REDASP Workshop – Support for using the online platform

Regional Economic Development Agency for Sumadija and Pomoravlje in the framework of Next Project (Collaborative platform to support research and technology transfer) organized the Workshop – Support for using the online platform.   The workshop was held on 10th March 2015 in Business Innovation Centre (Kragujevac, Serbia). The workshop presented the strategic framework and infrastructure for support innovation at national and regional level, through the use of the NEXT collaborative platform.   In the first part of the workshop REDASP emphasized so far implemented the project activities and services offered by the project NEXT and its important implications in helping companies who want to invest in the Adriatic territories.   After that, REDASP has presented the possibility of networking in order to develop project ideas and apply for international funds, and using the platform, through to the introduction of objectives, potential users, the process of registration and all services, as well as to exchange news, events and other materials in the field of innovation technology transfer.   The NEXT platform is web tool platform, so participants are directly able to see all the sections and the entire set of services that the platform offers, as well as users who are already registered. In addition, participants were introduced with support user guide for independent registration process.   Participants were representatives of local authorities, University, Business Innovation Centre, companies and clusters who were very satisfied and expressed interest in the services of the NEXT platform and the development of the project NEXT.  

Cross-border collaboration //Workshop

The innovation workshop “Living Labs towards smart communities” held in Milan, on March 18, 2015 has shown the innovative potential of the Living Labs methodology in the development of services of business sectors   The initiative, one of the many activities of the NEXT project, began with a presentation of the Puglia Regional ICT Living Labs for Innovation in Policy Design, made by Innovapuglia, describing what Living labs are about and giving an outline of the Apulian initiative. Since their official launch and endorsement by the Finnish EU Presidency in November 2006, Living Labs have often been addressed as an original, truly European, innovation policy model. However, we have only recently seen examples of Living Lab adoption for policy innovation – not just innovation policy. One of such examples comes from a Convergence Region of Italy, Apulia, where the focus has been (and still is) on leveraging user driven, open innovation to give better technological responses to precise societal challenges and that promises to become a cornerstone of the Region’s future (2014-2020) Smart Specialisation Strategy.   Living Labs are working collaborations of innovation stakeholders who are openly engaged in the co-creation of new products, services, technological or societal infrastructures, within real-life settings. The latter may be physical environments, such as city boroughs or rural habitats, as well as virtual places, like social networks and online communities. Participants in Living Labs typically belong to the so-called “Quadruple Helix”, namely individual citizens/consumers and associations thereof, typically integrate the familiar, “triadic” innovation partnership composed of universities/research institutes, SMEs and large enterprises, as well as public authorities.   Recently, the exemplary value and enforcing power of Living Labs for policy design and implementation has been demonstrated by a number of R&D, innovation and territorial cooperation projects, and The number of living lab experiments that have emerged in recent years is substantial and continues to rise while there are currently over 300 living labs at ENoLL (European Network of Living labs) in Europe and worldwide. So, the attendees had the opportunity to learn first-hand about the experience of exactly 2 Apulian Living Labs projects that were developed and entered the ENoLL network: the Apulian CrikhetClinical RisK management and Health Technology and TAGsTechnology infrastructure Allowing to experiment Gamification Strategies for social services innovation, “story-told” by Dr. Salvatore Latronico of Crikhet and Dr. Fedelucio Narducci.   Finally, the contributions of Eng. Antonio Santangelo from Archidata and Dr. Anna Torelli form Marche Region, illustrated examples in supporting particularly SMEs in thier R&D processes, and explored the possibilities of translating regional Smart Specialization Strategies into opportunities in Adriatic Jonian Macroregion, also considering that the European Commission stimulate the synergies among Structural funds and other European ones.   The discussion session provided evidence that the role of living labs in setting up cross-border collaboration for innovation and market creation involves a wide range of issues and that the adoption of the living labs networking approach and its methodology can support cooperation and community building among partners and territories they belong to, as long as there is the desire of structuring and planning a cross-border network identifying collaboration needs and taking into account not only and simply “innovation as such”, but considering also contextual factors such as language, culture, organizational aspects, legislation needs of the different Countries and foreign partners involved.   This applies even more when considering the fact that the scope of the NEXT IS platform has been widen with the inclusion of the section “social needs” : this just with the scope of sharing contents (needs, projects, organizations) of the already existing Apulian Living Labs platform with those ones implemented in the project platform, to enhance a better understanding of each party’s objectives, drivers, competences, methods, and tools for supporting cooperation, with the hope that solutions that could be envisaged are expected to become closer to the market.   The next step will be to plan and build smart communities network able to last all over the end of the NEXT project, defining innovation and market-development projects and arranging for collaboration opportunities.   “Lack of consensus among players in a complex system is one of the biggest barriers to innovation. One subgroup’s innovation is another subgroup’s loss of control” Rosabeth Moss Kanter Professor, management consultant, and author    

