher education (HE). Flexible provision has the potential to enhance student learning, widen opportunities for participation in HE, and develop graduates who are well-equipped to contribute to a fast-changing world. It is these concerns and interests that currently dominant in driving the Higher Education Academy’s (HEA) work in flexible learning and flexible pedagogy. The HEA is the leading UK sector body committed to developing world-class teaching in higher education, working in partnership with HE providers and professionals in supporting and securing student success. The aim of this talk is to bring bear key learning from the HEA’s substantial and wide-ranging practice-based research and development into flexibility, across disciplines and levels of university operation on the fields of engineering and computer science. From this key learning this talk will: 1) distil the notable conditions under which greater flexibility can be achieved securely, so as to maintain the integrity and good standing of universities, and wider higher education system; and 2) point to ways in which universities might be afforded even more responsiveness and to identify conditions that are likely to promote such greater flexibility. The first is about the conditions for securing a sound platform for flexibility; the second is about the conditions and steps that might be taken that will inject momentum towards flexibility.





Day 1

Convention center, Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University (Grand Hall)

November 15, 2017

8:30 – 9:30


9:30 – 10:00

Welcome from the City of Scientific Research and Technology Applications (SRTA-City)

Prof Maha EL-Demellawy

Prof Essam ElKordy

Prof Walaa Sheta

10:00 –  10:45

Keynote: Ghosts from the past. The value of tangible and intangible cultural heritage to the present and future

Prof Peter Stone OBE

10:45 – 11:15

Presentation of the Hilali Network

Dr Shaimaa Lazem

11:15 – 11:30

Presentation by the Bedouin community representative

Dr Salma Abu Hafsa

11:30 –  12:00

Hilali certificate ceremony

12:00 – 1:00

Networking coffee break

1:00 – 1:45

Keynote: Insights into flexible learning and the possibilities for a 21st  century Higher Education

Dr Sam Elkington

1:45 – 2:00

Presentation by the Hilali students representatives

Abdelrahman El-Adawy

Mahinour EL-Sheikh

2:00 – 2:15

Presentations by the Hilali Network partners

2:15 – 3:15

Networking coffee break

3:15 – 5:00

Panel Discussion

Using Technology for Self-Documenting Intangible Cultural Heritage: Challenges and Opportunities

Panel moderator:  Dr Shaimaa Lazem, Researcher, Informatics Research Institute, SRTA-City


  • Prof. Dr. Walaa Sheta, Dean, Informatics Research Institute, (SRTA-City)

  • Professor Peter Stone OBE, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace, School of Arts and Cultures, Newcastle University, UK

  • Dr Danilo Giglitto, Research Associate, Learning and Teaching Enhancement Centre (LTEC), Kingston University London, UK

  • Eng. Youssef Aly,  CEO of  Espace

  • Eng. Mohamed El Dallal, Co-founder and CEO of Innovideas LLC. for marketing and advertising, Co-founder of  Dcodes LLC. for software solutions

5:00 – 5: 15




Day 2



Informatics Research Institute, City of Scientific Research and Technology Applications in Borg El-Arab

November 16, 2017

9:00 –  9:30

Introduction to SRTA-City and the Informatics Research Institute (IRI)

9:30 –  11:00

SRTA-City and IRI main laboratories tour

11: 00 – 12:00

Networking lunch break

12:00 – 2: 00

Round table discussions with UK keynote speakers (by invitation)

  • Self-documentation of Egyptian Intangible Culture Heritage — What is next?

  • What is the Role of Technology-Enhanced Learning in 21st Century Higher Education?

