Save The Date – INNOV-ATTORI: new challanges and opportunities in the European Context

innov-attori Save the date: 5, 6, 7 of June, Civitanove Marche (Italy) I am pleased to announce that the Marche Region is organizing the event ‘INNOV-ATTORI: new challenges and opportunities in the European Context’. The event will be a place where different institutional actors and regional stakeholders will discuss about a participated governance of research and innovation policies.

The event, which targets local organizations, enterprises and Universities also coming from foreign countries involved in International Cooperation projects with the Marche Region, will be organized in plenary sessions, thematic workshops and B2B meetings. The focus will be on the role that innovation plays in terms of enterprises’ development. start-ups creation and public administration efficiency.

Furthermore, a expo area will be set up, where enterprises located in Marche Region will present technological solutions, prototypes, and innovative services that resulted from financed projects.

I kindly ask you to insert this event onto your agenda; I believe in fact that this event will be important for focusing on the role innovation actors are nowadays called to play.

A detailed agenda of the event will follow soon.

With my best regards, Sara Giannini Marche Region councillor

Conference: Developing Region through Software Development

Mostar, 11.04.2014 Information Technology Fair SIT 2014/International Economy Fair Mostar 2014

The conference aims to promote NEXT project and to emphasize importance of software development which will help exchange and transfer of knowledge and technology in region. Primarily, the Conference will introduce NEXT to local and regional stakeholders through a presentation at the meeting as well as at the showroom stands. Secondary, notable experts from IT world in the region, managers of companies and associations as well as representatives of the academic community, will present their innovative solutions in development and use of software in education and businesses. Companies that are going to introduce their software solutions at the conference will also have showroom for all five days of the Fair. All stakeholders and different visitors of this very important international fair will have opportunity of networking and B2B talks with leading IT companies in Herzegovina on a daily basis at the showroom stand.

Invitation and Agenda of the Conference

First Local Working Group with Universities and Centers for Research and Technology Transfer

Marche Region is organising, in the framework of the project NEXT, the first Local Working Group targeting Universities and Centers for Research and Technology Transfer. The meeting will take plase on the 08th April 2014 in Ancona. The activities presented during the meeting aim at supporting Universitites and CRTT to build relationships with the local communities located in the Adriatic basin. The event will constitute an opportunity to learn about the project and the opportunities it provides to the CRTT sited in the Marche region; besides, it will be an important occasion for starting dialogue and gather feedback, expectations and needs from the innovation actors to which NEXT intends to respond. The objective of NEXT project (www.project-next.eu) is the set up of a collaborative platform that supports the ‘innovation and technology transfer in the countries of the Adriatic’, through the creation of :

• a virtual space of integration and cooperation (online platform) for sharing information and for access to common services for matching supply / demand for R & I in the leading sectors of the territories involved;

• an orientation for the design of strategies for projects development, provided to the actors involved (companies, universities, research centers) in order to integrate and capitalize knowledge and encourage the transfer of technology, particularly in the areas of specialization of the Adriatic –Ionian Region.

For info and registrations:

www.regione.marche.it; anna.torelli@regione.marche.it; alessandro_cocca@regione.marche.it; tea.ivanisevic@regione.marche.it Agenda of the Meeting

Internet of Things, a menace to profit?

