Technology Arena


Can we prevent catastrophes in a matter of minutes? With artificial intelligence on the rise, can we prepare for the worst days or even months before it happens? Can we predict illnesses and insure a better life? The Technology Arena will put teams in difficult task of deciphering human nature.

In the Technology Arena, students will compete in programming. Teams will be given various exercises from different computer engineering branches and their task will be to solve as many exercises as they can in the most efficient way.


Project assignment

Exercises will be graded depending on the number of solved test examples of a certain exercise. Based on the number of points gained for repeated test examples solving, teams will be able to unlock new exercises. At one point, the main exercise will be unlocked. The main exercise task is to visualize it, design a creative optimal solution and present it to a panel of judges.

Who might compete in the Arena

Full time students studying in the field of Technical Sciences and the related subfields of Digital and Computer Technologies (recommended but not limited to) can compete in the Technology Arena.



Connecting to an external API

Algorithm application

Algorithm optimization


Basics of Artificial Intelligence

Team work

Presentation skills

Problem analysis

*Teams can choose which programming language they will use; however, they have to take the execution speed into consideration.

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Mentoring team

Technology Filip Šuste

Filip Šuste

Mentor Team Lead, TVZ
Technology Marin Petričević

Marin Petričević

Mentor Team Member, FER
Ivan Krpelnik FER

Ivan Krpelnik

Mentor Team Member, FER

Petar Šegina

Mentor Team Member, FER
Technology Robert Vaser

Robert Vaser

Mentor Team Member, FER
Technology Luka Abramušić

Luka Abramušić

Mentor Team Member, FER
Technology Stanko Krtalić Rusendić

Stanko Krtalić Rusendić

Mentor Team Member, FER

Jury members

Technology Marko Elezović

Marko Elezović

Jury Member

Marko is leading the technology team in Oradian, helping to bring financial inclusion to some of the most remote regions of the world.

Manager by day and programer by night, Marko has a broad understanding of which crutches might get the job done; when to use WD-40, when to use duct tape, and when it's time to design for correctness and performance. Married to Scala for the last decade, but avid consumer of mostly anything that can be interpreted or compiled.

Technology Hrvoje Mihaldinec

Hrvoje Mihaldinec

Jury Member, FER

Hrvoje Mihaldinec, MEng is a doctoral student at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb. He works at the Department of Electronic Systems and Information Processing at the position of a senior researcher. Within his doctoral thesis, he studies possibilities of ultra-wideband technology for the purpose of movement localization, monitoring and classification of a studied object in limited space focusing on a human movement analysis. He used to work as an adjunct associate in Nokia Siemens Networks on an international project whose aim was to develop new solutions of base stations based on Linux. He worked on ICTGEN (Information and communication technology for generic and energy-efficient communication solutions with application in e-/m-health) project on studying wireless sensor networks for monitoring environment parameters. He currently works on a research project entitled “Development of new generations of embedded computer platforms applied in high reliability systems” within the Faculty and Končar Institute cooperation.

Technology Ivančica Kraljević Bačlija

Ivančica Kraljević Bačlija

Jury Member, Croatia osiguranje

Ivančica Kraljević Bačlija is a CEO of the Department of Information Technology and Product Delivery at Croatia Osiguranje d.o.o. She has worked on management positions in Hrvatski Telekom and Zagrebački Velesajam. She graduated from the Faculty of Organization and Informatics Varaždin. She completed a specialist study program in Management at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb.

Technology Nenad Dragojlović

Nenad Dragojlović

Jury Member, Croatia osiguranje

Nenad Dragojlović graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb and started his career in Croatia osiguranje d.o.o. 13 years ago. He worked on different IT functions and was responsible for IT coordination in CO group. He currently works on the position of a compliance expert and IT risks.

Technology Mile Šikić

Mile Šikić

Jury Member, FER

Mile Šikić was born in Zagreb in 1972. He obtained his Bachelor and Master degree in Electrical Engineering from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb in 1996 and 2002, respectively. He worked as a consultant on improving payment systems in Hutchison 3G Austria (at that time, One) from 2000 until 2002. From 2011 until 2012, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Bioinformatics Institute A*STAR in Singapure where he has worked as an adjunct scientist since 2013. He participated and led a dozen of projects in the field of computer and mobile networks and a big data analysis. Cooperating with two colleagues, in 2016, he set up a company for predicting election outcomes and uncovering patterns of consumer behavior called Oraclum. The company is located in the UK. He led several research projects in the field of bioinformatics and computational biology. A part of his research is focused on complex networks (especially social) and information spreading. In 2015, at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb, he established a Laboratory for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. He published numerous research papers in prestigious journals such as Physical Review Letters, Nature Protocols, Genome Research and Nature Methods and conference proceedings. He supervised numerous students and established the courses Bioinformatics and Creative Laboratory.