SMART PEOPLE, Innovators Networking and Innovative Ideas The 1st National Competition “Your Innovative Idea”The Foundation “Partnership for Development” (Tirana-Albania), in the framework of the Next Project activities, has undertaken the initiative to launch the 1st National Competition “Your Innovative Idea”, whose focus is to promote SMART People, Innovators Networking and the Innovative ideas. Taking into consideration that the Research and Technology Innovation in Albania is a priority of the Albanian Government, the Foundation PfD in collaboration with the National Agency for Research, Technology and Innovation (ARTI) has announced the launching of the initiative for the creation of the Innovators Network in Albania, and the first activity in this framework will be the Competition “Your Innovative Idea”. This competition is intended to promote the “SMART PEOPLE”, generate innovative ideas that provide solutions, minimize risks and maximize impact through the technology and intelligent methods, contributing to the development of various sectors of the economy by improving the life of citizens. The Innovative ideas can be submitted by Albanian Universities (professors, students), science and technology institutions, experts from various fields as well as individuals, youth and women, who aspire to change the world through the innovative ideas. During this first phase, Foundation “Partnership for Development” in Albania is organizing various meetings with the Universities, business community, RTC etc, to lunch this Competition and to inform all interested about the possibilities that this initiative will offer to the participants. This initiative will directly contribute to the NEXT Platform by furnishing and supplying it in a sustainable way with the proposals of innovative ideas. Foundation “Partnership for Development” (PfD) Tirana – Albania www.foundationpfd.org http://foundationpfd.org/next/ideja-juaj-inovative/
03 Nov2014www.foundationpfd.org and http://foundationpfd.org/next/ideja-juaj-inovative/ for more info related to the aplication form and steps to follow. A high interest were shown by the students to participate in this competition initiative, who adressed many questions about the possible fields of proposals, shared preliminary information for potential ideas, etc., and were provided with the answers regarding issues of interest. The meeting concluded with the greeting note from Dr. Tome Preku, Executive Director of PfD Foundation, who amongst others also emphasised the importance of participation into this kind of activities and invited the students and the academic staff to promote this initiative through communication means (social networks, university communication tools, etc) as widely as possible, in order that all interested can become part of this initiative. This iniative will continue to spread up all over Albanian territory, through promotion and informative meetings and campaing with all potential actors and stakeholders that wish to promote and launch their innovative idea or/and project and will be open up to 15th of Dicember 2014. The information and promotion meetings will continue to be organized all over the territory in the upcoming period.
NEXT event organized by Chamber of Economy of Montenegro within the regional Fair of informatics achievements INFOFEST 2014,in hotel “Maestral”-Miločer, in Budva from September 29th to 3rd October 2014Chamber of Economy of Montenegro organized the event devoted to NEXT Project implementation under the title ‘’IT sector in Montenegro – current state and development preconditions” from September 29th to 3rd October 2014. Here some photos of the Event XXI INFOFEST was held from 28th of September till 4th of October in hotel “Maestral” – Milocer/Budva. Opening ceremony, together with artistic program and announcement of participants was on September 28th at 20:30h. Festival program ended on 3rd of October at 20:00h with award recognition for most successful participants and final gathering called “Evening with friends”.. Program of INFOFEST 2104 included exhibitions, panel discussions and presentation contents, such as:
- Company exhibition
- Towards presence of mobile broadband access in Europe (12th International conference of regulatory bodies in electronic communications sector)
- Digital territory of post (IV Regional postal counselling)
- Contemporary security challenges in the ICT world (counselling)
- The role of new media in the promotion of destinations (panel)
- Green Info-Communication Solutions (3rd International Workshop on Emerging Communication Technologies – WECT 2014)
- The role of citizens in building digital society (panel)
- Invited expert lectures
- Importance of ERP implementation in the healthcare system (panel)
- Implementation of Internet exchange point (presentation and workshop)
- E-Services in regional governments (round table)
- Presentation of most successful authoring works under the public tender of INFOFEST
11 Aug2014The workshop was held on 29th July 2014 in hotel Kragujevac (Kragujevac, Serbia). The workshop presented the strategic framework and infrastructure for support innovation in Serbia, both at national and regional level, as well as examples of good practice, through the prism of the need for closer cooperation among research institutes, researchers and business community. Participants were institutions, organizations, clusters and SMEs from national and regional level. They presented their activities and plans in field of R&D and innovation, and possibilities for strengthening cooperation among knowledge triangle.