IoTJeremy Rifkin, in a recent New York Times article explains the theory that is the basis of his book: The zero marginal cost society “. The argument begins with the observation that goods and services produced at a distributed marginal cost close to zero are fast increasing. Many are well known: Napster (1999) for music, Wikipedia for knowledge, and then video, audio, text (Free by Chris Anderson is the most famous example); all those for free or semi-free, in a circuit that bypasses the traditional market. And the phenomenon extends to other sectors: manufacturing, education, energy, and in every sector, even if the fixed costs last, the marginal cost of each additional unit is drastically reduced . Traditional economics explains the phenomenon of the market as a gimmick to attract customers towards luxury goods and specialized services that make the GDP grow, but the number of the latter is limited. Rifkin notes that the phenomenon is likely to increase dramatically thanks to the Internet of things, that is, to all physical devices, equipped with a chip that can connect to the network: the effect will be disruptive. It refers to his thesis on ” smart grid ” energy, smart grid that will allow  each household to produce energy and to decide whether to consume, sell or store the surplus according to demand. These transactions will take place at marginal cost close to zero. At this point the question is: is all of this sustainable, it will kill the market and therefore the economy? Rifkin is optimistic and notes that even today, in the U.S., the no-profit economy has increased from 2000 to 2010 by 41 %, while only 16.4 the classic one, and in 2012 the GDP produced by the non-profit was 5.5%. It may be noted that starting from a smaller size, the growth rate of the no-profit is likely to be higher than the traditional economy. But it’s true, as Rifkin says , that the pattern of use of access instead of ownership (as he wrote in his book) is spreading: think of the effect of car sharing in smart cities, and its impact on car ownership. The sharing economy has produced income for U.S. $ 3.5 Mdi in 2013. The same employment crisis (the forecasts for the no-recovery of jobs as a result of the automation of many jobs is boosting) pushes people toward occupations traditionally belonging to the no-profit in fringe markets: elderly care, health care, environmentsl restoration and so forth . As for the inability to self-sustaining no-profit Rifkin notes that recent studies held in 34 countries, the sector is self-financing to 50% with revenue from services, 36 % from government support and 14 from donations, enough to say that capitalism is not exceeded, but tends to be resized

The robots are among us, and growing

RobotThe Economist publishes an article about the Darpa Robotic Challenge (DRC) that’s financing with a 80 Mn US $ budget the research on robots. In december 2013 17 projects were presented at an Darpa event, and the best will benefit of rewards till 1 Mn US $. In the line up more recent project held by Japan and US (but also by S. Korea and Germany). Despite the science fiction and A.I. attempts, robots have no ability to substitute complex human activities without a human assistance, they are seen as extentions, not replacement, of human beeings. The goal of the most relevant projects is to employ robots assisted by operators in critical areas inaccessible to humans, such as a stricken nuclear power station or chemical plant.

Conference in Podgorica

Faculty for Information Systems and Technologies of University of Donja Gorica and Chamber of  Economy of Montenegro organize the first conference within the “NEXT- A collaborative platform to support research and technology transfer” project, funded by the IPA Adriatico program of the European Union. The Conference is dedicated to improving of creative resources and capacities of national companies and research institutions for utilization of resources from EU funds for innovation support. The Conference will take place from the 2nd to the 4th of April 2014 under the working title “Education, science and business – Joint potentials”. The first day of the Conference will be held at University of Donja Gorica, while the second and the third day of the conference will continue at the hotel “Maestral”. If you are interested, please confirm your participation by Wednesday, 26th of March 2014 (contacts: 020 210 130, 020 410 777 – e mail: mkokovic@pkcg.org and next@udg.edu.me). agenda NEXT Project Funds are aimed at providing expert support to Montenegrin research institutions and companies and at usingavailable EU funds dedicated to the innovation and technology transfer, through the definition and application of economically profitable innovative models of business as well as applied research. Since the countries in which the project is implemented are regionally connected and, at the same time, are at very different levels of success regarding the use of EU funds, a series of educational meetings will be organized where different experiences will be shared and specific solutions for companies, in terms of introducing innovations that have a real chance to get financial support, will be proposed. Creation of a special on-line platform for productive linking of science and business is focused on establishing a creative base for the commercialization of scientific research results. The initial ideas will be formulated and transformed through the intense cooperation, into specific proposals for introduction of optimal innovation from the perspective of reducing the cost of doing business in companies and the speed of the return of investment that will improve their market position.  

State of the Net, fourth edition

sotnHeaderOn 13-14 June, in Trieste, will be held the forth edition of State of the Net (SotN) (http://bit.ly/1ga2FBz). The meeting is a web-dedicated conference that tries to capture the state of art of the internet in Italy and worldwide, focusing on its impact on our society. On June 12, The Area Science Park that hosts the conference organizes a brokerage event ICT4inclusion (http://bit.ly/1dcEr9j), addressed to SMEs, manufacturing companies, R&D centres, universities, professionals working in the ICT sector willing to network at a local, national and international level.