Innovation Workshop Living Labs towards smart communities Milan 18th March, 2015 h 10:00

Living Labs may represent a valid instrument to support territorial development policies, assuming the configuration of  tools for promoting user driven RDI in a given sector (such as e.g. eHealth, Domotics, or eInclusion), thus attracting investments and talents, or simply tourists into a region and leading to a permanent increase in growth and employment; or of territorial innovation models, for proactive behaviour of the public administration, grounding on a successful ‘mixture’ of technological, social and organizational  RDI activities to valorise local intellectual capital and increase knowledge for development.   The Apulian Living Labs intervention has been one of the “bridge” actions put in place by the Regional Government that have allowed the building up of the RIS3 of Puglia.   Scope of the workshop is to illustrate the experience adopted by three Apulian Living Labs and to work with project partners together with Living Labs representatives and Innovapuglia expert,  adopting the Living Lab methodology to identify needs and opportunities to be taken. The  NEXT technical assistance will give an outline of Marche RIS3 sectors and domain that can be investigated to foster the issues of discussion of the working group.

Presentation of NEXT IS platform

NEXT-IS platform, developed in the framework of the Collaborative platform to support research and technology transfer–NEXT project was presented on 25/02/2015 at the Technology Park INTERA. Presentation was organized by Regional Economic Development Agency for Herzegovina – REDAH. Furthermore, preparation for the matchmaking event with investors, part of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Milan, Italy in mid-March 2015, was also held, were possibilities for matching with investors and applying for this opportunity were presented. The presentation was attended by representatives of the innovative private sector.

FEASIBILITY STUDY OF USING BIOMASS IN ORDER TO UTILIZE WOOD WASTE IN HERCEGOVINA REGION WITHIN THE PROJECT NEXT

Within the project NEXT REDAH developed a study of using biomass for utilization of wood waste. REDAH spoke with companies from wood processing sector and collected the following data: 25 companies from wood processing sector produced about 7000 tones of wood waste annually, mainly sawdust and chunks, while plastic waste is separated from the wood. Task of this study is to evaluate the potential of biomass in the area of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton, as well as potential of biomass that is available from the largest wood processing companies in the area of Herzegovina, e.g. Lignum Ltd. Mostar, Maoles Ltd. Mostar, Stolarija Kraljević and other wood processing companies in Herzegovina region. Study was developed by company Dvokut Pro Ltd. http://www.project-next.eu/site_media/media/uploads/documents/Feasibility%20study%20FINAL%2023-12-2014.pdf

SCHOLARSHIP FOR INNOVATORS

Meet the innovation ecosystem in the Adriatic and learns to tell the tale. It will be an important experience for your path innovator. In JCube you can find exemplary stories of startups, competent people, a technologically advanced environment. Your  JCube and the Association Demanio Marittimo.Km-278 mentors will give you directions on the stories to be searched. And the editors of Nòva will show you how to publish them. You start with a broad agenda, in relation to your project. And then you will improve the program based on what you find, what you’ll make the experience as current news. 1 SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE GRANT: 3.000  € DURATION: six months DEADLINE: Saturday 31 January 2015   See more at: http://nova.ilsole24ore.com/pagina-borsisti/marche-emilia-romagna#sthash.Dt8nnj4T.dpuf