Deadline: 16/12/2015 Number: INSO-9-2015The scope of this call is to provide support to innovative SMEs, including start-ups, for the design and creation of innovative applications, in order to foster the delivery of mobile public services. Specific Challenge: Current societal and economic challenges as well as rising expectations to reduce the burden on users, put pressure on all public administrations to provide efficient, open and citizen-centric public services. Due to the increased use of mobile technology as well as the increasing availability of public information, data and online services, public services can be transformed. Coupling open public data and services with information and services offered by the private sector can lead to innovative, user-friendly and personalised services that can be accessed easily. Because of their size, knowledge and agility, SMEs are key actors for the provision of those innovative services. The “apps” market for mobile devices is a very dynamic market, which mostly lacks application specifically for the public sector. Engaging SMEs into the potentially huge public sector innovation market is a challenge for local and regional public authorities. The scope of this action is to provide support to innovative SMEs, including start-ups, for the design and creation of innovative applications, in order to foster the delivery of mobile public services. The aim is to help the interaction of citizens and businesses with public administrations. This may be done through the combination of public and private sector services, through mobile technologies. Although they may be first piloted in a local context – with the involvement of public administrations and end users – the solutions need to ensure replicability, also taking into account multi-lingualism and, where necessary, the cross-border dimension. Scalability and sustainability issues are to be considered.
Deadline: 09/12/2014 Number: FoF-09-2015Emerging innovative ICT technologies and processes need to be customized, integrated, tested and validated in order to strengthen European SMEs. Specific Challenge: For Europe’s competitiveness in manufacturing, it is crucial that advances in ICT are taken up in engineering and manufacturing “at large” as soon as they have the appropriate maturity level. Two types of innovation experiments are supported: Driven by the requirements of first-time users, Application Experiments bring together all actors of the value chain and experts necessary to equip new users with novel products or services and assist them in customising and applying these in their respective environments. In Equipment Assessment Experiments, suppliers of innovative high-tech equipment install and assess their prototypes or products in production-like environments and validate them in a manufacturing line or in an industrial environment that is very close to manufacturing conditions. Activities are expected to be clustered in larger projects to achieve critical mass and to better exploit EU-added value. Common tasks include: targeted dissemination; management of calls for new actions; exploitation of synergies across actions. The action may involve financial support to third parties. The consortium will define the selection process of additional users and suppliers running the experiments for which financial support will be granted (typically in the order of EUR 50 000 – 150 000 per party). Maximum 50% of the EU funding should be allocated to this purpose.
- Three areas of technologies are targeted for the Innovation actions::
07 Jul2014“Your Innovative Idea “ on 30 June 2014, at the premises of the Faculty of Economy of Tirana University. This iniative that started up with this first meeting nearby the premisses of the Faculty of Economy, will continue to spread up all over Albanian territory, through promotion and informative meetings and campaing with all potential actors and stakeholders that wish to promote and launch their innovative idea or/and project and will be open up to 15th of November 2014.
09 Jun2014In the framework of project NEXT, Istrian Development Agency (IDA) has organized a working group oriented to decision-makers, universities, research institutions and the private sector. The meeting was held on June 3rd, 2014 in Pula. Activities presented at a meeting aimed at establishing cooperation between research institutions, technology transfer centres, private entrepreneurial sector and the development sector in the local area, this contributes to the development of cross-border collaborative technology platform, sharing of knowledge, skills and experience of researchers from RTTC METRIS with other researchers in cross-border regions involved in the project.