Marche Region has organised the first Workshop with Universities and CRTT, that took palce in Ancona on April the8th 2014, in the framework of the project NEXT.
The workshop has been opened by Patrizia Sopranzi, director of the regional department for Innovation Research and Competitivty, who presented the oppurtunities the project NEXT offers in terms of supporting Universities in establishing relations with actors in all countries of the Adriatic basin.
All Universitites present in the territory of the marche Region participated – the delagates were 18.
Besides, the event saw participation of SMEs, through the presence of staff responsible of R&D areas.
The possiiblity to be part of the Smart Innovation People Gallery has been particularly appreciated by participants; the Gallery represents indeed a suitable channel for fostering the matching of all different regional actors. With this regards, SMEs representatives have agreed on being interviewed in the frmawork of the upcoming event INNOVACTORS, that will take palce in Civitanova Marche, form 5th to 7th June 2014.
The workshop constitued the occasion of starting a dialogue with involved actors, aiming at understanding to what extent the project NEXT might give an answer to CRTT needs as well as at collecting suggestions on possible services’ improvement.
Some interesting issues/suggestions emerged. In particular, the importance of defining the priority sectors in order to facilitate the matching between demand and supply and the need of awareness raising actions throughout the regional territory for fostering SMEs participation.
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Facing a reduction of funds after the financial crisis, the EC decided to launch the Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS 3). The strategy wants to avoid wasting resources: the EC will finance innovation approaches related to the excellences in a specific territory.
To coordinate the efforts has been defined the S3 Platform where each european region can upload information about its own strategy. On the platform you can find an interactive Guide.
The platform is also opened to contribution of non member countries, if you are interested then go here.
Here you can find the Regione Marche and Regione Puglia RIS3 Strategy
One of next project goals is to increase the awareness about the assets that any territory can offer to the partnership. So, we have cooperate to settle a Country Outlook with each partner.
The sections of the outlook are: Economy and Swot Analysis, Main economic sectors and clusters, Main data by Global Competitiveness Index, Finance and Innovation, Stakeholder directory.
Next intention is to enhance data and information all along the project, so at the end we can present a more accurate physiognomy of each territory
Here you can upload the Croatia Outlook: CO Croazia
MONTENEGRO, 2-4 April 2014
Faculty for Information sciences and Technology of University Donja Gorica and Chamber of Economy organized joint conference in Montenegro that gathered representatives of Universities, R&I Centres and SMEs.
The aim of the Conference was to introduce NEXT project to participants and potential stakeholders from relevant sectors in order to get familiar with current and future activies in the project.
First day of the Conference was held at the University Donja Gorica. On behalf of Lead partner, Marche Region, Mrs Ratka Sekulović explained the importance of NEXT project in terms of better connection between reseach, inovation and business sector. She also announced Inovation fair that will be held in the period 05-07 June in Cittanova, Marche region.
Second day of the Conference was organized in thematic round tables related to ICT, SMEs, Tourism, Energy, Agriculture and Food technology. Relevant ideas have been collected for usage of future NEXT ON LINE PLATFORM.
Last day of the Conference, participants visited Adriatic fair on tourism and ecology in Budva.
Friday 6 June, Civitanova Marche (Italy)
in the framework of INNOV-ACTORS
Marche Region is organizing the first MATCH MAKING EVENT related to the Project NEXT.
The MATCH MAKING EVENT will take place in Friday the 6th in the framework of the three day fair ‘INNOV-ACTORS: new challenges and opportunities in the European Context’ , where different institutional actors and regional stakeholders will discuss about a participated governance of research and innovation policies.
The MATCH MAKING EVENT will bring together Centres for Research and Technology Transfer (CRTT) and SMEs different countries in the framework of bilateral short meetings – where the enterprises, researchers and university representatives from the Marche Region’s territory will be able to meet partner countries’ organizations, in order to initiate transnational networking and potential cooperation.
The event, based on the “speed dating” format, offers the opportunity to meet in a smart and informal way, several potential partners during pre-arranged, bi-lateral face to face meeting in order to:
• Get to know new research and business partners located in the Adriatic Ionian Region
• Promote products and services in an international context
• Indentify solutions for specific problems
• Find cooperation partners for EU and National funded projects
Ask you local organization (Universities, CRT, SMEs) to register by filling in Template for Collection of Interest by April the 28th and submit it!
Please send your template for interest collection via email to the NEXT Info Point – Mr. Alessandro Cocca: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Triple Helix of university-industry-government relations is an internationally recognized model for understanding entrepreneurship, the changing dynamics of universities, innovation and socio-economic development. Triple Helix is a model of managing interactions among universities, business and government on common projects.
The webinar, organized by the Triple Helix Association in cooperation with the Surrey Business school, will provide an introduction to the model by examining the fundamental concepts of Triple Helix, the essence of innovation and knowledge and technology transfer, the entrepreneurial behaviour that emerges within the Triple Helix model, and the critical role of institutions. The webinar will be held on May 29, 9,30-11.00 BST. By taking this webinar attendees will be able to:
The key panellists are renowned academics in this field that will offer both theoretical insights and inspiring cases and examples:
Prof. Henry Etzkowitz – President of the Triple Helix Association, Editor-in-Chief of the Triple Helix Journal, Director international Triple Helix Institute (ITHI), Palo Alto, USA, and Visiting Professor at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK.
Prof. Mark Casson – Professor of Economics at Reading University, UK, Director of the Centre for Institutional Performance (CIP), Member of John H Dunning Centre for International Business, Centre for Economic History, Centre for Entrepreneurship and Centre for International Business History.
To learn more: http://www.triplehelixassociation.org/special-events/webinar-triple-helix-newbies-institutions-can-enhance-effectiveness-th-relationships
- Learn about the origin and the most recent developments of the Triple Helix (TH) model
- Understand the TH model and how it can be applied for managing Academia-Business-Government (ABG) interactions
- Learn about institutional practices associated with innovation systems and how to engage with institutions to ignite innovation process
- Explore the role of institutions as intermediaries and moderating agents for Triple Helix interactions
- Understand the role and expectations of different innovation stakeholders in the public and the private sector
- Reflect upon current government innovation policies and the strategic response by industry and universities
- Learn from successful cases which critical actions across the Industry-University-Government interface can boost innovation at micro and macro scale.
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,
Marche Region councillor
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
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.
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Agenda of the Meeting
Jeremy 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