2:00 –  2:30





Meet the workshop speakers 




 Professor Walaa Sheta

Walaa Sheta is a professor of computer and informatics, Informatics Research Institute of the City of Scientific Research and Technology Applications (SRTA-City) in Egypt, where he served as a faculty since 2001. He advised several master’s and doctoral graduates. His research contribution and consulting spans the areas of: cloud and high performance computing, 3D image processing, and Human-Computer Interaction. Professor Sheta co-chaired several international conferences sponsored by IEEE and with his research group published in top ranked peer-reviewed journals. He participated and led several national and multinational projects funded by NSF, European Commission and STDF. He completed his PhD at University of Alexandria in a frame of channel system with University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK in 2001. He received his M.Sc. (1993) at Institute of graduate studies and research, Alexandria University, and B.Sc. (1989) at Faculty of Science, Alexandria University. He is serving as adjunct professor at University of Louisville, USA and was a visiting professor at University of Salford, UK.



Dr Shaimaa LazemDr Shaimaa Lazem

Shaimaa Lazem is an Egyptian computer scientist. She earned her PhD from the Department of Computer Science, Virginia Tech, USA in 2012. She then returned to Egypt where she holds an academic position at the City of Scientific Research and Technology Applications (SRTA-City) to establish a research program in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Her research program aims to develop a robust assessment for the local agenda of integrating ICT in formal education, identify research gaps, and explore critical alternatives. Her research interests include the design of educational collaborative games. She is interested in researching Self-Organized Learning Environments as an alternative socio-technical system for children who lack access to qualified Computer Science teachers. As for higher education, Shaimaa explores flexible learning pedagogies for teaching HCI to engineering students.



Dr Danilo Giglitto

Dr Danilo Giglitto

Dr Danilo Giglitto joined the Hilali Network as a Research Associate in the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Centre at Kingston University. Prior to coming to Kingston, he was a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen funded by the “Cultural Heritage and Digital Society” scholarship. From 2013 to 2015, he was affiliated with the CURIOS project, a sub-project of the dot.rural Digital Economy Research Hub focusing on encouraging grassroots participation in local heritage.

Danilo’s doctoral research explored the use of wiki software for the creation of community-led intangible cultural heritage projects as a way to achieve an affordable and sustainable interactive digital presence for historical communities as well as an empowering tool for local communities.

His research interests include: human-computer interaction, ethnography, intangible cultural heritage, digital heritage, crowdsourcing, community engagement, community empowerment, and bottom-up approaches.



Eng. Youssef Aly

Youssef Aly is the Chief Executive Officer of eSpace and a member of its Board of Directors. He assumed the role on April 2011.
As CEO of eSpace, Youssef is focused on helping entrepreneurs and start-ups as they look to eSpace to build software solutions that drive business value.
Youssef has a broad background in ICT, he has 17+ years of experience in the ICT sector. He studied computer science at Alexandria university. He possesses an extensive knowledge in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) market; he worked in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt. He co-founded eSpace in 2000. He is leading his highly qualified team in eSpace and ensures their involvement in many national projects such as facilitating Egyptian elections since 2011 till now.
Youssef is a member in The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Egypt. Also, he is a board member in Alexandria Software and IT Association (ASITA) and a member of many different organizations and work groups working towards developing the ICT sector in Egypt.



Professor Peter Stone

Professor Peter Stone OBE

Professor Peter Stone, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace (Newcastle University, UK) advises on the development of collaborative and multi-organisational approaches to working with and across local communities in cultural heritage education.

Professor Peter Stone OBE was appointed to the University of Newcastle in 1997. Since then he has become Director of the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS) in the School of Arts and Cultures in 2001, and Head of School in 2006. His research and teaching focuses on heritage management, interpretation and education.

In 2003 he was archaeological advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence prior to the invasion of Iraq and is currently involved in research into the practicalities and ethics of cultural heritage experts working with the military. In 2011 he was awarded an OBE in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to heritage education.

In addition to establishing the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace (2015), Peter is Chair of the UK Committee of the Blue Shield, a UNESCO affiliated organisation which coordinates action to protect cultural and natural heritage from wars and natural disasters.



Dr Sam Elkington

Dr Sam Elkington

Dr Sam Elkington, from the Higher Education Academy, advises into planning for student-community partnerships and mapping out educational principles underling the living curriculum.

Sam joined the Academy in December 2015 after 11 years teaching in Higher Education Institutions. In this time Sam has gained considerable experience working across teaching, research and academic development domains, roles and initiatives locally, nationally and internationally. Sam currently leads on the HEA’s UK and international enhancement work in assessment and feedback, as well as Flexible Learning/Pedagogy. As Academic Lead he provides specialist academic expertise, leadership and management to develop and promote excellence in learning and teaching. Sam brings a blend of thematic and discipline based enhancement expertise to the delivery of customised institutional and local level support and development work. Sam is also Secretary of RAISE (Researching, Advancing, Inspiring Student Engagement) an international network of academics, practitioners, advisors and student drawn from the Higher Education Sector creating opportunities for collaborative projects, sharing good practice and lobbying for investment and better policies locally, sectorally and across the international community. Sam’s own research interests have centred on the harnessing of creativity for the enhancement of academic engagement in higher education communities, unpacking the relationship between openness and inclusivity for truly flexible pedagogies, and innovative assessment and feedback policy and practice.



Eng. Mohamed El Dallal

He is currently the Co-founder and CEO of “Innovideas LLC. for marketing and advertising”, the Co-founder of “Dcodes LLC. for software solutions”, and Co-founder and board member of “Techne Summit”, a yearly international conference aimed at supporting and encouraging technological entrepreneurship in Egypt.
Mohamed is currently pursuing his master’s degree specialized in international business till December 2017 also he just published his first paper as co-author in the digital marketing field.
His passion for photography, videography, entrepreneurship and youth empowerment at an early age encouraged him to start his journey as the Co-founder of two startups: View finders Photography club and Event Popper web platform.
Mohamed is also an avid volunteer, participating with several NGOs, project and youth initiatives both inside and outside of Egypt since 2009. He is currently a member of the Global Shapers community in Alexandria –initiative from world economic forum- , as well as an IEEE Region 8 Young Professionals committee member and IEEE Dig Once Ad-hoc committee member.



Dr Salma Abu Hafsa

Salma Abu Hafsa is an associate professor in City of Scientific Research and Technological Applications. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Fish farming and master’s degree and doctorate in poultry nutrition at Alexandria University. Granted with a fully funded scholarship in fulfilling of the Ph.D. requirements at Iowa State University, USA, and participated in the research project of Marie Curie at University of Ovidius Constanta, Romania. She also awarded a full funded post-doc. scholarship at NC State University, USA. She is a member of several scientific associations in her career; in addition she is the author of numerous publications on poultry nutrition. She is descended from the origins of Bedouin from one of the Arab tribes located in Egypt, the tribe of “Al-Hawatah” and grew up in Abul Matamir city, El-Beheira. Her Bedouin nature has made her more self-confident, self-motivated, trustworthy and independent, thus made her understand the importance of hard work and respect. These values have been applied to her endeavours by planning her activities to achieve efficiency, working on her goals every single day. Her upbringing has completely supported her development and she is thankful for it.



Abdelrahman El-Adawy

An Electronics and Communications Department senior at Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University. Currently, he is the Chairman of IEEE AlexSB and working on a research about EEG sensors and systems development trend. He also was a research assistant to a German PhD student, her research was about political Islam, as from the point of view of ‘Jadwat Saied’, a Syrian Islamic scholar. His research interest fields are: Digital Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Biomedical Engineering, Embedded Systems and some other cultural fields. As a free time job he works as a freelance writer and translator, creates blogs, reads a lot of books, plays music, makes handicrafts, and always has his headphones on.



Mahinour El-Sheikh

A third year Computer and Communications student who has passion for computer engineering mainly and a real interest in the machine learning field, she hopes to pursue a career in it. She is a technical team member in Microsoft Student Partner club (MSP) where she teaches programming to school kids. A former scout leader (Flamme Girard). She loves to explore new cultures ,meet new people and read good books.




Event partners:


 IEEE Alexandria Student Branch